Think Ability, Inc. is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides residential services, and independent living supports services for people with intellectual, cognitive, and other related developmental disabilities.
This section covers topics related to gaining employment that include rehabilitation and training.
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Voice/TTY/TDD (405) 951-3400
Call to find out which counselor serves your Zip Code.
Toll Free Voice/TTY/TDD (800) 845 8476
This agency is made up of three Divisions: Rehabilitative Services, Visual Services, and Disability Determination. The agency's mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to achieve productivity, independence and an enriched quality of life. In order to locate Vocational Rehabilitation providers and vendors nearest you contact your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
VR's toll free number, automated system (800) 487-4042 for the caller to inquire about which office to contact in regards to receiving services according to their zip code area.
An individual is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if he/she:
- Has a physical or mental impairment which results in a substantial impediment to employment;
- Can benefit in terms of employment outcomes from vocational rehabilitation services;
- Requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, enter, or retain gainful employment.
Individuals with the most severe disabilities receive priority in obtaining services.
Employment Services for persons with disabilities include:
- Counseling and guidance to help each person attain occupational goals
- Medical care and durable medical equipment needed to remove or reduce limitations resulting from disability
- Prosthetic appliances such as limbs, braces, hearing aids, eyeglasses and other devices when needed to increase work capacity
- Prescribed adaptive technology to increase consumer's abilities to function successfully
- Tuition and fees at trade or vocational schools, colleges or universities and/or on-the-job training
- Books and other related training expenses
- Pre-vocational training through community based rehabilitation facilities
- Financial maintenance, transportation, tools, equipment, licenses, or initial inventory for starting businesses
- Job placement and on-the-job follow-up
Consumers may be required to participate in the cost of these services, depending on their income levels.
Sequoyah Memorial Bldg
2400 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 73105
Mailing address is:
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., 73125-0352.
Their phone number is (405) 521-6267.
Developmental Disabilities Services Division, (DDSD) provides specialized services for individuals that are diagnosed with a developmental disability. In order for an individual to qualify for services their full scale IQ must be below 75. Services provided are In Home Support Waiver and State Funded Services, Group Home and Employment Services, as well as financial assistance through Family Subsidy Assistance Payment program. To inquire about services as well as agencies and providers that contract with (DDSD), you can access their website or you can contact (405) 521-6267.
316 S Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108
TDD: (405) 235-4490
Goodwill offers employment services for the disabled in hand assembly, retail clothing and custodial work. Goodwill offers several other employment and training opportunities. A documented disability is the criteria for Goodwill services.
Will Rogers Memorial Office Building
2401 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 73105
Their mailing address is:
P.O. Box 52003
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73152-2003.
For information contact 1-405-557-7100 or 1-888-980-WORK.
TDD telecommunications for the deaf contact 1-405-557-7531.
Provides employment assistance to individuals that desire to find employment, acquire training information as well as to be advised about community, state and federal resources.
1540 Republic Circle
Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110
Mailing address is:
P.O. Box 30033
Midwest City, Oklahoma 73140
Provides vocational assistance as well as group home services to individuals that experience a developmental disability. In order for an individual to receive services, they must be diagnosed with mental retardation as well as possess a full scale IQ of 75 and below. Employment service direction is provided for Sheltered Workshop, Community Integrated Employment and Job Coaching Services.
2901 SE 22nd Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129
Reliant provides residential living services, (ICFMR), Intermediate Care Facility services and vocational assistance as well as and sheltered workshop services to developmentally disabled individuals. In order for an individual to receive assistance they must be 18 years of age and be diagnosed with mental retardation as well as they must achieve an intelligence (IQ) score of 72 and below.
(JAN) is a international consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employment of people with disabilities. For additional information contact (JAN) at 1-800-526-7234 and speak to a consultant about your need for accommodations or if you need an accommodation but you don't know where to begin. For information regarding the ADA, Americans with Disabilities information Act contact 1-800-ADA-WORK. Voice and/TDD accessible as well as computer board accessibility at 1-800-DIAL-JAN.
A service of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is an international consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities.
Call JAN's Toll Free number Voice/TDD 1-800-526-7234 and talk to a consultant about your need to provide an accommodation or if you need an accommodation, but you don't know where to find what you need. Let JAN help you and your employer.
ADA Information 1-800-ADA-WORK Voice/TDD
Computer Bulletin Board 1-800-DIAL-JAN
Former President Clinton signed the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act on December 17, 1999. The Act was designed to bring about positive change to the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing them more choices in the training and support they need to return to work.
Many SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries in Oklahoma have received a Ticket to Work since the program began in February 2002. Those SSI/SSDI recipients that have not received a Ticket to Work may apply for one by calling Maximus at 866-968-7842.
To make informed decisions about how using the Ticket To Work will affect your SSI or SSDI benefits contact:
University of Oklahoma College
If you need assistance in resolving a complaint regarding the quality or timeliness of services you received from your Employment Network provider, you have two choices:
- You may pursue the matter by having a family member or a private lawyer (whom you hire at your expense) represent you; or
- You may use the services of a Protection and Advocacy Organization at no cost to you.
(a) If your complaint concerns the Department of Rehabilitation Services as your Employment Network provider, you may contact:
Client Assistance Program (CAP)
Office of Disability Concerns
2401 NW 23rd, Ste 90
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
Or you may contact ODLC if you have a complaint about any other Employment Network, contact:
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.
Blvd., Suite 300
Oklahoma city, OK 73106
Frequently Asked Questions about the program are answered at: www.yourtickettowork.com/th_faqs
Supported employment and retention programs combine paid work opportunities with individual support (such as job coaching) to help individuals with severe disabilities gain and maintain competitive employment. These programs are designed for individuals that have often been unserved or under-served by traditional vocational programs. For further information, contact the program nearest you.
For further information about employment programs for the disabled, please contact:
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 N.W. 58th, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Voice/TTY/TDD: (405) 951-3400.
Vocational information can also be accessed on their website at http://www.okdrs.org
These services allow individuals to work and receive training in a controlled environment with many other people with disabilities. Workers are paid in accordance with individual production and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Services include assessment, training and transitional services leading to community job placement if the individual chooses.
Sheltered workshops are operated under the direction of nonprofit agencies which often subcontract with businesses to provide work for the sheltered employees. These services are funded through State dollars and the Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.
Applications for Sheltered Workshop services are handled by the contracted agencies who provide these services. Contact information for these agencies can be found on the Sheltered Workshop Provider List.
Additional information maybe found at:
A temporary staffing service that provides employment assistance to disabled individuals. The Galt Foundation is also a vendor supporting the state use program. For additional information, contact (405) 235-4490.
3815 N. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 117
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118.
Res-Care is an agency that provides a variety of services to developmentally disabled individuals. An individual must be diagnosed with Mental Retardation and possess a full scale IQ of 75 and below in order to participate in activities. The services an individual can receive is IHSW, In Home Support Waiver Services through (DDSD) to include (HTS) Home Habilitation Training Services and (HM) Homemaker Services, Respite Care, and Transportation Services, as well as Vocational and Group Home Services. To inquire further about their programs, contact (405)787-4950 or 1-800-998-1813.
7508 Melrose Lane, Oklahoma City
Allied provides services for individuals that experience a developmental disability as well as have a primary diagnosis of Mental Retardation. Individuals can receive in home support waiver services as well as employment assistance. Allied is located in the Spencer area. To inquire further call (405) 769-3688.
Their mailing address is P.O. Box 430, Nacoma Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73066.