Budget woes delay DRS’ employment services to new applicants

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services established a waiting list, effective March 13 at 5 p.m., that affects new applicants for vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Services will now be delayed to a group of applicants with the most severe disabilities.

DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services’ divisions were previously forced to set up waiting lists for two less severely disabled groups of applicants on January 9 due to rising expenditures in case services and reductions in state-appropriated funds.

House bill jeopardizes 90-year-old employment program for blind business owners

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eight decades of employment success for blind business owners could end if House Bill 2230 is approved. The proposed legislation jeopardizes a successful federal-state employment program that has given blind business owners a chance to operate their own food service-related businesses on government property since 1937.

Oklahoma School for the Blind receives $15,000 grant from the Kirschner Trust

Young boy with a white cane

MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trust and will enable the school to make needed playground improvements not included in the state budget.

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent said. “Since our school is a residential school, it is vital to provide a means of exercise and recreation for our students.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to host Braille Challenge® competition March 2

Woman hands gift bags to three young women with white canes

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Students from across the state will convene at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee for the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® competition on March 2.

Thirty-two Braille-readers are pre-registered for the contest, which 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.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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