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The Office of Disabilities Concerns has had an opportunity to work with several police and sheriff departments. The following is an overview of our proposed training:
"How Understanding A Disability will Lead to Better Police and Community"
Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and other law enforcement personnel have always interacted with persons with disabilities and, for many officers and deputies, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers opportunities for improved relations. This Training offers common sense suggestions to assist law enforcement agencies in complying with the ADA as well as tips and hints for appropriate interaction with the community.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law. It gives Federal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities the same as those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with dis- abilities in State and local government services, public accommodations, employment, transportation, and telecommunications.
Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in State and local governments services, programs, and employment. Law enforcement are Title II agencies of local governments, regardless of whether they receive Federal funds. The ADA affects virtually everything that officers and deputies do, for example: working with your community;
Police officers may, of course, respond appropriately to real threats to health or safety, even if an individual’s actions are a result of her or his disability. But it is important that police officers are trained to distinguish behaviors that pose a real risk from behaviors that do not, and to recognize when an individual, such as some- one who is having a seizure or exhibiting signs of psychotic crisis, needs medical attention. It is also important that behaviors resulting from a disability not be criminalized where no crime has been committed.
This training has been designed to provide a solid basis for understanding the ADA, the community and cover many common situations. The common topics include:
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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.
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