The Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma and the Department of Libraries worked together to bring Partnering for a Good Life: Disability Awareness & Resources to libraries in Oklahoma.
Whether you are the parent of a child born with disabilities or you are navigating life with a disability, state and local programs and resources are available to help. Here are a few of the resources and tools that were highlighted during the workshops. You will also find a section on disability awareness for libraries and general information on working and communicating respectfully with people with disabilities.
Disability Resources & Tools
DDCO Resource Guide — This guide contains a list of resources, such as community and family supports, education and childcare, legal help, employment and training, and health and wellness.
Guide to Community Services in Oklahoma — This guide provides information on services across the lifespan, eligibility guidelines, training and technical support, Soonercare services, waiver services, respite vouchers, and contact information.
Three Buckets of Support — DDCO has organized resources using the "three buckets of support": Discovery and Navigation, Connecting and Networking, and Goods and Services.
Oklahoma STABLE Accounts — Tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses. Save and invest without losing federal needs-based benefits.
Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma — The Council offers a variety of programs and is a good source to get answers to your disability questions. Programs include:
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped — OLBPH provides free services to Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. Those with reading disabilities or physical limitations that make it difficult to use standard print also qualify for our services.
One-Page Profile Template 1 | Template 2 — This tool is useful for yourself or your loved one with a disability when going into a new classroom, daycare, hospital or other service environment. It details what is important for and to you so that the teacher or service provider will know how best to support you.
Example One-Pager (for school/new teachers)
Community Action Agencies — CAA is working to improve the lives of low-income residents through increased self-sufficiency and community participation. Programs include:
- Train people for jobs
- Develop local small businesses
- Build and maintain affordable homes for families
- Weatherize homes for health and energy savings
- Save vulnerable families from hunger
- Prepare children for success in school
- Care for children while parents are at work
- Transport patients to care, workers to jobs, and kids to school
- Coordinate volunteer opportunities
- Assist with filing federal and state tax returns
The Alphabet Soup Book — This book is a tool for understanding disability-related acronyms, like CMCH, FSAP, IDEA, OKSAN, TANF, etc.
OK Department of Rehabilitative Services — OKDRS expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home.
DRS Disability Resource Guide — The guide provides resources in Assistive Technology, Education, Employment, Financial Assistance, Health and Mental Health, Housing and more.
Client Assistance Program — CAP provides advocacy to persons with disabilities who are seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services from DRS.
Independent Living Centers — Programs across Oklahoma that assist people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence through advocacy, education and service.
Oklahoma Disability Law Center — ODLC answers questions about the legal rights of persons with disabilities, and services they may be entitled to. They also explain where to apply for disability services or how to get more information. They also provide client and systematic advocacy, training, investigation and monitoring.
ABLE Tech — They connect Oklahomans with disabilities to assistive technology (AT). They offer device demonstration, device loan, device reutilization and financial loans.
Oklahoma Family Network — OFN focuses on supporting families of children and youth with special needs via emotional support, resource navigation, and ensuring quality healthcare for all children and families through strong and effective family/professional partnerships. Connect with a mentor family for support and answers to your questions.
Oklahoma Works — The network aligns resources, education, training and job opportunities to help individuals find gainful employment.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act — WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma — LASO provides free or low cost services to eligible low income people, and senior citizens.
Tips for First Responders — This tool provides advice for first responders when they are called to a situation where someone may have autism, a service animal, cognitive disabilities, mobility issues, mental health conditions, and other.
Disability Awareness and Library Resources
What is People First Language? — This tool provides information on how to talk or write about a person using respectful people first language.
Watch Your Words — This brochure explains why the words you say matter and offers advice on what words to use.
Practicing People First Language — This is a practice worksheet for working on the words you use.
Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma — The Council works to inform and educate professionals, advocacy groups, policymakers, organizations and the general public on various topics related to disability, free of charge.
At Your Service- Engaging Customers with Disabilities video — This 20 minute film features customers with disabilities. Learn how to provide great accessible ADA customer service.
Library Accessibility Toolkits: What You Need to Know — This 20 minute film features customers with disabilities. Learn how to provide great accessible ADA customer service.
Customized Trainings — DDCO staff members can create and deliver customized trainings to your organizations, schools, family groups, etc. for free.
Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities - Short Clip — Like the title suggests, the video gives advice on communicating effectively and respectfully with individuals with disabilities.
Picture Exchange Communication example — This is an example of communicating with pictures for patrons who come to your library.
Printable Picture Cards — This online program lets you create customized teaching aids for visual learners.
Dewey Decimal System Guide with Pictures —The Georgia Library System put together a good example of how you can use pictures that represent different subjects.
WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool — This tool is useful in testing accessibility on your website. You can download the Chrome extension and test every page of your website. It offers advice on how to fix accessibility issues.
Color Contrast Checker — This tool allows you to test the color contrast on your website or document. It enables you to optimize your content–including text and visual elements–for individuals with vision disabilities like color-blindness and low-vision impairments
Speaking of Speech — Find and print interactive materials for visual learners.
Service Animals - Booklet | Poster | Poster for the Public — These publications provide information on service animals for the general public and for those who serve people with service animals. Know your rights and responsibilities.
Tech Spotlight - Page Fluffers — This tool gives you an idea on how you can accommodate people with limited movement.
You can also view the presentation slides from the Partnering for a Good Life workshops: