School for the Blind to test white cane skills November 16 in Muskogee

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A record-breaking 32 contestants are signed up to participate in Oklahoma School for the Blind fifth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Thursday, November 16.

The unique Cane Quest competition challenges students to use proper travel techniques and cane skills to complete secret routes in their communities.
Cane Quest is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.

Students from across Oklahoma will compete to earn points and win prizes.

Community invited to Fall Festival Oct 31 at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Everyone in the community is invited to Fall Festival at Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Tuesday, October 31, featuring free trick-or-treating and hayrides. School organizations will charge reasonable fees for a Spookhouse, carnival games and concessions.

All activities will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at OSD located at 1100 East Oklahoma Avenue in Sulphur. OSD volunteers will help guests find free parking.

DRS Visual Services hire Mike Spencer to lead Business Enterprise Program

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Oklahoma City –The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services hired Michael Spencer from Tulsa on October 2 to lead the agency’s statewide Business Enterprise Program as operations coordinator.

Spencer and his wife Janet previously owned M & J Snack Bar, which successfully operated the Tulsa County jail commissary until September when state legislation transferred control to the Tulsa County sheriff’s office.

School for the Blind jazz band meets Blind Boys of Alabama at OKC jazz concert

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Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma School for the Blind Jazz Band traveled from Muskogee to attend a concert on Oct. 18 at Tower Theatre in OKC featuring the musical traditions of New Orleans.

The show was a triple treat with the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas;” six-time Grammy® award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

A generous benefactor purchased the tickets.

Deaf shop manager, bladecrafter is DRS Disability Employment Awareness Month spokesperson

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QUAPAW, Okla. – Two jobs are not enough for Tulsa Native Norman “Buddy” Thomas. Someday, he hopes to add a third job helping others who are deaf “chase their own passions and dreams.”

Thomas is shop manager at Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing in Miami. He also owns Tree of Liberty Bladecraft and Forge, a professional grade knife-making business recently featured in national Blade magazine.

He has made 200 knives or other weapons, but Thomas considers himself an apprentice.

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