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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/
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.
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.
Feds Look to Boost Disability Employment (9-26-14)
A new advisory committee in the U.S. Department of Labor will help government improve job prospects for people with developmental disabilities across the country. The group will focus on ways to enhance competitive, integrated employment for people with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities.
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.
Universal Disability Access Symbols
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
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.
Free Health Summits in Oklahoma City and Tulsa
The Oklahoma Council of Churches is sponsoring a free health summit in Oklahoma City on Monday, December 1, 2014. The same health summit will take place in Tulsa on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The summits will target faith communities and will include information from community-based providers representing health, housing, food security, transportation, literacy, and education. The OKC summit will be at the Francis Tuttle Vo-tech Reno Avenue campus beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Tulsa summit will begin at 2 p.m. and will take place at the University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center. To get more information and to register, go to http://okchurches.org/upcoming-events-for-health-faith-community-based-health-summit/.
New Clinical Trial to Patients with Lung Cancer
The Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is now offering a new clinical trial for patients with squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer who do not respond to routine therapies. Patient tumors will be “mapped” to determine which genes and proteins have been affected. For more information, call 405-271-8777. The Stephenson Cancer Center ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patient participation in clinical trials.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coupon and Nutrition University Workshop
Next workshop to be announced soon!
When is the last time you experienced the beauty of the Oklahoma landscape? Did you know that Poteau has a Balloonfest? Or that Honobia has a Bigfoot Festival? These are just two of the many events coming up in Oklahoma this fall. For a comprehensive list of all the festivals and foliage tours going on, visit http://www.travelok.com/listings/filters.ao109/sid.15/seed.15054/search.
When you find an event that interests you, click on the link and it will take you their information site. Amenities, hours, maps, pricing, and contact information is available. Remember that as with any travel plans that you have, it is always a good idea to call ahead to ensure that your specific accommodation needs can be met.