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Library for the Blind launches summer reading program June 1

OKLAHOMA CITY - Summer reading is back at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

After a pandemic-related break, OLBPH will offer a free Summer Reading Program from June 1 to July 31 for Oklahoma students with visual or other disabilities that prevent them from using standard print materials. 

School for the Blind Jazz Band wins outstanding jazz band award

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Jazz Band outscored all other bands in Class 2A competition to win the 2023 outstanding jazz band award from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

“This is the fifth time the OSB band has won class 2A since 2016,” OSB Band Director Chris Ferrell said. “I credit the students’ hard work and dedication for their success.”

Services for the Blind to host client training at OK School for the Blind in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired will offer three Transition VIBE 2023 summer sessions in June and July at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

VIBE stands for Visually Impaired and Blindness Empowerment.

Local resident gains independence through state agency

Shawn Pasley keeps busy, always striving to be better at his job at Braum’s on the corner of Fourth Street and Grand Ave.

“I work tables, sweep floors, take the trash out… I do a lot of things,” Pasley said. “I’m always moving all the time.”

The local resident has several disabilities, which includes severe speech impediment and a learning disorder. He has osteoarthritis in his legs and feet and has anxiety.

Oklahoma School for the Blind graduation ceremony is May 18

­­­­­MUSKOGEE — Eleven seniors will graduate May 18 from the Oklahoma School for the Blind during a commencement ceremony to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The OSB 2023 graduating class includes Jimmy Wayne Anderson of Grove, Elbin Gabriel Carrillo of Oklahoma City, Tyanna Nashay Charlene Culley of Tulsa, Kaylie Minter of Broken Bow, Abigail Leann Norton of Elmore City, Rayce Layton Wilborn Phillips of Muldrow, Aislinn Mailaura Popejoy of Antlers, Samantha J. Six of Disney, Julio Vidal Viveros Valdez of Oklahoma City, Trinity Renee Vreeland of Jenks and William Winston of Oklahoma City.

“I’m very proud of our graduates and wish each of them a wonderful journey in their employment endeavors,” said Melinda Fruendt, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. OSB is a division of DRS.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduation ceremony is May 17

SULPHUR, Okla. — The Senior Class of 2023 will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf at 1:00 p.m. on May 17th at, 1100 E. Oklahoma St., Sulphur in the OSD Event Center.

“It has been an honor knowing these amazing seniors even though I have only been here since January,” Dr. Heather Laine, OSD superintendent, said. “I am tremendously proud of the Senior Class of 2023.

“I believe we can look forward to great things from these students in the future. I wish them every success as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.”

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OK Rehabilitation Services and Tech-Now Inc. to offer free STEM camps to students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY - From Ada to Tulsa students with disabilities are gearing up for fun at free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) summer camps in urban and rural locations around the state.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Transition program and Tech-Now Inc. will partner again in June and July to help students learn to use computers, software and related technologies to design and create their own products. 

OK School the Deaf basketball athletes win national awards

SULPHUR, Okla. - For the second time in the 2022-23 school year, the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association has named All-Americans from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

Those earning NDIAA’s winter sports honors are:

RyJan Reininger – 1st Team All-American

Riley Newell - All-American Honorable Mention

Shakayla Simmons – 2nd Team All-American

Jase Sledd - All-American Honorable Mention

Shyann Smith - All-American Honorable Mention

Masonic Charity Foundation grant funds OK School for the Deaf senior citizens’ hearing aids program

SULPHUR, Okla. - The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has awarded a $125,000 grant 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 donated four times to clear waiting lists and help lower-income seniors get hearing aids through the OSD program. 

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