Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Department of Wellness
Oklahoma State University
The purpose of ABLE Tech is to increase the access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and support professionals. ABLE Tech accomplishes this purpose by providing AT through a short term equipment loan program, demonstration centers, a low interest bank loan for AT, reutilization of AT through the Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) and the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP). In addition, ABLE Tech provides information and referral, training on various AT topics and collaborates with state agencies and organizations to enhance the understanding and access to AT. ABLE Tech is funded under the Assistive Technology Act by U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration and is located at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Wellness.
Linda Jaco, Director of Sponsored Programs
OSU Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078-2026
(405) 744-9748 (V/TDD)
(800) 257-1705 (V/TDD)
FAX: (405) 744-2487
ABLE Tech INFO-line: (888) 885-5588 toll free
AT SERVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
- Information & Referral
- Training for Consumer, Family, & Professional Groups
- Locating Alternate Funding
- Short-term Equipment Loan & AT Demonstration
AT DEVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
- Various AT devices are available on a short-term loan basis for trial or evaluation use
- ABLE Tech is a vendor of iPads as speech generating devices for eligible SoonerCare members
- Reutilization of AT
- Contact the main office by phone and request service(s).
- Contact the Oklahoma ABLE Tech INFO-line for AT information and referral. (See “Pieces of the Puzzle”).
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
- ABLE Tech operates a short-term equipment loan program, which allows individuals to borrow AT in order to “try before you buy.” Short-term loans are also beneficial for purposes of assessment, meeting interim needs when devices need to be repaired and for personnel development activities. ABLE Tech will lend AT free to any Oklahoman up to 42 days. ABLE Tech has several partner entities across the state that can lend specialized AT to Oklahomans. The list of AT available for short-term loans and the partners are on the ABLE Tech website: http://okabletech.okstate.edu.
- ABLE Tech operates AT device demonstration centers with various partners across the state. The purpose of the device demonstration is to enable an individual to make an informed choice by allowing hands-on opportunities to learn about AT. The list of AT is available for demonstration and the partners are on the ABLE Tech website: http://okabletech.okstate.edu.
- ABLE Tech, BancFirst and the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) work together in offering the Alternative Financing Program (AFP) and the Access to Telework Fund (ATF). These programs allow qualified Oklahomans with disabilities a fixed rate bank loan. Individuals can purchase any type of AT; such as, wheelchairs, adapted cars or vans, communication devices, hearing aids, etc. The ATF provides individuals with disabilities that qualify to receive a low interest loan or a guaranty loan to borrow money to purchase equipment to have an employment or telework outcome. Telework can be either through an employer or self-employment, which is work that can be performed from home and/or remote sites away from the office, such as work on the road.
- The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) is ABLE Tech’s free AT device exchange program.
The Equipment Exchange is similar to a “want ad” where pre-owned AT is listed. The OEE is an opportunity to re-sell or buy AT for a lower cost than new items; such as, modified vehicles wheelchairs, and daily living aids. To buy, donate, or sell used AT, call the toll free ABLE Tech INFOline, (888) 885-5588 (V/TDD) or visit the website at: http://oec.okstate.edu.
- ABLE Tech and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, have partnered to provide the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP). The program is designed to reuse valuable DME that is no longer needed, and assign it to someone in need at no cost. Oklahoma residents who wish to donate gently used equipment, or Oklahomans in need of DME are encouraged to apply. Please call (405) 523-4810 for more information.
- ABLE Tech provides information and referral services on AT for people of all ages with disabilities. Anyone can call; family, friends, service providers, and other professionals. ABLE Tech's resources include a statewide computer database, national resources, an in-house collection of catalogs, and various publications.
- ABLE Tech offers educational and training workshops on AT to consumers, parents, and professionals that serve individuals with disabilities.
- ABLE Tech assists students, educators, and families obtain Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and determine the appropriate technology often necessary to read the specialized formats. Some students have difficulty reading textbooks and other curricular materials due to blindness, low vision, a specific learning disability such as dyslexia, or a physical disability preventing the student from holding the textbook or turning pages. To succeed in school, these students need specialized formats. The federal special education law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), requires schools to provide AIM for elementary and secondary students. AIM includes: large print, braille, audio, and digital text.
- ABLE Tech is a vendor of iPads and communication apps to be used as speech generating devices for eligible SoonerCare members. SoonerCare approves devices for persons up to age 21, that have completed a formal evaluation of 3 different devices by a licensed speech pathologist. For assistance completing all the necessary documentation contact ABLE Tech.
- ABLE Tech provides technical assistance, training and consultation about web and digital accessibility and the standards and laws that make accessibility mandatory for agencies and institutions in the State of Oklahoma. In addition, ABLE Tech provides a fee-for-service consultation to assist Oklahoma state agencies and higher education institutions in designing, developing and procuring accessible web sites and software.
- As funding is available, ABLE Tech partners with “Fire Protection Publications” in offering the installation of free specialized smoke alarms to Oklahoma residents and provide fire safety messages to eligible Oklahomans who are deaf or hard of hearing.