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

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
302 Scenic Court
Moon Township , PA 15108

Voice: 

912-757-3000
912-744-2299 TDD

NewView Oklahoma

Visit NewView Oklahoma Website

Email:

info@newviewoklahoma.org

NewView Oklahoma, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum potential through rehabilitation, employment, and community outreach.

They also offer community programs for people of all ages living with blindness and visual impairments including art classes, a dragon boating team, summer camps and support groups.

501 N. Douglas Ave.
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

Voice: 

855-811-9699

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Website

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.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Employment services for people with any disability, except blindness.
  • Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Employment and independent living services for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Disability Determination Services: Determines medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
  • 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 Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 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) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 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 Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired vocational rehabilitation services: Contact the nearest DRS office at 800-487-4042 or follow this link to a list of DRS offices statewide.

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3535 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3493

Toll Free: 

800-845-8476

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Business Enterprise Program

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Business Enterprise Program Website

Email:

SMcghee@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.Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired secures and equips locations and provides ongoing technical support for facility managers. Persons interested in pursuing this self-employment option should contact the nearest Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired office.

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

Voice: 

405-523-4800

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Instructional Services

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Instructional Services Website

Email:

klohr@okdrs.gov

Instructional Services help DRS clients regain or maintain maximum independence and self-sufficiency. Rehabilitation teachers provide instruction and counseling through a program designed to help individuals adjust to the loss of sight. Services include instruction in personal and home management, communication methods, reading and writing braille, keyboarding skills, low vision technology, adaptive techniques or devices, and recreation or leisure activities.

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Instructional Services

Voice: 

405-951-3493

Toll Free: 

800-845-8476

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision

Visit Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision Website

Email:

JBrantley@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: 

405-522-3442

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Transition Program

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

Email:

rsansom@okdrs.gov

The Transition Program helps students with disabilities who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for employment and life after high school. Services available through Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 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
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3488

Fax: 

405-951-3529

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 800-845-8476 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: 

800-845-8476

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:

SDHH@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 NW 23rd Street, Suite 51
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-7930

Toll Free: 

800-833-8973

Fax: 

405-522-7948

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:

SDHH@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

Fax: 

918-835-2358

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.

1111 N Lee Ave, Suite 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73103

Voice: 

405-521-3756

Toll Free: 

800-522-8224

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.

Voice: 

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

United States Department of Labor

Visit United States Department of Labor Website

Several U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) agencies assist people with disabilities in seeking meaningful work and succeeding once on the job. DOL also advises employers on effective strategies for recruiting and retaining qualified people with disabilities, as well as educates federal agencies and federal contractors and sub-contractors about their obligations related to affirmative action and nondiscrimination in hiring.

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

Toll Free: 

866-487-2365