CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OKLAHOMA’S FEDERALLY DESIGNATED UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Recognizing the Value of Partners
The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD and Oklahoma LEND recently decided to create a Partnership Award. The award will recognize people who showcase the Seven Partner Values, which were developed by the CAC members. People nominated for the award will be those whose actions and work on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families best represents the CAC’s Seven Partner Values. Self‐advocates, family advocates, and professionals are eligible for the award. Up to three awards will be given each year that there are qualified candidates. Anyone may nominate a person for the award. The nomination form is available here. The deadline for nominations is January 9, 2013. The first award recipient(s) will be announced during 2013.
After the Election: A Consumer’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act If you would like information about upcoming changes to the health care system as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, you can visit the Kaiser Health News Consumer’s Guide. This guide answers a number of questions about people who are currently uninsured, changes to employer‐provided health plans, Medicare, and other aspects of health care reform.
Preparing for Winter: Resources for People with Disabilities People with disabilities may need to take extra precautions to prepare for winter weather and natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer resources to help people with disabilities and their families be prepared: Click here for emergency preparedness resources from FEMA Click here for general emergency preparedness information from the CDC Click here for winter weather safety information from the CDC Click here for additional winter weather tips
Assistive Technology in the Workplace Web Portal The Assistive Technology (AT) for Employers web portal provides information about AT solutions in the workplace. Designed for businesses, non‐profit organizations, and other employers, it includes contact information for state AT organizations, ideas for using AT on the job, and other resources. Go to atconnects.com/resources/at‐for‐employers to access the web portal. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Oklahoma Early Access Autism Project Free autism screening for children ages 18 months to 7 years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 405‐295‐5273 or visit www.earlyaccessok.org. January 18: McAlester January 25: Watonga February 1: Ardmore Jan. 15‐16: Supporting Children with Autism Training, 8:30 a.m.‐4 p.m. For paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, and Head Start providers Presented by Project PEAK Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus 801 East 91st St., Tulsa, OK E‐mail Jennifer‐Winfrey@ouhsc.edu for more information. Jan. 19‐20: Thriving Marriages Retreats ‐‐Free retreats for couples caring for a child with autism or Down syndrome Sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Embassy Suites, 2501 Conference Dr., Norman, OK For more information, visit yourthrivingmarriage.com, call Nancy at 405‐418‐3848 or e‐mail her at Nancy.Flinton@OKMarriage.org.
From all of us at the Center for Learning and Leadership, may you have a wonderful holiday season! Our offices will be closed December 24-January 1. NON-PROFIT ORG.
Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 26901, ROB 342
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
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