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Assistive Technology Small Changes... Big Differences
Summer 2016, Issue 3, Volume 16
This SoonerStart team will receive new assistive technology (AT) to include in their county kit. Infants and toddlers under 3 years old and their families will be able to receive demonstrations of the new AT items. These services help families determine appropriate accommodations for children and decide whether or not they
SoonerStart team demonstrated a walker to a 34-month-old with scoliosis. Through the demonstration, it was determined that a gait trainer would be a better solution. The family used funding sources to obtain the gait trainer, and now the child can be independent with his mobility!
Teachers and parents often ask ABLE Tech staff for help finding tools to help children with disabilities succeed in school. As Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program, ABLE Tech has many resources for not only finding, but also funding AT for individuals of all ages and needs.
AT is defined as any item, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve a person’s capabilities, allowing them to function independently in recreation, education, employment, and daily living activities. Examples include speech communication devices, electronic magnifiers, and personal amplification systems.
ABLE Tech provides services for students in public schools through a contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Educators and family members can access ABLE Tech AT Consultation services, and borrow devices through the Device Demonstration and Loan Program. ABLE Tech also offers informational videos, webinars and workshops focusing on the provision of AT to students in public schools.
ABLE Tech recently updated the Technical Assistance Documents for Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) which explain, in easy-to-understand terms, what assistive technology schools are required to provide to students with disabilities. The document for AT is comprehensive, covering all types of AT devices and services. The document for AEM explains how to provide textbooks, workbooks, novels, and other curricular materials in specialized formats, such as Audio, Braille, Large Print, and Accessible Digital Text.
ABLE Tech also recently introduced a new AT Discovery section, designed to make information easier to find. Each AT Discovery page covers a different category of AT, such as vision, hearing, speech, etc., and provides considerations, case studies, and recommendations of devices to try.
Each page also lists potential funding sources and links to the funding manual, “OK Funding for Assistive Technology” which explains the steps and strategies for acquiring AT and provides information about a wide range of public and private funding sources. The goal is to provide information necessary to select and acquire AT as easily as possible!
Learn more at okabletech.okstate.edu or call 800-257-1705.
Mr. Shebester was having difficulties in many areas due to vision loss. His main goal was to be able to see his Bible and participate in church activities. It had been months since he was able to read, or to join in Bible classes. After demo-ing several devices he found that adding a 6X lighted hand-held magnification and positioned lighting from a floor lamp with a specific bulb enabled him to get back to reading the Bible and participating in Sunday school.
NewView also recommend-ed yellow tinted glasses that helped cut down on glare, making it more comfortable to get outside. He also trialed TV glasses and positioned his TV where he could see the sports scores once again during games. A magnified mirror has helped him with personal grooming.
Mr. Shebester expressed his appreciation for help in all these areas and excitement that he is reading again. His wife expressed her thanks as well.
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Did you know? Only 35.8% of individuals with disabilities are employed in Oklahoma compared to 75.2% of individuals without disabilities. The Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and ABLE Tech are partnering to launch a third year of training and technical assistance to help Oklahoma’s Workforce System Partners meet the employment needs of job seekers with disabilities. Workforce partners help Oklahomans find gainful employment through services such as education, training, and skill preparation. Job seekers are matched with industries that need well-qualified employees. Workforce partners include higher education institutions, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, America’s Job Centers, CareerTech, and DRS. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is new legislation aimed at improving the national workforce system by helping job seekers with significant barriers to gain high-quality jobs. ABLE Tech and DRS provide assistance to workforce partners by addressing physical and technological barriers that often block access to programs for many job seekers with disabilities.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Fire Protection Publications, and Fire Service Training, are busy scheduling professionals to install FREE life-saving smoke alarms and alert equipment. Due to the award of a federal grant, installation can take place in approximately 650 homes throughout Oklahoma. This year’s grant provides this life-saving equipment for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision or use a mobility device.
Spread the word! Tell your family, friends, church family, etc. – to learn more, go to our website!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is thrilled to announce their one-day conference on information and communication technology accessibility! TechAccessOK is coming to Oklahoma City on September 8, 2016!
Stay up with the TechAccessOK page for more information as we get things lined up! And feel free to share the word! (Can you tell we’re excited?)
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) is a FREE program to help Oklahomans with disabilities acquire affordable equipment. To donate, sell, or locate equipment, visit our website or call us at 888.885.5588 (v/tty).
Here is a quick preview of items you can find online at the exchange!
In Oklahoma City, you may call the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP) at 405.523.4810 for FREE durable medical equipment such as canes, scooters, and hospital beds. Donations are always needed for items such as: wheelchairs, commodes, and walkers.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its partners operate assistive technology device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase access to assistive technology. Inventory is available and searchable online, and individuals may borrow devices for up to six weeks at no cost.
Search our online inventory! Over 2,000 Devices Available at http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, 405.717.9820
The Children's Center
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 855.811.9699
Oklahoma State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Visual Services Center Division
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 800.845.8476
Pathways Therapy Center
John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center
Oklahoma City, 405.271.4214
Handicapped Vehicle Services
United Access, Mobility for Living... Services for Life!
Oklahoma City, 888.939.1010 (toll-free)
The NHTSA estimates that purchasing a new vehicle modified with adaptive equipment can cost $20,000 to $80,000, so financial assistance may be necessary.
Luckily, Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers low cost, low-interest loans for just such a need. Along with OkAT and BancFirst, ABLE Tech offers financial loans over $1,500 and up to $20,000 to help individuals with disabilities obtain a loan with a 36-month repayment term if unsecured or, a 60-month term if secured. The interest rate on the 36-month loan is 6% and 5% interest is charged on the 60-month loan. Closing fees are also low.
Check out ABLE Tech’s Financial Loans webpage or call Shelley Gladden at 888.885.5588 (toll-free).
Handicapped Vehicle Services (www.hvsu.com) in Tulsa and United Access (www.unitedaccess.com) in Oklahoma City have joined ABLE Tech’s group of demonstration partners. Both companies are dedicated to providing one-on-one consultation and always putting the customer first.
People interested in finding more information on modified vehicles (cars, vans, trucks, scooters) and other adaptations (hand controls, wheelchair tiedowns, etc.) can visit the websites and/or showrooms of these dealers:
Handicapped Vehicle Services Unlimited
7215 E. 46th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
Open M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday
730 W. Hefner Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Open M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday
OK Rehabilitation Association Conference (ABLE Tech booth), Tulsa
TechAccessOK – ABLE Tech ICT Accessibility Conference, OKC
OTI Conference, Norman
OSDE AT Boot Camp, OKC
OSU Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Ph: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Kirk Wimberly, Interim Director, OSU Department of Wellness
Oklahoma ABLE Tech