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2016 Advocacy Awards tickets now available

Please click HERE to RSVP and/or purchase guest/general admission tickets for the 2016 TARC Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition presentation and dinner.

We invite you to join TARC in recognizing those who have provided outstanding service and advocacy for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and for dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at the Marriott Southern Hills Hotel, 1902 East 71st Street, in Tulsa beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The TARC Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition also will include entertainment by the Pathways Choir from Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Tulsa whose choir members include several individuals with developmental disabilities. Also performing will be the Green Country Shining Stars – a cheerleading squad for special needs athletes ages 5 and older.

Master of ceremonies for this year’s event will be KOTV’s “6 In The Morning” personality LeAnne Taylor.

LeAnne Taylor

Please RSVP/purchase tickets no later than Nov. 30.

For more information, please call 918-582-TARC (8272) or 800-688-TARC (8272).

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Advocate – Case Manager
Recognizes the OKDHS/DDSD case manager who has surpassed job requirements to advocate for his or her clients.

Advocate – Direct Care Provider
Recognizes the direct contact staff person working for a community provider, who has gone beyond job requirements to advocate for people with disabilities.

Advocate – Educator
Recognizes a public school educator who has promoted the inclusion of children with disabilities in regular school settings.

Advocate – Professional Provider
Recognizes any professional such as a therapist or physician who advocates for people with disabilities beyond their professional responsibilities.

Advocate – Volunteer
Recognizes the volunteer or group of volunteers who, in a program serving people with developmental disabilities, has gone beyond the call of duty to advocate.

Elected Official
Recognizes an elected official who has effectively promoted better understanding and integration of people with disabilities in employment, education, and the community.

Recognizes the self-advocate who has spoken out for all people with disabilities.

Media Advocate
Recognizes the media professional who has effectively promoted better understanding and integration of people with disabilities living in the community.

Parent Advocate
Recognizes the parent(s) of a person with developmental disabilities who has been a voice for all people with disabilities.

Special Achievement in Advocacy
Recognizes the individual, business, or organization not included in other categories, which through a significant advocacy effort has improved the lives of people with disabilities.

Catalyst of Change
Recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have been catalysts for significant positive change in improving the lives of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities over a long period of time.

Shelby Hard Courage in Advocacy
Recognizes individuals who have faced extreme challenges while still advocating for others.

Kendra Gives Back Party

You are cordially invited to attend the “Kendra Gives Back Party” benefiting TARC at Kendra Scott at Utica Square, 1842 Utica Square, on Thursday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments (champagne, wine, non-alcoholic options) and sweet treats will be provided for all guests during event. For those who can’t make it into the store to shop, but want to support TARC, they can do so by calling the Kendra Scott store (918-770-8303) on October 20 and placing a phone order (does not apply to web orders). 20% of total event revenue will be donated to TARC.

This will be a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping early or pick up something special for yourself from the beautiful Kendra Scott collection of jewelry while also making a contribution benefiting Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families.

Please save the date now and come and join us for a fun evening of sips, sweets and jewels!



Carnival of Caring

As part of the Tulsa Area United Way Day of Caring, TARC will be hosting the 2nd annual Carnival of Caring at Whiteside Park, 4009 S. Pittsburg in Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Individuals with developmental disabilities and their staff or caregiver are invited to come and enjoy a fun day of games, activities, arts & crafts, and music with DJ – Steve Pitts. Ricoh will again be the event’s sponsor and will provide a cookout picnic for all participants. There will be no charge for any of these event activities.

Please RSVP by Sept. 2 by calling Barry Maxwell at 918-582-TARC (8272) or by email at

Carnival of Caring

“Life Animated” at Circle Cinema

Please join TARC for the only Oklahoma opening of the award winning film, Life, Animated, on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 pm at the Circle Cinema. Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The film will show at the Circle Cinema from Aug. 19 -25.

Here is a link to the trailer.


Life Animated Flyer

Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) Resource Fair


In need of help for a family member with a developmental disability?

TARC is hosting a resource fair at the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 for individuals, families and groups who are interested in I/DD services and programs available in the Tulsa area. Admission is free.

TARC, and several other nonprofit organizations that serve individuals with I/DD and their families, will be available to provide information and answer questions about their programs and services.

In addition to TARC, the following organizations will be at the I/DD Resource Fair:

  • Autism Center of Tulsa
  • Campfire Green Country
  • Goodwill
  • Okla. Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Okla. Developmental Disabilities: Partners in Policy Making
  • Oklahoma DHS Developmental Disabilities Services Intake
  • Oklahomans for Autism Insurance Reform
  • Pathways
  • Social Security
  • Sooner Success
  • TCC
  • The Bridges Foundation
  • Tulsa City/County Library Outreach
  • Tulsa People First
  • Youth Services of Tulsa

For more information, contact Michelle Brinkley-Jones at 918-582-TARC (8272) or

Spanish translation services will be available.