Oklahoma School for the Blind supporters from Haskell earn state Business of the Year award
OKLAHOMA CITY – Roy and Rose Anna Webb from Haskell earned the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Business of the Year award on March 10 for their support of Oklahoma School for the Blind students.
State Representative Scott Fetgatter (District 16) presented an official citation to the Webbs.
OSB, which is a DRS division, provides educational and outreach services to Oklahoma students who are blind or visually impaired.
The Webbs received the award on DRS’ 25th People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the state Capitol.
Commission for Rehabilitation Services Commissioner Emily Cheng and DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt recognized them for annually hosting 100 OSB students and educators at Western Heritage Day at their Silver Spur Western Lodge.
2020 will be the 10th year for this event.
OSB students look forward to spending the day at the Webb’s Silver Spur Western Lodge rodeo arena. They enjoy the stage coach, hay wagons, horse and pony rides, fish pond – even a mechanical bull.
“For OSB students, Western Heritage Day is more than a field trip,” DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt said as she presented the award. “It’s about finding the courage to do something many have not done before, meeting new people and building confidence for the next challenge ahead.”
“We love to do it and look forward to Western Heritage Day every year,” Rose Anna Webb said. “My husband Roy wants to make sure that every child has a chance to ride a horse and experience ranching and outdoor activities.”
“You can just see in one day how they gain confidence,” she said. “It seems like a good experience for them and all the volunteers.”
In years past, People with Disabilities Awareness Day brought nearly a thousand Oklahomans to the state Capitol to talk with lawmakers and share their stories. Construction at the state Capitol this year made such an onsite event impossible, leading supporters to come together online at www.okdrs.gov/pwdad.
Last year, DRS served 82,787 Oklahomans with disabilities with career preparation, employment, residential and outreach education, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits. The agency helps job seekers with disabilities face barriers to employment, such as inaccessible worksites, lack of transportation or the need for specialized equipment or training. For more information, visit http://www.okdrs.gov or phone 800-845-8476.