DRS Services for the Blind client finds job through Zoom support group

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Midwest City, Okla. – Vision issues were the biggest barrier to employment for Christi Evans until she joined a support group hosted by Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Zoom.

Evans also has rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which causes dry eyes and mouth.

Ani Severtsen and Debra Mendez, two SBVI rehabilitation of the blind specialists, hosted the support group Evans attended.

Nix Foundation donation to help Oklahoma School for the Blind students

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Muskogee, Okla. – Patsi Nix Smith and Jimmy Nix from the Nix Foundation provided a generous donation to Oklahoma School for the Blind to assist in the cost of a covered walkway to the new gymnasium.

The Nix’s shared the donation in memory of a family member who had previously attended Oklahoma School for the Blind.

The Nix family has ties to the Muskogee and Tahlequah areas.

Share Fair Online Webinar

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Parents — your child with disabilities can achieve their dreams of an education and an independent future. Learn about the services we offer that can assist your child in securing a bright future.

What: Share Fair Online
Webinar via Zoom
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Meet via Zoom.

To learn more, contact Renee Sansom at rsansom@okdrs.gov.On the web at www.okdrs.gov , or call 1-800-845-8476.

Sponsored by:
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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National Entrepreneurship Month

November is National Entrepreneurship Month, DRS is proud of our entrepreneurs. They are the ones willing to shoulder the load and bring their goods or services to the public. Our Business Enterprise Program provides employment opportunities for people who are legally blind by assisting them in becoming Licensed Managers and establishing food service operations across the state.

Oklahoma celebrates 75th National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

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Oklahoma City – October 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the United States.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recognized the anniversary with a proclamation “to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of Oklahomans with disabilities.”

It's White Cane Safety Day! - It's called the White Cane

Since 1964, October 15th has had a special appreciation for people who are blind or visually impaired — its White Cane Safety Day. This day not only celebrates the freedom and independence that white cane provides. Its also a great day to create awareness for the general public that the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and visually impaired get around.

For the safety of all our friends who use a white cane and those who work with them, a walk around the city or mall wasn't in the cards for this year. In a virtual celebration and awareness campaign, we have created some short videos, we hope you enjoy them.

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