Enid community leader named to Commission for Rehabilitation Services

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OKLAHOMA CITY – April Danahy of Enid was recently appointed to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Speaker of Oklahoma House of Representatives
Jeff Hickman.

The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency serves more than 97,000 Oklahomans with disabilities each year through career preparation, employment, independent living, educational programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Disability groups sponsor candidates' forum

 logos: Heartland Council of the Blind, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Association, ORC Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, AER Oklahoma Chapter of the Asosciation for  Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visuall Impaired, SHEP Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program and cartoon figure, Oklahoma Council of the Blind, Improving Tomorrow Today surrounding an eye-shaped image with a figure with a cane and the letter B and SILC Oklahoma, Opening Doors to Indpeendence with a key inside a building

OKLAHOMA CITY – Central Oklahoma residents with disabilities, their family members and friends will gather on Saturday, July 23rd, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City, to hear the views of more than 14 candidates for the State Legislature. The event is held each election year by area disability organizations, to give citizens with disabilities a chance to learn candidates’ priorities and hear where they stand on issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities.

School for the Blind sophomore earns second place finish in national competition

Richelle Zampella stands with other winners at the national Braille Challenge. She is in the back center. Photo courtesy of the Braille Institute.

Defending champion Richelle Zampella from Muskogee took home the Harley Fetterman Award for Excellence in Charts and Graphs at the national Braille Challenge competition in Los Angeles.

This was the third time Zampella, now a sophomore at the Oklahoma School for the Blind, has competed at the national level.

In 2015, she won first place in the junior varsity division at national Braille Challenge against students from the United States and Canada. This year, Zampella took second place.

Mustang investment advisor named spokesman for Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Author, lecturer and humanitarian Helen Keller remains one of the best known deaf-blind Americans, even though she died 48 years ago.

In celebration of Keller’s achievements, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services named Daniel Meek to represent Oklahomans during 2016 Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 26- July 2.

Clinton resident cleans up with power-wash business in western Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Second and third chances. Bryan “Whiteydawg” White had a few that didn’t work out. Then one day in 2015, a brainstorm led to a new business and a brighter future.

White found his calling while driving east with his dad Robert White on Frisco Street in Clinton. The John Deere store he passed was nearly finished, but the parking lot badly needed power washing and paint striping.

White didn’t have equipment yet, but he saw an opportunity – and a chance to work.

Oklahoma SILC Seeks Public Comment on State Plan

12742012_582146945294884_5700521533682187682_n.jpgThe Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) has their three-year state plan available for the public to review. It explains how SILC intends to assist, support, collaborate with, and to help expand independent living services in Oklahoma. They are asking for public comments to be submitted by June 20.

Send comments to Sidna Madden at smadden@oksilc.org or call 405-951-3581. If emailing please add 'SILC State Plan' in the subject line.

2017-2019 Oklahoma SILC State Plan

Office's Closed, Mon. May 30


Many years ago President Harry S. Truman said,

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

No truer statement could be made on this Memorial Day.

All DRS offices will be closed Mon., May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Oklahoma School for the Blind students win free iPads for testing new iBraille app

Young boy with medal

MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- Three Oklahoma School for the Blind students earned free iPads for pilot testing the national Braille Institute’s ground-breaking, new iBraille Challenge application.

Pilot testing was funded by the US Department of Education.

Avery Carrington from Tulsa, Katelynn Zampella from Muskogee and and Elbin Carillo from Oklahoma City used iPads and refreshable braille displays to complete reading assessments that were adapted for the mobile app platform.