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Oklahoma ABLE Tech recently named NewView Oklahoma partner of the year. NewView Oklahoma, formerly Oklahoma League for the Blind, is a private, not-for-
profit organization founded in 1949. For more than 60 years, NewView’s mission has been to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their maximum level
of independence through employment, rehabilitation and community outreach.
NewView Oklahoma is the leading employer of the blind and visually impaired, growing a number of service contracts with major employers at the local, state and
federal level. Each year their operations generate more than $25 million for the local economy. NewView is also the only private agency in Oklahoma that provides specialized vision
rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired, touching the lives of more than 1,000 people and their families each year.
NewView’s continued parternship with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and their shared vision and commitment to the short-term device loan program continues to touch lives across Oklahoma. The short-term loan program is designed to help Oklahomans with disabilites to make informed decisions before they purchase assistive technology. The program is free and easy to use, and devices are made available to anyone who lives in Oklahoma. For more information contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech or any of our partner locations.
The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation has received a $277,550 grant from the U.S Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). OkAT partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University to implement Solutions 2011. Solutions 2011
will accept and approve applications from people who are deaf or hard of hearing; install free smoke alarms that meet the unique needs of these individuals; plan a home fire drill specific to each home; and assist with a home safety survey to prevent fires, burns, falls and other common home injuries. To receive more information or to request an application please contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech by phone at (405) 744-9748 or (888) 885-5588 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you wake up if your smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night after you have you have removed
your hearing aids?
Solutions 2011 Smoke Alarm Project has an answer. The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has received a $277,550 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). OkAT partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications at OSU to
implement Solutions 2011. Oklahoma ABLE Tech is a federally funded program to assist persons with disabilities that increases access to, provision of, and funding for assistive technology. Fire Protection Publications is the largest provider of firefighter training materials and curricula in North America.
Solutions 2011 will accept and approve applications from people who are deaf or hard of hearing who live Canadian, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, Lincoln,Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Payne, Creek, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Pawnee, Osage, Rogers and Washington counties.
The Solutions 2011 Smoke Alarm Project is updating important home fire safety materials that will directly address who is deaf or hard of hearing to understand the types of equipment that are installed in their home, and provide important home fire and life safety messages.
Solutions 2011 will install smoke detection and alert equipment that uses the latest technogy for alerting to a fire based on their own specific needs. For participants who are hard of hearing a First Alert Smokeand a Lifetone Alert Device will be installed. The Lifetone Alert Device, technology invented here in Oklahoma,
is not a smoke alarm; but rather it responds to the smoke alarm and emits a low frequency sound activates the bed shaker, which has proven most effective at waking people who cannot hear the smoke signal. For participants who are deaf, those same technologies will be installed along with the Gentex Alarm, which places a visual notification when the individual is not in bed. These technologies available for purchase for persons who fall outside of the coverage area for less that $400. More information be found at www.okstate.edu/abletech.
For more information please contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech by phone at (405) 744-9748 or (888) 885-5588 or by
email at email@example.com.
OSWG and ABLE Tech have partnered to present Innovation and Modernization! Conference highlights include keynote speakers Governor Mary Fallin and Alex Pettit, State of
Oklahoma Chief Information Officer. For more information contact Oklahoma ABLE Tech!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech and partners operate assistive technology (AT) device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase accessibility to AT. The assistive technology inventory is available and searchable online at http://oec.okstate.edu/loan/. Oklahoma ABLE Tech allows individuals to borrow devices for six weeks at no cost.
Division, Tulsa, OK
Mary K. Chapman Center for
Search the inventory of
Total Source for Hearing Loss
& Access, Tulsa 918-832-8742
The Childrens Center, Bethany, OK
In a teaching or therapy environment, no other tool communicates the concept of elapsed as well as the Time Timer. It has proven to be very effective in teaching the concept of
time, training students to use time wisely and tracking the duration of activities. The Time Timer is designed to help students understand “how much longer.” For more information
contact The Childrens Center at (405) 789-6711.
Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City, OK
HLA has an amplified neckloop headset that is designed to be used with a variety of connectivity cords allowing you to use it as an amplified audio neckloop with a variety of devices including cell phones, cordless telephones, corded telephones w/jacks, iPods, personal listening devices, radios and other sound generating devices. For more information about these devices contact
HLA at (405) 717-9820.
Tulsa University, Mary K Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders, Tulsa, OK
Vantage Lite is the communication powerhouse for people on the go! Vantage Lite is portable, lightweight, and easy to learn. The Vantage Lite features several keyboard options
including the standard QWERTY keyboard. Vantage has a strong core vocabulary featuring the powerful Unity language system in multiple display configuration settings.
For more information about this device contact TU at (918) 631-2913.
The ABLE Tech assistive technology program located at The Childrens Center provided this edition’s success story! The ABLE Tech device loan program provided the Jelly Bean
Switch, which is attached to a Gooseneck mount. This AT is used to activitate different devices, which provides Kelsy the opportunity to develop and strengthen cause and effect
associations through activating those devices. Activating a speech generating device allows her to participate in social greetings or phrase fill-in activities. These mechanisms of AT
provide her with increased independence in the classroom and therapy sessions, as well as increased enjoyment through play.
Tammie Honeyman came to OSU on a basketball scholarship in 1979, and gradauted with
a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She has worked in several areas of OSU before
joining the ABLE Tech team in August. Tammie is the new Financial Coordinator for
Sponsored Programs and also oversees the human resource needs for Sponsored Programs
employees. She is also the new Disabilites Coordinator for the Solutions 2011 Smoke Alarm
and Home Fire Safety project.
Allyson Robinson is ABLE Tech’s Speech-Language Pathologist and AT
Specialist. She specializes in augmentative and alternative communication and
assistive technology solutions . She graduated from Oklahoma State University in
2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from
the University of Kansas in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology. Allyson
worked previously for Pawnee Public Schools serving children ages 3-18. Allyson and her
husband, Kyle, live in Stillwater and have one son, Carter.
Kate Miller is ABLE Tech’s Loan and Marketing Coordinator. She attended Connors State
College and Oklahoma State University, where she recieved a Bachelors Degree in Animal
Science and Agricultural Economics. She worked previously for MCS Auction, LLC as a
livestock marketing specialist. Kate will be coordinating the efforts between BancFirst and
ABLE Tech and facilitating the low interst loan program.
The Special Education Resolution Center made a presentation at the Office of Special Education Programs annual
MEGA Conference in Washington D.C. Jo Anne Blades, along with the CADRE (Consortium for Appropriate
Dispute Resolution) representatives, presented exemplary project information to attendees. The session was titled:
From Here to Exemplary: Designing High Performing Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems.
In October, SERC will participate in three different presentations at CADRE’s nation symposium in Eugene,
Oregon. The symposium is an information disseminating conference on systems for dispute resolution for all
67 states and territories. The symposium, among other topics, will highlight Oklahoma as an exemplar state
for dispute resolution in special education. Oklahoma will discuss its system and answer questions in a general
session. Two breakout sessions will address topics on contracting with an institute of higher learning for dispute
resolution services and engaging state stakeholders to build capacity at the local to resolve conflict at the earliest
stage possible. Presenters representing Oklahoma are Christa Knight (OSDE), Linda Jaco (OSU/SERC), Sharon
House (Oklahoma Parents Center), Andrea Kunkel (CCOSA) and Jo Anne Blades (OSU/SERC).
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange is a free program to help Oklahomans with disabilities acquire affordable
equipment. Log onto the Equipment Exchange website, http://oec.okstate.edu, or call ABLE Tech to list your
devices or inquire about products at 888.885.5588. Below is a list of items currently for sale or FREE.
Category County Item Description Asking Price
Computer and Related Payne Lomak Alternative Keyboard #2 FREE
Computer and Related Payne NEO (Pending) FREE
Computer and Related Payne Lomak Alternative Keyboard #1 FREE
Daily Living Kay Hospital Bed $300.00
Daily Living Oklahoma Hospital Bed for youth FREE
Daily Living Payne Talking Dictionary for Children FREE
Daily Living Payne Mic-Key button low-profile FREE
goastronomy feeding tubes
Daily Living Payne Speller and Dictionary for Children FREE
Daily Living Kay Portable Commode Chair FREE
Daily Living Kay Full Body Large Mesh Sling $100.00
Daily Living Kay Offeset Trapeze Bar-Octagon Tube $154.00
Daily Living Kay Swivel Clamp and Bracket $80.00
Daily Living Kay Hydraulic Lift- in home system $700.00
Daily Living Kay Mattress- Demofloat low air loss $1,500.00
Mobility Related Tulsa Pedal Wheelchair $375.00
Mobility Related Oklahoma Portable hand controls for vehicle $650.00
Mobility Related Custer Electric Hoveround Wheelchair $200.00
Mobility Related Kay Wheelchair Recliner Tracer $400.00
Mobility Related Kay Wheelchair- Tilt Recline $5,000.00
Mobility Related Garfield Go-Go Elite Traveler Scooter $750.00
Recreation, Sports, Leisure Payne Slim Arm Mounting System FREE
Speech Communication Denton, TX Tobii C8 Communicator $3,900.00
Speech Communication Payne ZAM Communicator #58 FREE
Vehicle and Related Garfield Lift ONLY- Hercules 3000 Lift $500.00
Vehicle and Related Tulsa Van with Lift 2005 Dodge Grand $21,000.00
Vision Payne Portable Screen Maginfier for Ipod FREE
cell, PDA, etc.
Vision Payne Portable Screen Maginfier-QuickLook FREE
Mobility Related Marshall Stander
Mobility Related Marshall Tricycle-Adult
Vehicle and Related Payne Van with lift
October is National Disability Employment Awareness
November is National Family Caregivers Month
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month
October 25-26: Oklahoma Web Developers Conference plus
WebAIM Web Accessibility Track. Metro Tech Springlake Campus,
OKC. For more information call ABLE Tech at 800.257.1705.
November 2-3: Oklahoma Transition Institute
November 3: Future Shock Career Day. Oklahoma School for the
Blind Parent Teacher Organization will host Future Shock Career
Day from 9:00 to 2:50pm at the OSB campus.
November 7-10: AgrAbility National Training Workshop, Indianapolis,
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