Deaf shop manager, bladecrafter is DRS Disability Employment Awareness Month spokesperson

A man hammers a metal item on an anvil.

QUAPAW, Okla. – Two jobs are not enough for Tulsa Native Norman “Buddy” Thomas. Someday, he hopes to add a third job helping others who are deaf “chase their own passions and dreams.”

Thomas is shop manager at Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing in Miami. He also owns Tree of Liberty Bladecraft and Forge, a professional grade knife-making business recently featured in national Blade magazine.

He has made 200 knives or other weapons, but Thomas considers himself an apprentice.

FAA and DRS teams up for a career fair for people with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY ― The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Federal Aviation Administration will host the second annual career fair and hiring event from 9 am to 1 pm, Oct. 25 at DRS’ Career Planning Center, 5813 S. Robinson in Oklahoma City.

“This event is designed to connect job seekers with disabilities with hiring manager at FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Okla. City to share information about jobs at FAA,” Greg Morgan, FAA manager, Employment Service Branch, said.

White Cane Safety Day rally Oct 14 at Penn Square Mall

People with canes, dogs and White Cane Safety Day signs walk in an indoor mall.

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Public awareness is the point of National White Cane Safety Day, an event celebrated in mid-October every year by people who are blind or visually impaired.

In Oklahoma City, Heartland Council of the Blind advocates and Visual Services staff and clients are teaming up October 14 to show the connection between effective cane use and independence.

Visual Services is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

School for the Blind to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day Oct 10 at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa

Boy and girl play horns in a band

TULSA, OKLA. – For the first time, Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty – even the Jazz Band -- are traveling to Tulsa to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

OSB organizers will display free educational exhibits and present demonstrations throughout the day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Mall, located at 7021 S. Memorial Road.

Demonstrations will include travel techniques, use of dog guides and assistive technology.

Parents of youth with disabilities we need your input

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council are conducting a survey targeting the parents and guardians of youth (aged 24 and under) with disabilities.
The survey is anonymous and is being conducted as part of the RSA-mandated Statewide Assessment.

If you are the parent or guardian of a youth with disabilities, your responses are invaluable. Please take the time to complete the survey at the link provided below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentSurveyOTI

This survey will close on November 17, 2017.

Oklahoma Transition Institute to strategize on successful education and employment for students with disabilities

Two men wearing cowboy hats.

NORMAN, Okla.– Nearly 600 educators, employment counselors, agencies, families, higher education leaders and employers are expected to attend the Oklahoma Transition Institute on October 3-5 in Norman.

The annual institute focuses on successfully preparing youth with disabilities for post-secondary education, employment and independent living.

This year, the OTI theme is “Shaping the Future.”

An optional pre-conference day on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., precedes two workshop days on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

National Association of the Deaf to Visit Oklahoma

Sulphur, Okla. The National Association of the Deaf will host its board meeting on the campus of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Wednesday, October 4. This is the first time that the NAD Board has visited the OSD campus. The NAD board members will tour the campus and meet students.

The board meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union building on the OSD campus at 1100 E. Oklahoma in Sulphur.

Deaf Awareness Week celebration includes multiple activities

Woman stands beneath two portraits

Oklahoma City – From the State Fair to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is honoring deaf or hard or hearing Oklahomans for Deaf Awareness Week.

The purpose of annual celebration, officially September 24 through 30 in Oklahoma, is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture.

The activities encourage people to come together as a community for educational events and celebrations.

Oklahoma School for the Blind saddles up for Western Heritage Day Sept 27

Boy wearing cowboy hat rides mechanical bull.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind students are saddling up again September 27 for their 13th Western Heritage Day.

The annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge owned by Roy Webb in Haskell.

Webb donates his indoor arena, stage coach and hay wagon and are on hand to visit with students.

Sharon Breeding, a volunteer leader with Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, coordinates dozens of volunteers from all over the state who help OSB students, kindergarten through 12th grade, experience the old west.

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