Hundreds expected for DRS’ free disability outreach and education EXPO October 22

2014 EXPO. Collaboration, connections, Employment and Community aurround a circle.  Photos inside circle of a man on the phone and a woman in a wheelchair in front of a van. DRS logo. Metro Technolgy Centers logo with Preparing for Life

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahomans with disabilities, parents, disability advocates, and educational and medical services providers are expected to attend the sixth free disability education and outreach EXPO on Wednesday, October 22.

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and Metro Technology Center will partner to inform the public about services and issues affecting the disability and rehabilitation communities.

Enid receptionist copes with hearing loss to serve Youth and Family Services’ clients

Woman smiles and holds phone to ear

ENID, Oklahoma – Hearing loss can’t slow Denise Gallagher down. The busy receptionist at Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma just doesn’t have time.

Gallagher greets 1,500 children and families each year and helps them navigate a range of services offered by 50 YFS staff in Enid, including 24 mental health counselors.

YFS operates an emergency youth shelter, outpatient and school-counseling programs, food pantries, a transitional living program for young adults ages 18 to 22, and drug and alcohol recovery programs.

Oklahomans celebrate Deaf Awareness Week Sept 21-27

Crowd of people pet a dog on a leash

OKLAHOMA CITY - Deaf Awareness Week in Oklahoma kicks off this Sunday, September 21. The event is celebrated each year in the U.S. during the last full week of September.

“The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is planning activities to celebrate their rich deaf cultural heritage and educate others about deafness,” explained Joe Cordova, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The School for the Deaf is a division of DRS.

Agenda released for 2014 EXPO

Logo for 2014 Expo

2014 Expo Agenda – The Event is Open to Everyone
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Location: Metro Technology Center, 1900 N. Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Registration

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony- (Malcolm Stoughtenborough), Welcome (Dr. Elaine Stith) Welcome (Director Joe Cordova)

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. -- Career Success Panel (Malcolm Stoughtenborough moderator)

9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Break

Project SEARCH job training leads to permanent jobs for eight Enid interns

ENID, Okla. – High school-age interns in the Project SEARCH program expect to get on-the-job training and ideas about potential careers.

Full-time, permanent employment usually comes later after the students with disabilities finish the nine-month Project SEARCH intern program and go on to complete more education or training.

In Enid, eight Project SEARCH interns completed the program and were immediately hired by employers in the Enid community. All are now taxpaying citizens, less likely to need disability benefits or social services.

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