The Mission of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is to protect, promote and expand the rights of people with disabilities.
The ODLC mission reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect; to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
The ODLC mission also reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded other members of society.
Are you ready to cast your Vote tomorrow?
Here are some helpful resources:
- Find Your Polling Place and Sample Ballot— The Oklahoma Election Board Online Voter Tool allows you to confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, view sample ballots, and track absentee ballots.
- Candidate Guides — If you need more information on the candidates running for office in your area, check out these handy guides GetToThePolls.com, Ballotpedia, Ballot Ready, and Vote411.
- Discount Rides to the Polls —Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are offering free or discounted rides to the polls. Find out more about Lyft, Uber and Lime.
- Election Day Hotlines – Call ODLC toll free at 800-880-7755 . Here are some other valuable numbers: 866-OUR-VOTE isn’t just a handy phone number, it’s a robust resource for every citizen’s voting needs if they have questions or experience problems at the polls. It’s also available in Spanish at 866-VE-Y-VOTA, several Asian languages at 888-API-VOTE, and in Arabic at 844-YALLA-US.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2018
CONTACT: State Election Board PIO Bryan Dean, (405) 522-6624 email@example.com
Voter registration deadline approaches
(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoman’s have until Friday to register to vote or update their registration in time for the Nov. 6 General Election, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.
“It’s critical that people confirm their voter registration information and make any necessary changes before the deadline,” Ziriax said. “Elections are our chance as voters to have a say in our government, and that starts by making sure you are registered to vote.”
Voters can check their party affiliation, polling place and other registration information, view a sample ballot and track absentee ballots using the Online Voter Tool on the State Election Board’s website. It can be accessed at http://elections.ok.gov.
Voter registration forms, used to change any registration information, can be downloaded from the website, as well. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.
Voters must either deliver their voter registration forms in person or mail and have them postmarked before the deadline.
Those who are already registered to vote may update their information online. Voters can change their residential or mailing address within their current county and update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.
The General Election will allow voters to choose candidates for state and federal offices including Governor, state officers, U.S. Congressional seats, state legislative races, district attorneys and nonpartisan judicial races.
For more information, visit http://elections.ok.gov.
ODLC Encourages Oklahomans to Participate in
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and all Oklahomans are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how you or your employer can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.
You are invited to a meeting for families who have a loved ones on the DDS Waiting List. DDS (Developmental Disabilities Service) is under DHS and offers assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities to be able to live in the community and stay with their family. DDS waivers offers job training, skill building and health and medical care. This Waiting List continues to grow (more than 7,700) with no hope of any help coming to these fragile families. The WAIT is over 12 years long with no sight of it ending.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM – 3 PM
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building – Room C-47 Basement Level
2400 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK
Members of the DHS/DDS leadership team will be present to update families on the status of Home and Community Based Waiver Services and answer questions. Those attending the meeting, will receive a breakdown of the DDS Waiting List. These handouts detail what services are being utilized during the waiting, the length of time waiting and the number of individuals in each county who are waiting.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires state and local governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations to provide goods, services, and programs to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the public.
Some people think that only new construction and alterations need to be accessible and that older facilities are “grandfathered,” but that’s not true. Because the ADA is a civil rights law and not a building code, older facilities are often required to be accessible to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.
The ADA has different requirements for state and local governments and for places of public accommodation (businesses and non-profit organizations that provide goods to or serve the public).
State and local governments (ADA title II entities) must ensure “program accessibility.”
Public accommodations (ADA title III entities) must remove structural and communication barriers where it is “readily achievable” to do so.
Want to know if your facility or program is doing enough to ensure people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate? Use the ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities
Learn more at adachecklist.org