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Assistance for Tornado Victims (updated 5/22/13)
This information is being provided by Paula Ninivaggi, a Program Liaison for the New Hampshire Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She sent us an email with the following statement, "My deepest thoughts go out to all those impacted by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. While I cannot be there in person to help, much as I would like to, I can help virtually by providing helpful information and resources, please see below. I will also be forwarding information and resources from other groups who want to help. Please know you are not alone as the country is with you is in this difficult time."
*** Situation Report specific to areas impacted by the tornadoes http://www.humanityroad.org/situation-report (has numbers to call, maps, utilities, shelters, regional links, and more.
“National Disaster Distress Help line. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
Tornado App http://apps.usa.gov/tornado-app.shtml
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app http://apps.usa.gov/fema-mobile.shtml
American Red Cross
HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Public Health Emergency
City of Moore, Oklahoma Municipal Government https://www.facebook.com/cityofmoore
City of Shawnee, Oklahoma Municipal Government https://www.facebook.com/CityofShawneeOK
Oklahoma VOAD https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaVOAD
http://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/Pages/ok-tornado-2013.aspx (this has info on: coping, safety, shelter, etc.)
Disaster Preparedness Tip Sheet for People with Disabilities http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities (in Spanish too)
Preparing Food and Power Outages http://extension.umaine.edu/publications/9001e
Post Disaster Tips http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/ (in various languages and formats)
Technology Tips and Disaster Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/get-tech-ready (in various languages)
UCO Endeavor Games
The UCO Endeavor Games is a nationally recognized competition that allows athletes with physical disabilities to participate in multi-sport events. June 5-8, 2014. Sport competitions offered: Archery, cycling, paracanoe, paratriathlon, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and track and field. For more information go to: http://www.uco.edu/wellness/sr/endeavor/
HighTech Now Competition Video (05/29/13)
This is a short video showing the incredible students who participate in the program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq-Q67Wa8AA
Committee Meeting Notices
METRO Transit 05/17/13
FREE Bus Services for designated days will be provided to promote healthy air environment for Oklahoma. For more information, please visit: http://www.gometro.org/
PayScale – gives you the ability to compare what you’d need to make in another geographical location to keep the same standard of living: www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator
MyPath101 – great resource for high school and college students with learning tools on identity and self awareness, online brand and social media management, and career marketing. www.mypath101.com
Add Us In Employment Program
Add Us In is a demonstration grant to assist individuals with disabilities find employment in minority-owned businesses. It serves people in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties in job shadowing, resume development, and job search. For youth ages 16-21, contact Melissa Andrews at 405-701-2062 or Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. For adults 22 and up, contact Kimberley Folkes at 405-543-8834 or Kimberley.email@example.com. For Facebook go to www.facebook.com/AddUsIn.
If you would like to share your ideas on the new Oklahoma Special Education Handbook, go to http://ok.gov/sde/documents-forms. Completed forms will be forwarded to the Special Education Handbook Review Committee.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
Workforce Oklahoma is holding a free spring Job Fair in the Shawnee Mall March 26, 2014. Register by March 20. Call Robin Young at 405-275-7800, ext. 2505 for more information.
New Website on Public Transportation
United We Ride is an organization of people in the public and private sectors to improve public transportation across Oklahoma. They have put together a website to let people know of available resources in their local area. This is a step towards improving public transportation in our state. Go to www.ok.gov/unitedweride for more information.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Universal Disability Access Symbols 05/03/13
Most everyone can identify various Universal Disability Access Symbols. Be prepared and know these very important tools for everyday living. To learn more information, please take a moment and review the Universal Disability Access Symbols link below.
Oklahoma ABLE-Tech is an agency located in Stillwater, Oklahoma which serves the whole state in adaptive equipment that people with disabilities need to function more easily. According to their figures, the federal investment of $396,864 into the agency this fiscal year ending September 30 produced savings and benefits for Oklahomans of $4,688,915. For more information about Oklahoma ABLE-Tech call them toll-free at 800-257-1705 or go to their website http://okabletech.okstate.edu. They maintain an equipment loan program, and they actually let you try out the equipment to see if it is right for you. They contract with a Stillwater bank to provide low-interest loans to people with disabilities who want to purchase equipment.
Universal Design (1-24-14)
Thinking about buying or building a new home? Be sure and check out this website first on Universal Design: http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=89934
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Office of Disability Concerns 01/17/14
The Office of Disability Concerns will be hosting Coupon University Workshop in March 26, 2014. This is a one day free event providing numerous coupons tips, and much more. Seating is limited. To r.s.v.p. call Valencia at (405) 521-3756.
Patient Portals (11/20/13)
Patient portals are electronic ways for a patient to get the same medical information about themselves as their doctor has. They allow a patient secure access to their medical records including medications, lab test results and medical summaries. Patients can communicate with providers through messaging, schedule appointments and request medication refills. Patient portals are an electronic way to talk to your doctor. Check with your doctor on how you can access a “patient portal” of medical information about yourself.
2014 Camp Schedule
Make Promises Happen Christian Camps near Guthrie, Oklahoma has announced their 2014 camping schedule for children and adults with disabilities. Go to www.centralchristiancamp.org. Click “Make Promises Happen” and scroll to the 2014 camp schedule. Indoor facilities permit year round camping opportunities.
A Sign of the Times: Health Trends and Ethics (1/22/14)
Join Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O. in his training on “Evidence-based Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Aging Workforce.” The training will be May 23, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. CEU’s are provided, and lunch is provided as well. The training is open to the public. For more information, contact Tammy Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-744-7511
FOOD PANTRY OPENS AT NEW LOCATION IN EDMOND.
Project 66 Community Food Pantry will host a prayer walk and open house at 10am Saturday at its new location at 1700 S Bryant Ave, on the campus of Oasis Church. Project 66 recently moved from Arcadia, where is had been in operation since August 2010. Project 66 is an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma that serves Edmond, Arcadia, Jones, and other communities based on ZIP codes. Project 66 is open from 10 am to noon and from 6 to 8pm every Thursday.
The National Federation of the Blind offers 30 scholarships to high school seniors planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2014. The scholarships are available to blind students living in the United States and Puerto Rico. Awards are based on academics, community service and leadership. Apply by March 31, 2014 at www.nfb.org/scholarships.
Child Behavior 1-13-14
Easter Seals in conjunction with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department presents, “The Incredible Years” every Tuesday night from January 25 through April 29, 2014. The training will address discipline without tantrums, minimizing power struggles and promoting fun, improved peer interaction and success at school and decreasing parent stress. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. followed by training from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $60 per person or $90 per couple. Easter Seals is located at 601 N.E. 13th Street near the O.U. Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. For more information and to enroll, contact Dan at 405-419-4112 or Sarita at 405-425-4366.
Information on Transition of a Student with Disabilities into Life After Graduation (1-21-14)
If you are a parent of a child with disabilities in the public school or a child with disabilities, there are many things you need to know and coordinate in order to be successful in the public school and afterwards. “Transition” refers to plans begun in the public schools for how to prepare the child with disabilities to begin their lives when public school is over. Where will that child live and with whom if anyone? How will that child support themselves? What supports does the child with disabilities need in order to do what they want to do in life? The Oklahoma Transition Council has come up with a plan on things which can be done in a timely manner to make success possible for your child. Access http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/timeline-of-transition-activities/jcr:content/contentpar/download/file.res/Timeline of Transition Activities 3-25-13.pdf to get a better idea. This provides a timeline on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. For further information on transition, contact Kim Osmani who is the Transition Coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, 405-635-2768.
The Oklahoma Veterans Council and the Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America 09/05/13
Obtaining a college education can make a difference of a life time, and the Oklahoma Veterans Council and the Mid-America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America made a dream come true for two young ladies. To learn more about their educational achievements, please visit: http://theadanews.com
Employment and Veterans
The local One-Stop Career Centers also known as Workforce Oklahoma connect people with actual available jobs. They serve everyone including veterans. Sometimes the local Workforce center will have a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist on staff to specially address the needs of that group. The Workforce centers in Altus, Ardmore, Chickasha, Durant, Enid, Lawton, Miami, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Ponca City, Poteau, Pryor and Tulsa have this staff position available to serve veterans. For veterans going to Workforce Oklahoma, they first need to register before they can access an appointment with a veteran’s representative. A good website for veterans looking for jobs is www.vetsuccess.va.gov. The Oklahoma Director for Veterans Employment and Training is Kenneth Allen. Mr. Allen’s phone number is 405-231-5088 in Oklahoma City, and his email is email@example.com. He works for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Veterans and Wounded Warrior Freedom Boat 10/30/13
To learn more about this program go to: www.veteranwoundedwarriorfreedomboat.org. The purpose it so help enlist the public's aid and raise awareness for the needs of your veterans and wounded warriors that served for your freedom. They suffered so we didn't have to.
Expedite Social Security Disability Claims (1/22/14)
The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative is a way to expedite the processing of SSDI and SSI disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s definition of disability. There is no special application form. If an applicant’s disability falls under a CAL condition, their application is automatically expedited. CAL claims may be processed in weeks rather than months or years. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masters Degree in Transition
Oklahoma University is providing full tuition, fees, and books for eight scholars to get a master’s degree in secondary school transition. Successful candidates must teach or serve students with disabilities two years for each year they receive funding. Call Shannon Vazquez at 405-325-4525 for more information or email her at email@example.com.
Oklahoma City Transition Fair
Transition refers to the movement of a student with disabilities from school to life after high school. The Oklahoma City Public School system will have a Transition Fair on Wednesday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. The Fair will be at Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City. For more information contact Jeff Newton at 405-819-8817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Buddy Program
The Buddy Program is a three-week residential camp for children ages 9-13 who are blind. The program is sponsored by Blind, Inc. in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota July 12 through August 2, 2014. Training in reading and writing Braille, basic cane travel, and independent living skills is offered. Build self confidence and meet new friends. For more information call 612-872-0100 ext. 251 or 800-597-9558. Email Charlene Guggisberg at email@example.com. Check out their website at www.blindinc.org.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
It’s time again for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission’s 35th semi-annual job fair on March 20, 2014. It will be at the Chevy Bricktown Event Center just east of downtown Oklahoma City. For questions call Donna Sanders at 405-234-5001 or Jan Thornton, 405-713-2205.
Scholarship Opportunities for People Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (2-10-14) Deadline March 15th
There are several national scholarships awarded annually to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Alexander Graham Bell Association offers a scholarship. Apply by April 1, 2014 for the fall semester. Call 202-337-5220 for more information. Apply by April 20, 2014 for a scholarship from Gallaudet University. Contact Office of Alumni Relations in Washington, D.C. for more information at 202-651-5060. Contact the Geoffrey Foundation in Kennebunkport, Maine by March 31, 2014 at 207-967-5798. The Minnie Pear Scholarship Program in Nashville, Tennessee does not have a deadline to apply. Call 800-545-HEAR for more information. Call 816-333-8300 in Kansas City, Missouri for information about the Sertoma Scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 3, 2014. Apply to the National Association of the Deaf in Silver Spring, Maryland by calling 301-587-1788. Ask about their William C. Stokoe Scholarship. Apply by March 15, 2014.
Scholarships for People Who Are Blind/Visually Impaired (2-10-14) Deadline March 31st
The American Council for the Blind awards a scholarship yearly for students who are blind or visually impaired. Call 800-424-8666 for more information. Apply by March 1, 2014 for the fall semester. Call 703-823-9690 in Alexandria, Virginia for information on the scholarship awarded by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. There is no set deadline. Apply by April 1, 2014 for the Christian Record Services Scholarship at 402-488-0981. The deadline is April 1, 2014. The National Federation of the Blind in Grinnell, Iowa offers a scholarship every year. Call 515-236-3366. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. This is only a partial list of scholarship opportunities for students who are blind and visually impaired.
Tax Help (2/14/14)
The Oklahoma FEB has partnered with the IRS to provide an opportunity for federal employees, contractors and retirees, their families and yes,even their friends, who made less than $58,000 in 2013 to file their federal and state taxes for FREE through a link on the FEB website