Press Releases 2017

Two men wearing cowboy hats.

Monday, October 2, 2017

NORMAN, Okla.– Nearly 600 educators, employment counselors, agencies, families, higher education leaders and employers are expected to attend the Oklahoma Transition Institute on October 3-5 in Norman.

The annual institute focuses on successfully preparing youth with disabilities for post...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sulphur, Okla. The National Association of the Deaf will host its board meeting on the campus of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Wednesday, October 4. This is the first time that the NAD Board has visited the OSD campus. The NAD board members will tour the campus and meet students.

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Woman stands beneath two portraits

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oklahoma City – From the State Fair to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is honoring deaf or hard or hearing Oklahomans for Deaf Awareness Week.

The purpose of annual celebration, officially September 24 through 30 in Oklahoma...

Boy wearing cowboy hat rides mechanical bull.

Monday, September 25, 2017

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind students are saddling up again September 27 for their 13th Western Heritage Day.

The annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge owned by Roy Webb in Haskell.

Webb donates his indoor arena, stage...

Woman helps seated woman write.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tulsa, Okla. – People who are adjusting to recent blindness or vision loss are encouraged to sign up for free training offered September 19- 21 in Tulsa.

The Training Adults Program goals are to adjust successfully to vision loss, and to work toward regaining independence and the ability...

Man wearing sunglasses plays keyboards

Friday, September 8, 2017

CLAREMORE, Okla. – People with vision loss and their families are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Wednesday, September 20.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Claremore community Center, 2301...

Portrait of a woman

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Oklahoma City – Enid bank vice president and community leader April Danahy was recently elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

She previously served as vice chair of the board which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency serves more...

Asian woman

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Oklahoma City – Emily Cheng of Oklahoma City was recently appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Governor Mary Fallin.

The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans...

Portrait of a man

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oklahoma City – Brian Nickles was recently selected to lead the Disability Determination Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Nickles, from Norman, supervises approximately 350 employees who determine medical eligibility for citizens who apply for...

Woman holds white cane

Friday, June 23, 2017

NEWCASTLE, Okla. – Fear of losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than deaf-blindness, a condition many associate with noted American author, lecturer and humanitarian Hellen Keller.

Today Cochran, from Newcastle, is beginning a job search while serving as 2017...

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