OKLAHOMA CITY – The Commission for Rehabilitation Services selected Noel Tyler on May 8 to lead the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services as agency director.
Tyler had served as interim director since February 11, 2016.
“Noel Tyler has served with distinction and honor as interim Director,” Commission Chair Jack Tucker. “She shares the Commission’s deep concern about serving Oklahomans with disabilities as well as providing taxpayers with reasonable and effective results in return for their investment.”
During her interim tenure, Tyler faced a state budget shortfall, which triggered temporary waiting lists for new applicants for employment services.
Previously, she was DRS’ Disability Determination Services administrator for 15 years. She led the federally funded DDD to the No. 2 ranking in accuracy in the U.S.
As DRS director, Tyler will continue to manage 1,052 employees who served 83,406 Oklahomans through 25 major disability programs in 2016, including career planning, employment, residential and outreach education and independent living programs, and the determination of medical eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.
“It has been my honor to work with the Commission and the entire DRS staff,” Tyler. “We have opportunities to help jobseekers become taxpayers, to encourage bright students to succeed because of our specialized training and accommodations, to offer customized training for senior Oklahomans who are blind and to accurately determine medical eligibility for Social Security disability applicants.”
Tyler has earned multiple awards, including the DRS director’s award and the Social Security Administration’s Phoenix award, Andy Marioni memorial award and regional commissioners citation and commendations.