CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
OKDHS Commission Votes to Move People with Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities from Institutional Care to Community Living
On November 1 the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Commission passed a resolution to close Oklahoma’s two state institutions and move residents to community‐based living arrangements. The resolution states that the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center (SORC) in Pauls Valley will close by April 2014 and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid (NORCE) will close by August 2015. The over 200 residents of the two institutions will be assigned a case manager to help them make the transition into the community. Click here to view the KOCO article about the Commission’s decision.
Share Your Voting Experiences The National Council on Disability and its partners want to collect information about how people with disabilities experienced the 2012 General Election. You can provide input by completing a short open‐ended questionnaire available at www.ncd.gov. Topics include physical, attitudinal, or other barriers you faced when voting. Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum Accepting Applications The Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is accepting applications for next year’s camp, which will take place June 11‐15, 2013. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC), YLF offers leadership training to high school students with disabilities.
YLF participants are chosen through a competitive application process. All application forms are available at www.okddc.ok.gov or by calling ODDC at 405‐521‐4984 or 1‐800‐836‐4470. You also may e‐mail email@example.com. The application is due by March 1, 2013. After the application deadline, applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an interview. Click here to see a video about YLF, which will celebrate its 10th year in 2013.
2012 Self‐Advocacy Summit Report Available Nine regional self‐advocacy summits were held across the country in 2011 and 2012. The summits were put on by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities network, self‐advocates, and allies. The 2012 self‐advocacy summit report, “Envisioning the Future: Allies in Self‐Advocacy,” summarizes the goals of the summits and describes the recommendations and feedback gained from the events. To view the full report or a video summary, visit alliesinselfadvocacy.org. Okmulgee Joining Forces Conference
The Oklahoma Family Network is sponsoring a Joining Forces Supporting Family/Professional Partnerships Conference on November 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference will take place at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, OK. It is free and open to
family members of people with disabilities and professionals interested in increasing partnership opportunities between family members and state agencies. Registration is due by November 20 and available at: joiningforcesokmulgee.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 405‐271‐5072 or 1‐877‐871‐5072. You also can e‐mail Doris Erhart at doris‐firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to view the flyer.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Nov. 17: World Prematurity Day Event, 10 a.m‐2 p.m. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Children’s Hospital Atrium, 1200 Children’s Ave., Oklahoma City, OK Contact: Paige Mills, 405‐271‐6625 ext. 8 or paige‐email@example.com Click here to view flyer. Nov. 28‐30: 6th Annual Prevention and Recovery Conference Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Embassy Suites, 2501 Conference Dr., Norman, OK Click here to view registration information. Dec. 6: Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference Sponsored by the Oklahoma Disability Law Center 9 a.m.‐4:30 p.m., University of Central Oklahoma Constitution Hall, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK Visit www.wrightslaw.com for more information. Dec. 18: Dev. Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) Waiting List Meeting 1:30 p.m., Skyline East Building, 5th Floor Conference Room 6128 E. 38th St., Tulsa, OK Website: okwaitinglist.org Phone: 405‐271‐4500 ext. 41004
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