This media release was originally released on Apr. 21, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.
Love is Blind for Bartlesville Sweethearts Introduced at Training Program for Blind Adults
OKLAHOMA CITY — Heather Horton was looking forward to Adult Blind Living Evaluation training in Muskogee. She wanted to learn new skills to help her cope with vision loss. Donald Denham was reluctant. Maybe he would get over being bashful − or maybe his driver would have to pick him up early. They never expected to fall to in love – with each other − at a summer training program for blind people.
“My kids thought it was hilarious. [They said] Mom is going to ‘blind camp!’” Heather explained, her bright blue eyes sparkling as Donald sat smiling by her side. “I wanted ABLE to improve my attitude as far as having more hope. I didn’t want to stay home and not participate in life anymore.”
Adult Blind Living Evaluation – ABLE - is an in-depth evaluation program with one week of basic training for legally blind adults. They may attend one of four summer sessions led by seven experts and 10 support staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). To control costs, Visual Services uses dorm rooms and training facilities at DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Blind, which are temporarily vacant while students are home for the summer.
Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network will offer three free, training sessions to help disability advocates sharpen self-advocacy and leadership skills. Expert trainers with disabilities from Oklahoma People First will teach these training sessions.
Meet the trainers. Practice your message. Lunch provided. We still have seats available.
SAPULPA, Okla. – The Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes that have kept friends and neighbors coming back to their annual dinners every year since 1952.
For only $8, bean and chili supper guests get all they can eat of everything on the menu: chili and four kinds of beans -- the number one seller pinto -- plus navy, lima (or butter) beans, and black eyed peas, and, of course, cornbread, cole slaw, tea, coffee, milk and buttermilk.
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King, Jr.
DRS offices are closed Jan. 21st. Black and white image of King. DRS logo. Empower Oklahomans with Disabilities