Oklahoma ABLE Tech was awarded a new contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to provide an Assistive Technology and Information Services Program for Oklahoma schools in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since 2010, ABLE Tech has collaborated with the OSDE to provide accessible instructional material services for students with print disabilities. The 2013 award expands these services to provide schools access to ABLE Tech’s assistive technology demonstration and short term loan program, training workshops that include technology training, student support recommendations, technical assistance, hands-on training and trial of multiple accommodation ideas to determine both effective support for students and a cost efficient model.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech and OSDE will provide educator and parent training sessions to help students with disabilities achieve educational goals. Universal Design for Learning (UDL), accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, multi-use technology, and other accommodation ideas will be taught while keeping in mind Oklahoma Academic Standards, C3 (College, Career, and Citizen Ready), and Common Core.
"Our goal is to build systems change and capacity within schools and families thus passing on independence to these entities but most importantly to the student who must be prepared both educationally and as a confident self-advocate ready for post school opportunities whether in higher education or directly to a career but ultimately to an engaged and successful citizen." Linda Jaco, Director of Oklahoma ABLE Tech at Oklahoma State University.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the Assistive Technology Act Program for the State of Oklahoma and is located at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK. ABLE Tech is a recognized national leader among AT Act Programs. ABLE Tech provides a multitude of programs to help improve the lives of Oklahomans. Successful outcomes are measured by the breadth of services for Oklahomans of all ages, assistive technology demonstrations and loans, systemic change, state financing programs, innovative reutilization and reuse programs, collaborative statewide partnerships, and expertise in multiple disability and assistive technology fields. Oklahoma ABLE Tech is a highly qualified supplier and will provide Oklahoma with an Assistive Technology Program to support, train, and serve Oklahoma schools, students, and families in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
For more information please call Linda Jaco (Director) or ask any staff member for assistance at 800.275.1705 or 405.744.9748. http://www.ok.gov/abletech/Programs_for_Children_and_Youth/