RSC Helps Woman Keep on Trucking for ODOT
Without an Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission vocational
counselor Doty Bigler of Shiloh would still be spinning her
wheels and soothing achy feet.
After years working factory and retail jobs, Bigler figured driving a truck was the only way to make a living that kept her off feet eternally pained by a congenital deformity. She sought vocational and financial help from Orientation for Non-traditional Occupations for Women and then the Mansfield office of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC), Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, which vowed to put the Richland County woman on the road to recovery.
First, RSC paid for Bigler’s orthopedic exam, leg brace, and special shoes to relieve sore feet. Another exam revealed that she had secondary disabilities—carpal tunnel syndrome and hearing loss—so RSC paid for her hearing aid and carpal tunnel treatment. Next, the agency financed her successful four-week training course for a commercial driver’s license ($5,000), plus gasoline, food and some utility bills. The newly licensed truck driver then went to the Step-by-Step Employment and Training Center to fine-tune job searching skills.
Finally, a RSC counselor helped Bigler prepare for an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) interview and pass the agency’s driving performance test in 2005. Today, Bigler keeps on trucking as a fulltime driver who daily hauls equipment and road signs between ODOT offices in Ashland and Columbus. With RSC’s help ODOT has a skilled and reliable driver and Doty Bigler gets a paycheck, pays her bills, and stays off her painful feet.