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Oklahoma residents win awards

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is proud to announce the winners for the Client of the Year for local offices, programs and divisions. These clients were nominated due to their diligence and dedication to taking the steps necessary for an independent lifestyle.


2022 DRS Proposed Rule Changes

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 meeting in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7th at the DRS, 3535 NW 58th St, 2nd floor conference room, Okla. City, OK 73112 from 2:00-3:00pm or by Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99625659572?pwd=TTJMSkh5UHNBUGtkdmtIUmJRNzUyQT09.


Public comment period now open for Oklahoma Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act state plan

OKLAHOMA CITY - As part of requirements from the U.S. departments of Labor and Education, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be completing a two-year modification to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan.

The plan is due March 15, 2022 to the U.S. Department of Labor.


Bethany resident to lead DRS disability determination program

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Melinda Fruendt named Keith Tiller, from Bethany, as the new Disability Determination Services administrator beginning January 1, 2022. 

DDS determines medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.


Weatherford resident earns Rehabilitation Services Commission award

OKLAHOMA CITY - Leighann Cantrell, from Weatherford, earned the annual performance award presented by the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services on December 13.

Cantrell is a career counselor for Vocational Rehabilitation in the Weatherford office. 


Story and West win Rehabilitation Services director’s awards

OKLAHOMA CITY - Melinda Fruendt, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services executive director, named April Story and Jama West as annual director's award winners in December.

Story is a human resources programs manager who has been employed by DRS since November 2018 and was previously employed by the agency from December 2012 to November 2013.


Baggerly Foundation donation for Oklahoma School for Deaf Foundation

SULPHUR, Okla. - The Oklahoma School for the Deaf Foundation recently received a $5,000 donation from Steve and Becky Baggerly through the Baggerly Charitable Trust.

The generous donation will go towards the Make It Right Fund for OSD's football field and sports center.


OKC resident earns Rehabilitation Services Commission award

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Renee Sansom Briscoe, from Oklahoma City, earned the annual performance award presented by the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services on December 13.

Briscoe Is transition coordinator for Transition Services, a statewide career training and employment program serving 3,500 Oklahoma youth with disabilities. 


Find more information or register go here: www.okdrs.gov/pwdad/2022.

 

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Claremore support group to host holiday party for visually impaired people Dec 15

Longtime friend and supporter Charlie Tipps, his wife Ruthie Tipps and friend Kenny Blair will entertain at the December 15 meeting of Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- The Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host a holiday party for anyone with visual disabilities and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15.

The party will be held at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N. Sioux.

DRS Vocational Rehabilitation relocates downtown Tulsa offices serving jobseekers with disabilities

TULSA, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services has relocated their Vocational Rehabilitation offices from 444 S. Houston Avenue in downtown Tulsa to their new location in suite 910 in the Sun Building at 907 South Detroit.

The offices can be found near the intersection of Detroit and 9th Street east of Tulsa Community College. The main phone number is 918-581-2301.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf students score in Academic Bowl

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Oklahoma School for the Deaf students earned honors in the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Academic Bowl competition held online November 1 through 4th.

In the American Sign Language category, three OSD students took top awards: Shakayla Simmons - 1st in ASL Poetry;  Chelsea Martin - 2nd in ASL Handshape; and Makenna Fleshman - - 3rd in ASL Storytelling. 


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