DRS invites public to provide input to assist job seekers with disabilities, employers at statewide meetings

OKLAHOMA CITY – Citizens, business owners and community leaders are invited to provide input at public meetings scheduled to help the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services assist more job-seekers with disabilities and potential employers in targeted communities.

Everyone with an interest in people with disabilities, disability rights or employing workers with disabilities is welcome.

Oklahoma Transition Council invites public to

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NORMAN, Okla. ─ Inclusion Films founder Joey Travolta will screen a new film “Lights, Camera, Independence” when he’s in Norman for the 10th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute, October 12-14.

Travolta won’t be alone.

He’s bringing four bright, young filmmakers with him: Seth Shulman, William Chan, Elliot Cole Schneider and Austin Seth Pearlman.

The young filmmakers work for Travolta’s Burbank, California-based production company, which he founded to train people with developmental disabilities to work in the film industry.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to Enjoy Western Heritage Day at Silver Spur Western Lodge

Muskogee. Okla. — Students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind will venture to the Silver Spur Western Lodge for the eighth annual Western Heritage Day from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on September 30, 2015 at 4947 North Kiowa Avenue, Haskell, OK.

Thanks to the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the Silver Spur Western Lodge who gather volunteers from around the state to make this event special for the children. The students will learn from the volunteers about horses and hear stories about the “good old days” when time moved at a slower pace.

Disability agency adds walk to benefit blind children to educational EXPO activities

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Oklahoma City ─ An awareness walk, historical displays and a stroll through a unique Braille garden will be featured at the seventh annual Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ EXPO on Friday, October 16.

Hundreds of Oklahomans with disabilities and advocates are expected to participate at DRS’ Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped located at 300 N.E. 18th Street in Oklahoma City.

DRS and Oklahomans for Special Library Services, a non-profit organization that supports the Library for the Blind, will co-host the event.

Oklahomans to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week Sept 20-26

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ September 20 marks the start of Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated each year during the last full week in September.

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf and Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing participate in various activities and awareness campaigns to celebrate the annual event.

Both programs are administered by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.