Commission names Rehabilitation Services director for state disability programs

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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.”

Three School for the Blind students invited to compete in national Braille Challenge®

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Three Oklahoma School for the Blind students will compete this June in the national Braille Challenge® finals competition in Los Angeles.

Braille Challenge® is a national program sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization that eliminates barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

This year’s winners represent the largest number of Oklahoma students ever qualified to participate at the national level. They are: Hunter Kelley from Claremore, Katelynn Zampella and Richelle Zampella, both from Muskogee.

School for the Deaf team brings home third place in national Battle of the Books competition

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SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently brought home third place in the national Battle of the Books playoff competition at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Last year, the OSD team placed 8th among 8 teams that advanced to the national level.

“This year represents a great improvement for our middle school students,” Kristen McCurdy, OSD reading specialist and team chaperone, said.

Public input needed

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The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in conjunction with the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council ask for the public's opinions on the service needs of Oklahoma’s transition aged youth with disabilities. The survey will allow participants to provide valuable feedback on education and employment challenges facing transition aged youth and the training areas one believes are the most important in helping this group succeed. The survey is anonymous and is being conducted as a portion of the Rehabilitation Services Administration mandated Statewide Assessment. The survey is open to:

  • youth aged 18-24 with disabilities,
  • parents/guardians of youth (aged 24 and under) with disabilities,
  • DRS staff,
  • Oklahoma educational institutions and state agency staff,
  • community based rehab provider and disability advocacy group staff and
  • representatives, and business owners and representatives.

Your opinions are very important and will help us better serve the transition aged youth in our state. Please take the time to complete the survey at the link provided below.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/TransitionYouth (survey closes June 15, 2017)

Visual Services clients to welcome Assistive Tech Lab guests at May 5 open house

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TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa resident Felicia Jones is ready to testify about the transforming power of assistive technology at the open house for Visual Services’ new Assistive Technology Lab on May 5.

“They are going to see how far technology has come -- what people can do with technology on their jobs,” Harris explained. “For companies, you may find out how to use technology to hire a great person who is visually impaired to work for you one day.”

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