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OK celebrates Deaf Awareness Week Sept 20-26

Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt has officially declared September 20-26 as Deaf Awareness Week in Oklahoma.

“The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of Deaf culture, heritage and American Sign Language, which are unique to deaf people,” Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Manager David Hankinson said.

Hankinson, who is deaf, is an official spokesperson for the celebration. 


Family donation to fund annual award in memory of deceased graduate Dallas Lowry

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students and staff solemnly assembled Wednesday, September 1, at 10 a.m. in the Larry Hawkins Activity Center gym to honor Dallas Lowry.

Lowry, a beloved OSD 2021 graduate, died on June 10 when he was hit by a car. He was riding his bike to work with his brother Kale Lowry in Broken Arrow. 


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School for the Deaf's new Bison replaces retired Indians mascot

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf has chosen the Bison to replace Indians as the official school mascot, effective immediately.

OSD, a division of Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services, proposed the change to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services, which unanimously voted to approve on July 12.


Lawton Resident Finds Hope Thanks to Older Blind Independent Living Program

Lawton - Mary Ann Pawless, like millions of Americans, wonders how Katie Thurston’s journey will end this season on “The Bachelorette.”

The dating show is one of several shows the Lawton woman looks forward to watching each week, but that hobby was at risk because of her struggles with macular degeneration, a common eye disorder among people over age 50 that causes blurred or reduced central vision.

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Library for the Blind AIM Center’s free products and technology help students succeed

OKLAHOMA CITY  — Living with COVID-19 has been a challenge in all walks of life, but especially for students, parents and educators across Oklahoma.

Imagine the added hardship if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired -- or a parent or Teacher of the Visually Impaired trying to make educational materials accessible in virtual classrooms for that child.


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