U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.

Public Invited to Disability Program Policy Hearings

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City on Feb. 6, Tulsa on Feb. 7 and Lawton on Feb. 8.

Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.

Three School for the Deaf graduates to earn ECU masters’ degrees December 10

Three women in graduate cap and gowns

SULPHUR, OKLA. – Three Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduates will walk across the East Central University stage to receive their master’s degrees on Saturday, December 10.

The trio is currently employed by OSD, which is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Sisters Trudy Lynn Fox Mitchell and Donna Fox Saaty, who reside in Ada, will earn their master’s degrees in human resources administration and human resources service respectively.

Amanda Bowerman Chebultz from Sulphur will receive a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Visual problem can’t stop Chelsea gun repair businessman

Man in overalls

CHELSEA, OKLA. – Albert Averyt, known as Bud, couldn’t afford a hunting rifle, so at age 17, he bought and converted a military rifle.

“The first thing I did was cut off the stock, cut off the barrel and crowned it,” Averyt said, smiling a little as he remembered the process. “I had to bend the bolt handle because I added a scope, contoured the receiver, and drilled and tapped holes for the scope mount.”

And so a gunsmith was born thanks to “a little common sense and a lot of reading.”

White cane travelers to test skills Dec 1 at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest in Muskogee

Young girl walks on sidewalk with white and red cane as adult woman watches

Oklahoma School for the Blind will host the fourth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Thursday, December 1.

The unique Cane Quest competition encourages students to safely complete secret routes in their communities using proper travel techniques and cane skills.

Students from across Oklahoma will compete to earn points and win prizes.

Older students will navigate a route in downtown Muskogee by following verbal directions and paying attention to environmental clues to reach destinations.

Oklahoma Works recognizes “Access for All” champion at state Capitol

Woman on left holds a framed Governor's Commendation. Woman on right holds an engraved crystal vase.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Melinda Fruendt, from Guthrie, was honored Thursday with the 2016 Workforce Champion award from the Oklahoma Association of Workforce Development Boards and the Oklahoma Workforce Association.

Donnalla Miller, OAWDB chair, presented the award to Fruendt on the floor of the House of Representatives at the state Capitol during the 2016 Oklahoma Works Alumni and Business Leaders Celebration.

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