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The Needs of Individuals With Disabilities in Oklahoma Esther I. Wilder Department of Sociology and Social Work Lehman College, City University of New York This research was generously sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Handicapped Concerns (OHC). I am especially grateful for the support and encouragement of Steven Stokes, the Director of OHC. Traci Kane and Stacey Hansen meticulously coded the results from the questionnaires and Morgan Lindsey provided helpful research support. William Walters' careful review of this report was especially appreciated. The names of individuals with disabilities have been changed to protect the confidentiality of participants in this study. This project would not have been possible without the support of dozens of organizations throughout the state that provide services to individuals with disabilities. I am grateful to every one of them. The opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily represent the views of the State of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Office of Handicapped Concerns, or the agencies that cooperated in distributing the surveys. June 2002
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Table of Contents The 2001-2002 Oklahoma Disability Study ............................................................................................ 1 Characteristics of the Sample ................................................................................................................. 2 Concerns of Survey Respondents ........................................................................................................... 4 The Necessities of Life ..................................................................................................................... 5 Eligibility Rules for Government Financial Support ........................................................................ 8 Health Care Coverage .................................................................................................................... 11 Health Care Providers .................................................................................................................... 16 Prescription Medication ................................................................................................................. 18 Routine Medical Care, Eye Care and Dental Care .......................................................................... 20 Medical Supplies ............................................................................................................................ 21 Community-Based Services and Attendant Care ............................................................................ 24 Respite Care ................................................................................................................................... 29 Long-term Residential Facilities .................................................................................................... 31 The Bureaucracy of Obtaining Government Benefits ..................................................................... 34 Accommodations in the Schools .................................................................................................... 41 Support Services in the Schools ..................................................................................................... 45 School Teachers, Administrators and Counselors ........................................................................... 49 Day Care and Aftercare .................................................................................................................. 52 Vocational Rehabilitation ............................................................................................................... 54 Career Counseling and Job Placement ........................................................................................... 57 Employment Opportunities and Obstacles ..................................................................................... 59 Transportation ................................................................................................................................ 65 Handicapped Parking ..................................................................................................................... 68 The Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessibility in Public Places ........................................ 70 Information on Support and Services ............................................................................................. 75 Legal Support and Advocacy .......................................................................................................... 77 Sensitivity Training ........................................................................................................................ 80 Unrecognized and “Hidden” Disabilities ........................................................................................ 84 Other Comments ............................................................................................................................ 86 Summary and Conclusions ................................................................................................................... 87 References ............................................................................................................................................ 95 Appendix A: Sample Cover Letter ........................................................................................................ 97 Appendix B: Copy of Director’s Survey ............................................................................................... 98 Appendix C: Survey Distribution ....................................................................................................... 107 i
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The 2001-2002 Oklahoma Disability Study This report is based on data obtained from the 2001-2002 Oklahoma Disability Study (ODS), a statewide survey that solicited information on the economic, medical, therapeutic, social, and vocational needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Oklahoma. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual is considered to have a disability if he or she (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of such impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
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