School for the Deaf grads, friends invited to homecoming January 28 in Sulphur

OKLAHOMA CITY – Homecoming festivities at Oklahoma School for the Deaf will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday (January 28).

Nearly 300 people are expected on campus at 1100 E. Oklahoma Avenue in Sulphur for activities in OSD’s gymnasium.

"Homecoming is a very special event for OSD alumni,” OSD Superintendent Larry Hawkins said. “OSD is like a second home for many people, and we are proud to welcome everyone to our school.”

The crowning of the OSD homecoming royalty will occur at 6 p.m.

School for the Blind students to serve Feb 2 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

Two young teen girls

SAPULPA, Okla. – Twenty-two students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind will help the Sapulpa Lion’s Club serve family style beans and chili at the organization’s annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, February 2.

The public is invited to taste the same popular recipes the Lions have prepared since 1952. The first dinners were held at the YMCA, but for many years guests have lined up at the First Baptist Church cafeteria, 124 S. Elm in Sapulpa.

OSB seventh and eighth graders and the high school service learning class will take the shift from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.

Public Invited to Disability Program Policy Hearings

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City on Feb. 6, Tulsa on Feb. 7 and Lawton on Feb. 8.

Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.

Three School for the Deaf graduates to earn ECU masters’ degrees December 10

Three women in graduate cap and gowns

SULPHUR, OKLA. – Three Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduates will walk across the East Central University stage to receive their master’s degrees on Saturday, December 10.

The trio is currently employed by OSD, which is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Sisters Trudy Lynn Fox Mitchell and Donna Fox Saaty, who reside in Ada, will earn their master’s degrees in human resources administration and human resources service respectively.

Amanda Bowerman Chebultz from Sulphur will receive a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Visual problem can’t stop Chelsea gun repair businessman

Man in overalls

CHELSEA, OKLA. – Albert Averyt, known as Bud, couldn’t afford a hunting rifle, so at age 17, he bought and converted a military rifle.

“The first thing I did was cut off the stock, cut off the barrel and crowned it,” Averyt said, smiling a little as he remembered the process. “I had to bend the bolt handle because I added a scope, contoured the receiver, and drilled and tapped holes for the scope mount.”

And so a gunsmith was born thanks to “a little common sense and a lot of reading.”

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