Four to be honored Monday in celebration of People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2021 Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY — Four Oklahomans will be honored Monday in an early celebration of People with Disabilities Awareness Day.
Oklahoma’s virtual People with Disabilities Awareness Day is set for Tuesday, and to mark the event, the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services will honor four people who have excelled at pursuing independent lives.
The four are clients or students receiving services from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and will be honored during the Commission’s online meeting Monday. People wishing to attend the event that begins at 10:30 a.m. can do so by Zoom.
To reach it online, go to https://zoom.us/j/97842041145
To join by phone, call: 1-253-215-8782
The Webinar ID: 978 4204 1145
Awards to be presented will include DRS Vocational Rehabilitation Client of the Year, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Client of the Year, Oklahoma School for the Blind Student of the Year and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Student of the Year.
For 26 years, People with Disabilities Awareness Day is an opportunity for Oklahomans with disabilities to engage lawmakers and share their personal stories about what services are helping them live independent lives and pursue careers. This year, participants are encouraged to visit the event web site at www.okdrs.gov/pwdad, register for the event and take part in a contest. Facebook users can stay up to date on the event by visiting the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Facebook page. When posting on social media, participants are asked to use #PWDAD2021 in their messages.
Oklahomans are encouraged this year to reach out to their lawmakers through calls, emails and through social media. If Oklahomans are uncertain who their lawmakers are, they can find that information by visiting www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx.
In years past, Awareness Day brought hundreds of Oklahomans to the state Capitol to talk with lawmakers and share their stories. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is making such an onsite event impossible this year, leading supporters to come together online for the event.
Last year, DRS served 76,134 Oklahomans with disabilities with career preparation, employment, residential and outreach education, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits. The agency helps job seekers with disabilities face barriers to employment, such as inaccessible worksites, lack of transportation or the need for specialized equipment or training. For more information, visit http://www.okdrs.gov or phone 800-845-8476.
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Brett Jones, Communications Officer