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The Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma

The Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma promotes quality services and programs that enable persons with disabilities to fully realize their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and community inclusion. Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish a person’s right or opportunity to fully participate in life.


  • CHAMPIONS- Raising public awareness about the capabilities, contributions, and concerns of Oklahomans with disabilities and those that support them.

The Council remains proactive in pursuing media coverage that portrays positive images of people with disabilities living in Oklahoma. The Justin A. McCurry Resource Library, a collaborative project of the Council, the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, and The Center for Learning and Leadership, hosts thousands of books, videos, audio recordings, brochures, and subject matter files for use by advocates and providers for persons with disabilities, as well as the public.

  • CATALYSTS- Stimulating innovative ideas and investing in model demonstration projects that make a positive impact in the lives of Oklahomans with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The Early Access project screens children for autism and other developmental disabilities. This community-based program works to ensure children at risk for a disability diagnosis have timely access to screening and intervention protocols.

  • ADVOCATES- Strengthening self-advocacy and allies’ advocacy; pursuing state and national policies that uphold and advance the rights of people with intellectual and/ or developmental disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking and the Youth Leadership Forum are leadership trainings funded and facilitated by the Council, helping to create productive partnerships between consumers of service for people with disabilities and those who make public policy. Participants develop skills necessary to advocate with legislators, state agencies, and others whose decisions and actions affect the lives of people with disabilities.

Oklahoma People First and Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network, organizations for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities, also receive funding from the Council.

  • EDUCATORS- Providing information and training to legislators, policymakers, agencies, service providers, individuals with disabilities and their families.

Among the Council’s education efforts are customized trainings in Person-Centered Thinking and Charting the LifeCourse. Person-Centered Thinking is a person-centered planning approach based on an understanding of what is important TO a person, what is important FOR a person, and how to support those for a person. Charting the LifeCourse tools foster positive life trajectories for individuals with disabilities by encouraging natural supports and discouraging a life that dictated by formal services.

  • PARTNERS- Building relationships with policymakers, agencies, and organizations that can together expand opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build good lives.

The Council has enjoyed collaborating with a variety of organizations, such as with Sooner SUCCESS and their initiative focused on supporting parents who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Visit our website to read about our work with others.

60% or more of the Members of the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma are people with ID/DD or a family member. The Council is founded on the principle that those with lived experience should always be included in conversations to find and foster solutions. Join us - become a Member of our Council through the Governor’s Application to ServeWhen completing the application to serve, choose 'the Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities' to join our board. 

For more information about our projects or the Council, email Melissa Gituma ([email protected]), Planning and Grants Management Director or Jenifer Randle ([email protected]), Executive Director.

The Council is funded and supported by grants from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.