Our Initiatives


Our Initiatives

The Arc of Oklahoma carries out its mission of protecting and promoting the rights of Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families through innovative programs. Our initiatives touch almost every aspect of life in the community. By sharing our knowledge and conducting trainings and events, our programs help connect communities and inform efforts to broaden inclusion across the state.

Disability Film Program

The Arc’s Watch & Learn: Disability Film program is an educational outreach initiative for students of all ages.  The online playlist contains four short films geared to a specific age range (elementary, middle, or high school levels); an implementation guide, discussion questions, pre and post surveys.

Financial Planning Tools

You don’t need a lot of money to make a financial plan, but you do need to plan. Saving money is crucial for people with IDD to live full lives. A financial plan can help determine how a person with IDD will pay for the things they want and need in the future.  Download free resources on how to save money and navigate public benefits, ABLE accounts, special needs trusts, and more!

Future Planning

Planning ahead can help guide a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support.  Our trained staff can help families utilize a specialized online tool to begin building their plans through The Arc’s Center for Future Planning.

HealthMatters

HealthMatters™ is an evidence-based health promotion program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their supports in health-friendly communities. Through the HealthMatters™ Program, we engage people with IDD and their supports to have access to research, education and training, service learning, and evaluation tools to improve their health where they live, work, learn, and play.

During this 12-week health and fitness program, each session focuses on a healthy lesson for the day, such as making sure to drink water while exercising or the importance of stretching before/after exercising, etc., and then spends the other half of the time doing a fitness activity. Activities can be done inside or outside and require little equipment so it’s easy to implement and get started without the need for expensive machines and equipment.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service/AmeriCorps

The Arc of Oklahoma is proud to be a part of the MLK Day of Service and to support community organizations to develop volunteer projects that include volunteers with and without disabilities to serve people in need.   By developing inclusive volunteer activities, organizations show their dedication not just to their community, but also to supporting genuine inclusion for all members of their community, regardless of background or ability.

Wings for All

The Wings program gives families and aviation professionals the confidence to take to the skies with ease by providing an airport “rehearsal,” as well as a presentation on the aircraft features and in-flight safety protocols. The Arc of Oklahoma, local partners, and airport/airline/TSA personnel work collaboratively to design and carry out each Wings event.