The Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council was established by executive order of the state’s governor in 1973, and reauthorized by each governor since; and federally authorized by the DD Act of 2000. The Council promotes quality services and programs that enable persons with developmental disabilities to realize increased independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in the community. Though not a provider of direct services, the Council has assisted thousands of Oklahomans to live, work, play, learn and worship in their own homes and in their own neighborhoods.
What are Developmental Disabilities?
Developmental Disabilities are severe disabilities, originating any time from birth through age 21, that are expected to last a lifetime. Developmental disabilities may be cognitive, physical, or a combination of both. While not always visible, these disabilities can result in serious limitations in everyday activities of life, including self-care, communication, learning, mobility, or being able to work or live independently. Such disabilities may require a combination of specialized, interdisciplinary, or generic services, and assistance for an extended duration.
With great regret, the Consumer Involvement Fund and Professional Development Fund must be suspended until further notice. This action is necessary as the Council has not received final notification of its FFY 2013 allocation, and because we remain concerned about funding cuts to our program. This was a difficult decision for the Council to make – and we hope you will watch our website for more information. We will reinstate the funds at our first opportunity. Thank you.