A deaf man carrying a metal pipe was fatally shot by Oklahoma City police on Tuesday night as neighbors frantically tried to tell officers that he couldn't hear their commands.
Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was shot and Tasered on a porch on Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. after he allegedly advanced toward officers following a hit-and-run involving his father, Police Capt. Bo Mathews said Wednesday.Read More
Oklahoma businessman, Michael Vontress started his own gardening company after working with the Sight Hearing Encouragement Program. Vontress has Usher’s Syndrome combined with retinitis pigmentosa which has effected his sight and his hearing.
After becoming a client with the Sight Hearing Encouragment Program he began working at others jobs with the help of the organization's job coach, Timothy Oakes. Vontress was able to acquire a state job through the organization and stayed at the job for some time. The company he worked for then let Vontress go and he had to consider going back to the typical 9-5 or venture outside the box and gain more independence. He utilized his learning from his job coach and resources from Department Rehabilitation Services (DRS), and realized that he could make a living doing what he is passionate about.
Vontress loves working outdoors and expressed that he has a green thumb and a fondness for nature. He decided to take a step out of the norm and ventured into the business world. He established his company, Lawn and Garden by Michael.
"There's nothing better than owning your own business." Vontress stated. "I can now do what I love and have the confidence in doing it."
Vontress specializes in planting various types of flowers and plant life, care-taking of foiliage and maintain lawn and landscapes of residential and commercial areas.
You can reach Vontress and his services at:
Lawn & Garden by MIchael
Daniel Meek, investment advisor and accountant from Mustang, relied on assistance from Visual Services’ employment programs to adapt to his vision and hearing disabilities. Meek was asked to represent deaf-blind Oklahomans during Deaf-Blind Awareness Week by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.Read More