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Career Counselors Coming To Ohio College Campuses To Help Students With Disabilities

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KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities director Kevin Miller announces the College2Careers program, with the assistance of a sign language interpreter.

Ohio’s 15 public colleges and universities will each have a full time counselor dedicated to helping students with disabilities.

The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities agency said 1.6 million Ohioans identify as having a disability – and many of them go to college.

“And these universities are finding more and more students coming from high school on IEPs, which is an Individualized Education Program. And so they need that additional assistance,” according to OOD director Kevin Miller.

He said counselors paid for in the state budget will help with career exploration, assistive technology, and accommodations for internships and jobs – with the goal of getting those students into positions where they can make higher salaries and have greater independence.