This media release was originally released on July 13, 2012. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Eligible for SSDI Tulsa man chose to work for 32 years
TULSA, Okla. – “I don’t fly a plane. Although I may be driving before long,” Rob Hill said. While somewhat joking, the fact of the matter is Google has been test-driving the driverless car, which is perfect for Hill because he is completely blind.
This attitude of you-never-know is strong in Hill. He has the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, which cost him his sight in 1973. However, he didn’t let that stop him from working full time for the last 32 years and doing community service and advocacy work for causes he strongly believes in.
Hill, 67 years old, retired on May 31, 2012 from 211 Helpline in the Community Service Council as a social worker in Tulsa. Along his path to retirement, Hill learned and experienced many things that a man with 20/20 vision wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing.
SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf has rescheduled their annual Fall Festival on Tuesday, November 6, due to the threat of rain on the original date. The community is invited to enjoy free trick-or-treating and some seasonal activities that may involve a fee, including hayrides, games and food.
This media release was originally released on Oct. 6, 2017. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Shop manager, bladecrafter is DRS Disability Employment Awareness Month spokesperson
QUAPAW, Okla. – Two jobs are not enough for Tulsa Native Norman “Buddy” Thomas. Someday, he hopes to add a third job helping others who are deaf “chase their own passions and dreams.”
Thomas is shop manager at Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing in Miami. He also owns Tree of Liberty Bladecraft and Forge, a professional grade knife-making business recently featured in national Blade magazine.
He has made 200 knives or other weapons, but Thomas considers himself an apprentice.
OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Saturday, October 13, will mark the 10th year the Heartland Council of the Blind has celebrated National White Cane Safety Awareness Day in Oklahoma City.
Activities focus on the importance of the white cane as a tool to achieve independence and a symbol of people with vision loss.
Heartland Council members will gather with participants from Visual Services in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and Veterans Independence Through Adaptive Living (VITAL) at 11 a.m. in Bricktown.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Department of Rehabilitation Services is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October by transferring approximately 1,800 job seekers with significant disabilities from waiting lists to active Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services caseloads.
VR and VS staff began providing career planning and employment services to the most recent group of 904 applicants on September 24. Staff will begin serving approximately 900 more jobseekers on October 08. The exact number will be determined on that date.
This media release was originally released on July 17, 2012. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Miss Black UCO admits dyslexia struggle, wins pageant crown
EDMOND, Okla. –Delivering a monologue about dyslexia -- the undeserved shame she was almost afraid to talk about -- contributed to Tiffany Thompson’s win in the Miss Black UCO 2012 scholarship pageant. The rewards were a pageant win on her seventh attempt, a $1,600 University of Central Oklahoma tuition waiver and the chance to help others face or understand an invisible learning disability that makes it difficult for intelligent people to read.
“My monologue was called, ‘Who am I?’,” Thompson explained, “and it was about growing up having people tell me I wasn’t going to be a success because I was black, wasn’t going to be successful because I was a female.”
For the first time ever, Thompson’s family and friends heard her describe what it was like to get “that heart attack feeling” when called on to read out loud in school – to be laughed at and called stupid – and believe it.