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DRS Transition to host 13 summer employment skills camps for students with disabilities

A DRS Transition student explores a potential career opportunity in a medical field during a previous BEST summer camp.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Students with disabilities, ages 16-21, will build top employment skills at free summer programs hosted live at 13 locations around the state by the Transition program in Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

“This is going to be the BEST summer for students to learn how to be successful in future jobs!” Transition Coordinator Renee Sansom Briscoe said, including the acronym for Building Employment Skills for Today. 


OSB Superintendent receives top OASA honor

Rita Echelle, superintendent of the Oklahoma School for the Blind, was recently named the 2021 District 10 Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.

Echelle will be recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer Leadership Conference being held June 8 through June 10.


Five School for the Deaf teachers retire with combined 165 years of service

Oklahoma School for the Deaf honored teachers retiring with 165 years of total service: Debbie Patton (top left), Lawson Pair (top right), Lesa Price (middle left), Darla Skinner (middle right) and Candy Tumblson (lower left).

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students, faculty and families turned out May 5 to honor five teachers retiring with a combined 165 years of service as educators.

Retirees are: Candy Tumblson, Lesa Price, Debbie Patton, Lawson Pair and Darla Skinner. 


School for the Deaf robotics team wins national championship

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students Russell Fewel of Sulphur and Jarven Reininger of Midwest City recently won a national championship at the second annual VEX IQ Challenge for deaf and hard of hearing teams.

The Thunderbolts team, composed of Fewel and Reininger, earned the most points during tournament teamwork matches to become the Teamwork Champions for 2020-2021.


Oklahoma School for the Blind awards regional Braille Challenge® prizes

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Thirty-two contestants competed for medals and prizes during the 2021 Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Eleven participated for the first time. 


Masonic Charity Foundation funds senior hearing aids through School for the Deaf grant

EDMOND, Okla. – A donation by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma will provide hearing aids to low income seniors through a second, generous grant to Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

 “OSD is proud to be the home of the statewide Equipment Distribution Program,” Chris Dvorak, OSD superintendent, said. “We are grateful for the continued generosity the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has shown for this very important service to seniors across this state.”


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