We're #1: Oklahoma Library for the Blind wins national library of the year award

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The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress announced today that it will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.

The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, received the Regional Library of the Year Award. The Talking Books and Braille Center at the San Francisco Public Library in San Francisco, California, received the Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award.

Newest Rehabilitation Services commissioner advocates for underserved jobseekers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt recently appointed Theresa Flannery from Mustang to serve as the newest member of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

In 2019, DRS served 82,787 Oklahomans with disabilities with career preparation, employment, residential and outreach education, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits. The agency also assists employers in finding qualified workers with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 30 Years

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Oklahoma City – Supporters of the Americans with Disabilities Act are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark civil rights law, which toppled barriers to employment, education and access to buildings for people with disabilities.

The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

National Disability Independence Day

ADA 30 1990-2020. Americans with Disability Act. Celebrate the ADA! July 26, 2020. “This Act is powerful in its simplicity. It will ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and so hard. Independence, freedom of choice, control of their own lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.” President George H.W. Bush, ADA Signing Ceremony - July 26,1990

National Disability Independence Day on July 26th commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services, and communications for people with disabilities.

ADA National Network (adata.org) 1-800-949-4232

Newcastle Walmart employee named Deaf-Blind Awareness Week spokesperson

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NEWCASTLE, Okla. Concern about losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than her deaf-blindness, a condition many associate with American author, lecturer and humanitarian Hellen Keller.

Governor Kevin Stitt issued a proclamation recognizing Cochran as the official spokesperson for Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which hosts the annual event June 21 through 27, asked her to accept this honor for a second time.

Cochran previously served as DRS spokesperson in 2017.

DRS STEM training for students with disabilities: Online and doing fine!

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps funded by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be “online and doing fine” this summer in seven locations around the state.

DRS partners with Rick and Sherri DeDennaux from Tech-Now, Inc.to offer the three-day online Virtual Summer STEM Camps in seven areas.

The camps are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Meeker, Ada, Tuska, Oklahoma City, Lawton, Owasso and Tulsa.