2015 Washington Seminar Recap

Recently, delegates from across the country, including Oklahoma, went to Washington D.C. for the 2015 Washington Seminar. Delegates from Oklahoma included NFBOK President, Jeannie Massay, Legislative Coordinator Glenda Farnum, Christine Boone and Rob Slaughterbeck. NFB Members met with congressional leaders to discuss issues of importance to the blind. For a recap of all the 2015 Washington Seminar highlights, check out this video:

Rehabilitation Seminar in Tulsa, October 31

The Brady District Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is hosting a seminar entitled “Vocational Rehabilitation: Making It Work for Me” on Friday, October 31, in downtown Tulsa. This free seminar will feature representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, including Joe Cordova, Director of DRS and Doug Boone, Administrator, Division of Visual Services who will explain the rehabilitation process and help consumers understand their rights and responsibilities.

This seminar is a great opportunity for working age blind Oklahomans to learn about vocational rehabilitation and get guidance about how to become work ready. Attendees will learn about their rights and responsibilities as consumers and learn how to self advocate in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Speakers will discuss the services that are available and explain upcoming changes. Rehabilitation leaders will be on hand to answer questions and give advice about how blind individuals can become work ready. There will be a panel of working blind professionals who will discuss their jobs and share their experiences in the vocational rehabilitation process and in the workplace. Finally, there will be a discussion and demonstration of blindness skills by blindness rehabilitation professionals.

The seminar will be held in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Doubletree by Hilton, Downtown Tulsa located at 616 West 7th Street. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the seminar will run from 8:30 am untill noon.

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West Central Chapter Raffle Ticket Sale on October 25

Members of the West Central Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma will be out at 2 locations on October 25, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,to sell raffle tickets and spread awareness about blindness and the NFB. Patrons at Big K Mart, 2501 Red Wheat Drive in Clinton and the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1349 E. Eagle Road in Weatherford can meet with chapter members and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 2 gift cards to an area restaurant chain. One card is for $75 and the other is for $100. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Winners need not be present to win. After the drawing, the winners will be contacted and need only present their raffle ticket stub to claim their prize.

Chapter members will also be distributing literature about the National Federation of the Blind and answering questions about blindness. The goal of the event is to educate the public about blindness. The NFB knows that blindness does not hold us back and that with proper trainining and opportunity, we can live the life we want.

Central OK Chapter to Host Chili Cook-Off

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is hosting its annual Chili Supper Fundraiser to raise money for chapter programs, including the Elmer Wright Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Mr. Elmer Wright, a founding member of the Chapter. Mr. Wright inspired Chapter members with his enthusiasm and passion for helping the blind of Oklahoma. He was especially concerned with creating opportunities for blind children.

This year, for the first time ever, the Chapter is holding a chili-cook off. If you have a chili recipe that your friends and family rave about, this is your chance to show it off and prove that it is truly the best. For an entry fee of $10, participants may enter a croc pot of their best chili. Two cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded. One prize will be given to the best chili as selected by a panel of judges. The other prize will be given to a fan favorite as selected by a vote of all Chili Supper patrons. If you would like to enter your favorite chili, please fill out an Entry Form.

The Chili Supper and Cook-off will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 5 to 7 PM. The Supper will be held at the first Presbyterian Church of Edmond located at 1001 S Rankin. In addition to great Chili, there will be a silent auction featuring several items, including a pair of Oklahoma City Thunder tickets. The winner of the Elmer Wright Memorial Scholarship will also be announced.

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October is Meet the Blind Month

Meet the Blind Month is our nationwide campaign to increase awareness of, and support for, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The NFB knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. During this month, the members of our affiliates, chapters, and divisions spread this message by conducting a variety of outreach activities that will create opportunities for people to meet the blind of their communities, and to recognize that we are vital contributing members of society.

Some of our members will conduct creative Meet the Blind Month projects and programs. Others will staff NFB blindness information tables at local venues and events. Still others will simply walk around in populated areas with brochures, a smile, and a handshake. Whatever the activity, members of the NFB will be sharing stories of how the National Federation of the Blind helps us live the life we want.

We will be sharing updates about the activities hosted by all of our Chapters throughout the state this month. If you are interested in finding an NFB Oklahoma representative to speak at an event, meeting or in a classroom, please contact us!

Changes Underway

Welcome to nfbok.org, the official website of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma. We are currently in the process of making some major renovations to our website. We made the decision to convert our old website to a WordPress site to make administration and upkeep easier. This means we will be able to provide more current information and have more frequent updates with news and information of interest to the blind of Oklahoma. We will be adding current information about all of our chapters and divisions in the days to come. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition. If you need information about the NFB of Oklahoma, please send an email to info@nfbok.org.