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OKLAHOMA CITY  — Living with COVID-19 has been a challenge in all walks of life, but especially for students, parents and educators across Oklahoma.

Imagine the added hardship if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired -- or a parent or Teacher of the Visually Impaired trying to make educational materials accessible in virtual classrooms for that child.

DRS to host free in-person summer training for Services for the Blind clients

OKLAHOMA CITY – Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired will offer Transition VIBE 2021 in June and July at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

VIBE consists of two, one-week sessions focused on in-person career assessment and job exploration training for clients ages 16-21.

Dove Science Academy honors VR Assistive Technology staff

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Assistive Technology Unit in Vocational Rehabilitation recently hosted The Game Changers, a national award-winning robotics team from Dove Science Academy Middle School in Oklahoma City.

VR is a division of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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Oklahoma School for the Deaf celebrates graduation

SULPHUR — Ten Oklahomans received diplomas May 19 during graduation ceremonies at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

The OSD 2021 graduating class includes Brian Samuel Chavez of Tuttle, Jordan Dean Scism of Beggs, April Pennel of Hulbert, Kayleah Emme Chebultz of Sulphur, Dallas Lowry of Broken Arrow, Shealee Junger of Tulsa, Alejandra Medina Crouch of Tulsa, Isaiah Cristopher Holt of Norman, Jasmie Reininger of Oklahoma City and Krenchy Junior Lokeijak of Ponca City.

Class of 2021 Graduates from the Oklahoma School for the Blind

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — All six of the senior class of 2021, graduated from the Oklahoma School for the Blind on May 20, 2021, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

This year’s graduating class includes Johnnie Davidson of Rush Springs, Nathan England of Jenks, Morgan Hudson of Kansas, Joseph Rodriguez of Fletcher, Levi Smith of Collinsville and Austin Wade of Edmond.

“We had an extraordinary group of seniors,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said. “Through this year of adversity, they persevered and accomplished so much. They were flexible in their mode of education whether it was in-person or virtual and completed their high school education.

DRS Transition to host free online summer STEM camps for students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Free Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for students with disabilities will be “online and doing fine” again this summer.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Rick and Sherri DeRennaux from Tech-Now, Inc. will offer three-day online camps for students located anywhere in Oklahoma.

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. 

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