CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Joni Bruce Named Public Citizen of the Year
Joni Bruce, executive director of the Oklahoma Family Network, was named the 2013 Public Citizen of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The chapter recognized her on March 25 for her work of more than ten years, in which she has demonstrated the importance of partnerships between social workers and consumers in both direct practice and systems development. President Obama Gives Proclamation for World Autism Awareness Day In a presidential proclamation, President Obama named April 2, 2013 World Autism Awareness Day. He stated, “This month, we recognize Americans with ASDs who are walking through doors of opportunity, and we recommit to opening them wider in the years ahead.” For the complete proclamation, click here. New Autism Resources from AAP The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering new resources about autism to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month. These resources include:
• Sound Advice on Autism ‐‐ a series of audio interviews with medical experts and
• Autism: Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for
Clinicians ‐‐ includes screening tools, clinical fact sheets, and handouts for families
• Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know ‐‐a book designed to
provide information for parents about diagnosis and treatment options for autism
During the month of April, parents and health care professionals can visit www.aap.org/autism for free samples of the toolkit and to preview chapters of the book for parents. Additional
information and resources can be found at healthychildren.org. NICHCY Offers IEP Resources The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has a number of resources to help parents understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. These resources, available on NICHCY’s website at nichcy.org, include: • All About the IEP: This section of the website provides an overview of the IEP process. • Developing Your Child’s IEP: This guide for parents is available to view and download. • IEP Training Modules: NICHCY has three training modules about IEPs available to download. SUMMER CAMPS The following is a list of summer camps in and near Oklahoma for people with disabilities. Camp Barnabas (Purdy, MO): A camp for children and teens with medical, physical or developmental disabilities, and their siblings. Call 417‐476‐2565 or visit the camp’s website at www.campbarnabas.org for more information. Camp Grey Squirrel (Gore, OK and Tahlequah, OK): Camps for children with autism spectrum disorders. Visit www.campgreysquirrel.org for more information. Camp Perfect Wings (Falls Creek, OK): A camp for children and adults with special needs. For more information visit www.bgco.org/ministries/special‐needs or call 405‐942‐3800. Camp Tumbleweed (Oklahoma City, OK): A camp for teenagers and young adults with disabilities. Call 405‐946‐4489 ext. 504 or e‐mail TBeasley@drtc.org. Loving Hands Ranch (Sulphur, OK): Camps for children and teens who are deaf. For more information visit www.lovinghandsranch.com or call 580‐559‐2498. You also may e‐mail email@example.com. Make Promises Happen (Guthrie, OK): Camps for children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. Visit www.centralchristiancamp.org or call 405‐282‐2811 or 1‐800‐299‐2811 for more information. Looking for more summer activities? Try the websites below: Oklahoma Autism Network: www.okautism.org/families/camps.asp Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation: www.okc.gov/parks Oklahoma City Zoo: www.okczoo.com/events Metropolitan Library Systems (OK County): www.mls.lib.ok.us Science Museum Oklahoma: www.sciencemuseumok.org/events.htm
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