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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

OSB students to experience Western Heritage Day Sept 26

Hands support happy teenage Black girl sitting in saddle on horseback

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students can’t wait for their 14th Western Heritage Day on September 26.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to help at the annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.

Lodge owners Roy and Rose Anna Webb donate their facilities, stage coach, hay wagon and fish pond for the event.

As a result of their support for OSB, the Webb’s were honored with the Oklahoma Bud Breeding Oklahoma Spirit Award and inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in January.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Trinity Lewis



This media release was originally released on May 7, 2018. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


School for the Blind student gains work experience as campus receptionist

Lewis answering the phone.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – After beloved receptionist Patsy Perceful retired in December, Oklahoma School for Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle needed another exceptional person for that key position.

Trinity Lewis, who works the afternoon shift Monday through Thursday is not the only person filling that role. However, at age 18, she is the youngest.

Her work study experience during Lewis’ senior year has turned out to be a perfect fit.

School for the Deaf relaunches family support program for children with hearing loss

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School the Deaf School is re-launching an in-home, family support program for children in Oklahoma with hearing loss ages 3-6 years.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education funds Project ECCO (Enriching Children’s Communications Opportunities) to help families obtain essential skills and knowledge that empowers them to navigate the world of hearing loss.

OSU-OKC official chosen to lead Commission for Rehabilitation Services

Photo of Emily Cheng

Emily Cheng, of Oklahoma City, was elected Monday to be chairwoman of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for DRS, an agency that annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Keith Montrell Adams



This media release was originally released on Jan. 27, 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


OK School for the Deaf cheerleader first to make All-State team

Adams holds up a pennant he's won.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first OSD student ever selected to Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

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