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June 27, 2014

Local resident will represents state during Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

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At his employer Cintas, Broussard is responsible for cleaning floor mats and arranging them on shelves as well as organizing order sheets for delivery routes. Cintas is a uniform rental company with offices in Oklahoma City, Enid, Ada, and Lawton. Broussard worked as a temporary employee for two months before being hired full time and earning a salary increase. He has now worked at Cintas for nine months, where he said he finds fitting in the most rewarding aspect of his job.

“We all communicate with each other and they accept me as one of them. They don’t look at me as something different. We’re like a family, and I’m a member.”

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services was a key factor in Broussard obtaining his job at Cintas. He emphasized that OKDRS always encouraged him.

“They actually asked me what makes me comfortable and what I’m looking for, so they could find a list of jobs that I’m looking for to match my capabilities,” he said.

Broussard said whatever work OKDRS found to match his capabilities he was willing to try and his positive, motivated attitude comes from his family.

“I come from a very positive family, but I grew-up with a very negative grandfather, and I chose to be the opposite of him,” Broussard explained. “I didn’t want to be a mirror of his life. He is my ‘anti-inspiration.’”

Cintas has worked with Broussard to make sure he has everything he needs and can stay safe on the job. Broussard said Cintas switched from using a whistle to tapping Broussard on the shoulder to notify him of an announcement. He uses text messaging to communicate as well as body language and gestures.

Yet another example of Cintas’ care for Broussard’s safety is his uniform. He wears a dark uniform with bright neon stripes that is usually worn by the night workers.

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