Press Releases 2016

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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...

Friday, July 29, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. –Employment services including training options for people with disabilities will be the focus when Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services comes to Purcell Public Library on Thursday, August 11.

The public is invited to attend the free DRS event from 10 a. m. to 4 p...

Monday, July 25, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. –Employment services including training options for people with disabilities will be the focus when Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services comes to Blanchard Public Library on Monday, August 1.

The public is invited to attend the free DRS event from 10 a. m. to 4 p....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NORMAN – One-stop information on everything from health care to employment services for people with disabilities will be the focus of a free resource fair on July 28 at the Norman Public Library Central.

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will host the event from 1 p.m....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – April Danahy of Enid was recently appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Speaker of Oklahoma House of Representatives
Jeff Hickman.

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

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Central Oklahoma residents with disabilities, their family members and friends will gather on Saturday, July 23rd, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City, to hear the views of more than 14 candidates for the State Legislature...

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

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...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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...

A bone created by a camp goer using a paper cylinder and rocks is tested for strength.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MUSKOGEE -- Cameron Hughes has had two weeks deducted from his summer vacation, but the Broken Bow native couldn’t be happier about that investment.

Hughes is among 70 Oklahoma youth with visual disabilities who are taking part in a two week summer camp at the Oklahoma School for the...

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Monday, June 13, 2016

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...

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