Ability Connection of Oklahoma
10400 Greenbriar Place Ste 101
Oklahoma City OK 73159
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Ability Connection Oklahoma
Mission Statement To advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Contact Information
Contact Name Michelle Jackson
Contact email okc@abilityconnectionoklahoma.org
Address 10400 Greenbriar Place Ste 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
Phone (405) 759-3562
Fax 405-759-3574
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ucp/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Financial gifts are always welcome and may be made online, by phone, or mailed to our office.

Donations of discarded household items will be picked up at your home (405) 340-0090 in the Oklahoma City Metro Area and (918) 743-1392 in the Tulsa Area.

We accept donations of used cars and they will be towed free of charge by calling 1 (877) 827-2271

Make Circle K your convenience store and please leave your change.

Be a golfer or sponsor of our annual golf tournament held each July.

Giving the gift of tribute allows the expression of your support, respect, gratitude or love through a gift, which enriches the lives of and improves the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families. Tribute gifts may be made in celebration of a special event such as an anniversary or birthday, to honor the achievement of a business colleague or in memory of a loved one or cherished friend. When your tribute gift is received, a tribute card will be sent in your name to the individual you are honoring or the family of the person you are remembering. You will also receive an acknowledgement.
Visit https://abilityconnectionoklahoma.org/ways-to-give/
for more information.
 
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $190,167.00
Projected Expenses $331,343.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma, Inc.2012
Year Founded 1963
IRS Ruling Year 1963
State Registration Expiration Feb 2018
Statements
Mission To advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Background

United Cerebral Palsy was founded by parents in New York city, in 1948. The Oklahoma Affiliate was incorporated in 1963, to serve children with cerebral palsy and their families. 

As an organization, our vision has grown to include people with all types of physical disabilities, thus facilitating our name change to Ability Connection Oklahoma. Our time-honored tradition of providing programs and services for Oklahomans with physical disabilities and their families remains the same.
Impact

Ability Connection Oklahoma served more than 1,029 Oklahomans with disabilities in 2016 by providing: Financial Assistance to 222 people with disabilities and their families; Speech communication devices and apps for 96 children and adults with disabilities; Funding for 92 athletes with disabilities to train and compete; Support group forum for 65 parents and caregivers of children with disabilities; 95 Tech Lab appointments for adults with disabilities to utilize computer and internet services, and education and social activities for 55 adults with disabilities living independently.  Information, referral and educational opportunities are provided throughout the year.

Ability Connection Oklahoma continually strives to improve the services we provide for people with disabilities.

Needs

1)   Volunteer/Intern to enter data, answer phones and other administrative duties.

2)   Volunteer English/Spanish Translator.

3)   $15,000 to fund New Voices program for approximately 20 individuals with disabilities.

4)   Funding to provide assistive technology training.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Services provided statewide from offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases
Tertiary Organizational Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy/Disabled Persons' Rights
Programs
Description Permanent and/or temporary loans of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, bath seats, etc. are provided without charge, regardless of disability.
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. 90% Those served will receive equipment that will meet their needs, at no cost.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
In case of grants, 85% of individuals will utilize equipment until no longer needed.
 
In case of loans, 85% of individuals will use equipment until he or she outgrows item or heals (in case of injury or accident) therefore, no longer needing item.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Letters, phone calls and email from consumer.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. John S. needed a manual wheelchair. He had received a power wheelchair through Medicaid, therefore Medicaid would not purchase a manual wheelchair. However, John is unable to drive, and none of his family or friends has a vehicle with a wheelchair lift. Consequently, John is unable to leave his home.  Ability Connection Oklahoma provided a manual wheelchair, that can be folded to store in a back seat or trunk, at no cost. Now John can go to the grocery store, attend his children's school functions, and enjoy the same freedoms as other Oklahomans.
Description

New Voices (Program on hold-pending funding)

Thanks to the latest digital technology in the form of the Apple iPad tablet computer, children who are non-verbal are learning to “speak” for the first time and communicate with family, friends, and teachers. The iPad's unique size and portability makes it a good fit for children and adults with disabilities. Comprehensive language software or “apps” are available as well.
 

Directors Fund

As funding permits, Ability Connection Oklahoma can provide assistance in funding for specific expenses related to disability that have no other source of funding. Through a simple application process, a committee reviews requests in the following areas; small specialized adaptive aids, diapers, specialized infant formulas, critical medications, emergency rental costs and emergency respite.
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
New Voices participants will work with speech pathologists to learn how to utilize speech generating device for communication.
 
Director's Fund recipients will get through an emergency situation, reducing stress, at least for that moment.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
80% of New Voices participants will utilize their speech generating device at home, school, work and in the community to effectively communicate, improving quality of life.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys, letters and email from participants, speech pathologists, teachers, families and personal care attendants.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Letter from Mom: Our daughter Penny received an iPad with speech app from Ability Connection Oklahoma. It has opened up a whole new avenue of communication for her. The day we brought it home was the first time she was able to say "Dad". Through the device, she was also able to say her sister and brothers' names, and "NO" for the first time. By far, her favorite thing to do with the device initially, was to spell her name and hear it said over and over.

Description

Information/Referral and Follow-Along

Information is provided and referrals are made for services appropriate to individuals who contact the agency with needs and/or questions. Follow-up services are also available.
 

Education and Outreach (Program on hold-pending funding)

Specialized training on speech applications, assistive technology and device access for parents of children with disabilities and professionals.
 
 
 
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Education and Outreach participants will receive training to work with people with physical disabilities.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
85% of clients will successfully utilize private and public services, and educational opportunities for and with people with physical disabilities.
 
85% of Education and Outreach participants will utilize the received training, in the classroom, clinical and home settings to improve quality of life for people with physical disabilities.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveys, email, phone calls and letters from professionals and families. Number of applications for assistance with the purchase of assistive technology devices and speech apps.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Trainees from around Oklahoma attended workshops to learn about available assistive technology, assessment methods, and speech communication apps.  As a result we saw an increase in the number of applications for assistive technology devices for people with disabilities.
Description

Moms' and Dads' Support Group

A collaborative effort with TARC. The purpose of this support group is to provide a nurturing and supportive forum for parents and grandparents of children with disabilities. (Tulsa)
 
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Hispanic, Latino Heritage Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Participants meet monthly. They will discuss resources such as current treatments, physicians, education etc. Families will share experiences in a safe, nurturing environment.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. 75% of participating families will utilize resources discovered in meetings, improving quality of life for all involved.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveys and interviews with participants.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. An average of 60 participants met on the last Thursday of each month, January through October 2016, and the first Thursday in December 2016.
Description

The Willows

(Norman) Ability Connection Oklahoma sponsored HUD 202 accessible living accommodations for adults with disabilities. Program consists of 44 units across 4 locations. Provide funding for 55 residents, to participate in education and outreach activities, assist with groceries, internet and social opportunities.

 

Northcliff Gardens

(Norman) Sponsored by Ability Connection Oklahoma in collaboration with the Norman Housing authority. This HUD Section 202 Housing complex consists of 44 living units for low income elderly. 

Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Individuals are able to move into their own apartment and live on their independently. May require assistance initially, to set up supports.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Low-income individuals with disabilities and/or elderly, live independently, reducing number of people living in nursing homes. Improved quality of life for 90% of residents.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Personal consumer interviews with the Social Service Coordinator and/or Executive Director.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Mick has severe cerebral palsy, and uses a power wheelchair.  Heis able to live in an apartment, independently, with supports. Without the Willows, Mick would be forced into a nursing home setting, as he does not have any family that is able to care for him in their home.
Description

Special Friends

A bowling league for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. Meets Tuesday evenings at Holiday Lanes in Oklahoma City.
 

Moore Xtreme

Athletes with disabilities train together to participate in competitive sports. Sports include: Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Power-lifting, Basketball, Horse Shoes, Track & Field, Softball and Flag Football.
 

Computer Tech Lab

The lab features computers with adaptive input devices for assessment, training and/or personal computer time enabling individuals with disabilities to improve skills, cognizance and confidence through technology. (Tulsa)
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Sports participants will enjoy activities that require them to leave their home, for set amounts of time.
 
Computer Tech Lab participants will work on computer games and social activities.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
90% of athletes and volunteers will spend time outside of their homes, exercising and socializing with friends, improving quality of life.
 
75% of Computer Tech Lab participants will improve computer skills and socialization, reducing isolation, improving quality of life.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Interviews with family and friends of participants, Coaches, Volunteers.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Mary recently graduated high school. She was unable to work or attend school outside of the home. She felt lonely and isolated, sometimes acting out frustrations on her family. Thanks to the Ability Connection Oklahoma, Mary now enjoys spending time with peers in a constructive manner. She learns new skills while bowling in the local league, and showcases those skills in competitions. Mary is less aggressive at home because she has an outlet for her energy.
Disaster Programs
Description

Equipment Loans & Grants

Temporary and/or permanent loans of durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, feeding seats, prone standers, strollers, adapted toys, bath seats, etc., are provided without charge regardless of disability.

Description

Directors Fund

As funding permits, Ability Connection Oklahoma can provide assistance in funding for specific expenses related to disability that have no other source of funding. Through a simple application process, a committee reviews requests in the following areas; small specialized adaptive aids, diapers, specialized infant formulas, critical medications, emergency rental costs and emergency respite.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director James Rankin
Start Date June 1989
Email okc@abilityconnectionoklahoma.org
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Michelle JacksonChief Operations Officer
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Risk Management Provisions
Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Ability Connection Oklahoma continues to focus on our client's needs, even as we face new financial challenges. All services are provided free of charge, but are dependent upon funding. Thank you for visiting Ability Connection Oklahoma, and considering the needs of people with disabilities.

Sincerely,

Michelle L. Jackson

Chief Operations Officer

Board Chair
Name Mr. William Blochowiak
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 02, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Charles Anderson City of NormanVoting
Mr. William Blochowiak RetiredVoting
Mrs. Andrea Ille TherapistVoting
Ms. Mary Ann Lefmann DentalVoting
Mr. Albert Lindley Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Jeanne Malson University of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Cheryl McCadden Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Paula McKelvey TherapistVoting
Ms. Cyndy Millefoglie RetiredVoting
Mr. James Rankin Ability Connection OklahomaVoting
Mrs. Jennifer Woods MedicalVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 70 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2016-Sept 30, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $190,167
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $331,343
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$460,443$552,149$388,289
------
$100,000$100,000$100,367
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,007$4,066$8,135
Unrealized Gain/Loss$1,928$3,482($8,339)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$4,631$6,895$14,230
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$489,059$466,522$386,655
Administration Expense$36,100$29,192$25,442
Fundraising Expense$2,536$35$1,995
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.341.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%94%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$934,705$878,535$705,839
Current Assets$781,191$798,528$629,740
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$38,878$35,166$33,313
Total Net Assets$895,827$843,369$672,526
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.0922.7118.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $460,443Individuals $552,149Individuals $388,289
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $100,000Earned Revenue $100,000Earned Revenue $100,367
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $4,631Special Events $6,895Special Events $14,230
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Ability Connection Oklahoma continues to focus on our client's needs, even as we face new financial challenges. All services are provided free of charge, but are dependent upon funding. As a result of cuts, all programs are affected. However, our New Voices program is on hold until additional funding is secured.
Thank you for visiting Ability Connection Oklahoma, and considering the needs of people with disabilities.

Sincerely,

Michelle L. Jackson

Chief Operations Officer

Foundation Staff Comments
Current year financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organizations's IRS 990s. All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
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The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff. 
Address 10400 Greenbriar Place Ste 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
Primary Phone 405 759-3562
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ucp/
CEO/Executive Director James Rankin
Board Chair Mr. William Blochowiak
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired