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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

DRS' 25th Anniversary celebration reception

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The 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be celebrated immediately following our July 9, 2018 Commission Meeting. This Commission meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the DRS Disability Determination Services located at 9801 N. Kelley, Oklahoma City. Honorees will include the leaders at the time of our transition to an independent agency along with other important leaders. If you wish to attend please RSVP to 405 951-3400.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Peter Broussard



This media release was originally released on June 18, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week spokesperson’s productivity, ambition pay off at Cintas

Broussard and a co-worker in Cintas uniforms

OKLAHOMA CITY – All Peter Broussard really wanted was a chance -- a chance to work hard, fit in at the job and take care of his family, like everybody else.

At Cintas, Broussard, who is deaf and blind, is just one of the guys on a team that rewards productivity and ambition.

Cintas employs 30,000 “partners,” the term they call all employees. The Cincinnati-based corporation, provides products and services that help companies keep their employees and facilities safe.

Broussard, age 27, is originally from Crowley, Louisiana. He has Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that combines hearing loss with retinitis pigmentosa, resulting in progressive loss of side vision due to degeneration of the retina.

Ada native wants to put training, technology to work

Man uses sign language for the deaf at table with six small balls on rectangular object

ADA, Okla. – Donald Gore only missed six days in the fourteen years he worked at Folger’s Drive-In in Ada.

“I like to work and be on time,” Gore said. “It’s no fun to stay around the house and be bored.”

Problems with increasing vision and hearing loss led Gore to seek help from Roy Alexander, a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Chickasaw Nation.

Gore, who has Usher Syndrome, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Robert Girard



This media release was originally released on April 27, 1994. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Robert Girard named "Employee of the Quarter" for Dale Rogers training project at Tinker Air Force Base

Robert Girard in his work shirt from 1994

Robert Girard, a 1993 graduate of the School for the Deaf in Sulphur, recently earned a Dale Rogers Training Project “Employee of the Quarter” award for outstanding job performance at Vanwey Dining Hall, Tinker Air Force Base. Girard, who is employed by Dale Rogers as a food service worker, is a client and resident at the Transitional Living Center operated by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in Oklahoma City.

Co-workers and friends in Vanwey Dining Hall applauded as Girard, who is deaf and blind, accepted the award and responded through a sign language interpreter from the Transitional Living Center. Girard said, “I’m shocked. I’m just shocked! I didn’t know.”

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