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February 15, 2013

OSB to show gear at open house

— Oklahoma School for the Blind is equipped with the latest technology for those with visual impairments.

Miranda Anderson, a 2007 OSB graduate, lets her fingers fly across a Focus 40 — a refreshable Braille display attached to a computer at the school as she demonstrates how to use the tool.

For those who are interested in learning more about OSB and assistive technology, the school, 3300 Gibson St., plans to have an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22, with a break for lunch.

The school’s Parent/

Teacher Organization will be the hosts of the school’s ninth annual open house and tour.

PTO President Linda Graber, who also volunteers at the school, said everyone, whether interested in sending a student to the school or interested in technology, is welcome to attend.

“Come see what we do — see why this school needs to be here,” said Graber, whose granddaughter Sara has attended OSB all her life. “We are the No. 1 resource for the visually impaired, and we want everyone to take advantage of that.”

Those who attend will be taken on a tour of the campus, based on how much time they have and their interests, Graber said.

Tours will cover the school library, independent living center, assistive technology center and much more.

“They’ll also be able to visit classrooms and see how various pieces of equipment are used,” Graber said. “There will also be a display area in our recreation center featuring our school groups.”

Graber said she moved to Haskell and makes the daily 40-mile round trip to ensure that her granddaughter receives the educational accommodations she needs.

OSB’s mission includes providing appropriate individualized academic, social and vocational education, evaluations, and outreach services to Oklahoma’s blind and visually impaired children and youth, according to its website.

OSB Superintendent Jim Adams said, “Independent living skills training, such as cooking or handling money, are also very important because they help students learn tasks and make them self-sufficient.

“There is little time in public schools for blind students to be instructed in these areas. So helping students adjust becomes the responsibility of parents, who also turn to OSB for help.”

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Oklahoma School for the Blind open house and tour.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

WHERE: OSB campus, 3300 Gibson St.

INFORMATION: Linda Graber, lgraber@

osb.k12.ok.us or toll free, (877) 229-7136.

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