CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Guide to Community Services in Oklahoma Now Available in Spanish The Center for Learning and Leadership has developed a Spanish version of the “Guide to Community Services in Oklahoma.” The Guide lists a variety of community services available to people with disabilities and their families, and provides information about the purpose, eligibility, application process and other elements of these services. It also provides contact information for agencies and organizations throughout Oklahoma. Additionally, the informational sheets that complement the Guide are available in Spanish. To view, print and download these documents, simply visit our website at www.ouhsc.edu/thecenter and go to the “Products” tab, or click the icon above. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Melissa Fenrick at Melissa‐Fenrick@ouhsc.edu or 405‐271‐4500, ext. 41002.
Center for Learning and Leadership Staff Update For the past seven years, Doris Erhart has coordinated the Self‐Directed Services (SDS) project at the Center for Learning and Leadership. She recently completed that work, which included: educating others about the 2005 Oklahoma Self‐Directed Care Act, developing and implementing a Self‐Directed Services training curriculum in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and co‐chairing the Self‐Directed Services Advisory Committee. In her work, Doris provided a model of parent‐professional partnerships and empowered family members and people with disabilities to advocate for themselves and others. We are sad to say good‐bye as she leaves the Center for Learning and Leadership but expect to work alongside her in future advocacy activities on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. We want to share some thoughts that Doris recently imparted:
No matter what the diagnosis may be, if we work together we can make a difference. Changing the system takes a long, long time and sometimes you must move backward to move forward. To all of you I’ve met over the past few years, I’m glad we met, and I plan to see you around.
Oral Health Resources The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation provides an oral health resource guide, which is available at www.ResourceForDentalCare.org. The guide has up‐to‐date information about free and low‐cost dental care available in Oklahoma. Additionally, Special Olympics Special Smiles has developed “A Caregivers Guide to Good Oral Health for Persons with Special Needs.” The guide includes information about adapting a toothbrush and effectively providing oral care to people who use wheelchairs or need adaptations. Prenatal Down Syndrome Booklet Now Available Digitally
Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis is now available in English and Spanish for download to iPads, iPhones and Kindle readers. This booklet is designed to provide expectant parents and their medical providers with current and accurate information about Down syndrome. It is the only prenatal resource that has been reviewed by representatives of the national medical and Down syndrome organizations. To download a copy, go to www.lettercase.org. Print copies may be available to medical professionals by making a request at the website.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR July 19‐22: National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. Registration to access live streaming is now available. For more information, go to http://convention.ndsccenter.org/. Sensory Friendly Films are provided at Quail Springs and Crossroads theaters in Oklahoma City for children with autism or other disabilities, their family members and anyone who would like to attend. All showings are at 10 a.m. and tickets are $4 or $5. Visit www.amctheatres.com/sff/ for more information. Upcoming showings: ○ July 21: Ice Age: Continental Drift ○ August 11: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days July 25‐26: “Promoting Elder Independence” Summer Geriatric Institute, Magnuson Hotel, 737 South Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City. For more information, visit www.ouhsc.edu/okgec/ or contact Jeanene Lindsey at 405‐271‐8558, ext. 30442. August 3: Oklahoma Early Access Autism Project ‐free autism screening for children ages 18 months to 7 years, Muskogee County Health Department, 530 South 34th Street, Muskogee. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call 405‐295‐5273 or visit www.earlyaccessok.org. 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.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.