This media release was originally released on Jan. 29, 2001. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Student eagerly faces challenges of life with a disability
Many might say that the odds have been stacked against Bill Austin from early on. Doctors once told his family that it would be impossible for him to see the age of twenty.
Despite a severe case of muscular dystrophy, Austin, now 49, is proving them all wrong. More than 40 years after the faulty prediction of those doctors, Austin has completed his lifelong goal of earning a college degree. Austin battles muscular dystrophy on a daily basis. The debilitating disease progressively weakens the body's skeletal muscles and has limited Austin’s mobility to five percent use of his right hand. This leaves him with just enough strength to operate the joystick on his motorized wheelchair.
"Life is something that should be loved and cherished by all," said Austin. "I'm not willing to let my disability get in the way of my dreams."
One of the major obstacles that Austin faced in his academic pursuits was an inability to properly utilize a computer keyboard. His disability made independent manipulation of the keyboard nearly impossible. At one point, challenges such as taking class lecture notes and completing homework in a timely manner also seemed insurmountable.
This media release was originally released on July 13, 2012. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Eligible for SSDI Tulsa man chose to work for 32 years
TULSA, Okla. – “I don’t fly a plane. Although I may be driving before long,” Rob Hill said. While somewhat joking, the fact of the matter is Google has been test-driving the driverless car, which is perfect for Hill because he is completely blind.
This attitude of you-never-know is strong in Hill. He has the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa, which cost him his sight in 1973. However, he didn’t let that stop him from working full time for the last 32 years and doing community service and advocacy work for causes he strongly believes in.
Hill, 67 years old, retired on May 31, 2012 from 211 Helpline in the Community Service Council as a social worker in Tulsa. Along his path to retirement, Hill learned and experienced many things that a man with 20/20 vision wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing.
SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf has rescheduled their annual Fall Festival on Tuesday, November 6, due to the threat of rain on the original date. The community is invited to enjoy free trick-or-treating and some seasonal activities that may involve a fee, including hayrides, games and food.