Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Bryan White



This media release was originally released on June, 10 2016. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans
for 25 years.


Brainstorm leads to business for Elk City area resident with disabilities

White stands near his power washing equipment

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 Deere store he passed was nearly finished, but the parking lot badly needed power washing and paint striping.

White didn’t have equipment yet, but he saw an opportunity – and a chance to work.

“I can do that!” White told his dad before rushing in to talk to the store owner Bob Lorenz and transportation supervisor Mike Hyman.

School for the Deaf superintendent passed away at 69

Smiling man in suit and tie holds very large scissors

SULPHUR, Okla. – Sulphur educator, community leader, friend and family man Larry Hawkins passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 23, after a brief illness.

Hawkins is the only person ever appointed to a second term as superintendent of Oklahoma School for the Deaf, which dates back to its origin in 1898.

A beloved teacher and friend who was well-respected in the deaf community, he initially retired in August 2011 as superintendent at both OSD in Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Heather Horton and Donald Denham

 

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

 

Love is Blind for Bartlesville Sweethearts Introduced at Training Program for Blind Adults

 

A man and woman sit on a couch holding hands.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Heather Horton was looking forward to Adult Blind Living Evaluation training in Muskogee. She wanted to learn new skills to help her cope with vision loss. Donald Denham was reluctant. Maybe he would get over being bashful − or maybe his driver would have to pick him up early. They never expected to fall to in love – with each other − at a summer training program for blind people. “My kids thought it was hilarious. [They said] Mom is going to ‘blind camp!’” Heather explained, her bright blue eyes sparkling as Donald sat smiling by her side. “I wanted ABLE to improve my attitude as far as having more hope. I didn’t want to stay home and not participate in life anymore.” Adult Blind Living Evaluation – ABLE - is an in-depth evaluation program with one week of basic training for legally blind adults. They may attend one of four summer sessions led by seven experts and 10 support staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). To control costs, Visual Services uses dorm rooms and training facilities at DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Blind, which are temporarily vacant while students are home for the summer.

School for the Blind Jazz Band to perform Oct 15 at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa

Five students play saxophones in a mall

TULSA, OKLA. – The Oklahoma School for the Blind will celebrate National White Cane Safety Awareness Day on Monday, October 15, at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa.

The free event is open to the public.

Woodland Hills Mall is located at 7021 S. Memorial Road.

OSB faculty will display educational exhibits beginning at 3 p.m.

The award-winning OSB Jazz Band, which earned 2-A state championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, will perform at 6 p.m.

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