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2020 Advocacy Awards

We’re celebrating our 30th Annual Advocacy Awards with a series of videos recognizing each honoree who is changing how society perceives and treats Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD.) Watch and learn more about each of these trailblazers!

Flat Self Advocates to Make Appearance at State Capitol for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

We created the Flat Self-Advocate campaign as a safe alternative for Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities to stay engaged with legislators and have still a visual presence for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month without putting their physical health at risk. Legislators are encouraged to display their Flat Self-Advocate constituents in their offices throughout the month and post pictures with them on social media using the hashtag #FlatSelfAdvocate and #DDawareness2021.

New Name, Same Great Cause

TARC is proud to announce we have become The Arc of Oklahoma, a state chapter of The Arc of the United States, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD.) The Arc and its network of affiliates are dedicated to serving them and their families, across diagnoses, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Our new brand identity as The Arc of Oklahoma represents a new day for our nonprofit organization that has served Oklahomans with I/DD since 1952,” said The Arc of Oklahoma Executive Director Lisa Turner. “The new logo connects us with the work of a strong and energetic national organization and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity for hope, growth and change for Oklahomans with I/DD and their families.”

As the state chapter, The Arc of Oklahoma has taken on The Arc’s national brand as its new face for the organization. The dynamic logo unites affiliated chapters under the banner “Achieve With Us,” a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect. The logo design reflects the energy and determination of The Arc to support and embrace people with I/DD and their families.

“It is exciting to introduce the new face of our organization to the community,” said The Arc of Oklahoma Board President Eric Newendorp. “The Arc of Oklahoma is a very important lifeline to many families with I/DD, including my own. This new identity will let everyone know that we are moving forward and making a difference every day for Oklahomans with I/DD.”

The Arc of Oklahoma joins a network of more than 600 state and local chapters across the country working tirelessly to uphold a vision that every individual and family living with I/DD has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc of Oklahoma’s services will remain the same with an added emphasis on advocacy and public policy, as Oklahoma’s only statewide advocacy organization dedicated to serving individuals with I/DD. Programs also include family support, self-advocacy, grief support, residential advocacy.

The Arc of the United States was founded in 1950 by parents who believed their children with I/DD deserved more – to be included in their communities and to pursue fulfillment and happiness just like everyone else. Over its 60 year history, The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face. The organization has played a pivotal role in changing the public perception of disability and has been on the frontlines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.

2019 Advocacy Awards

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Winners announced for TARC 29th Annual Advocacy Awards (11/15/2019) - Winners of the 29th annual TARC Advocacy Awards have been selected and will be presented with their awards at the Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition ceremony on Dec. 10, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel Southern Hills in Tulsa. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who have provided outstanding service and advocacy for Oklahomans with developmental ... Read more...
Richard Hight headlines 29th Annual Advocacy Awards (8/15/2019) - The 29th Annual TARC Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition event will be hosted Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel in Tulsa beginning at 6 p.m. LeAnne Taylor, KOTV’s “6 In The Morning” personality, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Guests will gather in the ballroom for an evening filled with live ... Read more...
Mother’s Day – Cheryl’s Story (5/10/2019) -   Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1905 and first celebrated in 1908. She wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started as a peace activist and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than ... Read more...
Drug Shows Promise in Socialization For Those With Autism (5/9/2019) - There is new research suggesting targeting a hormone may lead to improved socialization and behavior in those with autism. The hormone known as vasopressin is being studied in both adults and children and there is reason for cautious optimism. The children’s study looked at 30 kids ages 6 to 12 with autism and after randomly ... Read more...