Agenda released for 2014 EXPO

Logo for 2014 Expo

2014 Expo Agenda – The Event is Open to Everyone
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Location: Metro Technology Center, 1900 N. Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Registration

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. -- Opening Ceremony- (Malcolm Stoughtenborough), Welcome (Dr. Elaine Stith) Welcome (Director Joe Cordova)

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. -- Career Success Panel (Malcolm Stoughtenborough moderator)

9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Break

Project SEARCH job training leads to permanent jobs for eight Enid interns

ENID, Okla. – High school-age interns in the Project SEARCH program expect to get on-the-job training and ideas about potential careers.

Full-time, permanent employment usually comes later after the students with disabilities finish the nine-month Project SEARCH intern program and go on to complete more education or training.

In Enid, eight Project SEARCH interns completed the program and were immediately hired by employers in the Enid community. All are now taxpaying citizens, less likely to need disability benefits or social services.

Veteran helps other vets succeed at college/career tech through Veterans Upward Bound

Ada, OKLA. – Transitioning from military service to the academic world can be overwhelming for veterans. They trade a structured environment for a new avalanche of choices. Many also juggle families and jobs, or have service-connected disabilities.

Gary Spikes has been there, done all of that – plus he has hearing and vision loss, and has used a wheelchair in the past because of degenerative disc disease.

Veterans Upward Bound Director Mary Meeks hired Spikes as an academic counselor three months ago.

National Federation of the Blind Braille instruction July 28-August 8 at DRS Library for the Blind

A group of people with white canes outside

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma will partner for the second year with the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Visual Services division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to bring a fun, summer day camp experience to children, ages five to fourteen, who are blind or have low vision.

Students must pre-register for the two-week Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning program – or BELL for short – which builds participants’ self-confidence, positive attitude and Braille skills.

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

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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.

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