As director of the agency, Stokes worked with lawmakers to help with legislation intended to assist Oklahomans with disabilities, as well as their families and friends.
“Steve Stokes did more for people with disabilities than any other person I have known and he did it from his wheelchair,” said Pam Henry, chairman of the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns. “His sense of humor was refreshing and made light of the mobility disability that we shared.
“Steve was an outstanding director of the Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns because he could work with people with disabilities, governors, state legislators and the public,” she said.
In 1975, Stokes served as a delegate to the White House Conference on the Handicapped and in 1985 he was named handicapped citizen of the year for Oklahoma.
In 2007, Stokes received the George B. Lewis Award, named after the former chairman of the Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns, for his work in helping Oklahomans with disabilities.