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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.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to host 17th Braille Challenge competition March 7

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MUSKOGEE – Thirty students from across the state are pre-registered to compete at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 17th annual Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge on Thursday, March 7 in Muskogee.

The contest will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Bryan White



This media release was originally released on June 10, 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Brainstorm leads to business for Elk City area resident with disabilities

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Second and third chances. Bryan “Whiteydawg” White had a few that didn’t work out. Then one day in 2015, a brainstorm led to a new business and a brighter future.

White found his calling while driving east with his dad Robert White on Frisco Street in Clinton. The John Deere store he passed was nearly finished, but the parking lot badly needed power washing and paint striping.

White didn’t have equipment yet, but he saw an opportunity – and a chance to work.

School for the Deaf superintendent passed away at 69

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Sulphur educator, community leader, friend and family man Larry Hawkins passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 23, after a brief illness.

Hawkins is the only person ever appointed to a second term as superintendent of Oklahoma School for the Deaf, which dates back to its origin in 1898.

A beloved teacher and friend who was well-respected in the deaf community, he initially retired in August 2011 as superintendent at both OSD in Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

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