Oklahoma School for the Blind to host Braille Challenge® competition Feb. 26

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind is gearing up to host another exciting Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® competition on Feb. 26 in Muskogee.

Twenty-five Braille-readers from OSB and other schools across Oklahoma are pre-registered for the contest, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street.

Braille Challenge® is a national program of the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Public invited to School for the Blind open house Feb 18

Girl reads braille at desk

Muskogee, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Blind Parent Teacher Organization will host the school’s twelfth annual open house and tour on Feb. 18 in Muskogee.

Tours are scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson.

Students and teachers will continue with regular classroom activities as the public, parents, teachers of students with visual impairments and elected officials classroom use of specialized instructional materials and technology adapted for students with visual impairments.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf cheerleader first to make All-State team

Young man holds best jumps pennant

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first OSD student ever selected for Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

22 students tested their cane skills at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest

A young girl walking with a white cane while woman walks behind her evaluating her techniques

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Twenty-two students participate in the Oklahoma School for the Blind’s third Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Dec. 10 in Muskogee.

The unique Cane Quest competition gives students who are blind and visually impaired an opportunity to test their white canes, usually used to help them travel efficiently, as a tool to earn points and win prizes.

School for the Deaf’s Buddy Bench fosters friendship, inclusion

Eight elementary-age children stand behind a wooden and pipe bench with the words "Buddy Bench"

SULPHUR, Okla. – Elementary students at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf are fostering friendship during recess with a happy place for students who feel lonely or want a friend. They call that place the Buddy Bench.

OSD Director of Student Assessment Traci Prince was motivated to act after watching a news story about Christian Bucks, a first-grader from Roundtown, Pennsylvania. Buck originated the Buddy Bench idea at his school after seeing photos online of a German version.

His idea caught on in the U.S., spread to other schools and was picked up by the national news.

School for the Blind students test adventure skills at U.S. Space & Rocket Center training

Young man wears helmet and rock climbing harness

OKLAHOMA CITY – From repelling a 50’ rock wall to SCUBA training that simulates weightlessness in space, Oklahoma School for the Blind senior Logan McCoy and junior Will Carney put their adventure skills to the test at Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students.

McCoy’s hometown is Tecumseh, while Carney is from Muldrow.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

McCoy and Carney met 200 students from all over the U.S., Ireland, Canada and Australia at the week-long camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Oklahoma teens fit right in.

“I really enjoyed camp – thought it was a really good experience for me,” Carney said. “It teaches you how to work as a team and a bunch of social skills.”

OSB teacher Cheryl Daniels accompanied McCoy and Carney to the Space Camp training, which is coordinated by teachers of students with visual impairments.

“Space Camp excites and educates students in math, science and technology,” Daniels said. “Students also build self-confidence and skills in teamwork and communication.”

The program is based on 32 National Science Standards objectives established as curriculum guidelines for educators and administrators

McCoy and Carney participated in different programs at Space Camp.

In the advanced academy, McCoy studied space flight and history, completed experiments and solved problems known as anomalies that occurred on three space flight missions.

Carney flew in an F-18 fighter jet simulator in a military-based aviation challenge focused on teamwork. As a member of the Jolly Rogers team, he learned to rely on other students as they worked through exercises in the curriculum.

DRS' November 4 meeting moved in Pryor

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services meeting at 11 a.m. today, November 4, 2015, has been moved from Administration Building A to the conference room in the Technical Services Building at the Northeast Technology Center, 6195 W. Highway 20. DRS wants feedback from local individuals about challenges related to the needs of people with disabilities and businesses that can potentially employ them that are specific to their communities. Everyone with an interest in people with disabilities, disability rights or employing workers with disabilities is welcome.

Students explore career options at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Future Shock November 5

Two boys look at equpiment

Muskogee, Okla. — Oklahoma students who or blind or visually impaired from across the state are invited to join Oklahoma School for the Blind students at Future Shock career day on Thursday, November 5.

Future Shock is a unique educational experience featuring 20 potential employers and successful role models who help students and their families explore potential career opportunities.

Participants may attend five breakout sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.

Governor, Rehabilitation Services director team up to promote employment success during Disability Employment Awareness Month

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-seven percent of working-age Oklahomans with disabilities are employed, compared to 77.8 percent of the population without disabilities.

This data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey further reveals that 7.8 percent of unemployed, disabled job seekers are actively looking for work.

October is observed each year as National Disability Employment Awareness Month -- a celebration that reminds Joe Cordova, “There are a lot of people who need our help to go to work.”