The Next DDS Waiting List Meeting is June 14th, 2018

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 […]

Let’s Talk Accessiblity

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 […]

Oklahoma Disability Law Center, ACLU of Oklahoma, Applaud State Officials for Rescinding Termination of Services for Oklahomans with Disabilities, but Note that Major Challenges Remain

March 29, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Allie Shinn, Director of External Relations, ACLU of Okla., ashinn@acluok.org, 405-525-3831 Gary Taylor, Legal Director, ODLC, gary@okdlc.org, 405-436-8211 Oklahoma City, OK – Following the State of Oklahoma’s passage of supplemental funding to avoid its threatened termination of community disability services, the federal district court dismissed Anderson v. Lake, […]

Systemic Advocacy Projects

ODLC engages in systemic advocacy as a means of achieving our mission of protecting, promoting and expanding the rights of people with disabilities in Oklahoma.  Through systemic advocacy, we seek to influence and change  systems such as legislation, government or agency policy, services practices and community attitudes. In order to effectively address systemic issues, ODLC […]

Former ODLC Executive Director Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness ODLC announces the death of our long time Executive Director, Kayla Bower.  Kayla passed away yesterday following a long and brave battle with cancer.  Kayla served as the Executive Director of ODLC from 1995 until her retirement last year. Kayla was a charismatic leader and caring, compassionate […]

ODLC Investigates Allegations of Discriminatory Practices in State Scholarship Program

January 22, 2018 – ODLC was alerted to a series of articles written by Oklahoma Watch reporter Jennifer Palmer regarding disability discrimination by schools that offer tax credit tuition scholarships, which are administered by the Oklahoma’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF). Following publication of these articles, ODLC received a complaint regarding these schools and the alleged […]

Disability Rights Network Stands Ready After Federal Audit Finds Abuse and Neglect in Group Homes

January 17, 2018   For Immediate Release   WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a report that found numerous incidents of abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities living in group homes. In response, NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement: “I would like to […]

ACLU of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Amend Legal Action Against State Officials over Termination of Disability Services

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oklahoma City, OK– The ACLU of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center filed an amended petition today in Anderson, et. al. v. Lake, the case challenging the Oklahoma Department of Human Services threatened termination of critical waiver services for thousands of Oklahomans with disabilities. After informing over 20,000 […]

ACLU of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Disability Law Center, File Legal Action Against State Officials Over Termination Of Disability Services

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OKLAHOMA CITY–The ACLU of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Oklahoma’s federally funded Protection and Advocacy system, filed today an action against public officials of the State of Oklahoma seeking to ensure Oklahomans with disabilities receive the critical services required by federal law. On October 31, the Oklahoma […]