Press Releases 2019

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Oklahoma City – Edmond audiologist, author and researcher Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., was elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services on September 9.

The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS annually serves 83,500 Oklahomans with...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tracy Brigham, administrator for DRS’ Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired participated in the Governor’s Executive Development Program for state officials that was held July 15 to July 19.

The program is a customized, extensive week long program designed around five...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall has appointed local banker and former Oklahoma state representative Wes Hilliard to the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services. The Commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation...

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Friday, June 21, 2019

INDIAHOMA, Okla. – Seven young jobseekers who apparently enjoy hard work and tent camping turned out for paid employment at summer camp last week at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Indianola.

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services offered the innovative on-the-...

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Friday, June 21, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. – Chris Dvorak from Ardmore will serve as the new superintendent at Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

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

“Chris became the high school principal at Oklahoma School for the Deaf in August 2016 and has...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Bartlesville native Beverly Bates once struggled to find a job where skills and work ethic were more important than her vision and hearing losses.

Bates, age 54, was born with profound hearing loss and developed Stargardt macular dystrophy, which causes progressive...

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Monday, June 3, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Career planning and on-the-job training will continue for Oklahoma students with disabilities when school ends, thanks to Transition School to Work.

Students from across the state are signing up for innovative job training programs offered free of charge by Vocational...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SULPHUR – Eight seniors from Oklahoma School for the Deaf will graduate in a commencement ceremony set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the OSD gym, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

The OSD 2019 graduating class valedictorian was Ezra Hart and the salutatorian was Haden Denney....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Three Oklahoma School for the Blind champions will represent the state in the national Braille Challenge® competition in Los Angeles this summer.

The finalists are: Katelynn Zampella, Richelle Zampella, both from Muskogee, and Hunter Kelley from Claremore.

The OSB...

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Friday, May 3, 2019

DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt presented a certificate for physical accessibility on April 26 to the Northeast Area Workforce Development Board for achieving Access for All at the American Job Center in Bartlesville.

The Northeast Area is the second local area to earn the...