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  • Adaptive Halloween Costumes

    Target now has a line of Halloween costumes for children with disabilities! The costumes were thoughtfully designed to make access easy. The new line also includes a sensory-friendly unicorn and shark.   Read More...

  • Disability Voting

    Are you planning to vote?Rooted in Rights created a video to encourage people with disabilities to vote. The people in this video explain to us why voting is important. In this video, Noah says to vote so you are able to "cast your opinion on how society runs." Should people with disabilities vote?   Read More...

  • Census 2020!

    The 2020 Census continues as efforts are made to educate the community on the importance of being counted. The Arc is getting out the count with a public service announcement (https://vimeo.com/410762264/6107b39543) reminding people with I/DD to fill out the census. Comcast will air the public service announcement nationwide this summer, after first airing in the Washington, D.C.   Read More...

  • Stress Relieving Activities from AIS

    As more Coronavirus cases rise again in Oklahoma, it is no secret that times keep getting more stressful with all of these changes. Fortunately, there are ways that can help us relieve stress, even from the comfort of our own home.Stress looks different to many people. We do know that both chronic and acute stress can have negative impact on our health.   Read More...

  • SSI Benefits & STABLE

    This week we are sharing about STABLE accounts to support the financial well-being of people with developmental disabilities.  If you or a family member is a recipient of SSI (Supplemental Security Income), you know that the benefits from this program require an individual to maintain financial resources or assets (such as money or property) of less than $2000.  SSI benefits are important because they allow a person who receives these cash payments to access health care throu...  Read More...

  • The Science Behind Masks

    As our states have been reopening slowly, there has been an increase in Coronavirus cases. As of to date, there have been 11,948 cases in the state of Oklahoma according to the State Health Dept. An article from the University of California San Francisco say, health experts say there is clear evidence that masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Studies have found that viral load peaks in the days before symptoms begin and that speaking is enough to expel virus-carrying droplets.   Read More...

  • How to Relax During Stressful Times

    There is no doubt that it Is hard to find time for Yourself during this modern lifestyle. Finding ways to relax can keep your body and mind healthy which can help you recover from daily stresses. The easier relaxation strategy, the better! Here are some easy ways to relax.1.   Read More...

  • CDC Tutorial on Making a Mask

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like, grocery stores and pharmacies.Simple cloth face coverings can be made at home and may help prevent the spread of COVID-19.Make sure your cloth face covering:fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the facecompletely covers the nose and mouthis secured with ties or ear loopsincludes multiple layers of fabricallows for breathing without restrictio...  Read More...

  • WEBINAR Turning Challenge into Opportunity for People with Disabilities

    Extraordinary times call for exponential conversations!Turning Challenge into Opportunity: Creating Remote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities with Nicole LeBlanc Tuesday, June 9th at 3pmNicole LeBlanc is a self-advocate who has worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. She has a keen interest in public policy and over 12 years of experience in the disability field. Nicole has held a variety of advocacy-focused positions, supporting her peers with ...  Read More...

  • Why Should You Wear A Mask?

    There are many common systems one can experience when having COVID-19 - shortness of breath, coughing, and a fever a just a few. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "the virus is primarily spread by respiratory droplets transmitted via close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person." Those droplets are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Many people are wondering if we should wear masks even though there are shortages for the health ca...  Read More...

  • Mindfulness: Definition, Benefits, and How To Practice It

    Mindfulness: Definition, benefits, and how to practice itMindfulness is having an awareness of your experiences in the present moment, without passing judgment on them. You can practice mindfulness in daily life by focusing on a single task, paying attention to nature, and noticing your breathing - or you can regularly practice mindfulness meditation. The benefits of mindfulness include reduced stress and anxiety, improved pain tolerance, and a better sense of well-being.   Read More...

  • Mental Health Education

    The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a great resource for information, education, and how to get involved. NAMI has many classes, presentations, and outreach courses to help educate ourselves.Classes involve:NAMI Basics - for parents, guardians and other family caregivers who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who experience mental healthNAMI Family-to-Family - for families, significant others and friends of people w...  Read More...

  • How Mindfulness Can Help Alleviate Stress and Improve Mental Health

    The American Psychological Association states that a greater number of Americans are reporting extreme levels of stress. The challenge is that ongoing stress, trauma, and adverse life events impact our ability to stay resilient and overtime we found ourselves developing anxiety, depression, health challenge, and addictive behaviors. As our world speeds up, it is up to us as individuals to take the time we need to slow down. Think of it as a mindfulness exercise for your brain.   Read More...

  • The Benefits and How to Meditate, Relax, and De-Stress

    How to MeditateWhen we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives: We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we're kinder to ourselves. Let us walk you through the basics in our new mindful guide on how to meditate. Click here to read the article!Relax & De-Stress With These Daily Free MeditationsCheck back at the link each day for new meditations and feel free to share with friends and family.   Read More...

  • Self-Care and Handling Stress

    Smart Start Central Oklahoma knows that this is a challenging time for families. In addition to the fear and worry of the unknown, parents are finding themselves juggling full-time jobs and full-time parenting. They may also be managing their older children's online learning programs, as well as finding a balance between encouraging physical activity (while parks and playgrounds are closed) and monitoring healthy screen time strategies.   Read More...

  • The CARES Act & SSI: Discussion about stimulus checks and citizens with disabilities

    Many citizens with disabilities will be receiving a Stimulus funds from the Federal Government by the end of this month.  Doug Jackson, Deputy Director of STABLE Account will present information on the CARES ACT and Stimulus checks for adults with disabilities.  This webinar will focus on:Eligibility for an OK STABLE accountDepositing the stimulus funds into OK STABLE accountsUsefulness of OK STABLE accounts to utilize the stimulus payment to meet your short-term and long-term needsThe...  Read More...

  • Coping with Isolation with Dr. Phil

    Dr. Phil says the stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19 is not something we, as a nation, have experienced since 9/11. Social distancing and not being ale to see friends and family is hard.   Read More...

  • Speaking of Psychology/ Coronavirus Anxiety

    Coronavirus Anxiety:"This new illness certainly is frightening and needs attention, but it’s important to note that far more people die from an illness that’s all too familiar — the seasonal flu. Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk and human judgment and decision-making. He explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects o...  Read More...

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety from CDC

    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.Things you can do to support yourselfTake breaks, reading, or listening to news stories, including social mediaTake deep breaths, stretch, meditate, eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugsTry to d...  Read More...

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