oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

School for the Blind open house to demonstrate educational techniques and technology Feb 22

A teacher is talking to four students.

Oklahoma School for the Blind teacher Cindy Lumpkin demonstrates teaching methods with students (from left) Richelle Zampella, Ta’yauri Thomas, Jonathan Phelps and Morgan Hudson during a previous open house.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. − The Oklahoma School for the Blind Parent Teacher Organization will host the school’s ninth annual open house and tour on Feb. 22 in Muskogee. Tours are scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB Campus located at 3300 Gibson.

Students and teachers will continue with regular classroom activities as the public, teachers of students with visual impairments and elected officials observe the latest techniques and technology used to successfully educate students who are blind and visually impaired.

“The tours will allow plenty of time to observe the expanded core curriculum that is unique to students attending our school --including Braille, the abacus, which is a counting frame using beads strung on parallel rods, orientation and mobility training, adaptive physical education and demonstrations of assistive technology and independent living skills,” Parent Teacher Organization President Linda Graber said. “These services are not available at this comprehensive level at any other program in the state.”

Graber, who is the grandmother of a blind student named Sara, moved to Haskell and makes the daily 40-mile round trip to ensure that her granddaughter receives the educational accommodations she needs.

“Independent living skills training, such as cooking or handling money, for example, are also very important because they help students learn tasks and make them self-sufficient,” OSB Superintendent Jim Adams said. “There is little time in public schools for blind students to be instructed in these areas. So helping students adjust becomes the responsibility of parents, who also turn to OSB for help."

The open house will include information in the recreation center about extra-curricular activities, such as wrestling and cheerleading and other student organizations. In addition to operating accredited, on campus educational programs for residential and commuter students, the Oklahoma School for the Blind is the statewide resource offering free information and services to students attending other schools, their families, teachers of visually impaired and other interested individuals.

To arrange a tour or get additional information, contact Linda Graber at lgraber@osb.k12.ok.us or phone the Oklahoma School for the Blind toll free number at 877-229-7136.