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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1184

Oklahoma
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns
11212 N. May Avenue, Suite 103A
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Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
73120
http://www.ok.gov/odc
405-522-6702
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800-522-8224
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
William Ginn
William Ginn
405-522-6702
William.Ginn@odc.ok.gov
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
20
0
2
4
133
7
166
B. Training Activities
9
177
a. Client Assistance Program
b. VR new-employee orientation, information about CAP
c. new VR employees, members of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, members of the State Independent Living Council
C. Agency Outreach
The Client Assistance Program has received email addresses of all special education directors in the 500+ public and charter school districts in Oklahoma. CAP created a letter to students in special education and a letter to parents of students in special education informing about employment, the VR program role in employment and CAP's role in advocacy. CAP requested special education directors distribute these letters to their students and parents. Transition-age youth are an important component of the VR role. CAP wants to encourage youth with disabilities to consider employment as an important part of their future.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
343
0
5
1. CAP had its first Podcast regarding information of benefit to clients of the VR program on a podcast site, Spotify, iTunes, Facebook and agency website.
2. CAP has a Sub Reddit account on CAP topics.
3. CAP has posted A Tip of the Hat from CAP with four new postings this year on our agency website (www.ok.gov/odc).
4. Website includes (in pdf, text, and audio) job postings, career explorations, A Tip of the Hat from CAP
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Please refer to D6 explanation above. CAP believes one of the best ways to disseminate information about our agency in general and CAP in particular is by use of the digital media.
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
9
35
44
2
4
B. Problem areas
21
17
27
5
4
16
0
3
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
22
6
8
7
1
0
44
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
14
18
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
12
0
3
1
14
6
2
6
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
4
8
8
21
3
44
B. Gender
21
23
44
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
6
4
0
13
0
17
3
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
5
0
0
0
3
4
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
0
4
0
1
0
1
8
1
1
0
2
6
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
44
E. Types of Individuals Served
8
8
28
0
12
5
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
There have been no systemic activities conducted by CAP during the fiscal year 2021.
B. Litigation
1
4
0
CAP filed for Fair Hearing on a case dated September 2, 2021. Because of scheduling issues, that Fair Hearing will occur in January 2022 via a Zoom meeting. The client was denied eligibility because they are accommodated with their current job. VR states that the work done in the first placement in a job matches the unique talents and abilities of the client, and additional support is not required. CAP argues that an accommodation does not fully remove the effects of a disability and can still prevent advancement in an informed choice of a career. Just because at one time a job may be a good match of unique talent and ability, that does not mean that a client cannot advance in their employment to a job which more fully reflects their unique strengths and abilities.
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-other public agency
Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns
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B. Staff Employed
Oklahoma CAP has one fulltime client advocate employed by the Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns. CAP also has one part-time, temporary client advocate. The Director of the Office of Disability Concerns reports on the use of CAP grant funding on the RSA-425 annual report. CAP is an integrated part of the agency allowing use of core services such as business, HR, payroll and items required by being a state agency. CAP media is maintained by the ODC staff to include website production, website maintenance, publication of CAP documents, publication of the Tip of the Hat, publications of podcast, communication, internet connectivity and general reporting.
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
VR has determined a client with severe disabilities ineligible for their services. Ten years ago, they assisted this same client to get the education and job that they presently occupy. The client has asked for VR services again to get an advanced degree to qualify for advancement in employment. The agency has determined this client INELIGIBLE for services because the client is already receiving accommodations at the present job. VR states the job the client currently has uniquely fits their strengths and abilities, and they do not need yet another accommodation. I believe this means there is no opportunity for advancement in employment which is authorized under WIOA. Advocacy began on this case in 2021, however, the Fair Hearing has been delayed because of scheduling issues. My argument is that an accommodation at work does not render the individual no longer disabled for employment purposes. I intend to point out the limitation of accommodations in comparison to an able-bodied employee. The definition of "substantial impediment to employment" uses the word HINDERS the employment which I consider is easier to prove. Also, CAP will ask VR supervisor and counselor if they consider the jobs they held when they were first hired by the agency continue to be the jobs that are uniquely suited to their strengths and abilities. In this case VR is demonstrating a very static conception of employment which does not reflect the dynamism of WIOA. If VR is successful in this case, the case will become precedent for the future.
Certification
Approved
William Ginn
Client Assistance Program Director
2021-12-21
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