Press Releases 2018

Smiling man wears business suit and tie

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., from Edmond, was recently appointed to serve on the Commission for Rehabilitation Services by Senator Mike Schulz, president pro-tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.

The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services...

Portraits of two women

Monday, July 23, 2018

Oklahoma City ─ July 26 will mark the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This landmark legislation, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, prohibits discrimination and guarantees the civil rights of people with disabilities.

In Oklahoma, 16.1% of the...

Man uses sign language for the deaf at table with six small balls on rectangular object

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ADA, Okla. – Donald Gore only missed six days in the fourteen years he worked at Folger’s Drive-In in Ada.

“I like to work and be on time,” Gore said. “It’s no fun to stay around the house and be bored.”

Problems with increasing vision and hearing loss led Gore to seek help from...

Smiling woman seated at office desk.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ENID, Okla. – Two years ago, Alisha Norwood was a client on the other side of the desk at the Visual Services office in Enid.

Born with a visual disability called nystagmus, she needed help with career planning and employment.

Nystagmus causes rapid, involuntary eye movement and...

Smiling  woman holds clothing on a hanger.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TULSA, Okla. – Dress for Success Tulsa and Visual Services are helping clients of both organizations, Yessica Romero from Broken Arrow and Marilyn Harris from Tulsa, get nine months of on-the-job experience and paychecks.

Romero and Harris started work on January 29.

Their job...

Seven people seated at restaurant table fingerspell to communicate with deaf people.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. – An exciting program called Teach Oklahoma is encouraging bright junior and senior students to consider teaching in Oklahoma as a viable career choice.

Teach Oklahoma is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The curriculum explores various...

Young smiling woman wearing medal on a ribbon stands on track in stadium.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. – The beating spikes on the rough track, the roar of the crowd, the pop of the starting gun and the booming announcements over the loudspeakers mean that it is track season in Oklahoma.

These are sounds that most people have typically experienced, but Emily Cavello and...

Smiling young woman seated in desk chair talks on the phone

Monday, May 7, 2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – After beloved receptionist Patsy Perceful retired in December, Oklahoma School for Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle needed another exceptional person for that key position.

Trinity Lewis, who works the afternoon shift Monday through Thursday is not the only person...

Senior class picture

Thursday, May 3, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. — Waurika native Allie Herrera will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in a commencement ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. May 23, in the Larry Hawkins Activity Center, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

After graduation,  Herrera plans to study...

Senior class picture

Thursday, May 3, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. — Madill native Brianna Neese will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in a commencement ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. May 23, in the Larry Hawkins Activity Center, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

Neese is this year's Valedictorian.  After...

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