CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED
UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Person‐Centered Thinking Training Receives Honorable Mention The Aging Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), in partnership with the Center for Learning and Leadership, received honorable mention at the 2012 OKDHS Quality Awards for a training, entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Oklahoma’s Aging and Disabilities Services Communities.” The training was delivered to professionals across the state who provide information and referral services within the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium. The training equipped participants to use Person‐Centered Thinking tools to deliver more effective resource assistance to Oklahomans who are aging or who have disabilities. For more information about Person‐Centered Thinking training, contact Mary Katherine Long at mary‐firstname.lastname@example.org or 405‐271‐4500 ext. 41012. Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program Begins Oklahoma ABLE Tech and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority have partnered to provide the new Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program. The program takes donations of equipment, such as communication devices and wheelchairs, that is no longer needed and refurbishes it so that another person in need of the item can use it at no cost. Priority is given to SoonerCare members, but any Oklahoma resident is eligible if they complete the application. However,
pick up and delivery services are limited to Oklahoma County. For more information about this program, visit the website at www.ok.gov/abletech/DME_Reuse or contact Katie Woodward at 405‐523‐4810 or email@example.com. Dream Night at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Dream Night is a private event that invites children with special healthcare needs and disabilities along with their immediate families to spend a free evening at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This year Dream Night will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. A limited number of invitations are available on a first‐come, first‐served basis. After you receive the invitation, you must RSVP by May 27th and let the Oklahoma City Zoo know how many people you are bringing. Your invitation is not valid without calling to RSVP. If you are interested in receiving an invitation, or learning more about the event, please contact the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) at 405‐521‐4984. If you get your invitation from ODDC, you will automatically receive one from them in subsequent years. Building an Inclusive Workforce: A Guide for Employers The Office of Disability Employment Policy in the Department of Labor has published this four‐step reference guide to recruiting, hiring and retaining employees with disabilities. This guide provides tips and resources for employers at each stage of the employment process and is available at www.dol.gov/odep. Supporting Families Wingspread Report
“Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with a Member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” is a report that was developed by national and state disability leaders who met at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin in March 2011. The report summarizes the leaders’ discussion and provides recommendations for developing a national agenda for supporting families of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about becoming part of this movement or to view the report, visit the National Agenda for
Supporting Families website at www.familysupportagenda.org. The authors also welcome reflections and thoughts from others by posting them on the website or by e‐mailing Sheli Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org. Governor’s Conference Presentations Available Nancy Thaler, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), was one of the keynote presenters at the 2012 Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities. She spoke about “The Changing Landscape for State Developmental Disability Systems”. She also provided a workshop on “Partnering with Families to Build a Sustainable System”. Ms. Thaler’s PowerPoint presentations are available on the Center for Learning and Leadership’s website at www.ouhsc.edu/thecenter.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
May 19: Oklahoma People First Annual Membership Rally, 9 a.m.‐4 p.m., Regional Park ‐Rotary Club Pavilion (at East Reno Ave. and Douglas Blvd.), Midwest City. Food provided. Call Lance Davis at 405‐602‐2704 to RSVP or for more information. May 31: GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, 5 p.m.‐8 p.m., Oklahoma City University ‐Freede Wellness Center. Call 405‐271‐6900 or visit
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