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.
The Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council annually sets aside funds in a Consumer Involvement Fund to assist advocates in the field of developmental disabilities to participate in conferences and short-term educational programs.
The Council provides this support as a method of building community capacity in Oklahoma. It is the expectation of the Council that advocates accessing financial assistance will share information on Oklahoma initiatives as well as learn from their counterparts in other communities. This information exchange will help increase knowledge in Oklahoma, the end product being improved programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities in our state.
As of July 19th, 2010
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT FUND AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council has a long history of supporting individuals with disabilities and their advocates by providing travel assistance for disability-related conferences and events.
Recent changes in State travel policies, coupled with the difficulty of arranging such logistics, have required the Council to re-examine the Consumer Involvement Fund and Professional Development Fund, as originally presented in this brochure.
Please be aware of the following changes in both programs:
The Council understands the potential financial burden this may place on travelers. However, we believe that not only will this make travel arrangements more convenient for the traveler(s), but will also allow the Council to send more individuals, families, and professionals to important conferences.
The full, revised versions of the Consumer Involvement Fund and Professional Development Fund are available on-line on the Council’s website: www.OKDDC.ok.gov
For more information or explanation, please call the Council office at (405) 521-4984, or toll-free at 1-800-836-4470.