2019 Helen Keller Celebration
We want to thank everyone that attended the celebration this year. It was so great socializing and seeing history and progress happen for the DeafBlind community. Can’t wait for next year!
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.
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.
of deaf who are not in the labor force
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
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.