What’s happening? People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2020



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People with Disabilities Awareness Day. The 25th Anniversary. Reach out and make it great!

For 25 years, telling your story has been the most powerful way to engage and inform elected leaders at People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the state Capitol. Thank you. This year, our date is Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
You may have heard most space inside and outside the Capitol is not available, due to construction. This means no exhibitors, entertainment or space for 900+ people with disabilities and supporters. That’s OK. We still have creative ways to share stories and keep the PWDAD spirit alive.
Can we count on you? Whether you’re a person with a disability, a supporter, an exhibitor, an employer or a community partner, we can reach out together at the Capitol with our calls, emails, success stories, notes, videos and social media on or near March 10.
Click here to find your legislators, contact us and sign up on the tab at the top of the page for Awareness Day updates — and watch for tools you can use coming soon! Insert #PWDAD2020 on your favorite social media to find and join Awareness Day conversations. Connect. Reach out. And please continue to tell your powerful stories.
Jody Harlan, Communications Director
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Communications Office
Toll Free: 800-845-8476 | Ofc: 405-951-3473 | Cell: 405-203-1318 | http://www.okdrs.gov

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Empowering Oklahomans with Disabilities

Limited Seating for October 18 Fundraiser

Join us Friday, October 18 for our next fundraiser! Come see the longest running play “Drunkard at the Tulsa Spotlight and enjoy yourself while helping Jeri’s House! Tickets are only $30 and interpreters will be provided if I’m notified you need one. It’s Friday. October 18 at 7 p.m. Call me to buy tickets or through PayPal on our web site. Seating is limited, so call me today at 918-200-6550 voice/text!





Autobiography of DeafBlind Lawyer Releases in August

Check out a new book that will be released on August 6, 2019, about Haben Girma, a DeafBlind lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School.

Book link:


More information about Girma and her consulting services may be found on her web site at


Save The Date!

Jeri’s House presents the longest running show in America!

The Drunkard and the Olio on Friday, October 18th, 7 pm at the historic Spotlight Theater, 1381 Riverside Drive, Tulsa

Tickets: $30 each with all proceeds benefitting Jeri’s House – “Empowering DeafBlind Individuals to reach their highest potential.”

Great Silent Auction Items too!

Contact Jeri Cooper at jericooperdb@gmail.com if you want to request and interpreter.

Come join the fun while helping Jeri’s House! Snacks available for purchase include chips, candy, soft drinks and beer

2019 DeafBlind Celebration for Helen Keller’s birthday

Held on June 27, 2019, Helen Keller’s birthday, at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With interpreters present, there were several people who gave presentations, including Governor Stitt. He took his time to shake each person’s hands and asked  questions with interest about DeafBlind, their SSPs. Governor Kevin Stitt gave award to Beverly Bates, who is the new Spokeswoman for the 2019 Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week.

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Giving presentation on his podium.

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Jeri Cooper giving presentation, smiling. Two interpreters on each of her side with SSP interpreter behind her.

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Stephanie Butler giving her presentation with an interpreter beside her.

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Beverly Bates giving her presentation as spokeswoman.


Gov. Kevin Stitt gave Beverly Bates her award!

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Lady giving presentation.

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Next lady giving presentation.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt giving presentation with interpreter on his side.

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Doyle, Jag, interpreter among others, watching Gov. Stitt talking with someone.

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Daniel Meek shaking hand with Gov. Stitt, smiling.

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Gov. Stitt is talking with Antwan with an interpreter.

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Gov. Stitt shaking hand with a lady and a guy next to her smiling, listening to their conversation.

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Gov. Stitt is talking with Beverly with an interpreter and Donita looking at them in the background, smiling.

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Gov. Stitt put his hands under Cassandra’s hands to learn about tactile and Cassandra is smiling with others looking at their conversation.

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Group picture with Gov. Stitt. About 29 people in the picture.

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Gov. Stitt with Jeanne, smiling for the photo.

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Group picture of staff at Blind Library with Gov. Stitt

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Cassandra chatting with Jag, also a group of interpreters are chatting at the front part of the audience room.