Filed Date: Aug. 9, 2016
Closed Date: Oct. 16, 2017
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This case involves a Vocational Rehabilitation Services recipient’s appeal of an adverse Vocational Rehabilitation Act fair hearing decision. The plaintiff, an individual with a spinal cord injury, filed this lawsuit on August 9, 2016 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff sued Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities as well as the executive and administrative officer of the VR agency, under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Represented by counsel from Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the plaintiff sought a reversal of the fair hearing decision that denied: adequate notice of his appeal rights and the existence of the Client Assistance Program, the opportunity to appeal the removal of vehicle modification from his Individualized Plan of Employment (IPE) and his right to appeal the denial of a requested counselor change.
The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on October 28, 2016 and a mediation conference occurred on March 13, 2017. The plaintiff reached a settlement and voluntarily dismissed the complaint on October 16, 2017.
See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/14500781/shepherd-v-opportunities-for-ohioans-with-disabilities/
Last updated March 4, 2023, 3:15 a.m.
State / Territory: Ohio
Filing Date: Aug. 9, 2016
Closing Date: Oct. 16, 2017
Case Ongoing: No
Vocational rehabilitation services client who was denied certain VR services
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Public Interest Lawyer: Yes
Filed Pro Se: No
Class Action Sought: No
Class Action Outcome: Not sought
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, State
Causes of Action:
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Prevailing Party: Plaintiff
Nature of Relief:
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief:
Form of Settlement:
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)