School for the Deaf team brings home third place in national Battle of the Books competition

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SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently brought home third place in the national Battle of the Books playoff competition at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Last year, the OSD team placed 8th among 8 teams that advanced to the national level.

“This year represents a great improvement for our middle school students,” Kristen McCurdy, OSD reading specialist and team chaperone, said.

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Visual Services clients to welcome Assistive Tech Lab guests at May 5 open house

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TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa resident Felicia Jones is ready to testify about the transforming power of assistive technology at the open house for Visual Services’ new Assistive Technology Lab on May 5.

“They are going to see how far technology has come -- what people can do with technology on their jobs,” Harris explained. “For companies, you may find out how to use technology to hire a great person who is visually impaired to work for you one day.”

Students with disabilities challenge themselves and each other in technology based competition

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OKLAHOMA CITY ─ Oklahoma students with disabilities will battle it out in the Tech-Now State Competition from 9 am to 3 pm on May 4 at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave., Norman.

Of the 350 students enrolled the Tech-Now classes, approximately 200 students from 20 high schools across the state are expected compete.

Sapulpa Public Library, School for the Blind teams earn trophies at Creek County Literacy Program’s Spelling Bee

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Correctly spelling tough words, such as lassitude and lascivious, earned Oklahoma School for the Blind competitors a first place schools trophy at the 19th Annual Creek County Literacy Program’s Spelling Bee.
The competition was held at Sapulpa High School on Thursday, April 13.

OSB teacher Faye Miller coached the successful OSB Braille Bees, composed of Richelle Zampella, Kaylee Ragon and Brianna Brennan, to victory in the first round against five other public schools.

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