School for the Blind sophomore earns second place finish in national competition

Richelle Zampella stands with other winners at the national Braille Challenge. She is in the back center. Photo courtesy of the Braille Institute.

Defending champion Richelle Zampella from Muskogee took home the Harley Fetterman Award for Excellence in Charts and Graphs at the national Braille Challenge competition in Los Angeles.

This was the third time Zampella, now a sophomore at the Oklahoma School for the Blind, has competed at the national level.

In 2015, she won first place in the junior varsity division at national Braille Challenge against students from the United States and Canada. This year, Zampella took second place.

Mustang investment advisor spokesman for Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

A man sitting at his desk with large monitor with zoom text enlarging the word "reading"

OKLAHOMA CITY – Author, lecturer and humanitarian Helen Keller remains one of the best known deaf-blind Americans, even though she died 48 years ago.

In celebration of Keller’s achievements, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services named Daniel Meek to represent Oklahomans during 2016 Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 26- July 2.

Clinton resident cleans up with power-wash business in western Oklahoma

Man stands beside equipment on a trailer and a truck

OKLAHOMA CITY – Second and third chances. Bryan “Whiteydawg” White had a few that didn’t work out. Then one day in 2015, a brainstorm led to a new business and a brighter future.

White found his calling while driving east with his dad Robert White on Frisco Street in Clinton. The John Deere store he passed was nearly finished, but the parking lot badly needed power washing and paint striping.

White didn’t have equipment yet, but he saw an opportunity – and a chance to work.

Oklahoma SILC Seeks Public Comment on State Plan

12742012_582146945294884_5700521533682187682_n.jpgThe Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) has their three-year state plan available for the public to review. It explains how SILC intends to assist, support, collaborate with, and to help expand independent living services in Oklahoma. They are asking for public comments to be submitted by June 20.

Send comments to Sidna Madden at or call 405-951-3581. If emailing please add 'SILC State Plan' in the subject line.

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