Rehabilitation Services invites deaf community to employment meetings

OKLAHOMA CITY – Deaf Oklahomans are invited by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to two meetings to discuss vocational rehabilitation services and current employment issues faced by the Deaf community.

The Tulsa meeting is scheduled April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Union at Tulsa Community College Northeast, 3727 E. Apache Street.

The Oklahoma City meeting is scheduled April 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at DRS’ Career Planning Center, 5813 S. Robinson Avenue.

800+ to promote disability awareness April 5 at state Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An award-winning deaf cheerleader and high school dropout who made the college honor roll will join 800 other advocates for People with Disabilities Awareness Day April 5 at the state Capitol.

Participants are encouraged to share their success stories during the 22nd consecutive event, scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Terry Cline, Health and Human Services secretary, will be the keynote speaker at a 3 p.m. awards ceremony in the 2nd floor west hall.

Twenty-four students score at School for the Blind Braille Challenge®

Elementary and high school age girls hold white canes and certificates.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– If Braille literacy is the key to employment for blind people, then one group of braille competitors from Oklahoma has a bright future ahead.

Twenty-four students competed in the Braille Challenge® competition recently held at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Two sisters Richelle and Katelynn Zampella earned gold medals and were overall winners in the junior varsity and freshman categories.

The Zampella sisters are OSB students.

Oklahoma School for the Blind is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Academic Team headed to national competition

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SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team is headed to national competition April 23-26 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

OSD earned a hard-won fourth place in an 18-team tournament February 25-28 at Gallaudet’s Southeast Regional Academic Bowl in Danville, Kentucky.

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Former OK School for the Blind superintendent Larry Hawkins to serve as interim during nationwide search

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Larry Hawkins will start his first day as interim superintendent at the Oklahoma School for the Blind on March 1. Hawkins previously served as OSB superintendent for 18 months in 2010 and 2011.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Hawkins’ appointment was one of the first major decisions by Interim DRS Executive Director Noel Tyler.