OK School for the Deaf sophomore class t-shirt fundraiser

Black t-shirt with words What part of, the hands fingerspelling sign language and words don't you understand

Oklahoma School for the Deaf wants to share exciting news! The sophomore class is doing a big sign language t-shirt fundraiser. Check it out at https://www.bonfire.com/osd-class-of-2021-sign-language-shirt/.
The best part is you can choose your own style and color! Jamie Wilson says, "Please go to the link and look! We hope you will support us!" The sale of shirts online will end on May 5th. Thank you for your support!

School for the Deaf athletic champions honored at state Capitol

10 young people stand in front of four adults behind desks on a platform

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall (Republican–District 22) from Atoka honored a trifecta of championship teams from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on the House floor Monday, April 8.

The school is located in McCall’s district. He is a frequent visitor and supporter.

The OSD men’s football team was named 2018-2019 co-champions, while the women's basketball and cheer teams are both champions in the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Conference.

18 students win Braille Challenge® awards at Oklahoma School for the Blind

Photos of 3 students wearing medals on ribbons around their necks

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Braille literacy is the key to education and eventually employment for many students with vision impairments.

That’s why 30 Oklahoma students competed and 18 of them earned top awards in the Braille Challenge® regional competition held at Oklahoma School for the Blind.

The national Braille Challenge® program is sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

The Braille Institute is celebrating its 100th Year of free service this year.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Denise Gallagher

This media release was originally released on Sept. 22, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.

Enid receptionist copes with hearing loss to serve Youth and Family Services’ clients

Gallagher at her desk on the phone.

ENID, Oklahoma – Hearing loss can’t slow Denise Gallagher down. The busy receptionist at Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma just doesn’t have time.

Gallagher greets 1,500 children and families each year and helps them navigate a range of services offered by 50 YFS staff in Enid, including 24 mental health counselors.

YFS operates an emergency youth shelter, outpatient and school-counseling programs, food pantries, a transitional living program for young adults ages 18 to 22, and drug and alcohol recovery programs.

Gallagher handles the YFS switchboard and helps clients reach their counselors and other staff.

Disability award winners honored at state Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY –– More than 830 Oklahomans with disabilities and supporters came to the state Capitol March 12 to celebrate the 24th People with Disabilities Awareness Day and honor disability award winners.

Those who were recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services included Meg Wingerter, a health reporter for The Oklahoman, who earned DRS’ he 2018 Excellence in Communication award.

DRS Commissioner April Danahy acknowledged Wingerter’s “well-researched and interesting stories about Oklahomans with disabilities and critical disability issues.”

It's National Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day

a thank you card
Each year, the United States Senate recognizes March 22 as National Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day. Commissioner Emily Cheng and I recognize those who have chosen this profession. As a former vocational rehabilitation client and counselor, I (Commissioner Cheng) have been on both sides of your desk. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to successful employment of Oklahomans with disabilities. You enable and inspire jobseekers to reach their goals for economic independence and an improved quality of life. In Oklahoma, we continue to recognize your master’s-level rehabilitation counseling education and professional certifications as valued credentials that document your dedication to this rewarding career.

You and the administrative and professional staff on your team truly make a difference in our state.

Emily Cheng, Commission for Rehabilitation Services Chair
Melinda Fruendt, DRS Executive Director

Huge turnout for School for the Deaf’s sign language camp

A group of people signing at a table

SULPHUR, Okla. –– Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently hosted an American Sign Language Immersion Camp, which brought ASL to life for 164 students learning sign language at six high schools and seven colleges.

Students from two high schools and one college in Texas participated in the two-day training at OSD’s campus in Sulphur.

OSD’s camp was a sign only event, which challenged students to communicate without using their voices.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Dale McFarlin

This media release was originally released on Oct. 13, 2006. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.

Agra native celebrates 50 years in business at the same hometown snack bar

McFarland in his snack shop.

AGRA, Okla. -- 1956 -- the year that Elvis Presley’s first single hit the music charts and President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized adding “under God” to the “Pledge of Allegiance” – was also the year that Dale McFarlin opened his snack bar business on Main Street in Agra, Oklahoma.

A native of the small central Oklahoma town, 30-year old McFarlin returned home with his wife Helen and young son Jim, preferring the simplicity of small town life to the faster pace in Enid where they had previously lived.

“I just always kind of liked a small town – the atmosphere and all,” McFarlin said standing in his usual position at the snack bar counter. “Things are just a little bit simpler in a small town seemed to me like.”

Dale McFarlin liked Agra so well that he stayed in business in the same white, clapboard store in the same town for the last 50 years. The townspeople who can’t imagine life without him assume that’s a record.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to host 17th Braille Challenge competition March 7

Smiling boy holds equipment

MUSKOGEE – Thirty students from across the state are pre-registered to compete at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 17th annual Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge on Thursday, March 7 in Muskogee.

The contest will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.