Chapter 13 Support Groups


Section 2: Advocacy, Education, Support


Ability Connection Oklahoma - OKC

Email:

okc@abilityconnectionoklahoma.org

Local resources available. Based on financial need, Ability Connection provides help for purchase of adaptive devices and medical equipment including wheelchairs and mobility aids, adapted toys, computer related assistive technology, environmental controls and other items. Training, information and help locating other funding sources may also be provided.

10400 Greenbriar Pl., Ste. 101
Oklahoma City , OK 73159

Voice: 

405-759-3562

Toll Free: 

800-827-2289

American Diabetes Association

Email:

AskADA@diabetes.org

For diabetes-related questions or to request a diabetes information packet, call 800-342-2383 or email us at AskADA@diabetes.org. In order to better serve you, please provide your name and address along with your request.

ATTN: National Call Center 1701 N. Beauregard St.
Alexandria , VA 22311

Toll Free: 

800-342-2383

American Diabetes Association - Oklahoma City

3000 United Founders Blvd., Ste. 108
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-840-3881

Fax: 

405-840-3899

American Diabetes Association - Tulsa

6600 S. Yale Ave., Ste. 700
Tulsa , OK 74136

Voice: 

918-492-3839

Fax: 

918-492-4262

Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma

Email:

brainhelp@braininjuryoklahoma.org

Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving persons with traumatic/acquired brain injuries (TBI/ABI), their families, professionals and the community. This Association is a state chapter affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc.

The Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma does not support, endorse or recommend any method, treatment, or program for brain injury. They only try to inform you, believing you have the right to know what is available. No endorsement is intended or implied.

P.O. Box 88
Hillsdale , OK 73743

Toll Free: 

800-444-6444

CarePoint Inc. of Oklahoma City

Information on HIV/AIDS. Case management, housing and utility assistance, nutritionist, mental health services, dental and eye care services, HIV employment program. Serves 405 and 580 area codes of the state.

Specializing in employment and retention services for individuals with HIV and AIDS.

A Consortium of AIDS Resources and Education
1200 N. Walker, Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73103

Voice: 

405-232-2437

Toll Free: 

800-285-2273

Fax: 

405-232-2447

Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Inc.

This organization informs, educates and alerts the general public, diabetics, pre-diabetics and elected officials about the disease.

150 153rd Ave., Ste. 300
Madeira Beach , FL 33708

Toll Free: 

877-391-5051

Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma

Email:

kim@dsok.net

Diabetes Solutions offers a variety of programs and resources to address two fundamental needs: Reducing the incidence of diabetes (reducing the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes through prevention, reducing the complications of diabetes through patient and professional education) And improving the quality of life for those who have diabetes.

Camp Endres (for children and youth with diabetes) - Camp for youth with diabetes, ages 8-12. Located at YMCA Camp Classen near Davis. Emphasis is placed on campers having fun while learning age-appropriate self-care and diabetes management skills. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

3333 NW 63rd St., Ste 100
Oklahoma City , OK 73118

Voice: 

405-843-4386

Fax: 

888-665-2741

Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma

Email:

epilepsy-ok@prodigy.net

The Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma provides knowledge and information about the causes and treatments of epilepsy and the many different types of seizures; and provides information and guidance to those with epilepsy, their families and friends.

11212 N. May Avenue, Ste. 108
Oklahoma City , OK 73120

Voice: 

405-463-0673

Fax: 

405-463-0985

FamilyConnect

Email:

familyconnect@afb.net

FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.

Heartland Council of the Blind

Email:

sandi.webster@cox.net

The Heartland Council of the Blind is a group of blind, visually impaired and sighted people from the Central Oklahoma area who come together to socialize, discuss issues related to visual impairment and advocate for a better life for the blind and visually impaired. HCB is a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

P.O. Box 30335
Midwest City , OK 73140

Voice: 

405-722-8749

Mid-America Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA)

Email:

mapva@sbcglobal.net

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to serving the needs of its members.

PVA is a leading advocate for: Quality healthcare, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits, civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.

Sponsors fishing tournaments and trapshoot events that are accessible to people with disabilities. A great source of information on other sports activities including bowling, softball, basketball, shooting sports, hunting, snow skiing, camping, pool and various outdoor sporting events. PVA's "Step Outside" program offers multiple sports and outdoors experiences. PVA also provides information on wheelchair accessible fishing and hunting facilities and publishes a calendar of sports/outdoor events.

The Mid-America PVA Chapter hosts Annual picnics, sporting events and other recreational activities for their members throughout the year. Go to the website and check out the calendar of events that are posted on a monthly basis, including information on fishing, hunting and skiing events; deer hunting for persons who are non-ambulatory and various fall hunting events.

6108 N.W. 63 St.
Oklahoma City , OK 73132

Voice: 

405-721-7168

Toll Free: 

800-321-5041

Fax: 

405-721-1829

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Oklahoma

Email:

nami-OK@swbell.net

A state resource for up-to-date information or support on mental illness.

1920 N. Drexel Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-230-1900

Toll Free: 

800-583-1264

Fax: 

405-230-1903

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (OK-NAPVI ) - Oklahoma

Email:

gfarnum@olb.org

Organization of parents, educators and advocates supporting quality educational services and improved opportunities for children who are blind or visually impaired. Offers parent support, training conferences, resources, recreation and other activities for children and advocacy.

6116 Gun Hill Way
Oklahoma City , OK 73132

Voice: 

405-232-4644

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Email:

The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

The NFB's products and technology programs provide tools of independence for the blind and serve as models of consumer leadership in designing and implementing innovative services. Blind consumer leaders from throughout the United States take the lead in setting priorities and in promoting the use of new devices which hold promise. Much of the work, such as evaluation of technology at the International Braille and Technology Center and other programs of the Jernigan Institute, is carried out in conjunction with engineers and developers who work as partners with the Federation. Direct link: https://nfb.org/products-and-technology .

NFB gives 30 scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships:

  • must be legally blind, and
  • must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States' institution in the 2008 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
  • must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all scheduled scholarship program activities.
200 East Well Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore , MD 21230

Voice: 

410-659-9314

Fax: 

410-685-5653

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oklahoma

Email:

jeannie.massay@nfbok.org
457 N. Blackwelder Avenue
Edmond , OK 73034

Voice: 

405-600-0695

National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Chapter

Email:

jeannie.massay@nfbok.org

We are a non-profit 501 0 (3) charitable organization striving to seek equality for all blind people in Central Oklahoma. We offer public education about blindness, serve as a source of information and referral, provide literature and publications about blindness, share information about aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, support advocacy and protection of civil rights, and offer support for blind persons and their families.

Monthly Chapter Meetings ? occur on the second Friday of each month, in Edmond. Call the number listed above for details. Provides opportunities for our members to meet and discuss issues regarding local and national legislation, listen to guest speakers on various topics, share successful methods for living as a blind person, and serves as an opportunity for social networking.

Free Basic Braille Class- A program offering Braille literacy for youth and adults, and parents of blind children and anyone interested in learning to read Braille.

PO Box 62
Edmond , OK 73083

Voice: 

405-600-0695

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Email:

Bcheadle@nfb.org

Association of parents of children with visual impairments. The organization provides information, support and an opportunity for parents to exchange experiences and resources. The National Federation of the Blind distributes many different magazines, newspapers, newsletters, speeches, reports, books, and other pieces of literature to inform the public (blind and sighted) about the true nature of blindness and about issues of interest to the blind.

National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore , MD 21230

Voice: 

410-659-9314, Ext. 2360

Oklahoma AIDS Hotline

Toll Free: 

800-535-2437 Statewide Hotline

Oklahoma Association of the Deaf

A local resource for information.

800 E Natchez St.
Broken Arrow , OK 74011

Oklahoma City Association of the Deaf

1106 N.W. 15th St
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

TTY: 

405-685-1126
405-525-5323

Oklahoma Council of the Blind

Email:

okcbinfo@okcb.org

Statewide organization of blind individuals, families and friends. Activities include public education on blindness, advocacy, social events, resource information and peer support. Advocacy interests include education, braille services, rehabilitation, employment, transportation, assistive technology, accessibility, support services and civil rights. Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

2801 Carlton Way P.O. Box 1476
Oklahoma City , OK 73120

Toll Free: 

877-578-6212

Oklahoma Parents Center

Email:

okparentctr@aol.com

Oklahoma Parents Center is a statewide information and training program for parents of children and youth with disabilities. The program helps parents learn about basic rights of children and parents under special education law, Individualized Education Programs, transition from school to work or higher education, and other services available for children with disabilities.

223 North Broadway, P.O. Box 512
Holdenville , OK 74848

Voice: 

405-379-6015

Toll Free: 

877-553-4332 (parents only)

Fax: 

405-379-2106

TARC

Email:

tarc@ddadvocacy.net

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.

2516 E. 71st Street, Suite A
Tulsa , OK 74136

Voice: 

918-582-8272

Toll Free: 

800-688-8272

Fax: 

918-582-3628

TARC - Ada Satellite

124 S. Broadway, Ste. 307
Ada , OK 74820

Voice: 

580-421-9441

Fax: 

580-421-9441

TARC - Oklahoma City Satellite

Email:

tarc@ddadvocacy.net
3800 N. Classen, Suite C30
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

Voice: 

405-557-1878

Fax: 

405-524-1058

Tulsa Council of the Blind

Email:

j.bailey@cox.net

The Tulsa Council of the Blind is a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind. It was created by a group of blind individuals in the 1940s and served several functions. Over the past decades, TCB has been involved in legislative and other forms of advocacy in behalf of blind and visually impaired people, particularly on a local level. We have worked hard to develop public transportation, sidewalks, and acceptance of visually pmpaired people in all aspects of society.

Their monthly meetings are held from 5:30-7:30 pm, on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Mazzio's in the Farm Shopping Complex, 5119 S. Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK. For more information, please go to their website or contact Julie Bailey, 918-355-0842 or email at j.bailey@cox.net.

5119 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa , OK 74145

Voice: 

918-355-0842

World Association of Persons with Disabilities

Email:

execvp@wapd.org

The Oklahoma State Chapter of the World Association of Persons with Disabilities (WAPD), a not for profit, non-political entity that has a mission to help all disabled persons of the Sooner State with current and up to date information; advocacy that will provide strong support to their daily lives.

5016 Alan Lane
Oklahoma City , OK 73135

Voice: 

405-672-4440

Fax: 

405-672-4441