McAlester Regional Health Center waits for the right person for the job

Pippins stands in front of a chiller that is more than 12 feet tall and 8 wide.

MCALESTER, Okla. -- Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines inspiration as something that makes someone want to do something; a force or influence that inspires someone. The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services defines inspiration as Alex Pippins, former client of the visual services division.

Pippins entered the vocational rehabilitation program because of his diabetes and desire to go to work. He left the program because he is now successfully employed with McAlester Regional Health Center as a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Tech in the plant operations department.

OSB's Richelle Zampella Wins Braille Challenge

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma School for the Blind are proud to announce that 9th grader, Richelle Zampella, won first place in the Junior Varsity level at the National Braille Challenge.

In order for Zampella to compete in the national competition at the Braille Institute in Los, Angeles, CA, she had to scored in the top 12 of all the JV, grades 7-9, who competed at regional events. To win first place and the $1,500 prize, she had the highest scores on the four tests:

Ambition opens doors for Deaf-Blind spokesperson

Two women in a gymnasium

NORMAN, Okla. – Five a.m. is not too early for Ryann Fical. Not when she’s going after something she really wants.

In this case, she searched online until she found a summer internship needed to complete her degree in recreational management from OSU.

Fical, who has significant vision and hearing loss, contacted the University of Oklahoma’s Fitness and Recreation Department located near her family’s home in Norman

School for the Deaf Academic Team scores at national competition

SULPHUR, Okla. -- The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team finished in the top 16 in the U.S. at the national Academic Bowl held April 23 through 28 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

This is the first time OSD has qualified to compete at the national level.

Twenty-four U.S. teams qualified to go to Gallaudet University, which is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

School for the Deaf Earns 4th Place at National Battle of the Books

SULPHUR, Okla. – The School for the Deaf earned a fourth place award in the national Battle of the Books competition held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

OSD team members who competed against three other teams were: eighth-grader Dylan Dickson from Shawnee, sixth-grader April Pennel from Hulbert and seventh-grader Kayleah Chebultz from Sulphur.

OSD reading teacher Kristen McCurdy was the sponsor for the team.

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