Information about DRS Telework, Building Closures and Event Cancellations

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General Information and Updates

Please check back here often for updates on how DRS is conducting business. As things change, we will post here, click on the Read More link to learn about building closure and event canellations.

DRS operates five program divisions with more than 25 programs which served 82,787 Oklahoman with disabilities in 2019.

Commission Meeting by Video Conference

The public is invited to use Zoom to attend the Commission for Rehabilitation Services’ meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday April 13, 2020.

Telework

Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state emergency caused by the threat of COVID-19 on March 19, 2020, and directed state agencies to relocate employees in order to balance their safety and welfare while continuing to provide critical services to the citizens of Oklahoma.

Information as of 03/31/20

The Oklahoman business writer earns DRS Excellence in Communication of the Year award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Paula Burkes from Edmond earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Excellence in Communications award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Burkes has written and edited award-winning news stories for nearly 40 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a business writer for The Oklahoman.

She received the award at DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

DRS attorney earns posthumous Disability Leadership award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Richard Olderbak was remembered with a Disability Leadership award by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Olderbak’s son, Marshall Olderbak accepted the award on behalf of his deceased father at DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

Commission for Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Emily Cheng and DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt recognized Olderbak, who served as DRS’ legal advisor, “as a tremendous champion for individuals with disabilities.”

DRS Services for the Blind rehabilitation technician earns DRS Client of the Year award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Samantha Reeves from Tulsa earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Blind and Visually Impaired Client of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Reeves received her award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

Commission for Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Emily Cheng and DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt recognized Reeves for overcoming disability-related obstacles to become an employed, taxpaying citizen.

DRS Vocational Rehabilitation success story earns DRS Client of the Year award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Beaty from McAlester earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation Client of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Beaty received his award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

Commission for Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Emily Cheng and DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt recognized Beaty for his success “in commercial real estate sales for ReMax Advantage in McAlester and expertise in marketing restaurants and wholesale buildings.”

DRS director honors retiring cabinet secretary

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Melinda Fruendt honored Office of Juvenile Affairs Director Steven Buck on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Buck began overseeing DRS as cabinet secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives in 2016. He retired from his OJA position and cabinet secretary role on March 6.

Commission for Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Emily Cheng and Fruendt presented Buck with a DRS director’s certificate.

OK School for the Blind supporter earns DRS Community Partner of the Year award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sharon Breeding from Oklahoma City earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Community Partner of the Year award on March 10 at the state Capitol.

Breeding, who is past president and an Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association hall of fame member, rounds up 100 volunteers to help Oklahoma School for the Blind students experience Western Heritage Day every year at the Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.

2020 will be the 10th year the event has taken place at that location.

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Oklahoma School for the Blind supporters from Haskell earn state Business of the Year award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Roy and Rose Anna Webb from Haskell earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Business of the Year award on March 10 for their support of Oklahoma School for the Blind students.

State Representative Scott Fetgatter (District 16) presented an official citation to the Webbs.

OSB, which is a DRS division, provides educational and outreach services to Oklahoma students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Webbs received the award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the state Capitol.

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