Press Releases 2018

Hands support happy teenage Black girl sitting in saddle on horseback

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students can’t wait for their 14th Western Heritage Day on September 26.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to help at the annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.

Lodge owners Roy and Rose Anna...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Emily Cheng, of Oklahoma City, was elected Monday to be chairwoman of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

The commission is the governing board for DRS, an agency that annually serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School the Deaf School is re-launching an in-home, family support program for children in Oklahoma with hearing loss ages 3-6 years.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education funds Project ECCO (Enriching Children’s Communications Opportunities) to help...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. –The Oklahoma School the Deaf School kicked off the first day of school on Monday (August 27) without incident.

OSD delayed enrollment for one week due to a telephone threat to the school.

The threat did not deter parents from enrolling students Sunday afternoon...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sulphur, Okla. – The FBI identified a person in Los Angeles who confessed to making a threatening phone call to Oklahoma School for the Deaf on August 16.

OSD administrators quickly closed down the campus in response and postponed enrollment and other activities to ensure the safety of...

Smiling man wears business suit and tie

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., from Edmond, was recently appointed to serve on the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Senator Mike Schulz, president pro-tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.

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

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Oklahoma City ─ July 26 will mark the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This landmark legislation, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, prohibits discrimination and guarantees the civil rights of people with disabilities.

In Oklahoma, 16.1% of the...

Man uses sign language for the deaf at table with six small balls on rectangular object

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ADA, Okla. – Donald Gore only missed six days in the fourteen years he worked at Folger’s Drive-In in Ada.

“I like to work and be on time,” Gore said. “It’s no fun to stay around the house and be bored.”

Problems with increasing vision and hearing loss led Gore to seek help from...

Smiling woman seated at office desk.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ENID, Okla. – Two years ago, Alisha Norwood was a client on the other side of the desk at the Visual Services office in Enid.

Born with a visual disability called nystagmus, she needed help with career planning and employment.

Nystagmus causes rapid, involuntary eye movement and...

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Monday, May 21, 2018

TULSA, Okla. – Dress for Success Tulsa and Visual Services are helping clients of both organizations, Yessica Romero from Broken Arrow and Marilyn Harris from Tulsa, get nine months of on-the-job experience and paychecks.

Romero and Harris started work on January 29.

Their job...