Advocacy: It begins with me

August 5, 2022 from 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm

Speaker: Les Barr and Jane Thomas

This session will cover topics such as: what is advocacy and what constitutes a reasonable accommodation. How to write a request for accommodation. What kinds of places could be asked for accommodation (apartment complex lease, medical offices, restaurants, election boards, etc.) What to do if they say. no to your accommodation request. How to be polite even when they are not polite. Filing a complaint vs. being polite, patient and using gentle persuasion to obtain an accommodation. Sources for where to file a civil rights complaint when there is no other alternative and more.

Les Barr, JD
Les has a business background due to growing up and working in a family-owned business. He received his Bachelor’s degree of History from the University of Oklahoma and then continued on to earn his Doctorate of Juris Prudence at OU.

Jane Thomas
Jane has recently retired after having worked within the state of Oklahoma for 38 years. During this time, she was employed by the Department of Rehabilitation Services, working first as an in-home rehabilitation teacher instructing self sufficiency skills to newly blind people before transferring to the Oklahoma School for the Blind where she worked as a school social worker for 31 more years.

I hold a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree from Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma respectively.

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