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Oklahoma School for the Deaf to celebrate basketball homecoming January 21

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf will celebrate their basketball homecoming festivities Saturday, January 21 in the Sulphur Public Schools gym located at 700 W. Broadway.

Homecoming events cannot be held on the OSD campus due to weather-related flooding that damaged the OSD gym.

New Oklahoma School for the Deaf superintendent starts January 17

SULPHUR, Okla.  – Dr. Heather Laine will begin her term as superintendent at Oklahoma School for the Deaf on January 17.

Laine, who is deaf, brings 23 years of experience, including 14 years in leading roles from assistant principal to director over schools for the deaf in Arizona and Louisiana.

Kirschner Trusts at Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards grants to Oklahoma schools for the blind and deaf

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Kirschner Trusts at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has awarded three grants valued at $75,000 to the Oklahoma School for the Blind and  Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

Two OSB grants will assist in remodeling the OSB boys’ dormitory and expanding the school’s Transition program, which helps students prepare for and experience employment opportunities.

The OSD grant will fund the school’s LINKS to Literacy program, and health and wellness programs for OSD students. 

January is braille literacy month in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Literacy—the ability to read and write — is critical to achieving a successful education, career and quality of life.  For Oklahomans who are blind, learning to read and write proficiently in braille provides access to the same opportunities. 

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services provides braille training all year. Staff celebrate Braille Literacy Month in January to create awareness about the importance of braille and its benefits. 

Problem-solving is key to success for ONE Gas process improvement consultant

OKLAHOMA CITY – Removing obstacles and optimizing profitability are compatible goals for Amy Jenkins, a process improvement consultant for ONE Gas.

Jenkins, from Shawnee, was hired at ONE Gas as a temporary customer service representative in 2005. She was promoted to a series of jobs with increasing responsibility over 17 years, including contract analyst and helping commercial and industrial customers purchase natural gas.

Country singer-songwriter Cutter Elliott entertains, donates guitar at School for the Blind

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students were treated to a free concert and their Jazz Band received a new guitar -- thanks to Cutter Elliott, a singer-songwriter and rising star in Oklahoma country music.

Elliott, age 27 from Norman, and his guitar player-producer-manager Paul Reeves wanted to give away a new Yamaha acoustic guitar during a live performance on KUSH Radio in Cushing.

Officers elected to Rehabilitation Services Commission

Oklahoma City – Audiologist, author and researcher Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A, from Edmond, was recently elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

The Commission governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. DRS annually serves nearly 83,000 Oklahomans with disabilities through employment, independent living and educational programs, and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

2023 Proposed Rule Changes

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Competitors rewarded at School for the Blind’s 10th Cane Quest

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – “Proper cane skills and travel techniques are keys to independence for people who are blind,” Oklahoma School for the Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle said, explaining why OSB hosted the tenth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition in Muskogee.

Thirty-six contestants identified obstacles and changes in surfaces, such as drop-offs at stairs or curbs, in a quest for medals and prizes at OSB’s 10th Cane Quest.

Students to compete Nov 2 at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Thirty-eight contestants have registered to compete in the 10th annual Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition hosted by Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Cane Quest will take place from 12-4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.

Oklahoma Transition Institute to focus Nov 1-2 on education, employment success for students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY - Educators, parents, rehabilitation leaders, advocates and students are invited to the 17th annual Oklahoma Transition Institute to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 1 and 2.

OTI, hosted by the Oklahoma Transition Council, will focus on best practices, resources and collaboration to empower high school students with disabilities successfully transition to post-secondary education and employment.

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