Image description: Picture from last DB symposium with SHEP founder, Cassandra with her two SSPs. Cassandra has her hair pulled back and is wearing a white headband. She is standing in the middle and her SSPs are on both sides of her. They are standing next to one another and smiling at the camera locking arms. They are all three wearing their SHEP 2016 camp shirts. The shirts are dark blue with white writing. It has a cowboy on the front with a lasso in his hand and he is riding a horse. The phrase on the shirt says, "Lasso to the Moon!"

Image description: Picture from last DB symposium with SHEP founder, Cassandra with her two SSPs. Cassandra has her hair pulled back and is wearing a white headband. She is standing in the middle and her SSPs are on both sides of her. They are standing next to one another and smiling at the camera locking arms. They are all three wearing their SHEP 2016 camp shirts. The shirts are dark blue with white writing. It has a cowboy on the front with a lasso in his hand and he is riding a horse. The phrase on the shirt says, "Lasso to the Moon!"

SHEP 2018 Deaf-Blind Symposium is Approaching!

The aim of the Sight Hearing Encouragement Program (SHEP) Deaf-blind Symposium is to provide opportunities for persons with deaf-blindness to have their own forum to learn from others with own personal experiences of deaf-blindness and to self have the possibility to share own experiences. We strive for these conferences, where people with deaf-blindness can share their own experiences with others from all over the nation.

We’re inviting our brothers and sisters from all over to attend!  The conference will be from Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21, 2018 held in Hulbert, Oklahoma.

Event Details

Theme: ‘Deep Water’ – Slogan is “Cast your net; Grab the opportunities!”

Activities: Welcome Bags, Door Prizes, Fun Games,  Horseback Riding, Submarine Tour, Workshop, Social Time, Saturday Night Party and more!

Location: Sequoyah State Park Lodge - 19808 Park 10, Hulbert, OK 74441

For Deaf-blind camper applications click here

For SSP/Observer applications click here.  

Applications are in Microsoft Word document format.

If you need more information about the Symposium, please email Cassandra Oakes at cassandra@shep-ok.org or Jeri Cooper at jericooperdb@gmail.com

Donate and help our camp today!

 

Our Mission:

The goal of S.H.E.P. is to work with the Deaf-blind, Deaf, and blind individuals to achieve full and rewarding lives. 

We believe in having a positive mind and attitude no matter what life brings. We want the participants to leave this program with such motivation and acceptance of their lives in making it a success.

To advance the quality of lives by:

  • Empowering

  • Promoting Opportunities

  • Building Confidence

  • Educating their Family and Community

 
 Picture from SHEP Deaf-blind conference in 2016. There is a large group of DB and SSPs all together wearing their dark blue camp shirts smiling at the camera.

Picture from SHEP Deaf-blind conference in 2016. There is a large group of DB and SSPs all together wearing their dark blue camp shirts smiling at the camera.

Deaf-Blind Conference 2016

 

Our Beginning

Cassandra Oakes was born January 9, 1959. She was born hard of hearing and faced a double disability as an adult when her vision deteriorated due to retinitis pigmentosa. She has never let her dual disability stop her from living her life. Cassandra’s positive attitude was so contagious that a vocational rehabilitation counselor asked her to come meet and help encourage a client who was struggling with deaf-blindness. The two connected instantly. Two months later, the client passed away. Cassandra was left heartbroken and asked God for a way to help other deaf-blind. She was given a dream to set up an organization to help the deaf-blind. S.H.E.P. was launched in August 2011.  

 

“When you believe and say you can, then believe and know you will..”

— Cassandra oakes, FOUNDER

 
 

A support service provider can be any person, volunteer or professional, trained to act as a link between persons who are deaf-blind and their environment. They typically work with a single individual, and act as a guide and communication facilitator. They may be hearing, deaf, blind, or deaf-blind.

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 President, Cassandra Oakes and Rachel Hollis using tactile sign language

President, Cassandra Oakes and Rachel Hollis using tactile sign language

 

Our Mission

Deaf-blind communities are one of the most severely underserved communities in Oklahoma. To combat this adversity, S.H.E.P seeks to nourish our clients at the most fundamental level with education and resources while providing a strong support network. All members get a our SSP services and will have first-hand access to information that relates to them and their communication abilities. 

 

47%

of deaf who are not in the labor force

23%

of hearing population who are not in labor force

**In this statistic, we use the term ‘deaf’ in an all-encompassing manner, including individuals who may identify
as Deaf; hard of hearing; hearing impaired; late deafened; or deafdisabled.

 
 

Deaf-blindness sounds like a condition of having NO vision and NO hearing. This is rarely the case. Most people who are deaf-blind have some vision and some hearing.   Both men and women and individuals of all races and background have been affected by this condition.  Educationally, individuals are considered to be deaf-blind when the combination of their hearing and sight loss causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they require significant and unique adaptations in their educational programs

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 View of the lake and the sky. The scene is at sun set and the sun is setting behind the clouds.

View of the lake and the sky. The scene is at sun set and the sun is setting behind the clouds.

 

Get Involved

If you live near the Oklahoma City or Tulsa area, get involved to start receiving the virtuous benefits of being apart of this community. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting learn new skills to use in human service career fields. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for transporation, classes, tools, and outreach.

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