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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

Deaf shop manager, bladecrafter is DRS Disability Employment Awareness Month spokesperson

A man hammers a metal item on an anvil.

QUAPAW, Okla. – Two jobs are not enough for Tulsa Native Norman “Buddy” Thomas. Someday, he hopes to add a third job helping others who are deaf “chase their own passions and dreams.”

Thomas is shop manager at Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing in Miami. He also owns Tree of Liberty Bladecraft and Forge, a professional grade knife-making business recently featured in national Blade magazine.

He has made 200 knives or other weapons, but Thomas considers himself an apprentice.

FAA and DRS teams up for a career fair for people with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY ― The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Federal Aviation Administration will host the second annual career fair and hiring event from 9 am to 1 pm, Oct. 25 at DRS’ Career Planning Center, 5813 S. Robinson in Oklahoma City.

“This event is designed to connect job seekers with disabilities with hiring manager at FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Okla. City to share information about jobs at FAA,” Greg Morgan, FAA manager, Employment Service Branch, said.

White Cane Safety Day rally Oct 14 at Penn Square Mall

People with canes, dogs and White Cane Safety Day signs walk in an indoor mall.

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Public awareness is the point of National White Cane Safety Day, an event celebrated in mid-October every year by people who are blind or visually impaired.

In Oklahoma City, Heartland Council of the Blind advocates and Visual Services staff and clients are teaming up October 14 to show the connection between effective cane use and independence.

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

School for the Blind to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day Oct 10 at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa

Boy and girl play horns in a band

TULSA, OKLA. – For the first time, Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty – even the Jazz Band -- are traveling to Tulsa to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

OSB organizers will display free educational exhibits and present demonstrations throughout the day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Mall, located at 7021 S. Memorial Road.

Demonstrations will include travel techniques, use of dog guides and assistive technology.

Oklahoma Transition Institute to strategize on successful education and employment for students with disabilities

Two men wearing cowboy hats.

NORMAN, Okla.– Nearly 600 educators, employment counselors, agencies, families, higher education leaders and employers are expected to attend the Oklahoma Transition Institute on October 3-5 in Norman.

The annual institute focuses on successfully preparing youth with disabilities for post-secondary education, employment and independent living.

This year, the OTI theme is “Shaping the Future.”

An optional pre-conference day on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., precedes two workshop days on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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