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People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2022

People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2022 Statistics

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Did we have an outstanding day or what?

 Checked In 312
 Walk-ups 243

Total Attended 555

The resource fair with 65 exhibitors and a statewide awards ceremony was held for the first time at Oklahoma History Center.

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We had an awesome time at our 2022 People with Disabilities Awareness Day

Every year we ask you how we can improve People with Disabilities Awareness Day and this year is no different. If you would give us a few more moments of your time and tell us what you thought of the event.
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Are you ready to network? Celebrate outstanding accomplishments? If so, join us for People with Disabilities Awareness Day from noon to 4 pm, March 8, 2022, at the Oklahoma History Center.

Let's take action! Come out and network by visiting more than 70 disability-centric exhibitors. Celebrate success! Stay and congratulate our Awareness Day Award Winners.

The move to the Oklahoma History Center is exciting as the facilities are better suited to host a resource fair and awards program with plenty of room for the public and convenient parking.

In the event the COVID virus worsens and it becomes unsafe to host this event, the in-person event will be canceled and a virtual event to bring awareness will be instituted.

What about Legislative visits?

Annually we have asked you to visit lawmakers while attending Awareness Day and tell them how they can serve the disability community the most. We still hope you contact them either by personal visit, phone call or email. We don't want to miss our opportunities just because we are across the street. It's a time to learn to advocate for yourself or for your family or on behalf of those you work with. This day is still your opportunity to explain the positive impact of critical disability programs.

Look up your legislator here.

Join us at the Oklahoma History Center

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This year we will be hosting PWDAD at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. This beautiful facility is not only made for our event by being able to hold the large number of exhibitors that we are used to but our awards program as well. No elevator waits - it's all on one floor.

Admission to the building and PWDAD is free. There is also a reduced rate to take advantage of the visit to the center, you can view their galleries and exhibits for just $4 (regularly $10 for adults) and it is free for Veterans. Take a moment to explore their website and you will be as excited as we are.

Oklahoma History Center

PWDAD 2022 Awards Program

Every year, we honor individuals who make a difference for the disability community, either by being an example or paving the way for success. We will honor our People with Disabilities Awareness Day Award winners at 3 pm in the Chespeake Room.

DRS Director Melinda Fruendt and Commissioners Theresa Flannery, Wes Hilliard and Jace Wolfe will present the honors.

2022 Awareness Day logo.


Noon: Registration and Exhibits open

3 p.m.: Awards ceremony

4 p.m.: PWDAD closes

Check here for updates

When we update this page, we add a note here. The date the update was made and what section it was made to.

  • 12/20 - Added the Be Seen, Wear Green section

PWDAD Many exhibits too

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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.

Let's get social - #PWDAD2022

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