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The Needs of Individuals With Disabilities in Oklahoma
"The Needs of Individuals With Disabilities in Oklahoma", highlights the key findings from the 2001-2002 Oklahoma Disability Survey (ODS). The ODS was a statewide survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns (ODC)(formerly Office of Handicapped Concerns (OHC)) that solicited information on the economic, medical, therapeutic, social, and vocational needs of individuals with disabilities in Oklahoma. Over 8,000 surveys were distributed to: (1) individuals with disabilities; (2) close relatives, including parents, of individuals with disabilities; (3) personal caregivers for individuals with disabilities; and (4) directors and presidents of organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual is considered to have a "disability" if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
The results of this project will be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature and the findings will be used by state and local agencies to design policies and programs that effectively meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.