State Plan modifications open for public comments

As part of the 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 modifying the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan.

Click here to read the modified State Plan

All comments regarding the modified state plan, must be submitted in writing to oklaworks@osuokc.edu during this 30 day time period to be considered.

All comments are due by Saturday, March 10, at 5:00pm.

The plan is due on March 15, 2018.

Oklahoma School for the Blind receives $15,000 grant from the Kirschner Trusts

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trusts.

The grant will be used to expand the transportation program provided OSB to take residential students home for the weekends and return them to school.

“We are excited about the support of the Kirschner Trusts and are grateful for the generous award for the second year,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said.

People with Disabilities Awareness Day

2018 Awareness Day logo. An outline of Oklahoma on top of blue field of stars. “Go All in” is inside the outline of Oklahoma. Oklahomans deserve Access for All.
Whether it's for employment or independence Oklahomans deserve access for all. This year starting at noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the state Capitol, we are asking people with disabilities, friends, families and Legislators to go all in when it comes to disability initiatives and bring an end to access-related barriers for people with disabilities.

This event is an opportunity to engage lawmakers and help them understand what programs are vital to reach these goals.

The strategy for the day

Awareness Day gives people with disabilities and advocates, like you, a chance to talk with decision-makers who can preserve or expand services that make a critical difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities. Last year, more than 775 people participated in this free event, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and friends.

This year, our attendance goal is 780 people with 50 percent visiting state Senators and Representatives or their staff. Volunteers will be available to take you on legislative visits and provide other assistance if needed.

Click here for People with Disabilities Awareness Day home page.

School for the Blind students to serve Feb 1 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

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SAPULPA, Okla. – Since 1952, the Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes for friends and neighbors who come back every year.

Twenty-five Oklahoma School for the Blind students will help serve at the annual fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm.

Students include seventh and eighth graders, high school students from the service learning class and members of OSB’s Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA).

DRS names new Visual Services administrator

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OKLAHOMA CITY – OKLAHOMA CITY – Tracy Brigham from Oklahoma City was appointed administrator of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Visual Services division, which annually helps more than 1,800 Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals for employment and independence.

As administrator, Brigham leads staff who provide statewide career counseling, vocational education and training, medical services required to become employable and assistive technology focused to achieve their career goals.

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