DRS Visual Services hire Mike Spencer to lead Business Enterprise Program

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Oklahoma City –The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services hired Michael Spencer from Tulsa on October 2 to lead the agency’s statewide Business Enterprise Program as operations coordinator.

Spencer and his wife Janet previously owned M & J Snack Bar, which successfully operated the Tulsa County jail commissary until September when state legislation transferred control to the Tulsa County sheriff’s office.

School for the Blind jazz band meets Blind Boys of Alabama at OKC jazz concert

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Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma School for the Blind Jazz Band traveled from Muskogee to attend a concert on Oct. 18 at Tower Theatre in OKC featuring the musical traditions of New Orleans.

The show was a triple treat with the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas;” six-time Grammy® award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

A generous benefactor purchased the tickets.

Deaf shop manager, bladecrafter is DRS Disability Employment Awareness Month spokesperson

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QUAPAW, Okla. – Two jobs are not enough for Tulsa Native Norman “Buddy” Thomas. Someday, he hopes to add a third job helping others who are deaf “chase their own passions and dreams.”

Thomas is shop manager at Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing in Miami. He also owns Tree of Liberty Bladecraft and Forge, a professional grade knife-making business recently featured in national Blade magazine.

He has made 200 knives or other weapons, but Thomas considers himself an apprentice.

FAA and DRS teams up for a career fair for people with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY ― The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Federal Aviation Administration will host the second annual career fair and hiring event from 9 am to 1 pm, Oct. 25 at DRS’ Career Planning Center, 5813 S. Robinson in Oklahoma City.

“This event is designed to connect job seekers with disabilities with hiring manager at FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Okla. City to share information about jobs at FAA,” Greg Morgan, FAA manager, Employment Service Branch, said.

White Cane Safety Day rally Oct 14 at Penn Square Mall

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Public awareness is the point of National White Cane Safety Day, an event celebrated in mid-October every year by people who are blind or visually impaired.

In Oklahoma City, Heartland Council of the Blind advocates and Visual Services staff and clients are teaming up October 14 to show the connection between effective cane use and independence.

Visual Services is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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