Oklahoma School for the Deaf competes at Gallaudet University national competition

4 young people hold certificates and silver trophies.

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team competed April 1-3 at Gallaudet University’s national Academic Bowl for Deaf and hard of hearing high school students in Washington, DC.

The OSD team was one of 20 in the U.S. that won the right to advance to the national competition.

Gallaudet University oversees the competition and is the world leader in liberal arts education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Each year, the University hosts four regional competitions for up to 80 teams.

Oklahoma City firms honored at People with Disabilities Awareness Day at state Capitol

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking to crowd

Two Oklahoma City firms were honored March 28 with the 2016 Employment Partner of the Year award during the People with Disabilities Awareness Day event at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Dale Rogers Training Center and the Federal Aviation Administration Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center were chosen by Vocational Rehabilitation staff of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to receive the honor.

Hundreds expected at 2017 People with Disabilities Awareness Day

Bud Averyt will be at Awarenss Day

Chelsea’s Albert “Bud” Averyt will be among hundreds of Oklahomans with Disabilities and their supporters who will share their personal stories with state lawmakers during People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2017 set for March 28 at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Early registration for the event ends Friday. To register, go to www.okdrs.org/pwdad-registration and complete the form. Those who do not register can still do so at the event.

Budget woes delay DRS’ employment services to new applicants

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services established a waiting list, effective March 13 at 5 p.m., that affects new applicants for vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Services will now be delayed to a group of applicants with the most severe disabilities.

DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services’ divisions were previously forced to set up waiting lists for two less severely disabled groups of applicants on January 9 due to rising expenditures in case services and reductions in state-appropriated funds.

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