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Public Service Announcements

[A man who is blind with a service dog]

Man #1: Does your disability make it harder to find a job?

[A woman who is deaf signing]

Woman #1: Yes, absolutely!

[A woman with two lower leg prosthesis]

Woman #2: DRS can help. DRS is Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

[A man using sign language with a DRS Tee Shirt, sitting behind a desk with a client in the office]

Man #2: DRS empowers job seekers with disabilities

[A woman in a DRS Tee Shirt helping a person who is blind using a white cane]

Woman #3:-who really want to work.

[Two men in a store with rugs around them, the boss says]

Boss #1: So employers like us really want to hire them.

[A group of people, two men and one woman signing using ASL and one woman with a white cane]

Group: Now we're taxpayers.

Man #1: Contact DRS.

Man #3: DRS can help.

[DRS logo with phone number and website sliding in]

Female Voice Over: Contact DRS, 800-487-4042 or

[A young man in a restaurant in a uniform]

Man #1: My name is Dee,

[same man in hip clothes standing in front of nice house and Tessla]

Man #1: and I dream big.

[A young woman is a large room with chairs around, wearing a Mercy uniform and a badge. DRS logo appears on the screen]

Woman #1: I need a good job to get what I want, so I signed up for DRS Transition.

Man #1: Are you a teen with a disability?

Man #2 using American Sign Language: Get free career counseling.

Woman #1: Work experience.

[A young woman who is visually impaired outside on the sidewalk in a wheelchair waving handfuls of money]
Woman #2: And a paycheck!

Man #1: DRS Transition helped us get ready for life.

Woman #1: DREAM BIG!

Man #1: DREAM BIG!

[DRS logo with phone numbers and website sliding in]
Voice over: Contact the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. 800-487-4042 or

A person holding a cell phone for the camera. On the phone a video is playing.

A young African American male: Nobody would hire me.

A female medical person: Until DRS made the job search about my skills not my disabilities.

A young white male: They built my confidence with training and technology.

A white male using sign language: Now I am a taxpayer and I do not need government help.

African American male: Are you an Oklahoman with a disability who really wants to work?

Voice over: Contact Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. 800-487-4042 or

Mitch Stubenhofer, Senior Director of Operations, Oklahoma City Dodgers: Do you need to hire skilled employees who really want to work?

Brenda Burgess, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Southwestern Oklahoma State University: Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services can help!

Roger Vance, Manager of Laboratory Services, OSU Medical Center: Get tax incentives.

Brugess:  And Free training.

Stubenhofer: It makes sense to hire an Oklahoman with a disability. 

Vance: And if you need help, DRS has your back!  

Burgess: Connect with DRS Business Services Program. 

Vance: They are READY to serve you.

Voice over: 1-833-OKDRS4U or

Image of DRS Logo.

Female Voice Over: You love to read and can’t imagine a world without books. And you don’t have to. Even if you have a vision impairment or disability that makes reading difficult. You can still tame the west with Louis L’Amour -- fall madly in love with Romeo and Juliet – and help a young wizard named Harry explore a magical world. The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has thousands of free audiobooks to loan. To find out more, call 1-800-523-0288. Brought to you by the Oklahoma Department for Rehabilitation Services.

Video Description: A teenage girl opens a book with large print and imagines animated images that leap off the pages, including a rocket, sheriff’s badge, magical wand, and walking cowboy boots with spurs. She smiles. The pages of an open book grow larger until printed words fill the screen. The words get blurry. A man imagines an illustration of a cowboy with a rifle on a horse on the range. The illustration turns into video and the cowboy cocks the rifle. A young woman imagines an illustration of a young man and woman in medieval costumes. The illustration comes to life as he gives her a rose. A teenage boy imagines an illustration of a boy wearing a wizard’s robe with a magic wand in an old library with historic architecture. The video comes to life as the boy in the robe shoots sparks from his wand. A digital book player and cartridge appear with the words The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Twenty-five digital cartridges appear with the words 1,000 X 1,000 X 1,000 of Free Audiobooks. DRS logo. Opening Doors to Opportunity, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, 1-800-523-0288.

Descriptive Audio

Video: One hand transfers dollar bills to another hand. A smiling business owner who is legally blind speaks to customers waiting in line at a snack bar. Fingers type quickly on cash register keys. A woman gives change to a customer at the snack bar counter. A hand slides a credit card through a machine. The business owner stocks candy and chips in a vending machine. He trains the woman to operate a machine in the snack bar kitchen.

Announcer: Oklahoma’s Business Enterprise Program has helped hundreds of blind business owners operate excellent food service businesses.

Video: Several black and white historic photos are shown. An African-American man stands at a snack bar counter with items behind him on shelves. A sign in the background says, “Supervised by Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Operator H. B. Berry.” Another photo shows a man and woman stand behind a counter with a cash register and items for sale. The last photo is a sign that says “OKLA. COMMISSION for the BLIND Provides EMPLOYMENT for the SIGHTLESS.”

Announcer: Good jobs. New taxpayers. Serving the public in government buildings for eighty years.

Video: The business owner man walks outside. He and a woman talk and laugh behind the snack bar counter. He signs a check. The man speaks on camera outside.

Matt Jones: I’m just really glad to be working again and providing for my family. For me, the Business Enterprise Program is not just a job. It’s my life.

Announcer: Visual Services and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. 405-523-4800.

Descriptive Audio:

Video: A businessman in a power wheelchair speaks with another person in the hall. A woman holds an open book under equipment that enlarges text on a computer screen.

Announcer: When employers hire jobseekers with disabilities, technology connects talent with opportunity.

Video: A man at a workbench, puts a drill through a loop hanging from the ceiling and works on a project. A woman writes with a device that grips her pencil.

Announcer: It’s easy. DRS helps you match qualified workers with jobs you need to fill.

Video. Woman uses a device strapped to her hand to tap on a keyboard and manipulates a buttons on a large mouse pad. A man talks to his computer to do his work.

Announcer: Technology maximizes their performance.

Video: A woman in an office uses sign language to communicates with another woman via computer. A woman enlarges text on a menu with a hand-held device. A cash register drawer with cash opens.

You get employees you can count on. And that improves your bottom line.

Announcer: Contact the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services at or 800-845-8476.

Audio: Experience shows us there's more than one way to get the job done. If you have a disability that makes it tough to get or keep a job, DRS can help. It could be new technology or doing things a different way. The solution could be easier than you think. Ask the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services about Assistive Technology. Go online at or call 1-800-845-8476.

Video Description: A senior man in a wheelchair rolls past farm equipment. A hand moves a mouse. A woman’s face appears on a screen. A young man in a wheelchair quickly uses a ramp to enter a van. Wheels on a ramp fill the screen. A woman at a desk turns to face a computer screen. Equipment lifts a man in a chair to the seat of a tractor. We look over a woman’s shoulder at large text on a computer screen. She smiles and laughs. The man rises on the chair lift to the tractor seat. The tractor drives forward. We see another man’s face. The man is driving a vehicle. The camera moves down to show his hand on the gear shift. DRS logo. Opening Doors to Opportunity, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, 1-800-845-8476.

More that six hundred thousand Oklahomans have disabilities.

We can’t afford to leave great people behind just because they do things differently.

WHO they are and WHAT they accomplish is much more important.

Hire an Oklahoman with a disability – and gain dependability, commitment and lower turnover.

For more information, call the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services toll free at 1-877-739-4319.

Note: This video is a mix of live-action of people with what looks like a pencil-drawn background.

Video: A man in a suit and tie stands in front of a building with U.S. and Oklahoma flags.

Announcer: Oklahoma employers can get cashback --

Video: Drawings of dollar bills stack up in the smiling employer’s hand.

Announcer: "-- lower employee turnover -- "

Video: Six employees performing various office tasks. One answers the phone. One writes on a clipboard. One files paperwork. Another uses a copier. One uses a computer and two discuss a document.

Announcer: "-- and major tax breaks for hiring qualified workers with disabilities."

Video: A drawing of a document titled "tax bill" breaks in half and disappears.

Announcer: "They become taxpayers. You get good people who really want to work."

Video: The employer stands in the middle of 10 employees. The camera goes by each employee.

Announcer: "And the Department of Rehabilitation Services does the paperwork."

Video: A woman seals a large envelope and puts it in a mail basket.

Announcer: "Give somebody a hand up — not a handout."

Video: DRS logo with "Opening Doors to Opportunity" and "Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services."

Announcer: "Contact Ticket to Work. 866-882-4515 or"

Video: 866-882-4515 or

Voice Over: When you have a disability, freedom means having the same opportunities as everybody else.

Let DRS open the door to employment and a better life.

We help you evaluate skills, pick a career, prepare for it and go to work. Earn a paycheck. Get the freedom to afford the choices you want to make.

Call DRS: 1-800-487-4042.

Are you unemployed because of a disability? Now is the perfect time to talk to us. We’re the state employment agency for Oklahomans with disabilities. We’re D-R-S the Department of Rehabilitation Services. Don’t face disability alone. Get free career counseling and a cool job. Call D-R-S today at 1-800-487-4042.

Sometimes words change… and people can’t see them. Letters get mixed up. Pages are difficult to turn. We can help at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. We mail free books on tape to Oklahomans who can’t read regular print because of vision, learning or physical disabilities. Make every word count. Call the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 800-523-0288.


Don’t let vision loss steal your independence.

Get free training from Visual Services to help make the most of your remaining vision.

Learn new ways to take care of your home and remain independent.

1st Woman: I can just see a busier life for me. A life with more fulfillment in it.

2nd woman: It’s going to change my life because I’ll be able to do more things.

Call the Department of Rehabilitation Services toll free at 1-800-845-8476.

Video shows a young man holding a white cane with appears to be notebook paper in the background with Big plans, 1. cool job, 2. freedom, 3. my own place written on it.

He says "I have big plans for life after high school."

A young woman in a wheelchair, with the notebook paper with a doodle of college diploma. She says "I'm going to get my college degree."

A second young man with a cochlear implant in front of notebook paper with a drawing of his company building. He says "I want to start my own company and help other people succeed."

First young man, smiles and laughs on camera with a piggie bank drawn on the notebook paper. He says "I need a good job to get what I want."

The background changes to say DRS plus you equals success. First young man continues "So I signed up for the DRS Transition program."

The second young man says "They helped me get a great job and improve my skills for the future."

The young woman says "They helped me believe in myself and my abilities."

(Anncr) Are you a high school student with a disability?

Call the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services at 1-800-487-4042.

Note: Eight different video images move on the screen at the same time.

Announcer: "Every child deserves a GREAT education."

Video: Students using microscopes, teachers and students signing, writing in blanks on a form, young teens smiling, boy with thick glasses.

Announcer: "The School for the Deaf in Sulphur and School for the Blind in Muskogee offer challenging academic programs"

Video: Fingers reading braille, text overlays for printed text, students playing musical instruments.

Announcer: "-- AND customized training."

Video: Boy and girl walking, large group playing basketball, signing in class.

Announcer: "Students can attend class on campus. Or we bring assistance to your local school."

Video: Students eating lunch, shooting pool, seated and bouncing on large balls in a gym, walking in the halls, studying, playing video games.

Announcer: "Our students have FUN and they GET READY for college work and a bright future."

Video: Students working at a restaurant, sewing on a sewing machine, chopping celery, making a bed, getting an eye exam and walking with an adult.

Announcer: "Don't let hearing or vision loss limit your child."

Video: Teacher with students in a circle, using a braille writer, signing in class, close-ups of faces.

Announcer: "Call 800-845-8476."

Video: DRS logo with text "Opening Door to Opportunity" and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and 800-845-8476.

Young girl: I love to read!
High School boy: I’m the quarterback!

Various students: The Oklahoma School for the Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf have high academic standards, outreach programs and free specialized training. Stuff we can’t learn anywhere else! Find out more, call the School for the Blind at 1-877-229-7136. Call the School for the Deaf at 1-888-685-3323. Brought to you by the Oklahoma Department for Rehabilitation Services.

Video Description: The public service announcement shows multiple images that look like a scrapbook with text and graphics on the pages. 

Screen #1 shows several images of a young girl. A video of her says, “I love to sing!” 

Screen #2 shows an OSD football player. A video of him says “I’m the quarterback!” 

Screen #3 shows images of fingers on braille, a trophy, OSB cheerleaders, and a teenage boy with sunglasses and a white cane who says “The Oklahoma School for the Blind.” 

Screen #4 shows a young student with glasses, a cheerleader, a young girl and young boy signing, and a teacher and student playing a card game in a classroom with the words “The Oklahoma School for the Deaf.” 

Screen #5 shows students in a science lab, a student looking through a microscope lens, a teacher and four students with braille typewriters, fingers typing on the braille typewriter and a video of a student who says “high academic standards.” 

Screen #6 shows an adult giving a student an eye exam, a girl making a bed, male students studying in the library, an OSD cheerleader, a boy and girl walking, a girl working at a pizza restaurant, students playing basketball with the words “Outreach Programs.” 

Screen #7 shows an adult training a student to walk with a cane. A student wearing sunglasses closely reading a computer screen. Two students in chef hats preparing food and hands cutting celery. Two students with a teacher in a computer lab and a student in sunglasses who say the words “Specialized Training”. 

Screen #8 shows an OSD cheerleader signing, two cheerleaders performing, OSB band students playing horns, a student using an iPad and braille device, fingers reading braille on a keyboard, a teenage girl with glasses and the words “Just for Us.” 

Screen #9 shows OSB Jazz Band students playing horns, a young girl waving a sheet of paper, fingers reading braille, a boy with sunglasses and a video of a teenage girl who says words that also appear on screen: “Call the Oklahoma School for the Blind at 1-877-229-7136.” 

Screen #10 shows a boy with a hearing aid, a teacher helping a student write on the white board, a girl signing in a classroom and a student who signs, “Call Oklahoma School for the Deaf at 1-888-685-3323.” DRS logo. Opening Doors to Opportunity, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Graphic of the state of Oklahoma with pictures of people with disabilities working.

A female nurse walks into a patient's room.
(Anncr) More Oklahomans are getting off Social Security disability and going to work than ever before. They get help from DRS.
And taxpayers save more than $15 million dollars every year.

A businessman in a wheelchair talking with a woman in an office.

Businessman: "DRS helped me train and get paid for the work I do..."

Nulse: " I don't need a disability check anymore."

An instructor in a classroom: "And now I'm a taxpayer rather than someone on disability benefits."

(Anncr) If you get disability benefits and want to work, call the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services:
1-866-882-4515. Together, we make it happen.

Blind man on camera: I take a walk of faith every time, I step off that curb. It’s only 50 feet, but I tell you, it feels like 50 miles. I’ve had so many near-misses, I’ve lost count. The worst thing, a blind man there in the crosswalk with no where to go.

Voice Over: Be aware when you’re behind the wheel. Look for the white cane. And stop your car fifteen feet away from a blind person in the roadway. That’s the law.

Man: Remember, this cane is no match for this (tires screeching, car horn blaring - a car grill zooming to the camera).

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