OKLAHOMA CITY – Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., from Edmond, was recently appointed to serve on the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Senator Mike Schulz, president pro-tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.
The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Commissioner Wolfe is the director of audiology and research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City.
He is also an adjunct professor in the audiology department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
“We are happy to have Commissioner Wolfe join the Commission for Rehabilitation Services and sincerely appreciate his willingness to serve nearly 98,000 Oklahomans with disabilities who are DRS clients,” Noel Tyler, DRS executive director, said.
Commissioner Wolfe’s areas of interest are pediatric amplification and cochlear implantation, personal remote microphone technology and signal processing for children.
He provides clinical services for children and adults with hearing loss and is actively engaged in research pertaining to hearing aids, cochlear implants, hybrid cochlear implants and personal remote microphone systems.
“I am excited to begin my tenure in this fulfilling new role with the Commission for Rehabilitation Services and am looking forward to helping individuals with disabilities accomplish their goals and reach their full potential,” Commissioner Wolfe said.
Commissioner Wolfe has authored and co-authored textbooks and many publications and articles, in professional journals and has presented at state, national and international conferences and symposiums.
He is a member of the Better Hearing Institute’s Pediatric Advisory Board and the audiology advisory boards for Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics and the Phonak Hearing Aid Company.
He also serves on the editorial board of The Hearing Journal and co-authors a periodic column entitled “The Tot Ten.”
Commissioner Wolfe was raised in Ponca City and currently resides in Edmond.
He is an Oklahoma Sooners fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, Lynnette, and their three children, Hayden, Harper and Henley.
In 2017, DRS served more than 97,860 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.
DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services employment programs served 11,765 job seekers and helped 2,014 become employed. They earn an annual average of $22,212 and pay taxes averaging $3,332 per year.
The agency’s Oklahoma School for the Deaf and Oklahoma School for the Blind directed residential education programs for 234 students with vision or hearing loss and provided more 35,000 outreach education services to students attending local public schools, their families, local educators and community service providers.
DRS’ Disability Determination Services division cleared 98,000 cases for those seeking Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, visit www.okdrs.gov or phone 800-845-8476.