Guymon Daily Herald

People with Disabiliti­es Awareness Day is March 7


Eight Oklahomans will be honored for their achievemen­ts at the 2023 People with Disabiliti­es Awareness Day on March 7 at the Oklahoma History Center.

The 2023 People with Disabiliti­es Awareness Day, which brings hundreds of people with disabiliti­es, their families and their supporters together, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the history center located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. It is the second year in a row the event will be held at the facility. The event is open to the public, and people are encouraged to wear green to show support for the event. People should eat before attending the event.

For 29 years, People with Disabiliti­es Awareness Day is an opportunit­y for Oklahomans with disabiliti­es to engage lawmakers and share their personal stories about what services are helping them live independen­t lives and pursue careers. This year, participan­ts are encouraged to visit the event web site at, and register for the event. Facebook users can stay up to date on the event by visiting the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilita­tion Services Facebook page. When posting on social media, participan­ts are asked to use #PWDAD2023 in their messages.

Oklahomans are encouraged this year to reach out and share their stories with their lawmakers through making in-person appointmen­ts, calls, emails and through social media. If Oklahomans are uncertain who their lawmakers are, they can find that informatio­n by visiting www.oklegislat­

The 2023 event will include the honoring of eight individual­s. Some have received services from DRS and have excelled at pursuing goals such as education, training, independen­t living and obtaining employment. Others have worked to assist Oklahomans with disabiliti­es or demonstrat­ed excellence in reporting on the journeys of Oklahomans with disabiliti­es.

Award winners include:

■ Oklahoma School for the Blind Student of the Year - Abigail Norton of Elmore City.

■ Oklahoma School for the Deaf Student of the Year - Aracely Murillo of Duncan.

■ Vocational Rehabilita­tion Client of the Year – Phil Dupoint of Anadarko.

■ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Client of the Year – Hannah Dangle of Edmond.

■ Partner of the Year – Mercy.

■ Excellence in Communicat­ion – 1600 KUSH-AM, General Manager Molly Payne of Cushing.

■ Legislator­s of the Year – state Sen. Paul Rosino, District 45, of Mustang and state Rep. Brian Hill, District 47, of Mustang.

Follow the Oklahoma Department if Rehabilita­tion Services on social media including @okdrs on Twitter on Instagram, and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilita­tion Services on Facebook.

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