Schools for the Deaf, Blind best education options for freshmen cousins

Two young girls

OKLAHOMA CITY – Shannon Varner and Malerie Levens are both freshmen just finishing their first years at new high schools.

Varner, age 14, transferred from Sulphur Public Schools to Oklahoma School for the Deaf where her mother KaAnn is superintendent and her father Tommy is athletic director. Both parents are deaf.

Varner’s cousin and best friend Levens, age 15, from Owasso was previously home-schooled. She wanted help with new technology to compensate for vision loss and chose Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Rehabilitation Services honors hometown heroes at state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services honored hometown heroes in a ceremony at the state Capitol during People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

This year, 742 people participated in the annual disability advocacy and information event.

Dr. Terry L. Cline, Health Department commissioner and Health and Human Services of cabinet secretary, represented Governor Mary Fallin as the keynote speaker.
DRS presented 2015 awards to the following people:

Alex Pippins from McAlester – Client of the Year

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

Young woman speaks with man wearing suit and tie

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.