Press Releases 2016

Young man with white cane pets dog on leash held by woman

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MUSKGOEE, Okla. –Students and faculty from Oklahoma School for the Blind are gearing up for National White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday, October 11.

They have planned a free educational program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arrowhead Mall, 501 North Main Street in Muskogee. All activities will...

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Monday, September 26, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Businessman and Olympic champion Bart Conner will be among four keynote speakers for the three-day Oklahoma Transition Institute scheduled for October 3 through 5 in Norman.

OTI brings 500 stakeholders together to share strategies that help Oklahoma youth with...

4 adults with young man on a horse

Friday, September 23, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association is saddlin’ up again for 82 Oklahoma School for the Blind students who are ready to ride on Wednesday (September 28).

OSB’s ninth Western Heritage Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge owned by Roy and Rocky...

Man uses sign language to communicate with woman by videophone

Monday, September 19, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Oklahomans who are deaf and supporters will celebrate Deaf Awareness Week September 18 through 24.

“Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff look forward to participating in various activities and awareness campaigns to celebrate the annual event,” said Terri...

head-shot of Rebecca Bryant

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CLAREMORE, Okla. − The Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired will celebrate the organization’s ninth anniversary on Wednesday, September 21.

People with visual impairments and their families are invited to attend. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Claremore...

Exterior of concrete building with double doors. Sign: ADA Acess at Northeast Door of Building 2227 with accessible parking logo.

Monday, August 29, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – The public is invited to a free open house focused on career planning and employment services for people with disabilities from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12.

Vocational Rehabilitation staff in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Norman office will...

Portrait of young woman in black dress

Monday, August 22, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Enid community leader April Danahy was unanimously elected vice chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services at the first meeting she attended.

Danahy joined the Commission, which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, in July.

“I am...

Man with beard and glasses in a suit and tie

Saturday, August 20, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY –Empowering Oklahomans with disabilities is not just a slogan to Jack Tucker. It was the focus of his career and remains a way a life.

The 69-year old Oktaha resident was recently elected to his second term as chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.


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Friday, August 12, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Rita J. Echelle brings 27 years of education experience to her new position as superintendent at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Echelle started work August 8 in time to meet staff and get ready for the new school year, which begins August 22.


Man wearing suit and tie

Thursday, August 11, 2016

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma School for the Deaf Superintendent Larry Hawkins is the first person ever appointed to a second term as OSD superintendent.

Hawkins started his second term on August 8.

Hawkins initially retired in August 2011 as superintendent at both OSD in...