Free vision loss training by Visual Services’ experts

Standing woman talks to woman using computer screen wit alrge text

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 Evaluation training is designed to give hope through education to newly blind individuals.

Some participants come for residential ABLE training because they live in rural areas where transportation for daily training is not feasible.

Memorial Day

We remember the brave who sacrificed all for us this Memorial Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

School for the Blind jazz band named state 2A champs for 2nd year

Young woman stands and plays saxophone with 20 seated students playing musical instruments

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 on April 29 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

The OSB jazz band earned the highest score of bands in class 2A competition. They earned the second highest score of all bands in class 2A and 3A and the 4th highest score competing against 27 other bands in class 2A, 3A and 4A.

Therapy dog encourages learning at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

One adult and six kids pet white dog

SULPHUR, Okla. – When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in February, the students naturally knew what to do.

They loved her.

Jasmine and her adult humans, however, still had a few things to learn.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

A New Leash on Life, Inc. in Norman selected her to attend 10-weeks of obedience training through their Pen Pals Prison Program at CCA-Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville.

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