Justin A. McCurry Library & Resource Center


The Justin A. McCurry Library & Resource Center is named in honor of Justin McCurry, a young man with developmental disabilities who worked in the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council offices from 2000 until his death in 2004.

Justin was passionate about his work, and well-loved by council members and staff. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers; the logo for the library named for him was designed with a small green letter G in the spine of the book, as a subtle tribute to Justin’s beloved team.

 

Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities
A comprehensive history of people with disabilities, and programs and services that support them, can be found at two Web sites, Part I and Part II. Please contact the Council office for text only copies of Parallels in Time.

Hours and Policies

The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. State holidays are observed.

We have more than 2,500 books available to read in the library or borrow. Videos are for in-house viewing only.

Materials range from such varied topics as funding sources and non-profit management to special education issues, along with information on specific disorders such as Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, etc.

You are required to fill out an application for check-out privileges. We operate just like the Metropolitan Library System; checked out materials must be returned. We are a part of the statewide library inter-loan system (at last count 245 libraries statewide, university wide). If your local library participates, you can search the statewide database and request a title; it will be sent to your library where you can check out and return locally.

Council Publications

Council Brochure
This brochure provides an overview of council membership, mission, goals and activities.

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Council Brochure

 


Executive Summary State Plan
Consistent with federal law, each program funded by the DD Act of 2000 engages in activities to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families and enhance participation in community life. The ODDC achieves its mission by developing a five year State Plan.
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Executive Summary State Plan Fiscal Years 2007-11

 


Consumer Involvement Fund

The Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council annually sets aside funds to assist advocates in the field of developmental disabilities to participate in conferences and short-term educational programs.

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Consumer Involvement Fund Brochure

 


Watch Your Words
Watch Your Words is a brochure produced by the council about the use of People First Language. This language puts the person before the disability. It describes what a person has, not who a person is.

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Watch Your Words Brochure

 


Tips for First Responders
Tips for First Responders is a set of cards the council provides to police, fire and emergency medical personnel for use in their vehicles, with helpful information about how to recognize and respond appropriately to people with disabilities.

PDF of Tips
for First Responders Cards

 


Partners in Policymaking
Partners in Policymaking is a nine-month training course in best practice state-of-the-art information from national experts in the field of developmental disabilities. We provide books, suggestions and resources related to issues important to people with developmental disabilities, and role playing and direct experiences in influencing public policy at local, state and federal levels. It is designed for adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities who are too young to advocate for themselves, and advocates for persons with disabilities.

Select here for text only version of
Partners in Policymaking Brochure

 


Youth Leadership Forum
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a unique program designed to provide leadership training to Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. Delegates representing their communities come together at a week-long event at a university campus to cultivate leadership skills, meet with government officials and explore career options.

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Youth Leadership Forum Brochure

 

Videos

Living in the Freedom World Video
This 50-minute video tells the personal stories of living in the community by people who once lived in Oklahoma’s institutions.
Video of Living in the Freedom World

Partners in Policymaking Video
In this 13-minute video, graduates of the Partners in Policymaking program tell about their participation in the program and the significant benefits their families received from it.
Video of Partners in Policymaking

Youth Leadership Forum
This 3-minute video shows 2004 graduates participating in activities and commenting about how valuable the forum has been for them.
Video of Youth Leadership Forum

 

Council Activity Application Forms

Consumer Involvement Fund Application Form
The Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council annually sets aside funds to assist advocates in the field of developmental disabilities to participate in conferences and short-term educational programs.


PDF of Consumer Involvement Fund
Application Form



Partners in Policymaking Application Form
Partners in Policymaking is a nine-month training course in best practice state-of-the-art information from national experts in the field of developmental disabilities. We provide books, suggestions and resources related to issues important to people with developmental disabilities, and role playing and direct experiences in influencing public policy at local, state and federal levels. It is designed for adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities who are too young to advocate for themselves, and advocates for persons with disabilities.


PDF Document of Partners in Policymaking Application Form




Youth Leadership Forum Application Forms
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a unique program designed to provide leadership training to Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. Delegates representing their communities come together at a week-long event at a university campus to cultivate leadership skills, meet with government officials and explore career options. Graduates of YLF are encouraged to return for the following year as alumni leaders. “Blue Cards” are achievement cards for students to complete as part of their application to return.


PDF of YLF Application Form

 


PDF of YLF Staff Application Form

 


 

 

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