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.

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.

Heartland Council of the Blind, DRS to promote White Cane Safety Day Oct 15 in Bricktown

Woman with a bull horn and man with a white cane in front of a small crown

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Wednesday, October 15, will mark the sixth time that the Heartland Council of the Blind has involved the public in White Cane Safety Day in Oklahoma City.

Participants will gather at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Sheridan and Oklahoma streets with the morning’s events scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Heartland Council members will join forces with Visual Services staff from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services for a 35-45 minute walk in Bricktown.

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.