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Can I Still Get a Job If I’m Mentally Disabled?

Some colleges have begun offering options for people with intellectual disabilities to earn their degree, according to The Atlantic. In many cases, the mentally disabled have a difficult time finding work, which can leave programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the ABLE accounts system, as their only source of income. However, earning a college degree can help disabled individuals acquire knowledge and learn skills that can help them land jobs. In the Atlantic article, a program at Clemson University called ClemsonLIFE was highlighted. The goal of the ClemsonLIFE program is to enable men and women who are developmentally disabled to earn two-year and four-year certificates. The students are taught employment skills, learn how to live independently and get a taste of the college experience. While many of these students have IQs that range from 40 to 70, after going through ClemsonLIFE, they are often able to successfully live…
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Disabilities Just Can’t Stop The Music!

Anyone can succeed, even if they have a disability. That is the message one Connors State College student with a disability was trying to get across to the people of Oklahoma. She is working on a communications degree and hopes to soon double-major in theatre and special education at Oklahoma City University, and her message rang loud and clear as other students with disabilities filled the Capitol to show off what they can do. Why Did Oklahomans With Disabilities Gather At The Capitol? A group of deaf high school cheerleaders preformed as hundreds of people explored the 76 exhibits put together by organizations, non-profits and state agencies. These groups are trying to help pull Oklahomans with disabilities out of poverty, but they could be endangered by the state’s budget crisis. With this in mind, some of the most talented members of the disabled community came out to show their support…
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Will Oklahoma School For The Blind Recover From A Loss Of Leadership?

It’s been a rocky few months at the Oklahoma School for the Blind. Leadership has changed once again, and now one of the only school systems not controlled by a state’s Department of Education is on a new path, but where is that path heading? Why Are Things Changing At The Oklahoma School For The Blind And Deaf? Sometime last year, parents and members of the blind community started to contact state Rep. George Faught of Muskogee. They had concerns over the dismissal of superintendent Jim Adams from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee. His replacement, Christine Boone, was criticized for having never taught children in a classroom, and she was not certified to be a superintendent in the state of Oklahoma. However, she was still installed in the position. Mounting pressure and dissatisfaction from the community eventually forced Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) director Joe Cordova to…
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