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Who We Are and Why We Did This

The Legislative Advocacy Toolbox is a project of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. This Toolbox was modeled after the Health Advocacy Toolbox by the Connecticut Health Policy Project.

The Mission of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council (ORC) is to facilitate consumer education and empowerment, to assure services are of high quality, and lead to employment of individuals with disabilities in the State of Oklahoma. The ORC is a partner with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services whose primary focus
is vocational rehabilitation.

There are many motivated, potential disability advocates who feel confused about how to really make a difference - where to start. Many feel disaffected and helpless to change policies that aren't really working for people. Many feel that it takes a lot of money and/or time to be effective. Too many believe that systems are extremely complex and only professionals can have an impact. The truth is that average citizens, with minimal time commitments, can be very effective and it doesn't have to cost anything. Policymakers are invariably moved by real stories from real people. All that is needed are the right tools. 

This Toolbox is built to give people the skills they need to address the problems they are facing. The Toolbox starts where people generally begin - with a problem that they feel needs addressing.

The goal of the Toolbox is skill development that consumers will use to benefit their own issues. You will not find an endorsement of any position or candidate or party or anything else in the Toolbox. 

It is our hope that the Toolbox provides a realistic framework of information and resources for interested consumers to make your voices heard with the strength that comes from knowledge - drawing back the curtain on what too often appears to be a closed process. 











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