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OK Rehabilitation Services and partners to offer free summer training and employment programs

OKLAHOMA CITY – Productive summer fun is just around the corner with four, free training and work experience summer programs offered by Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Transition program for youth with disabilities.

Transition will start summer camps soon in multiple urban and rural locations around the state. 

Oklahoma School for the Blind Senior Class graduates

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma School for the Blind is proud to announce the Senior class of 2022 graduated on May 18th at 3300 Gibson St, Muskogee in the OSB Auditorium.

This year’s graduating class also includes Jerelyn Black of Stillwater, Lydia Bradley of Stilwell, Audrey DeBrosky of Enid, John Duong of Oklahoma City, Tyler Duong of Oklahoma City, Miracle Jones of Spiro, Benjamin Middleton of Asher, JaceLynn Shields of Claremore, and Blazen Sitterly of Ponca City.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf to hold graduation May 25

SULPHUR — Three Oklahoma School for the Deaf students will graduate May 25 during a commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Ken Brown Gymnasium located at 1100 East Oklahoma Avenue in Sulphur.

The OSD 2022 graduating class includes Nacorra Johnson, of Glenpool, Pablo Gomez, of Oklahoma City, and Brook Queen, of Tulsa.

“These students have excelled both inside and outside the classroom,” DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt said. “They will always be an important part of our OSD family, and I know each is on a path to a great, independent life.”

RiverHawks Scholar Program’s first graduates celebrate success

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The RiverHawks Scholar Program’s first class graduated Saturday, May 7, from Oklahoma’s first inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) college program for students with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Sarah Parrack and Charles Michael Copeland, both from Tulsa, and Alaine Lambert, from Muskogee earned certificates of integrated community studies.

OK School for the Blind invites students with visual disabilities to register for free summer camps

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind will host two free summer camps for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Students in kindergarten through 9th grade are invited to attend “The Greatest Camp on Earth,” June 6 through 9 and June 13 – 16 on the OSB Campus, 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee. Students will go home the weekend of June 10-12.

Comanche business owner will continue working thanks to state services

John Graham (right) and Rita Graham (left) with their dog, Pudgy.

Comanche — Customers who walk into Graham Jewelry are welcomed by a friendly puppy named Pudgy, the store’s official four-legged greeter. Following close behind is a smiling Rita Graham and her husband John Graham, the owners of the family business.

Graham Jewelry has been open since 1948, and Graham took over from his father in 1981. Graham’s work requires focus. He pays close attention, inspecting the broken watches of neighbors and setting stones for jewelry he is making. 

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Tech Now students to show off skills at state competition

MOORE – Students from across Oklahoma will gather April 27 at Southmoore High School to test their talents in the Tech-Now State Competition.

The competition, which will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Moore school, is held annually to showcase the technology, and employment skills of Oklahoma high school students.

Tech Now is an entrepreneurship course that develops career skills, offering youth the opportunity to use design software and build computer and related technology skills aimed at creating physical products that can be sold. The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services partners with Tech Now to help high school age youth with disabilities prepare to enter the workforce and to lead independent lives.

Golfers invited to tee off at OK School for the Deaf Foundation’s May 2 tournament

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma for the Deaf Foundation invites golf lovers to show their support for OSD by signing up a four-person team or sponsoring holes at the Foundation’s annual golf tournament on Monday, May 2.

The event will be held at Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club at 519 Country Club Road in Ardmore. 

Masonic Charity Foundation grant to help senior citizens’ hearing aid program at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

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

Since 2018, the Masonic Foundation has given three donations to clear waiting lists and help fund hearing aids for lower income senior citizens who apply for assistance through the OSD program. 

Competitors earn medals at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 20th regional Braille Challenge®

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Thirty-six students competed for medals and prizes during the in the 20th Braille Challenge® regional competition hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Braille Challenge® is a national program sponsored by the Braille Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that eliminates barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

Online ASL courses attracts worldwide attention, and OSD Foundation donates to aid Deaf Ukraine refugees

SULPHUR  — An online American Sign Language Course looking to help people improve communication with members of the Deaf community has attracted more than 100,000 users including thousands of international students.

The ASL courses, which was broken into two levels, was part of a community outreach program that features pre-recorded and self-paced videos, allowing users to review them as many times as needed.

The courses, which are free of charge, attracted 107,422 users including 2,150 international students, representing 106 different countries. 

555 attend DRS People with Disabilities Awareness Day at OK History Center

OKLAHOMA CITY  — The 27th People with Disabilities Awareness Day, hosted by Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services on March 8, was live and in person with 555 participants.

The resource fair with 65 exhibitors and a statewide awards ceremony were held for the first time at Oklahoma History Center.

Organizers coordinated 11 teams who visited legislators and elected leaders at the state Capitol prior to the event.

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