OKLAHOMA CITY – The public is invited to a free open house focused on career planning and employment services for people with disabilities from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12.
Vocational Rehabilitation staff in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Norman office will host the event at 2227 W. Lindsey, suite 1400, in the north end of the West Oaks Office Park.
In addition to Norman, the office serves job-seekers with disabilities from Blanchard, Dibble, Little Axe, Newcastle, Moore, Noble, Purcell, Washington and the surrounding area.
Staff will explain services offered through the program and answer questions during the open house. They will have applications for services and literature available at the open house.
“We would like to create awareness of the agency, the services that we offer and this office in the community,” Vocational Rehabilitation counselor Melinda Bunch said. “We want people to know that they are welcome here.”
DRS provides employment services to individuals with disabilities and assists businesses in filling vacancies with qualified, job-ready applicants.
Client services may include job placement, job coaching, training, vehicle modification or other services that build skills and qualifications needed in the workforce to remove barriers to employment.
“Our agency is about creating employment opportunities for people who face challenges,” Jan Hatch, program manager for the Norman office explained. “Our new office has an expanded job seeker kiosk and a conference room.
“We hope the community will take this opportunity to get to know us better and give us a chance to help them with their employment needs,” Hatch said.
Due to construction, the Lindsey Street exit from I-35 is closed. Those seeking an alternate route may take the Main Street exit and travel south on 24th Avenue before turning left on Lindsey.
For more information, phone 405-329-6096 or visit http://www.okdrs.gov.
Last year, DRS served 88,383 Oklahomans with disabilities with career preparation, employment, residential and outreach education, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.