About Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.
The Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. (ODLC) is a federally mandated protection and advocacy system that was established in 1977 to protect, promote, and expand the rights of people with disabilities in Oklahoma. The ODLC’s mission reflects the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded other members of society. The Center implements statutory programs established by Congress to address the needs of different populations of individuals with disabilities in the State of Oklahoma. Such programs include “Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities,””Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness,””Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights,””Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology,” and “Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.” The ODLC’s services include offering legally based advocacy for individuals with disabilities; working to ensure free, appropriate public education and reasonable accommodations for school age children with disabilities; and providing a consumer guided monitoring program to ensure the quality of state funded residential services for people with developmental disabilities. In addition, the Center provides advocacy services for individuals who need assistance in accessing assistive technology; develops and offers various educational materials concerning legal issues, such as employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and educational rights; publishes a newsletter; and maintains a web site on the Internet.