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Oklahoma School for the Deaf students score in Academic Bowl

OSD students earned honors at the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Academic Bowl. Photo 1: ASL Team (left to right): Makenna Fleshman, Shakayla Simmons and Chelsea Martin. Photo 3: Oratorical Team: Coach Jamie Wilson, Hannah Dunn and Peyton Steele. Photo 3: Academic Team: Hannah Dunn, RyJan Reininger and Landen Fewel.

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Oklahoma School for the Deaf students earned honors in the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Academic Bowl competition held online November 1 through 4th.

In the American Sign Language category, three OSD students took top awards: Shakayla Simmons - 1st in ASL Poetry;  Chelsea Martin - 2nd in ASL Handshape; and Makenna Fleshman - - 3rd in ASL Storytelling. 


Students medal at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Thirty-three Oklahoma School for the Blind students competed to earn points and win medals in the ninth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition in Muskogee.

Cane Quest is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.


Oklahoma School for the Blind dedicates new gym and memorial bench

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students and staff invite the public to attend the dedication of their new gymnasium and area of refuge at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16.

OSB is located at 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee. 


School for the Blind’s Walk to School Day rescheduled Nov 9

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind has rescheduled the Walk to School Day on Tuesday, November 9.

OSB’s high school students will partner with several organizations dedicated to healthy living, including OSU Extension Office’s High Obesity Prevention program, the TSET Healthy Living Program and the Action in Muskogee (AIM) / Connect Muskogee initiative.


DRS Vocational Rehabilitation relocates south OKC office for jobseekers with disabilities

Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation office relocated from I-35 in Oklahoma City to 5813 S. Robinson Avenue, between S. Walker Avenue and S. Santa Fe Avenue, in OKC.

The main phone number is 405-635-2775.


Legislative liaison to represent Oklahomans Rehabilitation Services at State Capitol

Oklahoma City – Melinda Fruendt, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services executive director, recently appointed Jennifer Hardin, from Edmond, to serve as the agency’s legislative liaison.

Hardin was employed from September 2016 to September 2021 in a similar position for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. 


School for the Deaf’s new mascot art revealed at homecoming celebration

Deaf community leaders joined Oklahoma School for the Deaf alumni, educators, staff and students on October 2 for an exciting reveal of the school’s new Bison logo and artwork during OSD’s homecoming celebration.

Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Melinda Fruendt greeted the crowd in the Ken Brown Gym at the Larry Hawkins Activity Center in with a video welcome.


The Gift of Technology AT 101 Virtual Expo

Be at the premiere of The Gifts of Technology at 101 Virtual Expo. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29

DRS Business Services Program is hosting this event for businesses, workforce partners, state and federal agencies, and clients.

See demonstrations of how people with disabilities use assistive technology to succeed in the workplace and the classroom. It will be an opportunity to learn what resources are available to support Oklahomans with disabilities to live independently and be a key asset to employers.


Find more information or register go here: www.okdrs.gov/pwdad/2022.

 

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Governor declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt has declared October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a proclamation noting “the importance of people with disabilities gaining full access to employment opportunities and community engagement.”

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, the state employment agency for citizens with disabilities, is already promoting the national theme “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” in their offices across the state.


School for the Deaf Foundation approves educational grants

Sulphur, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling $8,092.52 to fund OSD academic programs and projects not included in OSD’s general budget.

OSD Foundation members are an independent, volunteer-based board of trustees: President Pam Agee-Chitwood; Treasurer Craig Abla; Shawna Case; Richard Dietzel; Kemper Howe; Dr. Tre Landrum, ENT; Scott Lowry; Susan Nelson; Seandra Ramer; Lacee Sartors; and Bill Wright.

Advocates to walk Oct 15 for White Cane Safety Awareness Day

Oklahoma City – White Cane Safety Awareness Day will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 15, in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and internationally in recognition of the white cane’s significance in advancing independence for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an official state proclamation recognizing the event.


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