State and Local Resources and Updates
Assistance with Summer Cooling Costs: The Oklahoma Department of Humans Services will begin accepting applications for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on July 8. Visit http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/liheap/docs/faqs.htm for more information. For the application, visit tinyurl.com/nr3a54a.
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services has a program called iCanConnect, or the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which helps make technology and equipment available to low-income Oklahomans with hearing loss or vision impairments. To find out about eligibility or learn more about the program visit the OKDRS website or call 918-551-4921.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s 7th edition of OK Funding for AT is available free online at okabletech.okstate.edu/Publications/OK_Funding_for_AT/. This guide is a “funding resource for individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates and service providers” (Oklahoma ABLE Tech).
Ramps.org has created a directory of free ramp builders; the directory is available on www.ramps.org/free-ramps.htm.
NPR (National Public Radio) developed an accessible playground database. The database, available online at http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/ is searchable by address, city, state, zip code, or by a “Find Playgrounds Nearby” tool. According to NPR, the list is able to be edited by community members based on known information about local parks and accessibility.
We are pleased to announce that the Center for Learning and Leadership/Oklahoma UCEDD has been selected to facilitate Oklahoma’s Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities! For more information visit the Community of Practice for Supporting Families with Disabilities facebook page or website at http://supportstofamilies.org/supportstofamilies/.
“On the Waiting List, for Life,” an article from Oklahoma Watch about a young boy who spent most of his life on Oklahoma’s Waiting List. To read the article please visit the Oklahoma Watch website: http://oklahomawatch.org/2013/04/26/on-the-waiting-list-for-life/
On April 1, 2014 Medicare funding for assistive technology speech devices will change. For more information on the new rental policy visit http://www.patientprovidercommunication.org/article_33.htm or http://www.asha.org/News/2013/CMS-Determines-Rent-to-Own-as-Only-Option-for-SGDs/
The Oklahoma Policy Institute has launched a resource page for information the Affordable Care Act. The website, http://okpolicy.org/health-insurance-marketplace-affordable-care-act-resources-information, contains links, infographics, presentations, brochures, and videos.
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) mobile website is now accessible in Spanish! To visit the mobile version of the site visit www.segurosocial.gov on your Android, Blackberry, iPhone or Windows smartphone device.
Web Accessibility and Technology
Sarah Horton’s article, “The Value of Involving People with Disabilities in User Research,” discusses web accessibility and the importance of involving people with disabilities in the design and development of web and digital design in order to best meet their needs.
Microsoft and GW Micro collaborated to create the “Global Window-Eyes initiative for users of Microsoft Office,” a free Microsft Office screen reader for Windows PCs.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities website lists free and low-cost assistive technology apps that may help people with learning disabilities. The website offers a general list of apps, as well as lists specifically for people with reading difficulties, writing difficulties, and math difficulties. These lists are available by visiting www.ncld.org/students-disabilities.
Do you or someone you know use apps designed for individuals with autism or ASD? Visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps?utm_source=email&utm_medium=text-link&utm_campaign=sciencedigest to access Autism Speaks' database.
AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) has a resource page on the Portrayal of People with Disabilities that includes examples of People First Language. For more information and resources visit https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=605.
Watch the "What is a Good Life?" video from the 2014 Oklahoma Family Support Newtork Joining Forces Conference. The "What is a Good Life" video was created by the Oklahoma DD Council.
The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is seeking positive stories about experiences with providers. For more information visit the SLN website http://siblingleadership.org/2014/02/10/seeking-sibling-stories-about-experiences-with-providers/
The Smithsonian launched a digital disability history exhibit called “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America.” Visit the exhibit website at http://everybody.si.edu/ for more information.
“Make the First Five Count" from Easter Seals is an advocacy and awareness campaign designed to get children at risk of developmental delays or disabilities the right support they need to be school-ready and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. This resource is now available in Spanish. Visit the following Easter Seals website for more information: http://es.easterseals.com/site/PageNavigator/ntlc10_mffc_homepage_espanol
The Vanderbuilt Kenndedy Center and UT Boling Center, along with the Tenessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities created an "IDD Healthcare E-Toolkit" for primary care providers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nemours Children’s Health System has developed four transition videos to help youth and young adults, as well as family members and caregivers, understand important issues related to transitioning to adulthood. The videos, available on YouTube, cover four main topics: legal/financial, residential, vocational, and medical self-management. All videos are available to view at www.nemours.org/about/mediaroom/press/dv/transition-videos.html. Each video is roughly 10-minutes long.
Information about the Affordable Care Act is now available in ten Asian and Asian Pacific languages. To access this resource visit the following website, http://www.apiahf.org/policy-and-advocacy/health-care-reform-resource-center/in-language-resources
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. The standards were developed by the Health and Human Services office of Minority health and are an update of the 2000 National CLAS Standards.
NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) has created a toolkit for creating patient and family advisory councils.
Resources for Teachers: The Special Olympics get into it website contains educational resources for students grades K-12 on diversity related topics. Please note that this site requires creating a username and password to access certain features.
The Administration for Children and Families has created a website with resources for early childhood providers and educators. Visit the website, Autism Awareness and Acceptance in Early Childhood Education, by clicking on the following link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/asd
Employment and Higher Education Resources
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) For Youth has published "Youth in Action!" tip sheets for young adults with disabilities.
Research and Reports
A new study called, Power in Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Disabilities, shows data on American voters with disabilities. The study was published by the Youth Transitions Collaborative’s advocacy working group, which includes the American Association of People with Disabilities, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The HSC Foundation, Institute for Educational Leadership, National Council on Independent Living and United Cerebral Palsy.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has published a new report on early intervention and early childhood education. The report, Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education, can be found on the IES website, http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pubs/20133001/pdf/20133001.pdf.
Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child is an online tool on early childhood development that features an informative and downloadable PDF.
The Impact of College on Self-Determination is the July 2013 publication from the National Gateway to Self-Determination (NGSD). The publication is a product of Think College in partnership with NGSD.
The US Department of Education relased a document entitled, Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying.
A new publication on self-determination and aging titled Research to Practice Self Determination Series: Self-Determination and Aging, from the National Gateway to Self-Determination, is now available online. http://www.aucd.org/docs/publications/nti_selfd_issues/issue5_sm.pdf
“In Decade’s Time, Childhood Disabilities Rise 16 Percent,” read the full article here: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/05/06/in-decades-disabilities-rise/17875/
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a 21 page report on the state of accessible voting in the U.S. The report can found here: http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/654099.pdf