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.”

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