My name is Julie Bailey and I am a true blue “Okie.” I was born in Tulsa and have lived in Broken Arrow since I was 6. I was born with a hereditary syndrome which included glaucoma as one of its conditions, and have undergone various surgeries and treatments throughout life to attempt to control the glaucoma and keep my vision. I was legally blind at age 23.I achieved a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University/Broken Arrow with a major in Psychology, and a Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a major in Rehabilitation of the Blind/Rehabilitation Teaching. I am a member of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), a Board Member of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind (OCB), current President of Tulsa Council of the Blind (TCB), member of the Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Board Member of the Oklahoma Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (OAER), and a member of the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (AVRT). I began working for Visual Services in a Rehabilitation Teacher position in August of 2011 and was certified as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist in May of 2013.
I love to read, go swimming, listen to music, and most of all I am a big beach bum. I have learned that my family is my number one fan and support.Vice President: Darla Cook, Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darla Cook was born in Tulsa and graduated from the OklahomaSchool for the Blind in Muskogee. She is married and has 2 grown sons and grandchildren.Treasurer: Jeri Cooper, Contact: email@example.com
Darla was born prematurely and has been visually impaired since birth as a result of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).She volunteered at Ability Resources for three years before being hired, and has been employed with them for fifteen years as their receptionist.Darla enjoys meeting new people and doing what she can to help newly blind people see the positive things in their life. She is an OU football fan, she likes to read and take walks with her guide dog Laddie, and she likes to shop and travel.
Jeri Cooper was also born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a child, Jeri didn’t respond well to light and sound, so her doctors advised her parents to send her to Hissom, an institution for the mentally handicapped. Instead, her mother raised her at home. Later, it was determined that Jeri was not developmentally delayed; rather, she was legally blind and hearing impaired.
From fourth grade until graduation in 1976, Jeri attended the Oklahoma School for the Blind. In 2009, Jeri earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind; and, in 2010, she earned her Deaf-Blind Rehabilitation Certification. She is currently the Deaf-Blind Specialist for Visual Services.
Although Jeri is now totally blind and severely hearing impaired, Jeri is a very active person. Her hobbies are bowling, watching the Tulsa Drillers baseball games, TU football, and of course OU and OSU football. She enjoys visiting with people and giving back to others what she has received: patience, faith, and love.Secretary: Ruthie Tipps:
Members-At-Large: Allison Fallon, Charlie Tipps