Bart Conner, Oregon state educators, Norman superintendent to keynote Oklahoma Transition Institute

Portraits of 3 men and 1 woman

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 disabilities successfully prepare for post-secondary education and employment. Educators, employment counselors, families, employers and other partners are encouraged to attend.

Quarter Horse Association saddles up for School for the Blind’s Western Heritage Day Sept 28

4 adults with young man on a horse

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 Webb in Haskell.

The Webb brothers donate their rodeo arena, stage coach and hay wagon for the annual event.

AQHA volunteers will help students experience what it’s like to be a cowboy with pony and stagecoach rides, dummy calf roping, fishing and other hands-on activities.

Oklahomans Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week September 18-24

Man uses sign language to communicate with woman by videophone

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 Williams, field service coordinator. "It is a time when we can rally together in activities in a concerted effort and enjoy socializing."

Williams, whose responsibilities include supervising SDHH, is hard of hearing.

Long-term employee, former client to lead employment services for the blind in Oklahoma

Teresa McDermott portrait

OKLAHOMA CITY – Teresa McDermott from Ada has been named Visual Services administrator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, effective September 12.

Visual Services provides clear planning and employment services for people who are blind or visually impaired in Oklahoma. The division’s programs also include Transition programs for youth, the Older Blind Independent Living Program and the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.