Tue., Feb. 25, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
Communicating Respectfully with People who have Disabilities
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Ann Trudgeon, Executive Director
Helen Kutz, Board Member
Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council
"Disability is a natural part of the human experience." So states a Congressional finding that is included in the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights. Advocates further recognize and remind us that "disability" is the one "minority group" anyone can join, at any time. And yet, while Oklahomans with disabilities and living, working, playing and worshiping in our communities every day, too often we do not engage with these fellow citizens because disability can be confusing or scary to us. It truly need not be. People with disabilities are PEOPLE, first. Join us to learn how to get over your fears in communicating with people with disabilities, and learn important, empowering language that all of us should use to better include those with disabilities into our communities.
About the Speakers:
Ann Trudgeon is the Director of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council. She has spent her professional career with the Council, beginning as planning director in 1989. She became the director of the Council in 1993. Ann has been appointed or elected to several boards and commissions, and currently serves on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel to address community-based services in Oklahoma. She is the Board president of Court-Appointed Advocates for Vulnerable Adults in Oklahoma, and serves on the IDEA-B statewide advisory panel, the Legislatively-appointed Education Transition Task Force, ADRC Steering Committee, Oklahoma Respite Resource Network, and the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network.
Helen Kutz has her bachelor's degree in education and master's degree in human relations both from the University of Oklahoma. She has devoted her professional career to the development and implementation of projects and programs that enhance the integration of people with disabilities into this society. She has recently retired but enjoys serving on the DD Council as well as spending time with friends and family.
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