OKC disability services coordinator named to DRS’ governing board

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Oklahoma City – Emily Cheng of Oklahoma City was recently appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Governor Mary Fallin.

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

DRS annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Nickles named to lead top-performing disability benefits eligibility program

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Oklahoma City – Brian Nickles was recently selected to lead the Disability Determination Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Nickles, from Norman, supervises approximately 350 employees who determine medical eligibility for citizens who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.

DDS’ $45.4 million budget is entirely funded by the federal government, which eliminates a potential financial burden on the state.

Newcastle job seeker named spokeswoman for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

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

Today Cochran, from Newcastle, is beginning a job search while serving as 2017 spokesperson for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in Oklahoma.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a proclamation for the event, which will be celebrated June 25 through July 01, in conjunction with Keller’s birthday.

Claremore third-grader places third at national Braille Challenge

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind third-grader Hunter Kelley earned a third place award in the apprentice category at the national Braille Challenge competition held Saturday, June 17, in Los Angeles.

Kelley represented Oklahoma Braille-users in a field that included 1,127 competitors from the U.S. and Canada.

He qualified for the first time to compete at the national level during regional competition held at OSB in March. He earned first place in the apprentice category and was the overall winner in both the freshman and apprentice categories.

Free summer STEM training for students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Middle school, junior high and high school students with disabilities are registering now for Science, Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) training offered free of charge this summer.

The Transition program in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will partner with Tech-Now, Inc and host sites in Tulsa, Lawton, Meeker, Shattuck and Wanette.

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