School for the Blind invites public to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day October 13

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Muskogee, OKLA. –The public is invited to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day on October 13 with Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty during a free educational program at Arrowhead Mall in Muskogee.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. All activities will take place at the west end of Arrowhead Mall, 501 North Main Street in Muskogee.

Exhibits and demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

The OSB jazz band will end the day with a concert from 3:30-4 p.m.

State Rehabilitation Services offices relocate in Lawton

LAWTON, Okla. - The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services has relocated the agency’s Visual Services and Vocational Rehabilitation offices, and Career Planning Center in Lawton to 1802 N.W. Ferris Avenue.

The Vocational Rehabilitation office number is 580-585-4200. Visual Services’ number is 580-585-4250. The Career Planning Center is 580-585-4220.

Vocational Rehabilitation counselors in the Lawton office help Oklahomans with non-visual disabilities prepare for and find employment in Lawton and Tillman counties.

DRS invites public to provide input to assist job seekers with disabilities, employers at statewide meetings

OKLAHOMA CITY – Citizens, business owners and community leaders are invited to provide input at public meetings scheduled to help the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services assist more job-seekers with disabilities and potential employers in targeted communities.

Everyone with an interest in people with disabilities, disability rights or employing workers with disabilities is welcome.

Oklahoma Transition Council invites public to

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NORMAN, Okla. ─ Inclusion Films founder Joey Travolta will screen a new film “Lights, Camera, Independence” when he’s in Norman for the 10th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute, October 12-14.

Travolta won’t be alone.

He’s bringing four bright, young filmmakers with him: Seth Shulman, William Chan, Elliot Cole Schneider and Austin Seth Pearlman.

The young filmmakers work for Travolta’s Burbank, California-based production company, which he founded to train people with developmental disabilities to work in the film industry.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to Enjoy Western Heritage Day at Silver Spur Western Lodge

Muskogee. Okla. — Students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind will venture to the Silver Spur Western Lodge for the eighth annual Western Heritage Day from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on September 30, 2015 at 4947 North Kiowa Avenue, Haskell, OK.

Thanks to the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the Silver Spur Western Lodge who gather volunteers from around the state to make this event special for the children. The students will learn from the volunteers about horses and hear stories about the “good old days” when time moved at a slower pace.

Disability agency adds walk to benefit blind children to educational EXPO activities

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Oklahoma City ─ An awareness walk, historical displays and a stroll through a unique Braille garden will be featured at the seventh annual Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ EXPO on Friday, October 16.

Hundreds of Oklahomans with disabilities and advocates are expected to participate at DRS’ Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped located at 300 N.E. 18th Street in Oklahoma City.

DRS and Oklahomans for Special Library Services, a non-profit organization that supports the Library for the Blind, will co-host the event.

Oklahomans to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week Sept 20-26

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ September 20 marks the start of Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated each year during the last full week in September.

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf and Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing participate in various activities and awareness campaigns to celebrate the annual event.

Both programs are administered by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Rehabilitation Services commission elects officers to serve Oklahomans with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY –Lynda Collins from Mannford was elected to her second term as chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

Collins is the first retired agency employee, first Native American and first woman ever elected chair of the commission.

She is a former client of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which is governed by the commission she now chairs.

Edmond resident Steve Shelton was elected to a fourth term as vice chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

10th Oklahoma Transition Institute to help stakeholders prepare youth for employment and independence

OKLAHOMA CITY – Families and employers are encouraged to participate in the 10th Oklahoma Transition Institute with educators, employment counselors and other partners dedicated to helping Oklahoma youth with disabilities prepare for employment and independent life after high school.

The OTI is scheduled for October 12 through 14 in the Marriott Conference Center at National Center for Employee Development located at 2801 East State Highway 9 in Norman. Conference days are October 13 and 14. Advance registration is required.