OSB students to experience Western Heritage Day Sept 26

Hands support happy teenage Black girl sitting in saddle on horseback

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students can’t wait for their 14th Western Heritage Day on September 26.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to help at the annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.

Lodge owners Roy and Rose Anna Webb donate their facilities, stage coach, hay wagon and fish pond for the event.

As a result of their support for OSB, the Webb’s were honored with the Oklahoma Bud Breeding Oklahoma Spirit Award and inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in January.

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This media release was originally released on May 7, 2018. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


School for the Blind student gains work experience as campus receptionist

Lewis answering the phone.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – After beloved receptionist Patsy Perceful retired in December, Oklahoma School for Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle needed another exceptional person for that key position.

Trinity Lewis, who works the afternoon shift Monday through Thursday is not the only person filling that role. However, at age 18, she is the youngest.

Her work study experience during Lewis’ senior year has turned out to be a perfect fit.

School for the Deaf relaunches family support program for children with hearing loss

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School the Deaf School is re-launching an in-home, family support program for children in Oklahoma with hearing loss ages 3-6 years.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education funds Project ECCO (Enriching Children’s Communications Opportunities) to help families obtain essential skills and knowledge that empowers them to navigate the world of hearing loss.

OSU-OKC official chosen to lead Commission for Rehabilitation Services

Photo of Emily Cheng

Emily Cheng, of Oklahoma City, was elected Monday to be chairwoman of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for DRS, an agency that annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with disabilities through career planning, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

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This media release was originally released on Jan. 27, 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


OK School for the Deaf cheerleader first to make All-State team

Adams holds up a pennant he's won.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first OSD student ever selected to Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

Oklahoma School for the Deaf has successful first day back to school

SULPHUR, Okla. –The Oklahoma School the Deaf School kicked off the first day of school on Monday (August 27) without incident.

OSD delayed enrollment for one week due to a telephone threat to the school.

The threat did not deter parents from enrolling students Sunday afternoon and all day on Monday.

OSD’s main campus in Sulphur and the Edmond satellite preschool program had an increase in enrollment.

The number of students in the Chickasha pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade satellite program remained the same as last year.

School for the Deaf classes to start August 27

Sulphur, Okla. – The FBI identified a person in Los Angeles who confessed to making a threatening phone call to Oklahoma School for the Deaf on August 16.

OSD administrators quickly closed down the campus in response and postponed enrollment and other activities to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were quick in their response to safeguard the campus.

Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 27.

OSD has rescheduled all academic and extracurricular activities.

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This media release was originally released on Apr. 21, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


iPad loan from Library for the Blind lightens educational load for visually impaired south Moore student

OKLAHOMA CITY – Any high school student would rather use an iPad in class instead of a regular, old textbook. For Southmoore junior Katie Loman, who has a visual disability, a 1.45 pound iPad not only customizes print size, it liberates her from juggling more than 60 pounds of text books.

Students with visual impairments generally use three large print books for each standard print book. Braille students use seven to ten volumes.

Loman, age 17, is crazy about her iPad. It’s on loan from the Accessible Instructional Material Center at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Audiology foundation director named to Commission for Rehabilitation Services

Smiling man wears business suit and tie

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., from Edmond, was recently appointed to serve on the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Senator Mike Schulz, president pro-tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.

The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Commissioner Wolfe is the director of audiology and research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City.

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This media release was originally released on Aug. 24, 2008. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Language no barrier for Deaf and hearing friends

Rehman and Lopez seated at a table.

OKLAHOMA CITY − It’s been nine, long years since Wilma Rehman last saw Jaime Lopez. The friendship that made them as close as family has survived double language barriers, a near-fatal illness and relocation to the other side of the country. In spite of the strong bond between them, Lopez, who is deaf, has never spoken to Rehman.

At their recent reunion in Oklahoma City, they communicated through a sign language interpreter who joined them, Lopez’s fiancé Amparo Amaya and other family members only a few days before Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated Sept. 21 through Sept. 27 in Oklahoma.

When they first met, Rehman, then age 21, was a certified bilingual instructor, working with non-English speaking students in the language lab at Clinton Middle School. When Lopez came to Rehman’s lab at age 13, his hearing loss had prevented him from learning English or Spanish, which was his family’s first language.

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