People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2016

Awareness Day logo - Power the People

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
At the State Capitol
noon to 4:30 pm


Please help us plan for the event by registering here. We will look up your state senators and representatives, and have that information for you when you check in on People with Disabilities Awareness Day. If you have any accommodations requests, please send them to Cathy Martin at cmartin@okdrs.gov or call 405-951-3478.

People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2016 web page

Public invited to School for the Blind open house Feb 18

Girl reads braille at desk

Muskogee, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Blind Parent Teacher Organization will host the school’s twelfth annual open house and tour on Feb. 18 in Muskogee.

Tours are scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson.

Students and teachers will continue with regular classroom activities as the public, parents, teachers of students with visual impairments and elected officials classroom use of specialized instructional materials and technology adapted for students with visual impairments.

Proposed Policy Changes for 2016

gavel laying on a file folder with policy hearing written on the front
The changes throughout Chapter 1 involve updating and removal of antiquated language. The proposed change deletes the indication that all diabetics will be served by the Visual Services (Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired) Division. Clients with diabetes will now be served from the Vocational Rehabilitation Division.

Changes to Chapter 3 involve the name change of Policy Development and Program Standards unit to the Process Improvement unit. Additional changes include combining policies into one cohesive document and eliminate multiple related policies.

The changes to Chapter 10 consist of updating use of terms to match federal law; revision of rehabilitation teaching eligibility to specify teachers may serve persons with any visual impairments that result in significant functional issues; adding the revised Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act language regarding advancing in employment; the addition of language regarding pre-employment transition services to be compliant with the new federal WIOA and the deletion of reference to ‘homemaker’ to be compliant with the federal rules eliminating the option for a vocational goal.

OSD cheerleader first to make All-State

Young man holds best jumps pennant

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first deaf Oklahoman ever selected to Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

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