Masonic Charity Foundation grant to empty School for the Deaf waiting lists for senior citizens’ hearing aid program

Four people in business clothes pose with a check

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has awarded a generous grant to purchase 776 hearing aids through the statewide Senior Citizens Hearing Aid Program operated by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

As a result, 572 low-income seniors with significant hearing losses will be immediately transferred from waiting lists and receive their hearing aids.

In addition, the grant will fund hearing aids for the next 204 senior citizens who apply for help through the program.

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. 4, Tulsa on Feb. 5 and Lawton on Feb. 6.

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.

School for the Blind Jazz Band to perform Oct 15 at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa

Five students play saxophones in a mall

TULSA, OKLA. – The Oklahoma School for the Blind will celebrate National White Cane Safety Awareness Day on Monday, October 15, at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa.

The free event is open to the public.

Woodland Hills Mall is located at 7021 S. Memorial Road.

OSB faculty will display educational exhibits beginning at 3 p.m.

The award-winning OSB Jazz Band, which earned 2-A state championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, will perform at 6 p.m.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Peter Broussard



This media release was originally released on June 18, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week spokesperson’s productivity, ambition pay off at Cintas

Broussard and a co-worker in Cintas uniforms

OKLAHOMA CITY – All Peter Broussard really wanted was a chance -- a chance to work hard, fit in at the job and take care of his family, like everybody else.

At Cintas, Broussard, who is deaf and blind, is just one of the guys on a team that rewards productivity and ambition.

Cintas employs 30,000 “partners,” the term they call all employees. The Cincinnati-based corporation, provides products and services that help companies keep their employees and facilities safe.

Broussard, age 27, is originally from Crowley, Louisiana. He has Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that combines hearing loss with retinitis pigmentosa, resulting in progressive loss of side vision due to degeneration of the retina.

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