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Family Support

Support across the lifespan.

Family support services and other means of supporting families across the lifespan should be available to all Oklahoma families to strengthen their capacities to support family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in achieving equal opportunity, independent living, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency.  We represent and serve all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Oklahoma believes counseling, support groups, respite, training, cash assistance and information and referral must be made widely available to family caregivers, especially those who are aging, and who provide supports in the community to help avoid costly and unwanted institutional placements of Oklahomans with IDD.

Family caregivers include, but are not limited to, parents (including those with IDD themselves), adoptive parents, foster parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren, and individuals who are in spousal-equivalent relationships.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lays out a process that schools must follow to identify which children with disabilities require services and which supports and services a child requires. We can help families learn more about the special education process and the rights that students and their families have in that process.

Our expert staff will assist families and advocates in navigating the special education system, including understanding IDEA and early intervention services, IEPs and Section 504.  For more information, contact Sherilyn at SWalton@TheArcOK.org.

 

THE ARC@SCHOOL PROGRAM

Now, through The Arc@School, The Arc of Oklahoma provides training, and resources to help families and other stakeholders navigate the special education system.  Our instructor-led online advocacy curriculum includes eight sessions and provides the basic information that parents, educators, and other advocates need to support students and families in navigating the special education system, including understanding IDEA and early intervention services, IEPs, Section 504, and more.  For more information, contact Erin at EShepherd@TheArcOK.org.

The Arc@School program is funded through an Innovation Grant awarded by the Tulsa Area United Way and charitable giving from Bank of Oklahoma.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Mom’s & Dad’s: For parents of children with IDD focusing on nurturing and supporting families, encouraging positive strategies in dealing with challenges, and sharing in the joy of raising children.  Meets in person or via Zoom last Thursday of the month 7 to 9 pm.  No meeting in November.  December meeting is the second Thursday.  Contact Sherilyn at SWalton@TheArcOK.org.
  • Teen Connection: Social group for middle and high school students (6th through 12th grade) with high-functioning autism. Students play board and video games where they can practice positive social skills.  Meets in person last Wednesday of the month 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  No meeting in December.  Contact Sherilyn at SWalton@TheArcOK.org.
  • Links: Support/social skills group for adults with high-functioning autism. Monthly gatherings are designed to help participants build positive social skills as well as enjoy a variety of fun activities. Meets  in person on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.  Contact Callie at CHall@TheArcOK.org.

For more information on Family Support Services,
contact Sherilyn or Erin at (918) 582-8272

The Arc of Oklahoma provides education, advocacy, and support on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) • Fragile X Syndrome • Tourette Syndrome • Spina Bifida • Cerebral Palsy (CP) • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) • Apert Syndrome • Hearing Loss • Learning Disability (LD) • Vision Loss • Developmental Delay (DD) • Pervasive Developmental Disorder • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) • Developmental Disabilities (DD) • Epilepsy • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) • Intellectual Disabilities (ID) • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) • Prader-Willi Syndrome • Asperger Syndrome • Williams Syndrome • Down Syndrome and many more