Oklahoma City – Emily Cheng, director of disability services and diversity at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, completed her first term as chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. She will continue to serve as a Commission member.
The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
DRS annually serves 83,500 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living and educational programs, and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.
Commissioner Cheng has been employed since September 2018 as director of Disability Services and Diversity at Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City.
She had previously served 12 ½ years as an academic advisor and disability services coordinator at the school.
As a person with cerebral palsy, Commissioner Cheng has used DRS’ post-employment services in the past to maintain her job at OSU-OKC.
“It is important for Oklahoma to know about the good work that DRS does and how we are unique in our support/provider role,” she said. “We know the challenges that job seekers with disabilities face. Looking for a job when you are a person with a disability can be very daunting, but having DRS staff who understand your disability and know the support you need – that can be very powerful.”
Commissioner Cheng and her husband Neil Cambre are residents of downtown Oklahoma City, where they enjoy visiting local shops and restaurants.
Edmond audiologist Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., was elected as the new Commission chair. He is director of audiology and research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City.
Sulphur resident Wes Hilliard, a banker and former Oklahoma state representative, will serve as Commission vice chair.
For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, visit www.okdrs.gov or phone 800-845-8476.