DRS names new Visual Services administrator

Smiling woman wearing suit

OKLAHOMA CITY – OKLAHOMA CITY – Tracy Brigham from Oklahoma City was appointed administrator of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Visual Services division, which annually helps more than 1,800 Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals for employment and independence.

As administrator, Brigham leads staff who provide statewide career counseling, vocational education and training, medical services required to become employable and assistive technology focused to achieve their career goals.

People with Disabilities Awareness Day

2018 Awareness Day logo. An outline of Oklahoma on top of blue field of stars. “Go All in” is inside the outline of Oklahoma. Oklahomans deserve Access for All.
Whether it's for employment or independence Oklahomans deserve access for all. This year starting at noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the state Capitol, we are asking people with disabilities, friends, families and Legislators to go all in when it comes to disability initiatives and bring an end to access-related barriers for people with disabilities.

This event is an opportunity to engage lawmakers and help them understand what programs are vital to reach these goals.

The strategy for the day

Awareness Day gives people with disabilities and advocates, like you, a chance to talk with decision-makers who can preserve or expand services that make a critical difference in the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities. Last year, more than 775 people participated in this free event, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and friends.

This year, our attendance goal is 780 people with 50 percent visiting state Senators and Representatives or their staff. Volunteers will be available to take you on legislative visits and provide other assistance if needed.

Click here for People with Disabilities Awareness Day home page.

Library for the Blind patrons may download free radio production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Vintage drawings of Scrooge. First one of him taking his coat off, second one is of him talking with a ghost and the third one is of him going to visit the Cratchit's on Christmas morning.

Oklahoma Library for the Blind patrons are invited to download an Oklahoma-produced radio adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Rose State College theater student William Cathey, who produced the play in cooperation with Living Catholic Radio Theatre.

Mr. Cathey, who fondly remembers the Library’s mission from his work as a volunteer, has renamed his production “A Christmas Carol in Prose” and engaged community leaders, radio personalities and Rose State theater faculty and drama club members to bring the holiday classic to life.

The one-hour production, which was recorded and edited by KOMA radio personality and sound engineer Kent Jones, will be broadcast through December 24 on Oklahoma Catholic Broadcasting Network stations.

In addition to entertaining families during the holiday season, Bill Cathey’s dream is to benefit programs like the Oklahoma Library for the Blind, which provides free audio books to Oklahomans who are visually impaired or unable to use standard print due to another disability.

Oklahoma Library for the Blind patrons may download the production free of charge from the library at www.olbph.org. All others are requested to purchase a CD or digital download for $20 at https://www.livingcatholicproductions.com/store.

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a program of Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Library for the Blind. For more information about services, phone 405-521-3514 or 800-523-0288 toll free.The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a program of Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Library for the Blind. For more information about services, phone 405-521-3514 or 800-523-0288 toll free.

Oklahoma students earn top awards at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest

Four young students with white canes display medials

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Thirty-one students competed for awards at the fifth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

OSB invited certified orientation and mobility specialists and certified teachers of the visually impaired to serve as judges who scored each student’s orientation and mobility skills.

Older Cane Quest competitors navigated routes in downtown Muskogee by following verbal directions and paying attention to environmental clues to reach destinations.

School for the Deaf’s new Key Club School collects donations for kids with disabilities

12 young people and adults in two rows

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf students are kicking off their new Key Club organization with an exciting holiday service project that ties in with organization’s goals for student leadership, volunteering and service opportunities.

Members are gathering items for Blessing Baskets to be delivered to the Little Lighthouse in Tulsa.

The Little Lighthouse is a center for children with developmental disabilities, ages birth to age 6.

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