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

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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.

DRS Noel Tyler earns highest regional Social Security Administration honor

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sheila Everett, Dallas Regional Commissioner for the Social Security Administration, arrived in Oklahoma City recently to honor long-time colleague Noel Tyler.

Tyler served 15 years as Disability Determination Services administrator and was recognized Thursday with a celebration by her former employees and regional SSA leaders.

The federally funded Disability Determination program determines medical eligibility for social security disability benefits for Oklahomans and assists with determinations in 20 other states.

School for the Blind career day for students with visual disabilities Nov. 3 in Muskogee

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Blind and their Parent Teacher Organization will host the annual “Future Shock” Career Day on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Future Shock is a unique educational experience designed for blind and visually impaired students from across the state of Oklahoma, their families, teachers of students with visually impairment and other interested individuals.

The event is scheduled from 12:30 until 3:10 p.m. on the OSB campus, 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.

DRS Vocational Rehabilitation to relocate Edmond office

EDMOND, Okla. − The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation office in Edmond will relocate on Friday, October 28, to 235 W. Dennis Street. The location is east of Apple Village Manufactured home Community.

The office provides career planning, employment and related services to job seekers with disabilities.

The main phone number will remain 405-657-1800.

This DRS Division office serves customers from Edmond, Crescent, Luther and far north and far northwest Oklahoma City, except those who are blind or visually impaired.

School for the Deaf to dedicate library to librarian, deaf culture celebrity Oct 13

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students, faculty, parents and friends will rename and dedicate the school’s library on Thursday (October 13) in honor of long-time school librarian Sue Galloway.

The dedication will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the OSD library located on the third floor of White Hall at 1100 E. Oklahoma in Sulphur.

Galloway retired in July 2016 after serving generations of OSD students for 25 years.

She is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Laurent Clerc, the first teacher of the deaf in the United States.

School for the Blind to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day October 11 at Arrowhead Mall

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MUSKGOEE, Okla. –Students and faculty from Oklahoma School for the Blind are gearing up for National White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday, October 11.

They have planned a free educational program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arrowhead Mall, 501 North Main Street in Muskogee. All activities will take place at the west end of the mall between the food court and Dillard’s.

Bart Conner, Oregon state educators, Norman superintendent to keynote Oklahoma Transition Institute

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Businessman and Olympic champion Bart Conner will be among four keynote speakers for the three-day Oklahoma Transition Institute scheduled for October 3 through 5 in Norman.

OTI brings 500 stakeholders together to share strategies that help Oklahoma youth with disabilities successfully prepare for post-secondary education and employment. Educators, employment counselors, families, employers and other partners are encouraged to attend.

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