Ambition opens doors for Deaf-Blind spokesperson

Two women in a gymnasium

NORMAN, Okla. – Five a.m. is not too early for Ryann Fical. Not when she’s going after something she really wants.

In this case, she searched online until she found a summer internship needed to complete her degree in recreational management from OSU.

Fical, who has significant vision and hearing loss, contacted the University of Oklahoma’s Fitness and Recreation Department located near her family’s home in Norman

School for the Deaf Academic Team scores at national competition

SULPHUR, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team finished in the top 16 in the U.S. at the national Academic Bowl held April 23 through 28 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

This is the first time OSD has qualified to compete at the national level.

Twenty-four U.S. teams qualified to go to Gallaudet University, which is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

School for the Deaf Earns 4th Place at National Battle of the Books

SULPHUR, Okla. – The School for the Deaf earned a fourth place award in the national Battle of the Books competition held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

OSD team members who competed against three other teams were: eighth-grader Dylan Dickson from Shawnee, sixth-grader April Pennel from Hulbert and seventh-grader Kayleah Chebultz from Sulphur.

OSD reading teacher Kristen McCurdy was the sponsor for the team.

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal arts education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Music artist Sarah Getto to entertain at Disabilities Awareness Day April 20 at State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – Award-winning Oklahoma singer-musician-songwriter Sarah Getto will be the featured performer at the 21st People with Disabilities Awareness Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

An estimated 900 Oklahomans with disabilities and advocates are expected to participate on every floor at the state Capitol, 2300 N.W. 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma #2 in nation in decision accuracy for disability benefits

Five people in a line

OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Oklahoma’s Disability Determination Division was ranked second in the nation in 2014 with a 97.6 percent accuracy rate in determining initial claims for Social Security disability benefits.

“Excellence in accuracy is vital because each claim represents a citizen applying for disability benefits,” DDD Administrator Noel Tyler said. “That person deserves an accurate and timely decision about whether he or she is eligible according to federal guidelines.”

United We Ride adds toll free hotline for public trans info

OKLAHOMA CITY – Information about local public transportation resources in Oklahoma is now available 24-hours, seven days a week through a new toll-free MyRide hotline.

“The Governor's Oklahoma United We Ride Council originally launched My-Ride in September 2013 as a web-based clearinghouse for One-Click information about public transportation options,” Council Coordinator Irene Martin said. “We are continuing to offer that web-based information.”

Martin is employed by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which is the lead agency for United We Ride.

School for the Blind open house to demonstrate educational techniques and technology Feb 20

Teacher helps five students practice writing skills

Muskogee, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Blind Parent Teacher Organization will host the school’s eleventh annual open house and tour on Feb. 20 in Muskogee. Tours are scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.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.

DRS’ Return to Work Program Saves Taxpayers

Great-paying, full-time jobs -- that’s what Jason Price wants for other people with significant disabilities.

Thanks to an innovative employment program, 940 Oklahomans have left Social Security disability benefits behind and gone to work.

As a result, taxpayers have already saved $90.3 million from 2009-2014 in disability benefits that will never be paid.

In 2013 and 2014, DRS surpassed $2 million in reimbursement revenue in back-to-back federal fiscal years for the first time in history.

School for the Blind students to serve at Sapulpa Lion’s Beans & Chili dinner Jan 15

SAPULPA, Okla. –Thirty Oklahoma School for the Blind students and sponsors will travel from Muskogee to Sapulpa to help the Lions Club serve hot beans, chili and cornbread on Thursday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Lions will cover the dinner shift from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The annual bean dinner, which has relied on the same favorite recipes since 1952, will take place at the First Baptist Church cafeteria, 124 S. Elm in Sapulpa.

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