Feb 7 Self Advocate Leadership Training cancelled due to winter weather

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The Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network trainers were forced to cancel their training today, Feb. 7, at DRS State Office due to icy weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Participants who were registered on that date may contact Cathy Martin at 405-951-3478 or cmartin@okdrs.gov to reschedule for trainings on Feb. 16 or Feb. 20.

Oklahoma Self-Advocate Leadership Training I with OKSAN trainers

This free, introductory training will help participants with disabilities develop effective self-advocacy and leadership skills.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Heather Horton and Donald Denham



This media release was originally released on Apr. 21, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Love is Blind for Bartlesville Sweethearts Introduced at Training Program for Blind Adults

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Heather Horton was looking forward to Adult Blind Living Evaluation training in Muskogee. She wanted to learn new skills to help her cope with vision loss. Donald Denham was reluctant. Maybe he would get over being bashful − or maybe his driver would have to pick him up early. They never expected to fall to in love – with each other − at a summer training program for blind people.

“My kids thought it was hilarious. [They said] Mom is going to ‘blind camp!’” Heather explained, her bright blue eyes sparkling as Donald sat smiling by her side. “I wanted ABLE to improve my attitude as far as having more hope. I didn’t want to stay home and not participate in life anymore.”

Adult Blind Living Evaluation – ABLE - is an in-depth evaluation program with one week of basic training for legally blind adults. They may attend one of four summer sessions led by seven experts and 10 support staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). To control costs, Visual Services uses dorm rooms and training facilities at DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Blind, which are temporarily vacant while students are home for the summer.

School for the Blind students to serve Feb 7 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

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SAPULPA, Okla. – The Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes that have kept friends and neighbors coming back to their annual dinners every year since 1952.

For only $8, bean and chili supper guests get all they can eat of everything on the menu: chili and four kinds of beans -- the number one seller pinto -- plus navy, lima (or butter) beans, and black eyed peas, and, of course, cornbread, cole slaw, tea, coffee, milk and buttermilk.

Masonic Charity Foundation grant to empty School for the Deaf waiting lists for senior citizens’ hearing aid program

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SULPHUR, Okla. – The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has awarded a generous grant to purchase 776 hearing aids through the statewide Senior Citizens Hearing Aid Program operated by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

As a result, 572 low-income seniors with significant hearing losses will be immediately transferred from waiting lists and receive their hearing aids.

In addition, the grant will fund hearing aids for the next 204 senior citizens who apply for help through the program.

Public Invited to Disability Program Policy Hearings

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City on Feb. 4, Tulsa on Feb. 5 and Lawton on Feb. 6.

Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Ray F. Kirk



This media release was originally released on Mar. 13, 2013. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Muskogee rancher, Rehabilitation Services commissioner dies after sudden illness

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Muskogee thoroughbred and cattle rancher, and community leader Ray F. Kirk died suddenly March 14 in Muskogee after a brief illness.

Commissioner Kirk was the first Muskogee citizen ever appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services, the governing board for the state Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

The Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is a division of DRS.

At the time he was appointed to the commission, Kirk said, “Muskogee is very fortunate to have the school (for the blind) because of the outstanding work the staff does to educate visually impaired students brings attention to our community from all over the state.

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