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Join us in celebrating 25 years as an independent agency. On June 11, 1993, then Gov. David Walters signed Senate Bill 356, establishing the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Its passage was evidence of the state of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide more effective consumer responsive services for its citizens with disabilities. DRS was established to serve many of the major programs important to the disability community including Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Disability Determination Services.

School for the Blind students to serve Feb 1 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

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SAPULPA, Okla. – Since 1952, the Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes for friends and neighbors who come back every year.

Twenty-five Oklahoma School for the Blind students will help serve at the annual fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm.

Students include seventh and eighth graders, high school students from the service learning class and members of OSB’s Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA).

DRS names new Visual Services administrator

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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.

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

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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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