School for the Deaf athletic champions honored at state Capitol

10 young people stand in front of four adults behind desks on a platform

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall (Republican–District 22) from Atoka honored a trifecta of championship teams from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on the House floor Monday, April 8.

The school is located in McCall’s district. He is a frequent visitor and supporter.

The OSD men’s football team was named 2018-2019 co-champions, while the women's basketball and cheer teams are both champions in the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Conference.

It's National Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day

a thank you card
Each year, the United States Senate recognizes March 22 as National Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day. Commissioner Emily Cheng and I recognize those who have chosen this profession. As a former vocational rehabilitation client and counselor, I (Commissioner Cheng) have been on both sides of your desk. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to successful employment of Oklahomans with disabilities. You enable and inspire jobseekers to reach their goals for economic independence and an improved quality of life. In Oklahoma, we continue to recognize your master’s-level rehabilitation counseling education and professional certifications as valued credentials that document your dedication to this rewarding career.

You and the administrative and professional staff on your team truly make a difference in our state.

Emily Cheng, Commission for Rehabilitation Services Chair
Melinda Fruendt, DRS Executive Director

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 near 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.

“I can do that!” White told his dad before rushing in to talk to the store owner Bob Lorenz and transportation supervisor Mike Hyman.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Heather Horton and Donald Denham

 

This media release was originally released on Apr. 21, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.

 

Love is Blind for Bartlesville Sweethearts Introduced at Training Program for Blind Adults

 

A man and woman sit on a couch holding hands.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Heather Horton was looking forward to Adult Blind Living Evaluation training in Muskogee. She wanted to learn new skills to help her cope with vision loss. Donald Denham was reluctant. Maybe he would get over being bashful − or maybe his driver would have to pick him up early. They never expected to fall to in love – with each other − at a summer training program for blind people. “My kids thought it was hilarious. [They said] Mom is going to ‘blind camp!’” Heather explained, her bright blue eyes sparkling as Donald sat smiling by her side. “I wanted ABLE to improve my attitude as far as having more hope. I didn’t want to stay home and not participate in life anymore.” Adult Blind Living Evaluation – ABLE - is an in-depth evaluation program with one week of basic training for legally blind adults. They may attend one of four summer sessions led by seven experts and 10 support staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). To control costs, Visual Services uses dorm rooms and training facilities at DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Blind, which are temporarily vacant while students are home for the summer.

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