Newly elected Commission for Rehabilitation Services chair shares secret to job success during Disability Employment Awareness Month

Commissioner Tucker and his wife standing outside on a porch.

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 322,000 working-age Oklahomans -- one in seven -- have some type of disability, according to Jack Tucker, recently elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

Tucker should know. He is a former client of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services with a visual disability and the retired principal of DRS’ School for the Deaf.

He was unanimously elected chair of the governing board for DRS, the agency that once provided his employment services and rewarded his work with a paycheck for more than 40 years.

October 31 seminar to introduce Oklahomans who are blind to DRS Visual Services

TULSA, Okla. - The Brady District Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma will present an informational seminar for people who are blind or visually impaired to learn how to effectively use employment and independent living services offered by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Slated for October 31, the seminar will take place from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel at 616 W 7th St. in downtown Tulsa.

Students with disabilities invited to self-advocacy workshops Oct 30 with New Jersey poet/advocate

LeDerick Horne portrait

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma middle and high school students with disabilities are invited to explore the concept of self-advocacy on Thursday, October 30, at two free seminars led by spoken word poet and disability advocate LeDerick Horne.

The event will be held in the Boomer Room at the Sooner Legends Inn and Suites, 1200 24th Avenue SW in Norman.

School for the Blind to celebrate White Cane Safety Day October 14

Muskogee, OKLA. – The Oklahoma School for the Blind will celebrate National White Cane Safety Day October 14 with an educational program for the public and a competition to improve OSB students’ white cane navigation skills.

White Cane Safety Day was first established by presidential proclamation in 1964.

“Approximately 109,833 Oklahomans have vision difficulties and may be potential white cane or dog guide users,” Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Joe Cordova said.

The School for the Blind is a division of DRS.

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