Oklahomans Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week September 18-24

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Oklahomans who are deaf and supporters will celebrate Deaf Awareness Week September 18 through 24.

“Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff look forward to participating in various activities and awareness campaigns to celebrate the annual event,” said Terri Williams, field service coordinator. "It is a time when we can rally together in activities in a concerted effort and enjoy socializing."

Williams, whose responsibilities include supervising SDHH, is hard of hearing.

Long-term employee, former client to lead employment services for the blind in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Teresa McDermott from Ada has been named Visual Services administrator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, effective September 12.

Visual Services provides clear planning and employment services for people who are blind or visually impaired in Oklahoma. The division’s programs also include Transition programs for youth, the Older Blind Independent Living Program and the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Support group for people with visual impairments to celebrate 9th anniversary September 21 at Claremore Community Center

CLAREMORE, Okla. − The Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired will celebrate the organization’s ninth anniversary on Wednesday, September 21.

People with visual impairments and their families are invited to attend. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N. Sioux. There is no charge to attend the meeting. Lunch will be served.

Nearly 50 members regularly attend the support group meeting, which is believed to be the largest group for people with visual impairments meeting in the state.

Norman open house to focus on career planning, employment for job seekers with disabilities

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The public is invited to a free open house focused on career planning and employment services for people with disabilities from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12.

Vocational Rehabilitation staff in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Norman office will host the event at 2227 W. Lindsey, suite 1400, in the north end of the West Oaks Office Park.

In addition to Norman, the office serves job-seekers with disabilities from Blanchard, Dibble, Little Axe, Newcastle, Moore, Noble, Purcell, Washington and the surrounding area.

Enid Rehabilitation Services commissioner elected vice chair at first meeting

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Enid community leader April Danahy was unanimously elected vice chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services at the first meeting she attended.

Danahy joined the Commission, which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, in July.

“I am honored the other commissioners have the confidence in me to elect me their vice chairman,” Danahy said.

“The Department of Rehabilitation Services is full of employees with servants’ hearts,” she added. “They care about the people they serve – that is apparent from the first meeting.”