The Oklahoma Family Leadership Council of Oklahom (FLC) was established in 2007. FLC membership includes family members of children, youth and/or adults with developmental disabilities and special health care needs who serve in leadership roles across the state. These members bring perspectives from rural families, families of adults and children with a range of support needs, families from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and families of varying socioeconomic backgrounds. The FLC represents the Center for Learning and Leadership's ongoing commitment to including the perspectives and participation of families in all core activities, including pre-service preparation, community services, research, and dissemination.
Increase the numbers of families equipped to serve in leadership roles
Increase the participation of family leaders on boards and committees that influence policies and programs
Increase the participation of families as co-presenters with professionals in community training
Increase the participation of families in teaching roles in higher education
Raise the visibility of the FLC as a statewide resource for providing the perspective of families to policy-makers, faculty, service providers and other decision-makers who influence policies and programs
Mentor emerging family leaders
Collaborate with state agencies and organizations in hosting an annual Family-Professional Leadership Conference
Match family leaders to service opportunities within state agencies
Provide community training to professionals and other families
Mentor higher education students preparing for careers in service and support to people with disabilities participating in Oklahoma LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) program by providing practicum experiences in family leadership and advocacy activities.
As part of the National Family Support Agenda, Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with an Individual with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities was published in 2012 by the Wingspread Planning Commitee, of which a CLL staff member participates. "The goal of Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with an Individual with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities is to advance policy and strategies at the federal and state level for building infastructure for supporting families of people with developmental disabilities, with all of their diversity and complexity."
Additional information about Family Support and the Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with an Individual with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities, or Wingspread Report, is available on the Family Support Agenda website: http://www.familysupportagenda.org/FSNA/index.aspx
Family Leadership Council Chair
Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator
Oklahoma LEND Core Faculty, Parent/Family Issues
Primary Partner: The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics