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Free Smoke Alarms and Alert Equipment for Oklahomans with Disabilities For the third consecutive year, The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to install smoke alarms and specialized alert equipment in the homes of Oklahomans with disabilities.  This year’s grant provides life saving equipment for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision, or use a mobility device.  Equipment is available only while supplies last.  Applications and  information are available at the above link or by calling ABLE Tech (888-885-5588).  To qualify, applicants only need to have a professional attest to their disability.

Global Library of Women’s MedicinePeer-reviewed, evidence based resources on women’s health, including surgical videos and diagnostic atlases.

Mayo Clinic – Information on diseases, treatments, tests, procedures, drugs, supplements and more.

OK Funding for AT This guide is meant to serve as a funding resource for individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, and service providers.  The guide also provides specific strategies to obtain funding, an overview of laws, that impact access and acquisition to assistive technology, as well as contact information for programs listed that assist Oklahomans with disabilities.

Oklahoma Center for Poison & Drug Information – The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information (OCPDI) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The poison center staffs specially trained licensed pharmacists and nurses who provide emergency poisoning management advice to Oklahoma residents and health care professionals. In 2014, 77% of poisoning cases were safely managed at home, and therefore did not need to be treated in an expensive emergency room. By managing cases at home the center saved Oklahomans more than $15.4 million dollars. 

There are printable brochures and fact sheets available on many subjects from food poisoning, what to do about bites and stings, information about poisonous Oklahoma snakes and plants, drug interactions, and much, much more.  Under the Resources tab there are links to other useful  sites and a page to order multiple copies of their materials.    Poison Help Line – The toll-free Poison Help line is 1-800-222-1222. When you call the number, you will reach specially trained experts at a poison center that serves your area. This number provides free and confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Interpretation services are available in 161 languages.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services  Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services produces and maintains the Disability Resource Guide. It is a collection of information  for individuals with disabilities to refer to at any time – job information, educational assistance, and independent living services.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services The OKDHSLive! web site is an easy way to see if you might be eligible for Food Benefits or SoonerCare Medicaid. You may also use this web site to renew your eligibility for SNAP, SoonerCare or Child Care: or to request (apply for) these benefits.  Jefferson County Department of Human Services Local department’s location, hours, and contact information.  Links to the OKDHS information, SNAP renewal, and hotline chart, are also available.

Oklahoma Department of HealthFamily health, disease preparedness, birth and death certificate information and more.

Oklahoma Library for the Blind – The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides free services to Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. Those with reading disabilities or physical limitations that make it difficult to use standard print also qualify for their services.

The Library provides books, magazines and other materials in audio formats as well as the audio equipment needed to read these materials. There is no cost for library services and no charge to mail the materials back to the library. WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.  You can access drug and supplement information as well as hundreds of articles and videos developed and approved by WebMD doctors.

World Health OrganizationWHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, and assessing health trends.  Check out this website for WHO fact sheets, multimedia presentations, statistics and more.