Advocacy & Public Policy
The Arc of Oklahoma’s advocacy efforts include individual and family advocacy as well as systems and public policy advocacy to improve the quality of life of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Oklahoma staff:
- Speak out on behalf of all Oklahomans with developmental disabilities, and their families
- Serve as resources to professionals
- Educate the citizens of Tulsa and surrounding communities
- Facilitate collaborations
- Encourage equity in federal and state public policies
Based on input from members, individuals we serve, board members, staff, and key constituents, the top public policy goals for The Arc of Oklahoma are:
- Maintain funding for individuals served by home and community based services. The state should continue to provide support to individuals who are currently receiving services. The legislature needs to adequately fund DDS services and direct DHS to not cut services or provider rates to those already being served.
- Serve those individuals on the waiting list for home and community based services. The number of individuals on the waiting list currently exceeds 5,500. Funds should be appropriate and designated to start a meaningful initiative to serve individuals on the HCBS waiting list.
- Improve the ability of Oklahoma’s public schools to attract and retain effective special education teachers. Local schools should have adequate state funding to recruit and retain qualified special education teachers.
- Protect health coverage for all. Everyone, especially people with disabilities, should have access to health care.
- Expand service options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Oklahoma should develop and adequately fund a comprehensive system of services that provides for the varied needs of all individuals on the autism spectrum.