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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.

Huge turnout for School for the Deaf’s sign language camp

A group of people signing at a table

SULPHUR, Okla. –– Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently hosted an American Sign Language Immersion Camp, which brought ASL to life for 164 students learning sign language at six high schools and seven colleges.

Students from two high schools and one college in Texas participated in the two-day training at OSD’s campus in Sulphur.

OSD’s camp was a sign only event, which challenged students to communicate without using their voices.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Dale McFarlin



This media release was originally released on Oct. 13, 2006. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Agra native celebrates 50 years in business at the same hometown snack bar

McFarland in his snack shop.

AGRA, Okla. -- 1956 -- the year that Elvis Presley’s first single hit the music charts and President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized adding “under God” to the “Pledge of Allegiance” – was also the year that Dale McFarlin opened his snack bar business on Main Street in Agra, Oklahoma.

A native of the small central Oklahoma town, 30-year old McFarlin returned home with his wife Helen and young son Jim, preferring the simplicity of small town life to the faster pace in Enid where they had previously lived.

“I just always kind of liked a small town – the atmosphere and all,” McFarlin said standing in his usual position at the snack bar counter. “Things are just a little bit simpler in a small town seemed to me like.”

Dale McFarlin liked Agra so well that he stayed in business in the same white, clapboard store in the same town for the last 50 years. The townspeople who can’t imagine life without him assume that’s a record.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to host 17th Braille Challenge competition March 7

Smiling boy holds equipment

MUSKOGEE – Thirty students from across the state are pre-registered to compete at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 17th annual Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge on Thursday, March 7 in Muskogee.

The contest will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Bryan White



This media release was originally released on June 10, 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Brainstorm leads to business for Elk City area resident with disabilities

White stands by his power washing equipment.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Second and third chances. Bryan “Whiteydawg” White had a few that didn’t work out. Then one day in 2015, a brainstorm led to a new business and a brighter future.

White found his calling while driving east with his dad Robert White on Frisco Street in Clinton. The John Deere store he passed was nearly finished, but the parking lot badly needed power washing and paint striping.

White didn’t have equipment yet, but he saw an opportunity – and a chance to work.

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