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.

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.

Joy Ride Taxi owner earns Visual Services employer award at assistive tech lab grand opening

Woman stands beside man who holds Oklahoma-shaped award

TULSA, Okla. – The crowd cheered when Joy Ride Taxi owner Patrick Cuningkin accepted his Community Employer Award for hiring multiple jobseekers who are blind.

Staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, presented the award to Cuningkin at the grand opening of their new assistive technology lab in Tulsa.

OSB seniors to graduate May 24

OSB graduates

MUSKOGEE — Oklahoma School for the Blind seniors will graduate in a commencement ceremony that will be held at noon on May 24, in the OSB auditorium, at 3300 Gibson Street.

The OSB 2017 graduating class includes Justin Whitmire of Durant, Jacob King of Muskogee, Patelin Cogswell of Oklahoma City, Chandler Caveny of Durant, Logan Deaton of Oklahoma City, Morningstar Clark of Oklahoma City, Mathiew Noah of Del City, Andrew Wagon of Allen and Seth Wedel of Tulsa.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Senior Class Graduates May 25

head shots of the eight seniors

SULPHUR — The Senior Class of 2017 will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in a commencement ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. May 25, in the OSD gym, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

The OSD 2017 graduating class includes Calise LeeAnn Cox, Michael Lorenzo Gordon, Maxwell Quentin Graves, Aaron Cole Hutchins, Eleazar De La Torre Ledezma, Amanda Lee Pack, Savannah Violet Schlegel and Dawn Jolynn Sledd.

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