- About ODC
- Agency ADA Coordinators
Great Information and Resources about Transition
Office of Disability Concerns on TV!
Thanks to OETA
Check out our American with Disabilities Resource Page!
Lots of great resources from various sources.
NEW! "Click the square!"
FRAUD - Be aware!
The Office of Disability Concerns has the opportunity to talk with many Oklahoma citizens. As we discuss the callers’ concerns, the frequency of fraud has gone up alarmingly. The crime is often targeted to individuals who maybe older or have a disability.
Fraud occurs when a person or business intentionally deceives another with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. Typically, victims give money but never receive what they paid for.
Virtually anyone can fall prey to fraudulent crimes. Con artists do not pass over anyone due to such factors as a person's age, finances, educational level, gender, race, culture, ability, or geographic location. In fact, fraud perpetrators often target certain groups based on these factors.
Fraud crime is a personal violation. Your trust in your own judgment, and your trust in others, is often shattered. You may feel a sense of betrayal, especially if the perpetrator is someone you know. You may have hesitated to tell family members, friends, or colleagues about your victimization for fear of criticism. If they then were exploited by the same fraud, you might feel guilty and suffer a sense of isolation.
Fraud crimes can destroy your financial security and sometimes that of your loved ones. If you are elderly, disabled, or on a fixed income - and you lack opportunities to recover your losses - you may face additional trauma, even the loss of your independence.
You may experience strong feelings about:
The best defense against fraud is KNOWLEDGE and SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS. Knowledge is to have an understanding of what types of fraud can be attempted. And the Simple Precautions with that understanding of how to prevent risky behavior.
Some common frauds reported by consumers with a disability include fraudsters claiming:
Use SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS to protect yourself
Listen to a great radio interview!
ODC and EVE!
(to listen "click on radio")
We are now on Facebook! Visit us at:
Representing the Concerns of Oklahomans with Disabilities
The Office of Disability Concerns (ODC) is an independent state agency whose purpose is to help state government develop policies and services that meet the needs of Oklahomans with disabilities.
ODC staff is available to answer questions from individuals, to identify available resources and services by phone, email, letter and fax.The Office is staffed Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
ODC serves as a resource, to people with disabilities, who want to present their views and recommendations to the Governor, the State Legislature and State agencies.ODC supports two important committees:
Governor’s Advisory Committee of People with Disabilities
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
ODC is a technical resource from employment issues with employment of people with disabilities and as a resource for ADA compliance with design and implementation.
Our new newsletter is here!
The Oklahoma Pledge is now available. You can still read all the past Will's Corner newsletters by clicking the link below.