Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
Subsection: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Camps are held monthly, call for dates - Camp Benedictine: located in Shawnee, OK. Camps accept persons with or without disabilities, ages 8-80. Three-day camps held monthly provide an opportunity for individuals with developmental delays to engage in recreational, educational and pre-vocational activities along with other community members. Offered are swimming, basketball, aerobics, volleyball, bingo, drama, arts and crafts, cultural activities and concept building activities. Call or check website for camp dates, fees and application information.
The organization offers in-home services and residential centers in Edmond, Okla., to support independent living skills for adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, EARC provides vocational training, operates thrift stores and facilitates community employment. Their services include Sheltered Workshop, Community Integrated Employment Assistance, Group Home and In Home Support Waiver Services.
TARC is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families through education, empowerment, support and advocacy. TARC programs include: ARCCorps recruits and trains volunteer guardians and advocates willing to assist people with developmental disabilities when they are making important decisions that affect their health, safety, and personal development.
ddadvocacy.net is the TARC online presence and is a comprehensive source for Oklahomans seeking information or resources for themselves or others with a disability or wanting to connect with others in similar situations.
Family Support delivers services in both English and Spanish including parent education and training, educational advocacy, assistance in using community resources, and fostering connectedness among families that have members with developmental disabilities.
Oklahoma Advocates Involved in Monitoring (OK-AIM) trains more than 700 volunteers statewide to visit state-funded residences to monitor the quality of the everyday lives of people who have developmental disabilities.
Outreach/Service Management expedites access to the full range of services needed by people with developmental disabilities and their families at critical times in their lives such as the birth of a child with a disability; the diagnosis of a disability in a young child; the entry of a child with a disability into the public school system; transition from the education to the adult service system; and the death of the person primarily responsible for caring for an individual with a disability.
Self-Advocacy promotes the development of social and decision-making skills that enable people with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling, self-directed lives in the community; be contributing members of society; and have the support of a peer group.
Provides referral to respite care providers for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.