School for the Deaf team headed to national competition April 22-25 at Gallaudet University

Six young people and two adults wearing Battle of the Boos tshirts

SULPHUR, Okla. – One of two Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s teams is headed to Washington, DC April 22 through 25 to compete in playoffs at Gallaudet University’s Battle of the Books. Both teams advanced to the playoff level following preliminary competition.

Only 16 teams among the 84 that competed will make it to Battle of the books national competition. Gallaudet will pay all expenses for those student competitors and sponsors.

Oklahoma School for the Blind awards regional Braille Challenge® prizes

Left photo: young woman wears medal around her neck. Right photo: Young woman with hands on shoulders of young boy wearing medal and holding two boxes

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Oklahoma School for the Blind awarded top prizes to Braille Challenge® winners at the regional competition held at the school campus in Muskogee.

Braille Challenge® is a national program sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization that eliminates barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

Hunter Kelley was the overall winner in the freshman and apprentice categories.

Richelle Zampella earned top honors as the overall winner in the varsity and sophomore competition.

School for the Blind dedicates sensory garden April 21 to education champion Ray Kirk

Man baits a fishing hook for a small boy

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Blind students, faculty and friends will dedicate the Ray Kirk Memorial Sensory Garden at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Elada Kirk, Ray Kirk’s widow, will be an honored guest at the dedication.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony on the school campus at 3300 Gibson Street in Muskogee.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf competes at Gallaudet University national competition

4 young people hold certificates and silver trophies.

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team competed April 1-3 at Gallaudet University’s national Academic Bowl for Deaf and hard of hearing high school students in Washington, DC.

The OSD team was one of 20 in the U.S. that won the right to advance to the national competition.

Gallaudet University oversees the competition and is the world leader in liberal arts education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Each year, the University hosts four regional competitions for up to 80 teams.

Oklahoma City firms honored at People with Disabilities Awareness Day at state Capitol

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking to crowd

Two Oklahoma City firms were honored March 28 with the 2016 Employment Partner of the Year award during the People with Disabilities Awareness Day event at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Dale Rogers Training Center and the Federal Aviation Administration Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center were chosen by Vocational Rehabilitation staff of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to receive the honor.

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