Chapter 3. Section 1

Chapter 3: Employment


Section 1: Employment and Training Resources


Federal Jobs Network/Bookhaven Press LLC

Visit Federal Jobs Network/Bookhaven Press LLC Website

Email:

customerservice@federaljobs.net

This website section explains the various hiring options for people with disabilities. Individuals seeking appointments with the federal government must be proactive and begin networking with local agencies, contacting listed resources, and aggressively seeking out all available federal employment opportunities. Agencies have direct hire authority for Schedule A appointments presented in this section.

Attn: FederalJobs.net Center
249 Field Club Circle
McKees Rocks , PA 15136

Voice: 

412-494-6926

Toll Free: 

800-782-7424

Fax: 

412-494-5749

Lighthouse Transitional Center, Inc.

Email:

lhsetc@aol.com

Transitional services for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Emphasis on development of skills in adaptive behavior, independent living, social-emotional behavior and verbal and non-verbal communication. Provides training and practice for participation in the community and achieving each individual's potential for self-sufficiency. Individual assessments are provided and transition plans developed. Day and after school programs available.

9832 N.E. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City , OK 73141

Voice: 

405-769-5353

Fax: 

405-769-5358

NewView Oklahoma

Visit NewView Oklahoma Website

Email:

VAubert@newviewoklahoma.org

NewView Oklahoma is an Oklahoma private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1949 with the mission to empower people who are blind or significantly visually impaired to achieve their maximum level of independence through employment, rehabilitation and community outreach. Our team of licensed/certified vision rehabilitation specialists and assistive technology professionals offer full-time training, education and support for people living with vision loss, and serve as a resource for the people who care for them. NewView Oklahoma contracts with the Department of Visual Services to provide the following in state vision rehabilitation programs.

Low Vision evaluation and comprehensive treatment plan by a medically licensed Optometrist who specializes in Vision Rehabilitation. Each relationship begins with a professional and objective evaluation of current vision needs, abilities and lifestyle demands.

Low Vision and or Blind rehabilitation provided by licensed occupational therapist. Each patient at NewView receives an evaluation and treatment plan to address an individual’s ability to live safely and independently in their home, at work and or in the community.

Computer Assistive Technology – Computer assistive technology is offered to help patients learn how to use and utilize computers through accessibility software. The software that we teach includes but is not limited to IOS, Android, magnification programs, screen readers, graphic-to-text and OCR. Our lessons can be adapted for clients who are computer-savvy or simply need to learn the software to email and or use the internet.

Braille – We provide expert Braille instruction at all levels. Whether you are seeking to learn functional Braille or to read and write Braille fluently, NewView instructors can create an individualized program to meet your needs.

To learn more about NewView Oklahoma’s statewide vision rehabilitation services, please call our toll free number: 1-855-811-9699.

Visit New View's clinics: http://www.newviewoklahoma.org/#!clinics/c21ac

501 N. Douglas Ave.
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

Voice: 

405-232-4644

Fax: 

405-236-5438

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Website

Email:

info@okdrs.gov

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home.

To connect to the DRS office in your area call 800-487-4042.

  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR): Employment services for people with any disability, except blindness.
  • Division of Visual Services (DVS): Employment and independent living services for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Disability Determination Division: Determines medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Oklahoma School for the Deaf: Educational programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Oklahoma School for the Blind: Educational programs for children who are blind or visually impaired.

Counselors and technology specialists provide assistive technology evaluations, devices and services to agency clients based on individual needs related to achievement of employment goals. They also help employers locate appropriate adaptive equipment for employees with disabilities. Contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation or Visual Services counselor for information. See DRS Offices Statewide, Rehabilitation section for contact information.

DRS provides vocational rehabilitation, employment and limited independent living services to eligible individuals with disabilities. Medical equipment, assistive technology and related services may be provided if they are part of the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) developed with a vocational rehabilitation client. In some cases assistive technology devices and services may be provided for independent living purposes.

Assistive technology services which may be available based on a person's eligibility and plan of service include evaluation for assistive technology needs, recommendations for suitable equipment, worksite evaluation for adaptive equipment needs and training in use of specialized equipment.

Current DRS clients should discuss assistive technology needs with their DRS counselors. Applications for DRS services can be made by contacting local DRS offices. See DRS Offices Statewide, Rehabilitation and Independent Living section.

State Office
3535 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3400

Toll Free: 

800-845-8476

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Transition School-to-Work Program

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Transition School-to-Work Program Website

Email:

KOsmani@okdrs.gov

The Transition School-to-Work Program helps students with disabilities who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for employment and life after high school. Services available through Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Division of Visual Services counselors assigned to each high school include:

  • Vocational counseling and guidance assists teachers, parents and students in developing appropriate career goals.
  • Vocational assessment and evaluation helps determine students' employment-related strengths.
  • Work study provides job readiness skills, work experience and high school credits.
  • Work site learning, arranged through "cooperative agreements" with schools, provides minimum-wage work in the community or at school, job readiness skills, work experience and high school credits.
  • Work adjustment training is purchased from community-based facilities.
  • On-the-job training is arranged in the community for students in the second semester of their senior year with permanent employment as a goal.
  • Supported employment helps students in the second semester of their senior year transition into permanent employment.
  • Job development and placement specialists help students make job searches more successful.
Transition School-to-Work Program
2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 59
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-6525 Vocational Rehab OKC Area
580-436-2430 Visual Services Statewide

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services Website

Email:

klohr@okdrs.gov

The primary vocational rehabilitation services are counseling and guidance with job placement. However, other services may also be provided as needed for an individual to compensate for, correct or prevent disability-based barriers to employment. These services can include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical or mental restoration;
  • Vocational, college or other training;
  • Assistive technology evaluations, equipment and training;
  • Information on disability resources;
  • Personal assistance services while receiving VR services;
  • Transportation in connection with VR services being provided;
  • Supported employment;
  • Self-employment assistance;
  • Transition school-to-work services for youth with disabilities; and
  • Other services based on individual needs.

The services a person receives are determined by the person's Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). This plan outlines a person's employment goal and the services that are needed to enable the person to achieve that goal. The IPE can be written by a VR client and counselor working together, or it can be written by the client according to guidelines the counselor will explain.

Eligibility: A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if he or she has a visual, physical or mental disability that is a barrier to employment and if the person can benefit in terms of employment by receiving VR services.

Cost: Some services, such as medical examinations to determine if a person is eligible for vocational rehabilitation, counseling and job placement, are provided at no charge to the client. For some other services, a client may have to share in the cost, depending on his/her income and resources.

Applying for Visual Services vocational rehabilitation services: Contact the nearest DRS office at 800-487-4042 or follow this link to a list of DRS offices statewide.

Visual Services
3535 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3400

Toll Free: 

800-845-8476

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Business Enterprise Program

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Business Enterprise Program Website

Email:

mhamerick@okdrs.gov

This program trains and licenses legally blind individuals to manage food service facilities in government buildings and other public or private facilities around the state. Visual Services secures and equips locations and provides ongoing technical support for facility managers. Persons interested in pursuing this self-employment option should contact the nearest Visual Services office.

Business Enterprise Program
3325 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City , OK 73105

Voice: 

405-523-4800

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Instructional Services

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Instructional Services Website

Email:

reboykin@okdrs.gov

Rehabilitation Teachers of the Blind provide instruction and counseling services through a home visitation program which helps individuals adjust to the loss of sight. Contact local Visual Services offices for Instructional Services, which may include:

  • Adjustment counseling;
  • Communications skills instruction including (as needed) braille, keyboarding skills, low vision technology and adaptive techniques and devices;
  • Personal and home management skills instruction;
  • Daily living skills instruction for functioning independently at home;
  • Travel techniques (orientation and mobility);
  • Skills for participating in recreation and leisure activities;
  • Information on community resources; and
  • Information on adaptive devices and how to obtain them.

Contact the nearest DRS office for more information by calling 800-487-4042 or follow this link to a list of DRS offices statewide.

Visual Services, Instructional Services
2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 91
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-3382

Fax: 

405-522-3332

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision Website

Email:

drobison@okdrs.gov
  • Individual assistive technology evaluations;
  • Recommendations for assistive technology to meet individual needs;
  • Demonstration of adaptive computer technology;
  • Employer consultation on technology for employment situations; and
  • Information on assistive tech options for blindness and low vision.
Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision
2401 N.W. 23rd. St., Ste. 91
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-3436

Toll Free: 

800-523-0288

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation Website

Email:

dbowers@okdrs.gov

The primary vocational rehabilitation services are counseling and guidance with job placement. However, other services may also be provided as needed for an individual to compensate for, correct or prevent disability-based barriers to employment. These services can include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical or mental restoration;
  • Vocational, college or other training;
  • Assistive technology evaluations, equipment and training;
  • Information on disability resources;
  • Personal assistance services while receiving VR services;
  • Transportation in connection with VR services being provided;
  • Supported employment;
  • Self-employment assistance; and
  • Other services based on individual needs.

The services a person receives are determined by the person's Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). This plan outlines a person's employment goal and the services that are needed to enable the person to achieve that goal. The IPE can be written by a VR client and counselor working together, or it can be written by the client according to guidelines the counselor will explain.

Eligibility: A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if he or she has a physical or mental disability that is a barrier to employment and if the person can benefit in terms of employment by receiving VR services.

Cost: Some services, such as medical examinations to determine if a person is eligible for vocational rehabilitation, counseling and job placement, are provided at no charge to the client. For some other services, a client may have to share in the cost, depending on his/her income and resources.

Applying for Vocational Rehabilitation services: Contact the nearest DRS office at 800-487-4042 or follow this link to a list of DRS offices statewide.

Vocational Rehabilitation
3535 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3470

Toll Free: 

800-487-4042

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation, Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Oklahoma City

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation, Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Oklahoma City Website

Email:

JPenny@okdrs.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides specialized employment services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our offices of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing includes three specialist counselors in the Oklahoma City area and two specialist counselors in the Tulsa area. Our counselors have specialized training and are able to provide direct communication with clients with hearing loss by using sign language or other techniques to effectively communicate.

A specialized transition program is also available for high school students with hearing loss that addresses the unique issues encountered by the students and prepares them for their transition to work or college.

Our VR counselors for the Deaf and hard of hearing also work with other VR counselors, services, agencies and organizations to provide information regarding hearing loss.

Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - OKC
2401 N.W. 23rd. St., Ste. 65
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-7930

Toll Free: 

800-833-8973

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation, Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Tulsa

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Vocational Rehabilitation, Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Tulsa Website

Email:

SKeese@okdrs.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides specialized employment services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our offices of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing includes three specialist counselors in the Oklahoma City area and two specialist counselors in the Tulsa area. Our counselors have specialized training and are able to provide direct communication with clients with hearing loss by using sign language or other techniques to effectively communicate.

A specialized transition program is also available for high school students with hearing loss that addresses the unique issues encountered by the students and prepares them for their transition to work or college.

Our VR counselors for the Deaf and hard of hearing also work with other VR counselors, services, agencies and organizations to provide information regarding hearing loss.

Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Tulsa
8740 E. 11th St., Ste. F
Tulsa , OK 74112

Voice: 

918-836-5556

Toll Free: 

800-833-8973

Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns (ODC)

Visit Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns (ODC) Website

The Office of Disability Concerns (ODC) is an independent State agency whose purpose is to help State government develop policies and services that meet the needs of Oklahomans with disabilities.

The Road to Employment: A manual for job seekers with disabilities. The publication is a project of the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns. It provides self-assessment tolls, training resource information, strategies for marketing your qualifications, tips on writing resumes and cover letters, job search resources, information on job accommodations and employment rights of persons with disabilities, and post-hire considerations. Copies available from the Office of Disability Concerns.

2401 NW 23rd, Ste 90
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-521-3756

TTY: 

405-522-6706

Toll Free: 

800-522-8224

Fax: 

405-522-6695

Sembrando el Futuro or Planting the Future

Visit Sembrando el Futuro or Planting the Future Website

The Langston University Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies launched a service program called, Sembrando el Futuro or Planting the Future.

Planting the Future was created as a means by which migrant and seasonal farm workers with special needs might be able to develop skills that would lead to long-term
employment.

Specifically, Planting the Future assists its participants by connecting them to community resources essential to helping them become independent and productive employees. Through technical and financial collaborations with the Oklahoma

Department of Rehabilitation Services (ODRS) and other local agencies, the program provides participants with the skills assessments, technical assistance, job-readiness training, career counseling, job placement services, and follow-up support necessary to attain a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.

The program, which has offices on both Langston University?s Tulsa and Oklahoma City campuses, is available year-round, and provides written materials in both English and Spanish.

Langston University Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies

Voice: 

405-530-7531 in Oklahoma City
918-877-8100 in Tulsa

United States Department of Labor

Visit United States Department of Labor Website

DisabilityInfo.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others. A collaborative effort among twenty-two federal agencies, DisabilityInfo.gov connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.

Under Section 504 and the ADA, state and local government programs must make their facilities and services accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Businesses and commercial facilities must also make their goods and services equally available to persons with disabilities. Acquiring adaptive devices, such as a TTY for use by deaf or hard of hearing customers, may help agencies and businesses comply with the law.

200 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington , DC 20210

TTY: 

877-889-5627

Toll Free: 

866-633-7365

Fax: 

202-693-7888