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A Call for Leadership Collaboration to Build and Maintain a Comprehensive,Unified System of Health, Social, and Educational Services for Oklahoma Children and youth…within their community.
Monday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. screening and discussion of
OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center
Perkins Family Auditorium
4502 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135
Please join Sooner SUCCESS in the screening of Certain Proof. Opening remarks will be provided by Rep. Jason Nelson & Rep. Jeannie McDaniel
Jason Nelson - Representative of District 87 is a State House Member beginning in 2008 to present. Nelson is a leader in the areas of education and human services reform.
In 2011, Nelson led a four member DHS working group in a comprehensive review of the State’s child welfare system. During the 2012 legislative session, the DHS working group proposed sweeping reforms that became law including passage of State Question 765 by Oklahoma voters.
In 2010, Nelson led the successful bipartisan effort to pass the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program Act. This school choice law allows special-needs students to take a portion of the state money, set aside for their education, with them to a qualified private school of their choice. This law is the first of its kind passed in Oklahoma.
Jeannie McDaniel -
First elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Jeannie has spent the past 8 years working on issues constituents said were important. A member of the Health Committee, she hosed an interim study on mental health in 2005 which resulted in funding Tulsa’s Mental Health Court. She’s carried legislation that resulted in public school students being permitted to carry medicine for allergies. She wholeheartedly supports access to affordable healthcare and embraces the efforts of local health care advocates to increase medical health coverage, end homelessness and provide services to veterans, elderly and all who find themselves or loved ones in need.
Jeannie carried legislation for the Oklahoma Health Department to implement a $2.7M grant from Medicaid and Medicare to add protections for those working with our most vulnerable – the developmentally disabled and aging population. She worked hand-in-hand with AARP and senior system advocates to pass legislation this year to require “fingerprint background checks” on aides working in nursing homes, residential care facilities and some (voluntary) home health care agencies. Oklahoma will be the 35th state to use this system. She has pushed for anti-texting with hand held devices while driving, health education for youth, more funding for schools, and parole for aging prisoners (over 65) legislation.
Further she was able to work with mental health advocates to add “grandparents” to the list of those family members who could petition for care for loved ones. She worked with the Tulsa Housing Authority (over 100 state housing authorities) to pass legislation to allow them to collect for damages or past rent collections from clients. And, she worked to establish a position at the Oklahoma commission of Children and Youth to coordinate efforts to address the needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents. She lobbies for the needs of these most vulnerable children (over 25,000 in our state.)Further McDaniel is a strong advocate for women and children’s rights.
proving that they matter
Across the country, the public school experience for children with significant disabilities is often confined to special needs classrooms. Though guaranteed a free, appropriate public education by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975, children with complex, multiple disabilities often struggle to gain access to a typical classroom of their peers. Certain Proof unveils the life of three families and the individual challenges they face as they fight for their children’s education and, ultimately, their future.
A Director, Videographer and Cinematographer with over twenty years experience in commercial and documentary production, Ray Ellis is Co-Owner of Footpath Pictures along with his wife, Susan. Since 2003, they’ve produced dozens of documentaries specializing in international productions. Clients include CARE (Peru), The Nature Conservancy (Guatemala, Namibia) and Cross-Cultural Solutions (Costa Rica). Previously, Ellis freelanced eleven years shooting commercial and marketing projects in the U.S. and Europe. In 1996, he joined SouthPeak Interactive filming their 35mm motion film productions and later became Manager of External Product Development. In 2000 he was hired as Manager of Producers for Alternate Route Studios, producing and directing broadcast commercial spots.
Susan Ellis started her career in 1988 working as an Associate Producer and later Producer in corporate and commercial video and film productions. In 1996, she became the Creative Director for SouthPeak Interactive where she oversaw the creation of all film, video and graphical game assets. Following the events of 9/11, Susan, along with her husband Ray, decided to leave commercial production to pursue a more meaningful career. Ultimately, she discovered the power of documentaries and now uses her producing and writing skills to help non-profit organizations share their stories with the world.
The seminar is free and open to the public.