CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Center for Learning and Leadership Welcomes New Staff
The Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL) recently hired Brian Smith as the Self-Advocacy Partners Coordinator. Brian is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he majored in Strategic Communications. Brian will have primary responsibility for coordinating the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network, which was formed after the regional self-advocacy summit hosted by the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities in Kansas City, MO in April 2011.
Crisann Hanes joins CLL staff as the Instructional Delivery Coordinator. Crisann recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she studied English Writing, and has
worked for LL since 2009 as a Student !ssistant; risann’s new position will primarily
involve managing and developing web-based media and coursework.
TARC Parent Advocate Award Wanda Felty, Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator for the Center for Learning and Leadership, was recently honored as the Parent Advocate of the Year at the 21st Annual TARC Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition ceremony in Tulsa, OK. TARC is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families throughout their lifetimes. Wanda serves as the Oklahoma LEND Core Faculty for Family/Parent Issues and is a commissioner with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. Wanda has worked as an advocate for many years through her support of other families and her interface with legislators and policy makers in efforts to improve services. She leads the state developmental disability agency’s waiting list meetings so families can have a voice and easy access to policy makers; She and her husband also started the first “r” Word campaign website in 2007 to raise awareness of people first language at both a state and national level. Wanda has three daughters; her middle daughter has developmental disabilities and lives at home with her family.
Student Aid for Students with Disabilities The 2012-13 Guide to Federal Student Aid is now available at studentaid.ed.gov/guide and includes information specifically for students with intellectual disabilities on page 6. For more information, visit the websites below: ● For federal student aid eligibility information specifically for students with intellectual disabilities, go to studentaid.ed.gov/eligible. ● For information about scholarships and other types of aid for students with a variety of disabilities, visit disability.gov/education. ● For information about scholarship opportunities for Oklahoma students with physical or learning disabilities, go to dreaminstitute.org. Health Reform Animation Available in Spanish
“Health Reform Hits Main Street,” an animation that explains what changes the Affordable Care Act makes to our health care system, is now available in Spanish. The animation is produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and is available at healthreform.kff.org. This website also provides research, analysis and other informational resources about health care reform.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR February 27: Senior Day at the Capitol, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit okseniorday.com or call the Senior Info-Line at 1-800-211-2116. March 2: Oklahoma Parents Center Conference, Sheraton Midwest City Hotel, 5750 Will Rogers Rd., Midwest City. For more information or to register, visit oklahomaparentscenter.org or call 1-877-553-4332. March 4-7: hildren’s Mental Health Research and Policy onference, Tampa, FL; Visit cmhtampaconference.usf.edu for details. March 6: On the Road Family Perspective Conference, 8:45 a.m-3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Oklahoma, Anadarko. For more information or to register, call OASIS at 1-800-426-4727 or visit oasis.ouhsc.edu. March 22: Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) Waiting List meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sequoyah Office Building Room C-47, Capitol Complex, Oklahoma City. Call 405-271-4500, ext. 41004 or visit okwaitinglist.org for more information. March 27: Transition Resource Fair, 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p;m;, Nancy O’ rian enter for Performing Arts, Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave., Norman. Contact Marcie Stickney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. April 23-25: Disability Policy Seminar, Washington D.C. For more information, visit disabilitypolicyseminar.org. April 25-26: Governor’s onference on Developmental Disabilities, Embassy Suites, 2501 Conference Dr., Norman. Registration is available at okgovconfdd.com.
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