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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council 
Strategic Plan for FFY 2011

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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 within the state of Oklahoma.”

Goal 1:     The ORC shall comply with Section 105 (b)(1)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Objective 1-1:    Maintain a fully constituted Governor appointed diverse council.

Objective 1-2:    Hold quarterly meetings that comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. 

Objective 1-3:    Prepare and submit an annual report to the Governor and Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

Objective 1-4:    Collaborate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and assist with the relationship between the SILC, Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and the Designated State Unit (DSU).

Goal 2:    Maintain standing committees that address the goals and objectives outlined by the ORC, the DSU State Plan, and the Rehabilitation Act (i.e., Program and Planning Committee, Transition and Employment Committee, and Policy and Legislation Committee).  Every ORC member will serve on a committee(s).

Transition and Employment Committee:

Objective 2-1:    Review the last three years of State Department of Education, Special Education Child Count data to study trends to report to DSU in order for the department to have an awareness of future needs of both consumers and personnel. 

Objective 2-2:    Partner with DSU to conduct focus groups to review, analyze, and make recommendations for a best practice tool for streamlining the client process for students receiving transition services.

Task 1:  Meet with DSU staff to identify where to hold focus group meetings and who will be invited to participate.

Task 2:  Coordinate with DSU in the planning and hosting of the focus group meetings.  

Task 3:  With DSU, review and analyze information gathered at the focus group meetings and submit report of findings to the ORC.

Task 4:  Share findings with stakeholders and convene a group to develop recommendations to the ORC.                   

Objective 2-3:    Provide a distant learning opportunity for professionals that work with students with disabilities regarding the benefits of transition services.

Task 1:  Develop curriculum and objectives that will provide an overview of the coordination of transition services.

Task 2:  Set the dates for the distant learning event, and create and disseminate outreach materials to potential participants.  

Task 3:  Submit applications for CEUs to various organizations that could offer to professionals in attendance.

Objective 2-4:    Disseminate the “Keeping Track of Your Rehabilitation Process” and “Informed Choice” to parents, students, teachers and other stakeholders.

Objective 2-5:    Invite Workforce Investment Board representatives to attend ORC quarterly meetings to report on the efforts made toward employment for persons with disabilities within their region.

Policy and Legislative Committee:

Objective 2-6:    The ORC will build capacity for consumer advocacy by educating ORC members and other interested parties on disability issues and resources.   

Task 1: Hold a one day event in Tulsa to include basic advocacy training for beginners and to develop a legislative agenda for more experienced participants.

Action 1:      Recruit a nationally recognized speaker with expertise on advocacy and legislative issues.

Action 2:      Identify and partner with other stakeholders to participate in the advocacy training.

Action 3:      Schedule, plan and promote event(s).

Program and Planning Committee:

Objective 2-7:    In accordance with Section 105 (A)(c)(i), the Program and Planning Committee, will quarterly or as necessary, review, analyze and advise DSU on the standards and indicators, customer satisfaction statewide comprehensive needs assessment, and other relevant data. 

Task 1:  Request DSU to report quarterly, the findings of the customer satisfaction survey completed 30 days after case closure.  

Task 2:  DSU will report client case data quarterly to the council.

Objective 2-8:    The Program and Planning Committee will support quality customer services. 

Task 1:  Attend DRS unit meetings statewide to promote the use of the “Keeping Track of Your Progress” and “Informed Choice” tools.     

Task 2:  Include questions on the Consumer Satisfaction Survey to determine the usefulness of the “Keeping Track of Your Progress” and “Informed Choice” tools.

Task 3:  Collaborate with the DSU to host webinars for DRS staff to address customer service and presumed eligibility, which will include case recording in the AWARE system.  Have a pre-post test as a measurement tool.

Task 4:  Partner with the SILC and other stakeholders to create a video that will explain to clients how they can write their own Individual Plan for Employment with their counselor.  

Task 5:  Support the DSU in their efforts to establish a Memorandum of Understanding between the DSU and Veterans Administrations.  Request updates to the ORC at their quarterly meetings.

Task 6:  Request quarterly updates from the DSU on the provision of assistive technology devices and services as impacted by staffing levels, as well as staff and consumer training.

Objective 2-9:    The Program and Planning Committee will partner with the DSU Visual Services Division to improve the quality of the “Train the Trainer” assistive technology project.

Task 1:  Partner with the DSU in the development of curriculum for the trainers to provide consistency of training content.

Task 2:  Research and recommend continuing education opportunities for trainers to increase their skill levels and proficiencies.

Task 3:  Partner with the DSU to create an evaluation tool to determine the effectiveness of the trainers. 

On-Going Activities from Each Committee

Transition and Employment:

Activity 1              Invite transition teams to present the progress of their team plans, including best practices, at the quarterly ORC meetings.

Activity 2              The DSU Transition Coordinator will share Indicator 14 – Post-School Outcomes reports provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education Services with the committee. 

Activity 3              ORC will support participation of Oklahoma Transition Council to the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center conference.

Activity 4              Highlight Success Stories of transitional students.

Policy and Legislation:

Activity 5              Promote and increase the number of Consumer Success Stories to be distributed to key stakeholders at the DSU Disability Awareness Day, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation capitol hill visits annually, shared at ORC quarterly meeting and posted quarterly on the ORC website. 

Activity 6              Review and update the Advocacy ToolBox as needed to included DSU legislative updates, updated legislative links, accessible list of state legislators and accessible information on How A Bill Becomes Law.

Activity 7              Continue its participation and input with VR/VS Division Staff to ensure the DSU policies are in alignment with the Rehabilitation Act, Oklahoma consumer needs and employment outcomes.

Activity 8              Provide public comment on policy changes, review policy changes with full council, promote consumer attendance at all public hearings, distribute flyer with summary of proposed changes and information on public hearings.   

Activity 9              Partner and participate with the DSU on Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol by participating on planning committee, being legislative guides and exhibitor, and marketing of the event.

Activity 10            Collaborate with other consumer advocacy groups to host the Meet the Candidates Forum, as events occur.

Activity 11            The ORC will partner with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and National Council of State Administrators of the Blind (NCSAB) on federal legislative initiatives by attending the spring and/or fall meetings and participate in national sub-committee activities and provide update to full council.

Activity 12            Collaborate with the DSU to visit the US Congressional local offices and provide informational materials.

Program and Planning:

Activity 13            Ask the DSU Representative to provide an update on performance activities using the report template at the quarterly ORC meetings.

Activity 14            Participate with the DSU throughout the RSA monitoring and review process. 

Activity 15            Collaborate with the DSU on the analysis of the comprehensive needs assessment for program improvement planning. 

Activity 16            Maintain ORC website and maintain the customer feedback document. 

Activity 17            Collaborate with the DSU through the state plan process.

Activity 18            Maintain current data on the ORC website to include DSU State Plan, ORC Strategic Plan and customer feedback documents.  

Activity 19            Provide public comment on state plan, review comments  with full council, promote consumer attendance at all public hearings, distribute flyer with information on public hearings.   

Program Manager:

Activity 20            Meeting with DSU Division Administrators and the State Director to maintain regular communication and collaborate on the development of the agenda. 

Activity 21            As a Council vacancy a rises, the Program Manager will recruit, recommend, and consult with the Governor’s Deputy of Appointments to ensure membership compliance with the Rehabilitation Act. 

Activity 22            Actively recruit and outreach with businesses and disability organizations.

Activity 23            Continue to coordinate with the DSU Division Administrators to ensure attendance of Field Coordinators and committee liaisons to attend quarterly meetings. 

Activity 24:           The Program Manager will participate on the DSU’s WIB Team.

Activity 25:           The ORC will send at least one representative to the SILC quarterly meetings and a SILC representative will attend and report to the ORC on SILC activities. 

Activity 26:           Explore opportunity of orienting the SILC members on the role of the ORC.