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The Department of Rehabilitation Services Division of Visual Services partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program, to provide an assistive technology demonstration and loan program for Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. DRS Visual Services recently assisted this 34 year old college student diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and vision loss. The DRS Visual Services Division recommended devices to help her successfully attend school, read textbooks, and complete assignments. Due to the advancement of her multiple sclerosis, she was unable to touch type or see standard textbook print. With a desktop computer, 36-inch adjustable wall mounted monitor, magnification software, large print keyboard, Dragon voice recognition software, and wireless setup, she can now remain in her wheelchair to access her computer.
This assistive technology has allowed her to overcome her vision loss and inability to type due to lack of strength in her fingers. She also borrowed an iPad in order to download BookShare digital books. The digital textbooks have allowed her to enlarge text, as well as hear the text through text-to-speech.
"VS AT was very honored to have been an incentive winner as this program helps so many Oklahomans with visual impairments and blindness to be able to figure out what equipment will work best for them without spending money on something that won’t work. Thanks to ABLE Tech for being a great partner in this endeavor!"
Teresa McDermott, Assistive Technology Programs Manager at the Division of Visual Services
The Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program, to provide services and technology options for Oklahomans with hearing loss. HLA recently assisted this 80 year old Cleveland county resident and recommended he borrow an amplified phone through the short-term device loan program. The assistive listening device allowed him to communicate better with people on a daily basis, so he made the decision to purchase the device.
The easy-to-use features on the amplified phone have added to the benefits of the device. Not only can he hear better when speaking with someone, the speakerphone feature has added to his love for the device.
"We want to say how very honored that we are by this award. Our Hearing Loss Association chapter as well as the Hearing Helpers Room work hard to educate people about hearing loss and the options that are available to those who need help. Thank you so much."
NewView Oklahoma partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program, to provide services and assistive technology options for Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired to help them achieve their maximum level of independence through employment, rehabilitation, and community outreach. NewView recently assisted this Oklahoman with her everyday tasks through the use of various assistive devices. The stand magnifier has allowed her to spot read phone numbers, the newspaper, and her mail. She also uses a Merlin CCTV to read her magazines. The device has allowed her to continue participating in a painting group that she has been a part of for years. She is learning to write with the CCTV so she can maintain her finances and pay bills. She also uses the device to read her medication bottles and recipes.
She continues to cook every day and has enjoyed learning about assistive kitchen equipment and strategies to help her continue her meal planning and preparation. Through the short-term device loan program, she was able to borrow items, suc has the pourfect bowl set, chop mats, and magnetic measuring cups and spoons. The devices have given her greater independence and have made her feel safer in her home.
"Thanks so much! We love being a part of the ABLE Tech program!"
Lauren Branch, NewView Oklahoma
"Thank you Able Tech! You make all things possible which allow us to serve our community well. Much appreciated!"
Cathy Holden, NewView Oklahoma
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access (TSHA) partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program, to provide an assistive technology center for Oklahomans with hearing loss. TSHA provides comprehensive services to the deaf and hard of hearing communities throughout Oklahoma. TSHA assisted this 95 year old Tulsa county resident and recommended she try various assistive listening devices. The Pocketalker Pro was the device that worked best for her and amplified sound closest to her while reducing background noise. She is now able to communicate effectively with others, hear her television while not disrupting her houseguests, as well as listen to the sermon at church. The assistive listening device has improved her quality of life and helped to restore her independence.
The Children’s Center partners with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program, to provide services for children with complex medical and physical disabilities, such as this five year old who is diagnose with apraxia of speech. The Children’s Center recommended he use an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life application during his therapy. He learned how t utilize the communication device and increase his ability to express his wants and needs. This level of communication, in turn, helped to decrease his behavioral outbursts.
His school was also involved in the decision making process which allowed them to expand their knowledge of communication devices. He will now be able to utilize the device in school allowing him to be placed in a regular classroom as opposed to a special education room.
"The Children’s Center feels incredibly blessed to have such a great partnership with Oklahoma ABLE Tech. This program has helped us to provide assistive technology to our inpatients and outpatients as well as their families, which in turn provides them more independence. There’s nothing more gratifying than watching a child communicate or play with a toy independently for the first time! Thank you ABLE Tech for helping us make this happen for our children."
Erin March, Speech-Language Pathology Coordinator at The Children’s Center
This professional from Edmond, OK works for a call center. With her range of motion limitations, learning disability, and hearing impairment, she faces many challenges at her job. She works at an intake call center, where her duties include talking on the telephone and documenting emergency and critical information. She was struggling with accuracy and success. She learned about the ABLE Tech demo and loan program through an outreach seminar where ABLE Tech presented its services. She made an appointment with ABLE Tech to try devices that would help with her barriers. After exploring her options, Dragon voice recognition software seemed to meet all of her needs. She borrowed a laptop with Dragon software to try at her job through the Oklahoma ABLE Tech short-term loan program. This trial period helped to speed up her work and make her more efficient. “I learned I could best use Dragon at work for productivity, and also utilize ABLE Tech’s demo/loan partners for my hearing needs.” She says, “I found confidence in my work performance; I am able to keep up with others and feel successful, and plan to purchase it as soon as I am able.”