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.

Oklahoma School for the Blind maintains 100% graduation rate

8 young people wear blue graduations caps and gowns

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind maintained a 100 percent graduation success rate for the sixth year with eight seniors graduating May 18.

The OSB 2016 class includes: Makayla Fetner from McAlester Triston Gibson from Broken Arrow, Aaron Hopson from Poteau, Logan McCoy from Tecumseh, Tesla Nakedhead from Stilwell, Jennifer Ratliff from Roland, Regan Spaulding from Wagoner and Destiny Tanyan from Wewoka.

Ratliff is the class valedictorian. McCoy is the salutatorian.

School for the Blind ninth-grader to compete in national Braille Challenge® finals in LA

Elementary and high school-age young ladies with white canes wear medals and hold certificates in front of a trophy case.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Defending champion Richelle Zampella from Muskogee will return to Los Angeles this June to defend her title in the national Braille Challenge® finals competition.

This is the third time Zampella, now a ninth-grader at 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.

OSB community service day “Gives Back” to Muskogee, Fort Gibson communities

Young poeople play horns and drums in lobby

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Once again, Oklahoma School for the Blind students will volunteer May 12 in Muskogee and Fort Gibson for their fourth “OSB Gives Back Day.”

The experience was developed by OSB science teacher Cheryl Daniels, who convinced students to give community service a try in 2012.

“We are so fortunate at the school,” Daniels said. ”People are always so generous. I told the students, ‘Let’s show people that we can give back.’’’

Schools for the Deaf, Blind best education options for freshmen cousins

Two young girls

OKLAHOMA CITY – Shannon Varner and Malerie Levens are both freshmen just finishing their first years at new high schools.

Varner, age 14, transferred from Sulphur Public Schools to Oklahoma School for the Deaf where her mother KaAnn is superintendent and her father Tommy is athletic director. Both parents are deaf.

Varner’s cousin and best friend Levens, age 15, from Owasso was previously home-schooled. She wanted help with new technology to compensate for vision loss and chose Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Rehabilitation Services honors hometown heroes at state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services honored hometown heroes in a ceremony at the state Capitol during People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

This year, 742 people participated in the annual disability advocacy and information event.

Dr. Terry L. Cline, Health Department commissioner and Health and Human Services of cabinet secretary, represented Governor Mary Fallin as the keynote speaker.
DRS presented 2015 awards to the following people:

Alex Pippins from McAlester – Client of the Year