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Free Smoke Alarms and Alert Equipment for Individuals with Hearing Impairments
In conjunction with the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation and Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma ABLE Tech is coordinating free in-home smoke alarm installation in select counties. This has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA.
The smoke alarms include a bed shaker, a very loud low-frequency bedside alert signal, and in some homes, a strobe light to waken and alert people to a fire. The program is available in the following counties: Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Kay, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington.
If you know of someone, whether a student or adult, who could benefit from this program, please contact ABLE Tech at (405) 744-9748 or (888) 885-5588. To find out more, visit: http://okabletech.okstate.edu/Fire_Safety
Hurry! We have until the end of June to complete installations before this grant runs out.
Spotlight on Success
A teacher from a small district in the Oklahoma City area requested an AT Consultation for an 18 year old student with a visual impairment. The student had transferred to the district a few years earlier, but for a variety of reasons, including language barriers, his eye condition had not been diagnosed until recently. The student had surgery to correct blepharophimosis, pulling his eyelids up and open more, and according to his teacher, for the first time, he could really, really see. But even with glasses, he was still having to hold his book right up to his face and tired very quickly.
Photo of VisioBook Port Video Magnifier Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s Teacher of the Visually Impaired recommended the VisioBook Portable Video Magnifier. This device is about the same size and weight of a typical laptop computer, and can be carried easily in a backpack. In addition to making textbooks accessible, the device’s camera can be pointed across the room to magnify the whiteboard or projector screen. Here’s what the teacher had to say after borrowing the device through ABLE Tech’s Short-Term Loan Program:
“I wish you could have seen his face light up when I turned that VisioBook on. You could really tell it made a difference. He said he went home and read the first six chapters of the book they are reading in his English class. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Now that the teacher has determined the VisioBook will help this student, she is taking steps to have the school purchase the device.
Do you need assistance with a student? Submit the ABLE Tech Consultation Intake Form.
Upcoming Events and Training
Mark your calendars to attend VISION 2020 Summer Education Conference on July 15-17 in Oklahoma City. For conference details, visit: http://www.okvision2020.ok.gov/
Oklahoma ABLE Tech will be presenting the following sessions:
Attention Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Braille Transcribers
A new publication is available to help you learn the differences between English Braille, American Edition, and Unified English Braille, which will be implemented in 2016. The resource is available for download on the Braille Authority of North America's website at www.brailleauthority.org. The publication provides examples and practice exercises, for people who already know Braille to quickly build on their knowledge to make the transition.
Be the 200th "Like” on Facebook and win a set of DVDs for educators, special education directors, administrators. Use the DVDs for in-house professional development or self-study: