Press Releases 2019

10 young people stand in front of four adults behind desks on a platform

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall (Republican–District 22) from Atoka honored a trifecta of championship teams from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf on the House floor Monday, April 8.

The school is located in McCall’s district. He is a frequent...

Photos of 3 students wearing medals on ribbons around their necks

Monday, April 1, 2019

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– Braille literacy is the key to education and eventually employment for many students with vision impairments.

That’s why 30 Oklahoma students competed and 18 of them earned top awards in the Braille Challenge® regional competition held at Oklahoma School for the Blind...

Woman hands document to man

Friday, March 22, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY –– More than 830 Oklahomans with disabilities and supporters came to the state Capitol March 12 to celebrate the 24th People with Disabilities Awareness Day and honor disability award winners.

Those who were recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. –– Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently hosted an American Sign Language Immersion Camp, which brought ASL to life for 164 students learning sign language at six high schools and seven colleges.

Students from two high schools and one college in Texas participated in the...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MUSKOGEE – Thirty students from across the state are pre-registered to compete at Oklahoma School for the Blind’s 17th annual Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge on Thursday, March 7 in Muskogee.

The contest will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the OSB campus at 3300 Gibson Street...

Smiling man in suit and tie holds very large scissors

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. – Sulphur educator, community leader, friend and family man Larry Hawkins passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 23, after a brief illness.

Hawkins is the only person ever appointed to a second term as superintendent of Oklahoma School for the Deaf, which dates...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

DRS regrets that we must cancel the Self Advocate Leadership Training scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, due to unsafe driving conditions.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network trainers were forced to cancel their training today, Feb. 7, at DRS State Office due to icy weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Participants who were registered on that date may contact Cathy Martin at 405-951-3478 or...

Graphic: Cartoon person in a wheelchair.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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....

Three smiling young people wear aprons and hold a bowl of beans.

Friday, January 25, 2019

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...