#PWDAD2021

People with Disabilities Awareness Day is normally held in-person at the Oklahoma Capitol. This year, due to COVID-19, we had to change how we advocate. We still dressed up in green, but we also reached out to lawmakers via email so they know the impact of funding critical services has on the lives of folks at DRTC and across Oklahoma. Enjoy some of our photos from #PWDAD2021!

  • Carolyn gesturing to an office door that is decorated in green and says "People with Disabilities Awareness Day March 9th."
  • DRTC staffer wearing green taking a selfie.
  • Three DRTC staffers wearing green, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign and giving the thumbs up.
  • Group of people wearing green, holding "#PWDAD2021" and "#DDAM2021" signs.
  • Woman wearing green, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign and a dollar bill.
  • Two people wearing green, a woman on the left and a man on the right. The man is holding a "#DDAM2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing an elf shirt, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman, left, and man, right, wearing green, holding "PWDAD2021" and "DDAM2021" signs.
  • A man wearing a green polo, facemask and face shield, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing a green shirt, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A man wearing a green shirt, holding a "#DDAM2021" sign.
  • A woman holding two "#PWDAD2021" and "#DDAM2021" signs.
  • Awoman wearing a green shirt, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing green, holding a "PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman, left, and a man dressed in a Yoshi costume, right, holding "#DDAM2021" and "#PWDAD2021" signs.
  • A woman holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman, left, and a man in a Yoshi costume, right, holding "#PWDAD2021" signs.
  • A man in a Yoshi costume, left, an a man wearing a green shirt, right, holding "#PWDAD2021" signs.
  • A man wearing a Batman mask looking up at another man wearing a Yoshi costume next to him, holding "#PWDAD2021" signs.
  • A man wearing a John Deere camo shirt and facemask, holding a "#DDAM2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing a green shirt and facemask, while holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A man wearing a green shirt, and a Special Olympics medal, whole holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman, left, and a man in a Yoshi costume, right, holding "#PWDAD2021" signs.
  • A woman wearing a green shirt and green shamrock pants, sitting on a chair, with a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A man, left, giving the hand sign for "peace," and a man, right, in a Yoshi costume holding a "PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman sitting at a table with a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing green, holding a "DDAM2021" sign.
  • A man wearing green, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman sitting at a table with a "#DDAM2021" sign.
  • A woman sitting in a chair, holding a "#PWDAD2021" sign.
  • A woman wearing green, using an orbital sander on an acrylic award.
  • A woman wearing a green sweater, using an orbital sander on an acrylic award.
  • A man wearing a green shirt, buffing an acrylic award.
  • A DRTC staffer wearing a green shirt, holding a #PWDAD2021 sign.
  • Five people in a group photo, all wearing green, holding "#PWDAD2021" and #DDAM2021" signs.
  • Five women, wearing green, holding "#PWDAD2021" and "DDAM2021" signs.
  • DRTC Executive Director Deborah Copeland wearing a green shirt and a green polka-dot ribbon in front of a colorful painting.
  • Four staff members with DRTC's GSA federal contract taking a group photo.
  • Three staff members of DRTC's GSA federal contract wearing green ribbons or lanyards.
  • A large group of DRTC staffers at the GSA contract wearing green ribbons or lanyards.
  • A large group of DRTC staffers at the GSA contract wearing green ribbons or lanyards.
  • Four people wearing green at a cashier at DRTC's Food Service contract at Tinker Air Force Base.

State funding and work opportunities are important to folks on our main campus and federal contracts locations. It allows them to be independent, make important purchases, and instill confidence in their own abilities. Hear from them in their own words.

Earning a paycheck allows me to:

“…buy pens, purses, and go out to eat.” – Minnie

“save up money to purchase important things.” – Lindsey

“buy things I need – clothes, groceries.” – Timothy

Funding OKDHS/OKDRS is important to me because:

“I am on the In Home Supports Waiver that allows me to have help in my home, the community, and at work.” – Nicole

“I have state-funded services that allow me to attend my work program where I earn a paycheck, learn life skills and attend speech therapy.” – Courtney

“I can work and earn a paycheck and receive speech classes!” – Austin

“I am able to have a job that I love.” – Jason

Being an essential employee is important to me because:

“I help people to not get sick.” – Melissa

“I want to help people.” – Milvian

“I like to help in any way I can.” – Hannah

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is Oklahoma’s leading community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains, serves or employs approximately 1,000 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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