CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Raises Funds
Source: Oklahoma Gazette
The Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association (GODSA) Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, sponsored in part by the Center for Learning and Leadership, raised over $11,000 to support GODSA athletes. Tournament participants all used wheelchairs to play and included physicians and staff from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, who competed against GODSA athletes. The event also included a silent auction and a pie‐throwing contest. Funds from the event will support GODSA activities and help the athletes purchase sports equipment and travel to tournaments. To learn more about GODSA, visit www.godsa.org.
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Offers Medical Grants The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation offers grants for families in
need of financial assistance to help pay for their children’s medical care or
equipment that is not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial
health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help
pay for medical services and equipment, such as physical, occupational and
speech therapy, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, and hearing aids. Grants
are available for medical expenses incurred 60 days prior to the date of
application as well as for on‐going and future medical needs.
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years old or younger and
families must meet economic guidelines and have commercial health insurance (which does not
include Medicaid or Medicare). Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org,
and there is no application deadline.
U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document on Restraint and Seclusion
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a publication that outlines principles for states, districts and other education leaders to consider when developing or reviewing school policies and procedures. The 15 principles highlight how school‐wide behavioral interventions can reduce or eliminate the need for restraint or seclusion and make schools safer. The publication also provides an overview of federal efforts and concerns related to this topic and provides links to state restraint and seclusion policies. To view the document or the press release, visit www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion or visit the Center for Learning and Leadership’s website at www.ouhsc.edu/thecenter. National Parks Passes for People with Disabilities
People with a permanent disability can apply for an Access Pass, which provides free, lifetime access to over 2000 federal recreation sites. Many sites also discount amenities, such as camping or swimming, for Access Pass holders. The pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of all ages who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. You can apply in person at a participating Federal recreation site or office, or by mail with a $10 fee and application. You must provide documentation of your permanent disability and your
citizenship or residency status. For more information, or application instructions, visit www.store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html. Self‐Directed Services Training The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD), is providing Self‐Directed Services (SDS) training for case managers and for In‐Home Supports Waiver participants who select the SDS option. Training is scheduled on July 17, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Skyline East 2 building, Classroom 321, Tulsa, OK. The SDS option allows participants to have more control over how services and supports are delivered. Anyone who chooses the SDS option is required to complete the training before they can participate. For information about the training or to register, please contact Sandra Johnson at Sandra.Johnson@okdhs.org or call (918) 794‐7650.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
July 20: “We’re All on the Same Team! Strategies for a Successful IEP Meeting,” offered through the Oklahoma Autism Network, 9 a.m‐3 p.m., Oklahoma City. For more information, e‐mail
July 25‐28: Autism Society National Conference, San Diego, CA. For more information, visit
August 10: Future Horizons Autism/Sensory Conference, Tulsa. For more information, visit
or call 1‐800‐489‐07274. 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
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