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Davis business leader expands legacy of service to DRS clients with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall has appointed healthcare professional and community leader Kelsey Lee to serve on the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

The Commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency served 96,178 Oklahomans with disabilities through 25 major programs in 2023.

Public Comments wanted for SILC draft State Plan

The Statewide Independent Living Council draft state plan is open for public comment until June 8th.  Please use the QR to send comments about the plan. 


Good ole boy makes good in Southeast Oklahoma

POTEAU, Okla. -- “I was a deaf kid from Southeast Oklahoma,” said James Lockhart who lives between Wister and Heavener. “My momma was a nurse, and my daddy drove a train. Nobody (in my family) had ever been to a university.”

At age four, Lockhart was diagnosed with chronic otitis media resulting in chronic ear infections and a tympanic membrane perforation. He had five surgeries, including a complete left middle-ear reconstruction by age six. 

Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduation ceremony is May 21

SULPHUR, Okla. — The Senior Class of 2024 will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf at 1:00 p.m. on May 21st at 1100 E. Oklahoma St., Sulphur in the OSD Gymnasium.

“I am so proud of this year’s seniors. I have no doubt that they will go forward an accomplish many great things in the world,” Dr. Heather Laine, OSD superintendent, said. “I wish them every success as they venture out to next chapter of their lives.”

Leading the class is Valedictorian RyJan Reininger.

Students with disabilities’ free summer job training & paid internships start soon

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 400 youth with disabilities are expected to start free summer training offered in 24 rural and urban communities by Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Transition program.

DRS Transition serves more than 3,000 students, 16-21, during the school year through employment programs offered by DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

Seven seniors to graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Blind on May 16

MUSKOGEE — Seven seniors will graduate May 16 from the Oklahoma School for the Blind during a commencement ceremony that will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

OSB is located at 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.

The OSB 2024 graduating class includes Adan Duran Gonzalez of Coweta, Lorie Cox of Lawton, Mykel Eagle of Stilwell, Emileigh Jackson of Verdigris, Scott Moore of Norman, Gerardo Rodriguez of Oklahoma City and Katelynn Zampella of Muskogee.M

“I am very proud of the OSB graduates and wish them the very best in the next chapter of their lives,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “It has been a pleasure watching them grow into the fine young adults they are today.”  

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Masonic Charity Foundation grant helps School for the Deaf’s Senior Citizens’ Hearing Aid Program

EDMOND, Okla. – The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma awarded a generous grant to purchase hearing aids for 180 seniors through the statewide Senior Citizens Hearing Aid Program operated by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

Including the recent grant, the Masonic Charity Foundation has donated a total of  $893,000 which cleared waiting lists and helped lower-income seniors get hearing aids through the OSD program.

OSB's Braille Challenge

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Thirty-three Oklahoma students competed at Oklahoma School for the Blind  for medals and prizes in the regional Braille Challenge® competition sponsored by Braille Institute of America in the United States and Canada.

The basic braille unit is an arrangement of six raised dots, two across and three down, that resembles the number six domino. Each dot or combination of dots represents letters of the print alphabet. Braille dots are designed to be read with the fingertips, but can be written by hand, on computers or portable electronic note takers.

Business Summit to focus benefits of hiring qualified workers with disabilities

Oklahoma City – “Disability at Work: Thrive Forum 2024" is the theme for a Business Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28 at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

The event will be hosted by Oklahoma Inclusive Postsecondary Education Alliance, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services' Business Services Program and the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma.

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