Empowering DRS clients with disabilities is focus for new Commission chair

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OKLAHOMA CITY –Empowering Oklahomans with disabilities is not just a slogan to Jack Tucker. It was the focus of his career and remains a way a life.

The 69-year old Oktaha resident was recently elected to his second term as chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Commissioner April Danahy from Enid was elected Commission vice chair.

Lynda Collins from Mannford completed her second term as chair and will continue to serve as a Commission member.

Oklahoma teacher, superintendent appointed to serve at Oklahoma School for the Blind superintendent

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Rita J. Echelle brings 27 years of education experience to her new position as superintendent at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Echelle started work August 8 in time to meet staff and get ready for the new school year, which begins August 22.

She was appointed by Noel Tyler, interim director for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which governs OSD.

Hawkins is first superintendent to serve twice at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

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SULPHUR, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma School for the Deaf Superintendent Larry Hawkins is the first person ever appointed to a second term as OSD superintendent.

Hawkins started his second term on August 8.

Hawkins initially retired in August 2011 as superintendent at both OSD in Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

He returned in March to serve as interim OSB superintendent and agreed in June to lead OSD on an interim basis at the same time.

Both schools are divisions of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS to discuss employment services for people with disabilities August 11 at Purcell Public Library

NORMAN, Okla. –Employment services including training options for people with disabilities will be the focus when Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services comes to Purcell Public Library on Thursday, August 11.

The public is invited to attend the free DRS event from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. at 919 North Ninth Ave. in Purcell.

DRS to discuss employment services for people with disabilities August 1 at Blanchard Public Library

NORMAN, Okla. –Employment services including training options for people with disabilities will be the focus when Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services comes to Blanchard Public Library on Monday, August 1.

The public is invited to attend the free DRS event from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. 205 NE 10th St. in Blanchard.

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