People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
State Capitol
Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is closed, please plan to attend and register at the event.

We can’t depend on others to tell our story.

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.

Braille Challenge® to test students’ skills Feb. 28 at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Twenty-seven students who are blind or visually impaired are registered to compete February 28 in the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® sponsored by the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Last year, OSB eighth-grade student Richelle Zampella advanced from this regional competition to place second in the sophomore division at the national Braille Challenge® in Los Angeles.

She is the first person from Oklahoma to place at the national level in this competition.

Innovative job training project benefits Tulsa high school students

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TULSA, Okla. – Fourteen Tulsa students are one step closer to job success, thanks to an innovative training program that introduces them to work and a paycheck while they’re still earning high school credits.

Casey Middleton, age 26, got his start as an apprentice in the Tulsa Bridges Project, a successful partnership for 15 years between the state Department of Rehabilitation Services and Tulsa Public Schools.

High school students in the program work 10 hours each week at the TPS’ transportation department in jobs that range from auto mechanic to office administration.

Their paychecks come from TPS with funds reimbursed by DRS through the Vocational Rehabilitation program.

High performers like Middleton may be hired permanently by TPS, which manages one of the largest fleet centers in the state with more than 300 buses and other vehicles.

“The work these students do for us frees up journeyman-level staff to get more vehicles back on the road,” Shop Lead Clay Taylor said.

Like other Transition programs developed by DRS, the Tulsa Bridges Project helps students eligible for special education services transition successfully from school to work situations.