Governor, Rehabilitation Services director team up to promote employment success during Disability Employment Awareness Month

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-seven percent of working-age Oklahomans with disabilities are employed, compared to 77.8 percent of the population without disabilities.

This data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey further reveals that 7.8 percent of unemployed, disabled job seekers are actively looking for work.

October is observed each year as National Disability Employment Awareness Month -- a celebration that reminds Joe Cordova, “There are a lot of people who need our help to go to work.”

DRS, Oklahomans who are Blind promote National White Cane Safety Day Oct 15 in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ National White Cane Safety Day activities focus on the importance of the white cane as a tool used to achieve independence and a symbol of people who are blind or visually impaired.

The event is traditionally celebrated October 15 in Oklahoma and the nation.

White Cane Safety Day was first established by presidential proclamation in 1964. The first white cane laws were drafted around that time. Today, similar laws exist in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

School for the Blind invites public to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day October 13

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Muskogee, OKLA. –The public is invited to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day on October 13 with Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty during a free educational program at Arrowhead Mall in Muskogee.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. All activities will take place at the west end of Arrowhead Mall, 501 North Main Street in Muskogee.

Exhibits and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

The OSB jazz band will end the day with a concert from 3:30-4 p.m.

State Rehabilitation Services offices relocate in Lawton

LAWTON, Okla. - The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services has relocated the agency’s Visual Services and Vocational Rehabilitation offices, and Career Planning Center in Lawton to 1802 N.W. Ferris Avenue.

The Vocational Rehabilitation office number is 580-585-4200. Visual Services’ number is 580-585-4250. The Career Planning Center is 580-585-4220.

Vocational Rehabilitation counselors in the Lawton office help Oklahomans with non-visual disabilities prepare for and find employment in Lawton and Tillman counties.

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.