CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Wanda Felty Honored with Donna Nigh Award Wanda Felty received the Donna Nigh Award for Public Service at the 2013 Oklahoma Department of Human Services Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 30. Felty was honored with the award in recognition for her numerous advocacy efforts on behalf of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families, including those on the Waiting List for services from the Developmental Disabilities Services Division. Felty is the Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator at the Center for Learning and Leadership, and also serves as Core Faculty for Parent and Family Issues for Oklahoma LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities).
New Features on Center for Learning and Leadership Website We have recently added new features to our website, including a “News and Events” page and a page about the “R‐word” and People First Language. The first lists a variety of disability‐related resources, news items, and events with links for more information. The second provides information about the campaign to end the use of the “R‐word” and about the importance of People First Language. It
includes links to national and state campaigns and materials related to the topic. If you have information you would like included on either page, or comments about our website, please contact Crisann Hanes at Crisann‐Hanes@ouhsc.edu.
NAMI Oklahoma Offers Training and Support Group for Caregivers The Oklahoma chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free class for parents and caregivers of children with mental health or behavioral challenges. In this class, known as NAMI Basics, participants will be mentored by other caregivers who have had similar experiences. Participants will learn tools to help their families cope with the impact of behavioral challenges, as well as to make the best decisions possible for the child.
The class meets for two and a half hours starting May 23rd from 6:00‐8:30 p.m. and will continue for six sessions every Thursday at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edmond. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Kathleen Wandel at (405) 230‐1900 or Kathleen@namioklahoma.org. Additionally, NAMI Oklahoma is offering a new support group for parents and caregivers of children and youth with a mental illness. The support group is on Tuesdays from 6:30‐7:45 p.m. at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edmond. For more information, call Jennifer at (405) 396‐6520. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
May 18: Oklahoma People First Annual Membership Rally, 9 a.m.‐4 p.m. Rotary Club Pavilion, Regional Park E. Reno and Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, OK Lunch provided, RSVP by May 14. Contact: Lance Davis at (405) 701‐2077 Oklahoma Family Network Care Notebook and Supporting Parent Training, 9:30 a.m.‐2:30 p.m. St. Francis Hospital, 6161 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK Contact: lora‐email@example.com or (918) 227‐1797 June 3: Oklahoma Health Care Authority Community Forum, 12 p.m.‐2 p.m. Love County Fair Building, 504 N. 2nd Ave., Marietta, OK Lunch provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Corey at Corey.Burnett@okhca.org or call (405) 522‐7751. June 6: National Sibling Leadership Network Conference Wyndham Grand Hotel, Pittsburg, PA Visit siblingleadership.org for more information. June 10‐11: Evidence‐Based Practice in Disability Disciplines Conference High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, AZ
Visit nau.edu/sbs/ihd for more information. 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: ○ June 1: Epic 2‐D ○ June 29: Monsters University ○ July 13: Despicable Me 2 ○ August 10: The Smurfs 2 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 dissemi-nated to a statewide and national network of 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 #90DD0685 from the U.S. Depart-ment of Health and Human Services Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Addi-tional support is provided by Okla-homa co-sponsors: OU College of Medicine, The University of Okla-homa Health Sciences Center, and project partners: East Central Uni-versity and Cameron University. The University of Oklahoma pub-lishes 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 Okla-homa, in compliance with all Federal and State applicable laws and regu-lations, 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, practices, or procedures. This in-cludes but is not limited to admis-sions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. www.ou.edu/eoo
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