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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

Nickles earns Social Security Trail Blazer Award for customer service innovation

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Oklahoma City – Innovative ideas that improve customer service and benefit the public earned Brian Nickles from Norman a Trail Blazer Award from the Dallas Region of the Social Security Administration.

Nickles, who is Disability Determination Services administrator in Oklahoma, received an award letter from Regional Commissioner Sheila Everett, who wrote, “Ideas, such as Brian’s, are imperative for SSA to advance in our service to the public.”

DDS is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS Vocational Rehabilitation to relocate Durant office serving jobseekers with disabilities

Vocational Rehabilitation office in Durant will relocate on Thursday, March 1, to room 101 in the Russell Building at 1422 N. 5th on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

The office is located on the first floor of the Russell Building, which is across from the Student Union.

The main phone number will remain 580-924-2677.

The office provides career planning, employment and related services to job seekers with disabilities in Bryan and western Choctaw counties.

Oklahoma School for the Blind receives $15,000 grant from the Kirschner Trusts

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trusts.

The grant will be used to expand the transportation program provided OSB to take residential students home for the weekends and return them to school.

“We are excited about the support of the Kirschner Trusts and are grateful for the generous award for the second year,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said.

School for the Blind students to serve Feb 1 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

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SAPULPA, Okla. – Since 1952, the Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes for friends and neighbors who come back every year.

Twenty-five Oklahoma School for the Blind students will help serve at the annual fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm.

Students include seventh and eighth graders, high school students from the service learning class and members of OSB’s Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA).

DRS names new Visual Services administrator

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OKLAHOMA CITY – OKLAHOMA CITY – Tracy Brigham from Oklahoma City was appointed administrator of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Visual Services division, which annually helps more than 1,800 Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals for employment and independence.

As administrator, Brigham leads staff who provide statewide career counseling, vocational education and training, medical services required to become employable and assistive technology focused to achieve their career goals.

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