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"I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living." – John D. Rockefeller
All DRS Offices will be Closed September 4, 2017

Newcastle job seeker named spokeswoman for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

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NEWCASTLE, Okla. – Fear of losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than deaf-blindness, a condition many associate with noted American author, lecturer and humanitarian Hellen Keller.

Today Cochran, from Newcastle, is beginning a job search while serving as 2017 spokesperson for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in Oklahoma.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a proclamation for the event, which will be celebrated June 25 through July 01, in conjunction with Keller’s birthday.

Claremore third-grader places third at national Braille Challenge

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind third-grader Hunter Kelley earned a third place award in the apprentice category at the national Braille Challenge competition held Saturday, June 17, in Los Angeles.

Kelley represented Oklahoma Braille-users in a field that included 1,127 competitors from the U.S. and Canada.

He qualified for the first time to compete at the national level during regional competition held at OSB in March. He earned first place in the apprentice category and was the overall winner in both the freshman and apprentice categories.

Free summer STEM training for students with disabilities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Middle school, junior high and high school students with disabilities are registering now for Science, Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) training offered free of charge this summer.

The Transition program in the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will partner with Tech-Now, Inc and host sites in Tulsa, Lawton, Meeker, Shattuck and Wanette.

Free vision loss training by Visual Services’ experts

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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.

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