Hundreds expected at 2017 People with Disabilities Awareness Day

Bud Averyt will be at Awarenss Day

Chelsea’s Albert “Bud” Averyt will be among hundreds of Oklahomans with Disabilities and their supporters who will share their personal stories with state lawmakers during People with Disabilities Awareness Day 2017 set for March 28 at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Early registration for the event ends Friday. To register, go to www.okdrs.org/pwdad-registration and complete the form. Those who do not register can still do so at the event.

Budget woes delay DRS’ employment services to new applicants

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services established a waiting list, effective March 13 at 5 p.m., that affects new applicants for vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Services will now be delayed to a group of applicants with the most severe disabilities.

DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services’ divisions were previously forced to set up waiting lists for two less severely disabled groups of applicants on January 9 due to rising expenditures in case services and reductions in state-appropriated funds.

House bill jeopardizes 90-year-old employment program for blind business owners

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eight decades of employment success for blind business owners could end if House Bill 2230 is approved. The proposed legislation jeopardizes a successful federal-state employment program that has given blind business owners a chance to operate their own food service-related businesses on government property since 1937.

Oklahoma School for the Blind receives $15,000 grant from the Kirschner Trust

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trust and will enable the school to make needed playground improvements not included in the state budget.

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent said. “Since our school is a residential school, it is vital to provide a means of exercise and recreation for our students.

Oklahoma School for the Blind to host Braille Challenge® competition March 2

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Students from across the state will convene at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee for the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® competition on March 2.

Thirty-two Braille-readers 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. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Muskogee County Lions, Kiwanis team up Feb 22 for 2017 Chili Day

Graphic: Chili pepper playing guitar

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Muskogee County Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Muskogee will team up on Wednesday, February 22 for their 2017 Chili Day.

The public is invited to come to the annual fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Muskogee Bedouin Shrine Temple located at 201 S. 6th Street.

The ticket cost is $5. Take-out orders will be available. Proceeds assist community leaders from both organizations in supporting charitable activities in the Muskogee area.

DRS Visual Services sponsors Braille Valentine giveaway February 10

Woman reads braille on acrylic sheet over text on a wood plaque

TULSA, Okla. – Valentine’s Day shoppers are invited to pick up free cards with special Braille messages for loved ones at Tulsa Promenade Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, February 10.

Staff from Visual Services will combine outreach with public education on the first level of the mall located at 4107 S. Yale Avenue in front of Bath & Body Works and The Nut Hut.

The main entrance is near the El Chico Restaurant off E. 41st Street.

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.

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