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Join us for the 20th Anniversary of People with Disabilities Awareness Day

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On Wednesday, April 2, we have a chance to make our voices heard at the state Capitol during the annual People with Disabilities Awareness Day. But just attending this event is not enough. We have to multiply our voices. We need to fill our vehicles with friends, co-workers and clients. We need to see that each seat is filled so that we are not just a crowd but a wave that carries a message through the state Capitol. We need participants tell legislators or their staff what it’s like to “Spend a Day in My Shoes.” Waves though start with just drops of water, but when they multiply, there is nothing that can stand in the way. So challenge yourself; challenge your co-workers and challenge your clients to fill your vehicles and attend People with Disabilities Awareness Day on April 2.

For more information and to register for People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2014

Check out the Workforce Oklahoma Partnership Conference Information

Race car on a track with Success: System Driven

On May 7, 2014, more than 400 Workforce Partners from across Oklahoma will come together for this three day conference to learn, share best practices and network. Attendees will have access to instructional presentations and useful materials to help them continue to build the future of Workforce Oklahoma! Learn how Oklahoma System Partners are promoting a statewide vision to connect education and training systems with the needs of Oklahoma’s economy; aligning and using state data to help determine skills gaps, workforce issues and trends; supporting and expanding partnerships to better connect education and training providers to the needs of business; and modifying the use of resources and incentives to support integrated vision. Plan now to attend and learn how YOU can be an active participant in this system.

Our conference location this year will be the Downtown Sheraton, One North Broadway, Oklahoma City, located near the world famous Bricktown.

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Retired School for the Deaf Principal appointed to DRS Commission for Rehabilitation Services Portrait of Jack Tucker

Portrait of Jack Tucker

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jack Tucker, a retired principal with 40 years’ experience at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, was appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services, the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The School for the Deaf, headquartered in Sulphur, is a division of DRS.

Tucker was appointed by Brian Bingman (R – District 12), president pro tempore of the state Senate.

“I am excited to get back to work with a lot of my friends and colleagues because working together is the key,” Commissioner Tucker said. “I’m grateful to Pro-Tempore Bingman and other people within state government who have faith that I can do the job that needs to be done.”

Tucker, who is blind in one eye, was a client of DRS’s vocational rehabilitation program, which assisted with college tuition and books.

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International consultant and state agency leader to head up services for the blind in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Douglas C. Boone, a consultant and state agency leader from Kalamazoo, Michigan with 30 years’ experience in serving people who are blind will soon lead Visual Services staff for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

“I am excited about coming to Oklahoma, and I look forward to working with the staff at the Division for Visual Services and Oklahoma DRS,” Boone said. “I believe that we can most effectively fulfill our mission, which is really a joint venture between the federal Vocational Rehabilitation system and the state of Oklahoma, by developing a partnership between the hardworking professionals within the agency and the customers who are eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation and independent living services.”

“Together we will work as a team that can implement the strategies needed to enable blind Oklahomans to reach their full potential," he said.

As president of D. Boone Consultants since 1993, he offered customized consultation to agencies, educational institutions, businesses and organizations serving people who are blind. The company served more than 1000 staff in 19 states and Europe with programs targeting vocational rehabilitation, independent living, program review and evaluation, strategic planning, reasonable accommodations, employer outreach, orientation and mobility, industrial education and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

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