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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

School for the Deaf relaunches family support program for children with hearing loss

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School the Deaf School is re-launching an in-home, family support program for children in Oklahoma with hearing loss ages 3-6 years.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education funds Project ECCO (Enriching Children’s Communications Opportunities) to help families obtain essential skills and knowledge that empowers them to navigate the world of hearing loss.

OSU-OKC official chosen to lead Commission for Rehabilitation Services

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Emily Cheng, of Oklahoma City, was elected Monday to be chairwoman of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for DRS, an agency that annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

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This media release was originally released on Jan. 27, 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


OK School for the Deaf cheerleader first to make All-State team

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first OSD student ever selected to Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Katie Loman



This media release was originally released on Apr. 21, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


iPad loan from Library for the Blind lightens educational load for visually impaired south Moore student

OKLAHOMA CITY – Any high school student would rather use an iPad in class instead of a regular, old textbook. For Southmoore junior Katie Loman, who has a visual disability, a 1.45 pound iPad not only customizes print size, it liberates her from juggling more than 60 pounds of text books.

Students with visual impairments generally use three large print books for each standard print book. Braille students use seven to ten volumes.

Loman, age 17, is crazy about her iPad. It’s on loan from the Accessible Instructional Material Center at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Audiology foundation director named to Commission for Rehabilitation Services

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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.

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