White Cane Safety Day rally Oct 14 at Penn Square Mall

People with canes, dogs and White Cane Safety Day signs walk in an indoor mall.

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Public awareness is the point of National White Cane Safety Day, an event celebrated in mid-October every year by people who are blind or visually impaired.

In Oklahoma City, Heartland Council of the Blind advocates and Visual Services staff and clients are teaming up October 14 to show the connection between effective cane use and independence.

Visual Services is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

School for the Blind to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day Oct 10 at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa

Boy and girl play horns in a band

TULSA, OKLA. – For the first time, Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty – even the Jazz Band -- are traveling to Tulsa to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

OSB organizers will display free educational exhibits and present demonstrations throughout the day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Woodland Hills Mall, located at 7021 S. Memorial Road.

Demonstrations will include travel techniques, use of dog guides and assistive technology.

Oklahoma Transition Institute to strategize on successful education and employment for students with disabilities

Two men wearing cowboy hats.

NORMAN, Okla.– Nearly 600 educators, employment counselors, agencies, families, higher education leaders and employers are expected to attend the Oklahoma Transition Institute on October 3-5 in Norman.

The annual institute focuses on successfully preparing youth with disabilities for post-secondary education, employment and independent living.

This year, the OTI theme is “Shaping the Future.”

An optional pre-conference day on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., precedes two workshop days on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

National Association of the Deaf to Visit Oklahoma

Sulphur, Okla. The National Association of the Deaf will host its board meeting on the campus of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Wednesday, October 4. This is the first time that the NAD Board has visited the OSD campus. The NAD board members will tour the campus and meet students.

The board meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union building on the OSD campus at 1100 E. Oklahoma in Sulphur.

Deaf Awareness Week celebration includes multiple activities

Woman stands beneath two portraits

Oklahoma City – From the State Fair to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is honoring deaf or hard or hearing Oklahomans for Deaf Awareness Week.

The purpose of annual celebration, officially September 24 through 30 in Oklahoma, is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture.

The activities encourage people to come together as a community for educational events and celebrations.

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