CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
2013 Workforce Recruitment Program Launched The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a resource for employers seeking to include qualified employees with disabilities in their workforce. The program provides a database with profiles of postsecondary students and recent graduates, including veterans, who represent a variety of academic backgrounds. WRP is a project of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. If you are an employer interested in connecting with potential employees, visit www.askearn.org. If you are a student or recent graduate with a disability, go to www.wrp.gov for information about how you can work with your school’s career or disability services coordinator to be included in the WRP database. Candidates are chosen through a competitive process.
Respite Care for Air Force Families Parents who are stationed in the Air Force and have children with special needs may be eligible for free respite care through the Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). There are no income restrictions but the child must be 18 or younger and the family must be enrolled in EFMP. To apply, call Child Care Aware at 1 (800) 424‐2246. For more information about the program, visit www.naccrra.org/militaryprograms/air‐force/efmp, call Aundria Goree at (405) 239‐2525, ext. 26, or click here for the flyer. Respite providers interested in providing services for EFMP families should click here for more information.
Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Available The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is an online resource that provides disability statistics published by various federal agencies in one place. The compendium is designed to make finding and using data about Americans with disabilities easier. Users can search for data on the website or download the complete compendium. To access, visit www.disabilitycompendium.org.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board Names Nico Gomez as CEO The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) Board selected Nico Gomez as OHCA’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gomez will replace current CEO Mike Fogarty, who will retire in March. Gomez has been employed at OHCA since 2000. He currently serves as Deputy CEO and also oversees the Communications, Outreach, and Reporting Division. For more information, visit www.okhca.org. National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources Launched
Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) has launched its National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources. The National Center includes three programs: the Brighter Tomorrows website, the Lettercase/Kennedy Foundation booklet, and the Down Syndrome
Pregnancy books and website. To visit, go to www.downsyndromediagnosis.org.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Jan. 19: Sensory sensitive showing of Monsters, Inc. 2D, 11 a.m. Moore Warren Theatre, Regular ticket prices apply. Click here for more information. Jan. 25: Free public screening of Swanky, a film created by Youth and Family Services, Inc. and AutismOklahoma.org St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 222 N.W. 15th St., Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. Visit autismoklahoma.org for more information. Feb. 9‐12: AMCHP Annual Conference, Washington D.C. Visit www.amchp.org for more information. Feb. 19: On the Road Family Perspective Conference, 8 a.m.‐3 p.m. Granny Had One, Inc., 312 W. Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie, OK Free conference, registration required by February 15. For more information, visit soonersuccess.ouhsc.edu , call Sally Selvidge at (405) 812‐5076 or click here for the flyer. Feb. 26: Joining Forces Supporting Family/Professional Partnerships Conference Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 9:15 a.m.‐1:30 p.m. 700 N. Mississippi, Ada, OK For more information, call 1 (877) 871‐5072 or click here. Mar. 1: Oklahoma Braille Challenge, Oklahoma School for the Blind 3300 Gibson St., Muskogee, OK Visit osb.k12.ok.us for more information, or call (918) 781‐8200. NON-PROFIT ORG.
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