Press Releases 2020

Four photos. Emily Cheng, Wes Hilliard, Jace Wofe, Melinda Fruendt, DRS logo. Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Oklahoma State Seal.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services will utilize ZOOM video conferencing to hold their first virtual meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 13. The public is invited to join via computers, other connected devices or phones.

The Commission governs...

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Friday, April 3, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Richard Olderbak was remembered with a Disability Leadership award by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Olderbak’s son, Marshall Olderbak accepted the award on behalf of his deceased...

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Friday, April 3, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paula Burkes from Edmond earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Excellence in Communications award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Burkes has written and edited award-winning news stories for nearly 40 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a business...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Melinda Fruendt honored Office of Juvenile Affairs Director Steven Buck on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Buck began overseeing DRS as cabinet secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives in...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Samantha Reeves from Tulsa earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Blind and Visually Impaired Client of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Reeves received her award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

Commission...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Beaty from McAlester earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation Client of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Beaty received his award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

Commission for...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sharon Breeding from Oklahoma City earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Community Partner of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Breeding, who is past president and an Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association hall of fame member, rounds up 100...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Roy and Rose Anna Webb from Haskell earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Business of the Year award on March 10 for their support of Oklahoma School for the Blind students.

State Representative Scott Fetgatter (District 16) presented an official...

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Monday, March 23, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – De’Poris Willis from Sand Springs earned School for the Blind Student of the Year award from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’
Oklahoma on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Willis received his award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day...

People with Disabilities Awareness Day circular logo with marking of 25th year of the event 1995-2020.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Oklahoma’s first mobile People with Disabilities Awareness Day is set for March 10, marking the first time Oklahomans with disabilities, their families and supporters can take part in the event from work, home or wherever they are.

“People with Disabilities Awareness Day is a critical...

Portrait of Tracy Brigham

Friday, February 28, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City resident Tracy Brigham was elected treasurer of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind.

Brigham is administrator of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. She has been...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf will host seven teams for the Great Plains School for the Deaf basketball and cheer tournament February 6-8. The public is invited.

OSD is located at 1100 East Oklahoma Avenue in Sulphur.

A total of 280 students and coaches are expected...

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Friday, January 17, 2020

SAPULPA, Okla. – Don't miss out on the Sapulpa Lions Club Bean Dinner on Jan. 30 at the Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm where Oklahoma School for the Blind students will be serving the public. The Sapulpa Lions Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili...

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Friday, January 17, 2020

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf will break ground Wednesday, January 22, on land reserved for a new Aquatic Activity Center and Safe Room in Sulphur.

The 10,000 square foot facility will include the pool, lobby, two locker rooms, concessions and restrooms.

The...

Monday, January 6, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the...