Attending People with Disabilities Awareness Day is how you can make a difference
This event is an opportunity to engage lawmakers and help them understand what programs are vital to reach these goals.
You have a better chance of talking to your Legislator in person if you call to make an appointment at least two weeks before Awareness Day. Find out who your Legislators are at https://go.usa.gov/xRtqC.
Or call to make an appointment: Senate: 405-524-0126 or House of Representatives: 800-522-8502.
Remember: the Legislator's job is to be in committee meetings or on the floor of the Senate or House of Representatives when state business is being conducted. If your Legislator is not in the office, please give your message to the staff. Legislators depend heavily on their staff and often receive information this way.
The strategy for the day
Awareness Day gives people with disabilities and advocates, like you, a chance to talk with decision-makers who can preserve or expand services that make a critical difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities. Last year, more than 754 people participated in this free event, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and friends.
This year, our attendance goal is 775 people with 50 percent visiting state Senators and Representatives or their staff. Volunteers will be available to take you on legislative visits and provide other assistance if needed.
In a nutshell
Many volunteers will support People with Disabilities Awareness Day. You can tell your story to state Legislators and staff. It is an opportunity to explain about the positive impact of critical disability programs. More than 70 outstanding exhibitors will share valuable information on the second and fourth floor rotundas (center areas) of the Capitol. You can also meet and unite with other disability advocates to address the growing needs of 600 thousand Oklahomans with disabilities.
Event agenda March 12
|11 a.m. —||Join the Oklahoma People First Developmental Disability Rally|
|Noon —||DRS opens PWDAD registration|
|12:30 p.m. —||Exhibits open and lawmaker visits begin|
|3:00 p.m. —||Awareness Day Awards ceremony|
|4:00 p.m. —||Event ends|
Please help us plan for the event by registering here. We will look up your state Senators and Representatives and have that information in standard or accessible formats for you when you check in on the first floor of the Capitol on People with Disabilities Awareness Day.
If you have any accommodations requests, please send them to Cathy Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-951-3478.
Please note: If capitol construction causes our registration location or other event details to change, we will update this page as soon as we are notified. We will email guests who have registered and given their email addresses. Event greeters will also notify guests of event changes when you enter the building.
Learn more about the legislative process and issues
You can also learn how to affect change with our lawmakers through the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council's (ORC) Legislative Advocacy Toolbox. Find informative links to assist you in learning how to successfully advocate for people with disabilities or key issues important to them.
Please check back. We will add tips and updates to this page as they become available.
You can also join our email list at www.okdrs.org/JoinUS and receive important information when it comes available as well as event news.
Many exhibits too
People with Disabilities Awareness Day always has great exhibits with a vast assortment of information and key people to get to know. We will provide a list when this information is available.
Where to park?
Please park on the south side of the Capitol. Accessible parking is located at the base of the south steps. Overflow parking is available at the Jim Thorpe Building west of Lincoln Blvd.
EMBARK will provide parking shuttle service to front door of capitol
Check out their message below:
EMBARK is pleased to partner with DRS in support of People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. We are providing a free parking shuttle for individuals with disabilities. The shuttle will run from 10:30am until 4:15pm serving the Jim Thorpe Building parking lot and dropping off attendees on the south side of the Capitol Building. It is expected that the shuttle will make this loop every fifteen minutes.
To catch the shuttle after parking your vehicle, please wait at the marked stop area directly west across Stiles Avenue from the Jim Thorpe parking lot. To catch the shuttle from the Capitol Building to return to your vehicle, look for the marked stop area next the drive in the south plaza. The shuttle will only stop to board or disembark passengers at these two locations. We ask that the shuttle be reserved for individuals with disabilities and any personal care attendants traveling with them.
Check out the event flyer and help us spread the word by sending it to all your friends. Tell them how important it is to inform our state Legislators about the issues that affect the disability community and for all of us to stand united.
See what's happening - #PWDAD2019
Be seen, wear green!
When Capitol workers see a lot of people all wearing disability-awareness green, our efforts have an even greater impact. The color of green does not matter. It is the volume of green shirts that makes the difference.