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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.

National Association of the Deaf to Visit Oklahoma

Sulphur, Okla. The National Association of the Deaf will host its board meeting on the campus of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Wednesday, October 4. This is the first time that the NAD Board has visited the OSD campus. The NAD board members will tour the campus and meet students.

The board meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union building on the OSD campus at 1100 E. Oklahoma in Sulphur.

Deaf Awareness Week celebration includes multiple activities

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Oklahoma City – From the State Fair to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is honoring deaf or hard or hearing Oklahomans for Deaf Awareness Week.

The purpose of annual celebration, officially September 24 through 30 in Oklahoma, is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture.

The activities encourage people to come together as a community for educational events and celebrations.

Oklahoma School for the Blind saddles up for Western Heritage Day Sept 27

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind students are saddling up again September 27 for their 13th Western Heritage Day.

The annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge owned by Roy Webb in Haskell.

Webb donates his indoor arena, stage coach and hay wagon and are on hand to visit with students.

Sharon Breeding, a volunteer leader with Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, coordinates dozens of volunteers from all over the state who help OSB students, kindergarten through 12th grade, experience the old west.

Free vision loss training September 19-21 in Tulsa

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Tulsa, Okla. – People who are adjusting to recent blindness or vision loss are encouraged to sign up for free training offered September 19- 21 in Tulsa.

The Training Adults Program goals are to adjust successfully to vision loss, and to work toward regaining independence and the ability to handle daily living tasks.

Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, holds r TAP sessions at their Tulsa Vision Center, located at 907 S. Detroit, suite 500.

Pre-registration is required because space in the popular program is limited.

State’s largest support group for blind people to celebrate 10th anniversary September 21

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CLAREMORE, Okla. – People with vision loss and their families are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Wednesday, September 20.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Claremore community Center, 2301 N. Sioux.

Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, sponsors the support group, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the state.

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