NEWCASTLE, Okla. – Fear of losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than deaf-blindness, a condition many associate with noted American author, lecturer and humanitarian Hellen Keller.
Today Cochran, from Newcastle, is beginning a job search while serving as 2017 spokesperson for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in Oklahoma.
Governor Mary Fallin issued a proclamation for the event, which will be celebrated June 25 through July 01, in conjunction with Keller’s birthday.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind third-grader Hunter Kelley earned a third place award in the apprentice category at the national Braille Challenge competition held Saturday, June 17, in Los Angeles.
Kelley represented Oklahoma Braille-users in a field that included 1,127 competitors from the U.S. and Canada.
He qualified for the first time to compete at the national level during regional competition held at OSB in March. He earned first place in the apprentice category and was the overall winner in both the freshman and apprentice categories.
OKLAHOMA CITY –Legally blind youth and adults have four opportunities this summer to develop adaptive skills, confidence and more independence at free, week-long training programs offered by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Now in its 15th year, DRS’ Adult Blind Living Evaluation training is designed to give hope through education to newly blind individuals.
Some participants come for residential ABLE training because they live in rural areas where transportation for daily training is not feasible.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind’s jazz band is the 2A state champions for the second year in a row.
Chris Ferrell is the OSB band director.
His students earned superior ratings from all the judges in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association competition on April 29 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
The OSB jazz band earned the highest score of bands in class 2A competition. They earned the second highest score of all bands in class 2A and 3A and the 4th highest score competing against 27 other bands in class 2A, 3A and 4A.