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People with Disabilities Awareness Day

Register now

Please help us plan for the event by registering here. We will look up your state Senators and Representatives, and have that information for you when you check in on the first floor of the Capitol on People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

If you have any accommodations requests, please send them to Cathy Martin at or call 405-951-3478.

Please note: If capitol construction cause registration location or other event details to change, we will update this page as soon as we are notified. We will email guests who have registered and given their email addresses. Event greeters will also be able to notify guest of event changes when you enter the building.

Lawmakers donate extra handicapped parking

State lawmakers have donated parking spots for our event, which are marked in yellow and numbered on the map below. The spaces are available for handicapped parking for Awareness Day guests.

Thank you state lawmakers for making selected parking spots available.
map of available handicapped parking spaces

Reserved spaces will have an orange cone marking it as a handicapped parking space for awareness day guests. Parking space number 25 through 33 and 331, 333, 334 and 335

Event agenda

Noon— Registration / Check-In 1st Floor Rotunda

12:30 p.m. — Legislative Visits - 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Floors
      Exhibits Open – 2nd and 4th Floor Rotundas

3:00 p.m. — Awareness Day Awards Presentation, South Plaza, outside
      Oklahoma School for the Deaf Performers,
      Oklahoma School for the Blind Jazz Band

4:30 p.m. — End of Event

Just the facts

Who: You and everyone you can bring!

What: Visit with Legislators

When: Tuesday, March 28

Time: Noon to 4:30 pm

Where: state Capitol, 2300 North Lincoln, Oklahoma City

How: Make appointments, wear green, visit with Legislators and exhibitors and attend the awards program.

In a nutshell

Many volunteers will support People with Disabilities Awareness Day. You can tell your story to state Legislators and staff. It is an opportunity to explain about the positive impact of critical disability programs. More than 70 outstanding exhibitors will share valuable information on the second and fourth floor rotundas (center areas) of the Capitol. You can also meet and unite with other disability advocates to address the growing needs of 600 thousand Oklahomans with disabilities.

How you make a difference

Advocacy in action and Access for All is what People with Disabilities Awareness Day is all about. This year’s theme “Engage and Empower” is a call to clients, family and their supporters to engage Lawmakers and to share their disability stories. This opportunity helps Legislators understand what programs are vital to assist clients in finding jobs and leading independent lives.

You have a better chance of talking to your Legislator in person if you call to make an appointment at least two weeks before Awareness Day. Find out who your Legislators are at

Or call to make an appointment:

  • Senate: 800-865-6490
  • House of Representatives: 800-522-8502

Remember: the Legislator's job is to be in committee meetings or on the floor of the Senate or House of Representatives when state business is being conducted. If your Legislator is not in the office, please give your message to the staff. Legislators depend heavily on their staff and often receive information this way.

The strategy for the day

Awareness Day gives people with disabilities and advocates, like you, a chance to talk with decision-makers who can preserve or expand services that make a critical difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities. Last year, more than 700 people participated in this free event, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and friends.

This year, our attendance goal is 701 people with 50 percent visiting state Senators and Representatives or their staff. Volunteers will be available to take you on legislative visits and provide other assistance if needed.

Learn more about the legislative process and issues

Keep up on the activities of our state and federal lawmakers with the Legislative Updates. You can also learn how to effect change with our lawmakers through the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council's (ORC) Legislative Advocacy Toolbox. This has informative links to assist you in learning how to successfully advocate for people with disabilities or key issues important to them.

Be seen, wear green!

When Capitol workers see a lot of people all wearing disability-awareness green, our efforts have an even greater impact. The color of green does not matter, it is the volume of green shirts that makes the difference.

Where to park?

Please park on the south side of the Capitol. Accessible parking is located at the base of the south steps. Overflow parking is available at the Jim Thorpe Building west of Lincoln Blvd.

Capitol complex map.

Spread the news

Check out the event flyer and help us spread the word by sending it to all your friends. Tell them how important it is to inform our state Legislators about the issues that affect the disability community and for all of us to stand united.

Flyer - Standard Print

Flyer - Large Print

Flyer - Braille

Awareness Day Podcasts

Many exhibits too

People with Disabilities Awareness Day always has great exhibits with a vast assortment of information and key people to get to know.

See what's happening - #PWDAD2017