A division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is offering training and job search assistance to people with profound hearing loss and legal blindness, the Norman Transcript reports.
For Sonya Cochran, who has Usher Syndrome type II, it's been a godsend.
“I had very low confidence and also a fear of losing my sight and becoming blind,” Cochran told the Transcript. “How am I going to be able to find transportation, do things to my house, cook, take care of the bills and work – [and handle] all the independent living skills?”
Cochran 's condition combines hearing loss with progressive vision loss, gradually limiting vision outside a narrow central area.
Cochran is now beginning a job search while serving as 2017 spokesperson for Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in Oklahoma, celebrated June 25 through July 1 in conjunction with the birthday Helen Keller.
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