DRTC is in your corner

Individuals in DRTC's programs smile at the 2015 United Way Campaign Kickoff
A group of individuals in DRTC’s programs attended the 2015 United Way Campaign Kickoff.

Individuals in Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) programs are active advocates for the agency. Whether it is by attending United Way Campaign Kick Off events, going to the Capitol for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, or just by spreading the word about the work being done at the agency, what better spokespeople to have than these!

There are plenty of opportunities to be advocates—when out on field trips with Camp Tumbleweed, at volunteer sites with Mobile Workforce, visiting work site locations with Transitions and beyond!

Chris holds a certificate of recognition making him an Honorary Public Relations Representative.
Chris became an Honorary Public Relations Representative for his efforts during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day.

One outstanding advocate is Chris—who participates in DRTC’s Mobile Workforce. Chris was an outspoken supporter of DRTC at this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, speaking with Oklahoma’s lawmakers about the importance of DRTC. He even invited them to come take a tour of our campus! He did such an amazing job, we made him an Honorary Public Relations Representative!

It’s easy being an advocate:

DRTC’s presence at various events and in the public in general sends a strong message to those in the community: We’re Oklahomans. We work. We contribute. We give back.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org

What to expect when custom picture framing

Welcome to a new feature: Carla’s Corner.

Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer with the frame and mat board selection process at Wyman Frame.
Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer at Wyman Frame.

Hello! I’m Carla and I work at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). I have been a Certified Picture Framer since 1983 and have framed for DRTC for two years.

We offer two basic types of framing: Fast Frames where you begin your framing experience based on price or Custom Framing where you begin your framing experience based on best final framing outcomes.

Having something custom framed can seem intimidating but it really is not. There are a few things to have in mind when arriving at the showroom studio that will make the process go smoother. Relax. It will be fun.

  • Give your framer a little information about the item to be framed. Ask questions.
  • Be open to ideas but don’t be afraid to let your framer know what you do or don’t like.
  • Entertain new ideas that maybe you wouldn’t have thought of.
  • Pick something you will enjoy living with daily and for a long time.
  • Relax and have fun. Be creative!

Shop for a Cause!  When you purchase from Wyman Frame you are also providing people with disabilities work opportunities; it’s a win-win for all!

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org

Life-changing decisions

Planned budget cuts and adjustments may have been thrown another wrench courtesy of a bill approved by Oklahoma state lawmakers on the last day of session.

Senate Bill 694 spells out how the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) is to use its entire $2.2 billion budget (including $651.5 million in state-appropriated funds).

Section 3 of SB694 states OKDHS should fully fund several waiver programs, including the In-Home Supports Waiver (IHSW), “with all of the state, federal, and other existing financial resources available to the Department, including increasing state funds to make up for the loss of Federal FMAP funds so that total spending in FY-2017 is no less than FY-2016.”

Entrance sign at Dale Rogers Training Center
Dale Rogers Training Center

OKDHS announced plans to offset some of the $27 million reduction from FY16 levels by cutting $11 million from the IHSW. Slashing the IHSW would impact 31 of the families served through Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) programs at its main campus in Oklahoma City and dozens of other agencies across the state.

While both SB694 and SB1616 (appropriations bill for FY17) passed and now await Governor Mary Fallin’s signature, OKDHS is still faced with deciding how to fund its programs.

If OKDHS eliminates the IHSW, there will be no funding for 24% of the individuals participating in DRTC’s programs to come to the nonprofit agency and be contributing, tax-paying citizens.

An individual works on a subcontracting project in DRTC's Vocational Services Program.
An individual works on a subcontracting project in DRTC’s Vocational Services Program.

In DHS’ own words, reducing/eliminating the IHSW “could risk individual’s ability to remain at home, requiring 24-hour skilled nursing care.” Skilled nursing is far more expensive and moves people with disabilities toward segregated environments rather than toward federally mandated community integration.

Your advocacy is still needed

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Call/email DHS Director Ed Lake at 1-877-751-2972 or email inforeferral@okdhs.org

Tell Director Lake to provide services for persons with disabilities who live at home through the In-Home Support Waiver!

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org