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Financial Loan Updates
We are excited to give an update on our Financial Loan Program!
Last July, we initiated a new loan program to allow for direct lending of loans for assistive technology that cost less than $1,500. This allows borrowers to borrow funds with less associated fees by lending directly from the non-profit partner, Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT). The savings has proven to be significant. As of April 30, 2016, we have closed on 4 direct loans, and one has already been paid in full! To give you some insight, the breakdown of how this has affected the consumer in savings looks like this:
|Average Cost of AT||Average Interest Paid||Average Savings in Interest|
In addition to the financial savings per loan, we are happy to report we are also providing credit building opportunities to the consumer simply by being able to report the loan payments to the credit bureau, reflecting an increase in credit scores for the consumer. We all know how a positive credit score can affect so many aspects of one’s life – from better insurance quotes, better interest rates, and greater opportunities financially.
You can learn more about our Financial Loan program by going to https://www.ok.gov/abletech/Financial_Loans/
If you would like a representative come and speak to your program about the financial loans, please contact Shelley Gladden at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 405.744.4254.
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will hold its first ever STEM camp for students with disabilities in two locations this summer: Ada and Cherokee. The camps are partnerships between DRS, Think Through Math, Tech-Now, Inc., and Ada Public Schools and Cherokee Public Schools respectively. Students will participate in math activities during the morning and technology/engineering in the afternoon. Lunch is provided and there is no cost to participate in this camp.
June 27-July 1, 2016
Ada Junior High School
Register students for the Ada location (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRS-STEM-Ada)
July 18-July 22, 2016
Cherokee High School
Register students for the Cherokee location (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRS-STEM-Cherokee)
DRS Transition Coordinator Kim Osmani asks that you please help spread the word to students with disabilities ages 14-18. This includes students on IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and other documented disabilities.
The Administration for Community Living in May celebrated Older Americans Month by encouraging “Trailblazers” for older Americans to take a selfie with a Blazing Trail sign and share it on social media. Although Nancy Landrum had some techie challenges, Milissa Gofourth was able to share information about how Nancy is Blazing a Trail on her Facebook.
Way to go, Nancy!!
To view other Trail Blazers, go to http://oam.acl.gov/stories.html
Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse
The Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse is back to treat and prevent repetitive stress injury caused by traditional computer mice. The mouse alleviates discomfort and muscle fatigue caused by wrist pronation. The design of the Goldtouch mouse includes an oversized, concave thumb area and naturally sloping buttons to conform to the hand and create a relaxed position for the wrist and fingers.
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