Press Releases 2017

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tulsa, Okla. – People who are adjusting to recent blindness or vision loss are encouraged to sign up for free training offered September 19- 21 in Tulsa.

The Training Adults Program goals are to adjust successfully to vision loss, and to work toward regaining independence and the ability...

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Friday, September 8, 2017

CLAREMORE, Okla. – People with vision loss and their families are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Claremore Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Wednesday, September 20.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Claremore community Center, 2301...

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Oklahoma City – Enid bank vice president and community leader April Danahy was recently elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

She previously served as vice chair of the board which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency serves more...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Oklahoma City – Emily Cheng of Oklahoma City was recently appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Governor Mary Fallin.

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

DRS annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans...

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oklahoma City – Brian Nickles was recently selected to lead the Disability Determination Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Nickles, from Norman, supervises approximately 350 employees who determine medical eligibility for citizens who apply for...

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Friday, June 23, 2017

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...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – Middle school, junior high and high school students with disabilities are registering now for Science, Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) training offered free of charge this summer.

The Transition program in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will partner...

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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...

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