CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED
UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
2012 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day On April 11, people with developmental disabilities, their family members, professionals and other advocates convened at the State Capitol to raise awareness about the needs and desires of people
with disabilities in Oklahoma. Currently there are 6500 individuals on Oklahoma’s waiting list for services through the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). Wanda Felty, parent advocate and Center for Learning and Leadership staff, shared the experiences of some of the people on the waiting list and encouraged the audience to educate others about the need for services for those who are waiting in Oklahoma. Speaker of the House Kris Steele, Representative Jason Nelson, Representative Joe Dorman and former Representative Al Lindley also spoke on behalf of Oklahomans with disabilities.
Information about the Affordable Care Act
Below are some resources to help you understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect you, your loved one or someone to whom you provide services. People with Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions The Office of Disability in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a new fact sheet that briefly discusses the top five changes the Affordable Care Act makes that will affect people with disabilities and serious health conditions. Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has released a brief that explains how the Affordable Care Act will impact healthcare for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities.
Short Videos for a Variety of Audiences The Alliance for Health Reform provides a series of short videos to help Americans understand the Affordable Care Act and what changes it will make. Videos include those designed for: Young Adults ● Small Employers ● People on Medicare People on Medicaid ● Uninsured People with Pre‐Existing Conditions ● Primary Care Providers SUMMER CAMPS The following is a list of summer camps in and near Oklahoma for people with disabilities.
Camp Barnabas (Purdy, MO): A camp for children and teens with medical, physical or developmental disabilities. Call 417‐476‐2565 or visit the camp’s website at
for more information.
Camp Benedictine (Shawnee, OK): Overnight camps for people with or without developmental disabilities. For more information call 405‐878‐5289, e‐mail
Camp Grey Squirrel (Gore, OK and Tahlequah, OK): Camps for children with autism spectrum disorders. Visit
for more information.
Camp Perfect Wings (Falls Creek, OK): A camp for children and adults with special needs. For more information visit
or call 405‐942‐3800. Camp Tumbleweed (OKC, OK): A camp for teenagers and young adults with disabilities. Call 405‐946‐4489 ext. 506 or e‐mail
Loving Hands Ranch (Sulphur, OK): Camps for children and teens who are deaf. For more information visit
or call 1‐866‐630‐0611 (video phone) or 580‐618‐4116 (voice). You also may e‐mail
Make Promises Happen (Guthrie, OK): Camps for children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. Visit
or call 405‐282‐2811 or 1‐800‐299‐2811 for more information.
Looking for more summer camps and activities? Try the websites below:
Oklahoma Autism Network:
Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation:
Oklahoma City Zoo:
Science Museum Oklahoma:
http://www.sciencemuseumok.org/events.htm NON-PROFIT ORG.
Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 26901, ROB 342
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
focus facts is published for the Center for Learning and Leader-ship, Oklahoma’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). It is mailed to a statewide and national network of over 1,300 people interested in developmental disabilities. If you would like to submit informa-tion to be published in the newslet-ter, please e-mail or mail our Editor. Be sure to include the source, de-scription, and contact information relevant to the information you are submitting. Email: Learn2Lead-UCEDD@ouhsc.edu focus facts is supported by grant #90DD0543 from the U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Additional support is provided by Oklahoma co-sponsors: OU College of Medicine, The Univer-sity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and project partners: East Central University, The University of Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Depart-ment of Human Services. The Uni-versity of Oklahoma publishes this newsletter in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal laws and regulations. The University of Oklahoma, in com-pliance with all Federal and State applicable laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, prac-tices, or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, em-ployment, financial aid, and educa-tional services.
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