School for the Deaf principal named spokesperson for Deaf Awareness Week September 23-29

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SULPHUR, Okla – Oklahoma School for the Deaf Director of Education Manda Chebultz is an official spokesperson for Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated worldwide from September 23 through 29.

The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week’s purpose is to increase public awareness of Deaf culture, heritage and American Sign Language, which are unique to deaf people.

Chebultz, who is deaf, ensures that directs educational programming to ensure that OSD students’ needs are met on the campus in Sulphur and at satellite pre-schools in Edmond and Chickasha.

Oklahoma School for the Blind students to experience Western Heritage Day Sept 25

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for Blind students will saddle up again on September 25 for their annual Western Heritage Day.

Roy and Rose Anna Webb host the popular event, which features a rodeo arena, stage coach, hay wagon and fish pond, at their Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.

“We love to do it and look forward to Western Heritage Day every year,” Rose Anna Webb, who taught elementary school for 24 years, said. “My husband Roy wants to make sure that every child has a chance to ride a horse and experience ranching and outdoor activities.”

OSU-OKC disability services director completes term as DRS’ Commission chair

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Oklahoma City – Emily Cheng, director of disability services and diversity at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, completed her first term as chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. She will continue to serve as a Commission member.

The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS annually serves 83,500 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living and educational programs, and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Sulphur banker named vice chair of DRS’ Commission

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Oklahoma City – Sulphur banker and former Oklahoma state representative Wes Hilliard was elected vice chair at the first meeting of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services he attended as a new commissioner.

Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka appointed Commissioner Hilliard to the Commission in July.

The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Audiology foundation director named chair of DRS’ Commission

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Oklahoma City – Edmond audiologist, author and researcher Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., was elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services on September 9.

The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRS annually serves 83,500 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living and educational programs, and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Wolfe was appointed to the Commission in July 2018 by then-Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore Mike Schulz.

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