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Career Paths for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired


ROB MCCLENDON: WELL
MANEUVERING AROUND ISN’T
THE ONLY THING THAT CAN BE A CHALLENGE WHEN DISABLED,
SO CAN GETTING A JOB. BUT THANKS TO A UNIQUE
PROGRAM AT A CAREER TECH
CENTER, SKILLS TRAINING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE
HEARING IMPAIRED. ONCE AGAIN HERE’S
OUR ANDY BARTH. ANDY: AT MOORE-NORMAN
TECHNOLOGY CENTER STUDENTS
LIKE NATALIE BROWN TAKE A HANDS-ON APPROACH WHEN
LEARNING ABOUT COMPUTERS. BUT FOR NATALIE, WORKING
WITH HER HANDS IS AS
COMMON AS BREATHING. NATALIE BROWN: I LOVE
COMPUTERS AND I’M ALWAYS,
I’M ALWAYS ON A COMPUTER; I LIKE LEARNING
HOW TO WORK ON ‘EM. AND, ONE DAY MY COMPUTER
MESSED UP AND I CALLED ONE
OF THE TECHNICIANS AND IT COST A LOT, SO I DECIDED
THAT IT WAS BETTER FOR ME
TO COME TO SCHOOL TO LEARN HOW TO DO IT SO I
COULD LEARN HOW TO
FIX IT ON MY OWN. ANDY: BROWN IS ONE OF THE
DEAF EDUCATION STUDENTS
LEARNING HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN A CAREER,
AND SAYS SHE CAN HELP
OTHERS LIKE HER WHEN A COMPUTER PROBLEM ARISES. BROWN: I’LL BECOME A
TECHNICIAN WHERE I CAN
HELP OTHERS WORK ON THEIR COMPUTERS, AND HELP THE
DEAF BECAUSE I KNOW
SOMETIMES DEAF PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME COMMUNICATING
WITH HEARING; SO, I CAN
TRY TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND HOW TO
FIX THEIR COMPUTER. ANDY: NOW EVERY DEAF
PERSON IS DIFFERENT; NOT
ALL OF THEM ARE ABLE TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
BECAUSE ENGLISH IS A
SECOND LANGUAGE TO THEM, AND THEY CAN’T HEAR
THE PRONUNCIATION. MEET CODY THOMAS,
A MACHINING STUDENT
AND RODEO MAN. CODY THOMAS: I
LOVE TO RIDE BULLS
AND ROPING TEAM. I PARTICIPATE
IN RANCH RODEOS. I RIDE HORSES A LOT. ANDY: AND WHILE HIS
PASSION IS RIDING BULLS,
THOMAS SAYS NOT EVERYONE SHARED HIS ENTHUSIASM. THOMAS: I QUIT RIDING
BULLS BECAUSE OF MY MOM. ANDY: AFTER SCHOOL
THOMAS HOPES TO
BRING IN BIG MONEY. THOMAS: LOOK FOR A JOB,
HOPEFULLY IN THE AREA,
POSSIBLY AT TINKER. ANDY: AND COMPUTER-AIDED
DESIGN STUDENT JOSH
LANSCHE IS LEARNING TO CREATE AND
DESIGN NEW IDEAS. JOSH LANSCHE: I LOVE THE
ART, I’M ARTISTIC; I LIKE
MATH, I LIKE MEASUREMENTS, ENGINEERING, ALL THOSE
KINDS OF THINGS. ANDY: AND LANSCHE SAYS
HE HOPES TO BECOME
AN ENTREPRENEUR. LANSCHE: I PLAN TO WORK
FOR A COMPANY, OR, AT SOME
POINT OWN MY OWN BUSINESS IN CAD. ANDY: AND ASIDE FROM
SCHOOL, LANSCHE GIVES
BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY. LANSCHE: I’VE DONE POLICE
TRAINING WITH THE ACADEMY,
TEACHING THEM SIGN LANGUAGE, HOW TO
COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF
PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WHEN THEY’RE, THEY PULL
OVER SOMEBODY THEY DON’T
HAVE TIME TO GET AN INTERPRETER. ANDY: A PROGRAM THAT HELPS
THE HEARING IMPAIRED HELP
THEMSELVES, AND OTHERS. ROB: WELL THE HEARING
IMPAIRED CLASS AT MOORE
NORMAN MADE ITS BRIGHT LIGHTS DEBUT, THEY’RE NOW
BEING FEATURED IN A PROMO
FOR A LOCAL OKLAHOMA CITY TELEVISION STATION. NOW, IF YOU WANT TO SEE
THAT FULL CLIP, WE HAVE IT
STREAMING ON OUR WEBSITE AT OK HORIZON DOT COM.

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