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Disability-Related Resources

Posted by Denise Bandl, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP is CEO of AdaptiveTechSolutions.com on

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I would have to say that the resource to try first would be 211. From any phone simply dial 211. This connects you with a person who is trained in finding resources for a variety of needs. We're talking everything from elder abuse, free medical treatment, to housing issues. This includes many resources for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers/families. Many of the families I work with find themselves worn out (check out our call button for some added relief) and financially strapped. So, it's not uncommon to be in search of respite care, information on your rights and disability law, or help with utility bills. You can also search the Tulsa and surrounding area database online athttp://www.211tulsa.org . Or go to http://www.211.org for info on 211 services in the United States. This service is free and available 24 hours a day in many areas (including Tulsa area).

Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
These non-profit centers exist in every state. At least 50% of their staff must have a disability- which is an advantage because they tend relate a bit better to disability related issues. Each center offers different services- everything from counseling and free advocacy to adaptive equipmentloans. Most centers have counselors who are familiar with local resources. Click here to find your nearest CIL.

Oklahoma Disability Resource Guide This information is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation. It is pretty extensive and includes some links to vendors outside of Oklahoma. Click here to view it.