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School for the Blind headed to Haskell for Western Heritage Day Sept 28
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students are headed to Haskell for their 14th Western Heritage Day. After a two-year break, the event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, at Silver Spur Western Lodge.
“Western Heritage Day is fun!” Miracle Jones, an OSB Transition student from Spiro. “I like the stagecoach rides best.”
School for the Deaf mascot named spokesperson for Deaf Awareness Week Sept 18-24
SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Ashlei Miller from Ardmore is an official spokesperson for Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated worldwide from September 18 through 24.
According to 2019 U.S. Census-based estimates, 194,000 Oklahomans, all ages, or 5.0 percent have hearing disabilities.
DRS Career Expo to unite businesses with motivated workers
Tulsa, Okla. – “Ready, Set, Hired!” is the perfect theme for the innovative Career Expo hosted by Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in Tulsa on Thursday, October 6
The Career Expo will bring hiring officials from businesses together with motivated, job-ready applicants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Client Services Center at Tulsa Technology Center’s Lemley Memorial Campus at 3638 S. Memorial Drive.
Tulsa Downtown Lions’ donations boost School for the Blind academic competitions
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students were proud to receive three generous donations from the Tulsa Downtown Lions Club International.
Orpha Paciorek from the service organization visited Oklahoma School for the Blind to present $500 for OSB’s Regional Braille Challenge, $500 for Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest and an additional $1000 for other student activities.
DRS Vocational Rehabilitation relocates Shepherd Mall office serving jobseekers with disabilities
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services has relocated their Vocational Rehabilitation office from Shepherd Center at 2401 NW 23rd to their new location in suite 210 at 5005 N. Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City.
This local VR office phone number is 405-522-7945.
Oklahoma resident earns certificate
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City resident Renee Sansom Briscoe successfully completed a four-month-long certification program on how to create mentoring programs, activities, and events that are inclusive to youth, volunteers, and staff with disabilities.
This certification was run by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition – an initiative of Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) – in collaboration with MENTOR. The 2022 cohort was the second time this certification has been offered, and it featured participants from 55 unique mentoring organizations across 18 different states.
A statement from Commissioner Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A on over-the-counter hearing aids
Dr. Jace Wolfe is the chief of audiology and research at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City. He provides clinical services for children and adults with hearing loss and is actively engaged in research. He is an author and adjunct professor in the audiology department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. He is vice chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services, which governs Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Comm. Wolfe gives an expert opinion on the new FDA ruling.
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Oklahoma voters who are blind to electronically receive ballots in future elections
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt recently signed a new law that will enable registered voters who are blind to receive ballots electronically in Oklahoma, if they are unable to vote at their precinct polling locations on election day.
House Bill 1711, authored by Senator Paul Rosino (District 45) and Representative Brian Hill (District 47), will become effective July 1, 2023.
DRS Services for the Blind to celebrate Deaf-Blind Awareness Week June 26-July 2
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and friends will celebrate Deaf-Blind Awareness week, June 26 - July 2, in honor of Oklahomans who are deaf-blind and world-famous author, educator, lecturer and disability advocate Helen Keller.
Deaf-Blind Awareness Week has been observed each year since 1984 during the last week in June, in honor of Helen Keller's birthday on June 27th.
Okemah community educator finds perfect job with help from DRS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
OKEMAH, Okla. – “The goals of our program encourage kids to reach their full potential in the classroom, in their families and outside in the community,” according to Audrey Church, community education coordinator for Anne Moroney Youth Services, also known as Okmulgee- Okfuskee County Youth Services.
Church works in Okfuskee County teaching curriculum with a proven track record for helping students from pre-kindergarten to high school. The lessons vary depending on grade level but they include avoiding bullying and drugs, and developing character and effective life skills.