The mission of OCB is To promote equal opportunities for blind Oklahomans to participate fully in society and achieve a better quality of life.
There are many advantages to being involved with the Oklahoma Council of the blind, an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. These include:
- The opportunity to network with other individuals and professionals;
- Improving the lives of blind and visually impaired people;
- Talking to legislators and the public about important issues such as transportation, fair housing, employment, accessible material, etc.; and
- Learning to become tomorrow’s leaders.
OCB is a statewide organization of blind and visually impaired individuals, their families and friends. The organization works to encourage, empower, educate and enhance the lives of Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. OCB strives to empower blind Oklahomans to become full and independent participants in society through advocacy, leadership and public education on issues that affect the lives of citizens with visual impairments. By connecting, sharing ideas and common concerns, and working together, we build an alliance that, more than individuals working alone, has the power to “improve tomorrow, today” for all Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired.
Some of the ongoing Federal legislative activities of the OCB include advocacy related to Rehabilitation Act amendments, funding for rehabilitation and education of the blind, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Fair Housing Amendments of 1988, the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the Air Carriers Access Act, the Technology Assistance Act, funding for Free Matter, the Americans with Disabilities Act, funding for independent living services for older blind and many other measures affecting the blind.
The Council currently has chapters in Oklahoma City, Lawton, Tulsa, Muskogee and our newest chapter in Duncan.
The Oklahoma Council of the Blind has joined with Rada Cutlery in an online fundraising effort. To place an order, Go to www.helpourfundraiser.com and enter the following info:
Internet ordering: 504431