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Meet the Candidates Forum
People with disabilities will have a chance to meet political candidates in central Oklahoma before the fall elections. Ask them questions on where they stand on disability issues. Meet the Candidates Forum will take place at the Oklahoma History Center just northeast of the State Capitol on Saturday, August 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information contact Haley George at 405-951-3595 or Theresa Hamrick at 405-951-3579. If you need an accommodation, ask for it. Let them know if you will attend for planning purposes.
If you are a person with a disability and have experienced tragedy as a result of a tornado or other natural disaster, give our office a call at 1-800-522-8224. We may have resources of agencies and businesses who can assist you.
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
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.
If you are a student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond or an alumni, go to www.HireBroncos.com. This website is a database of available jobs. For more information, contact Julie Smith at 405-974-3951.
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
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.
OKC Salvation Army Food Pantry (05/21/14)
The Salvation Army at 520 S. Hudson in Oklahoma City has a food pantry from 9-12 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. There are income guidelines. Approved application allows client to shop once per month. Bring a picture ID, your Social Security card, a current utility bill, and proof of income. Contact Ashley Jones at 405-246-1070 for more information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their website at www.blindinc.org.
SUMMER FUN! 4-14-14)
Sunset Cinemas - Every Sunday in June & July for free, family-friendly movie in the park. Sundays at dusk in charles J Johnson Central Park at Town Center (7209 SE 29th St MWC, OK). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information call (405) 739-1293.
Summer Concert Series - Every Thursday in June and July for free, family-friendly concert in the park. Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, MWC, OK). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information call (405) 739-1293.
Doggie Paddle - After hours pool party for dogs and their humans! Sept 1, 2014, 6:30pm to 8pm at Reno Swim and Slide. $5 per dog (owners are free with paid dog). Dogs must be current on shots. For more information call (405) 739-1293.
Firehouse Art Center (04//29/14)
The Firehouse Art Center in Norman, Oklahoma sponsors people with disabilities who want to practice their art on Fridays from 10 a.m. till noon. Supplies are provided. People with disabilities have discovered the healing power of self expression. The art center is located at 444 S. Flood Avenue in Norman. Their telephone is 405-329-4523 or visit their website at www.normanfirehouse.com.
Back to School
Citizens Caring for Children is pleased to host its annual Back to School event for children in foster care on July 26-27, 2014. Located at the State Fairgrounds in the Expo building, this event will provide more than 800 children in foster care with an opportunity to go back to school in style. Each child is matched with their very own personal shopper who will help them shop to find the perfect outfit, socks, undergarments, shoes, a backpack and school supplies. In addition, local partners will be on-hand to provide vision screenings, dental exams, haircuts, immunizations, pizza, entertainment and more to make it a one-stop-shop for the children and their foster families. For more information go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b44a9ab2dab9-back1