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Oklahoma ABLE Tech was awarded a new contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) 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 contract award expands these services to provide schools access to ABLE Tech’s assistive technology demonstration and short-term loan program, consultations, 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.
“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 pleased to announce NewView Oklahoma as its assistive technology (AT) device demonstration and short-term loan Partner of the Year.
During the first nine months of federal fiscal year 2013, NewView loaned 189 devices, for a 63% increase over FFY’12, and provided 435 demonstrations, for a 31% increase over FFY’12, to Oklahomans who are blind or have low vision. ABLE Tech’s device demonstration and short-term loan centers allow Oklahomans with disabilities increased access to devices giving them the opportunity to become more informed about available AT, allowing them to live more independently and be able to try an AT device before they make a purchase.
The Children’s Center (TCC) partners with ABLE Tech to provide services for children with complex medical and physical disabilities, such as this five year old who is diagnosed with apraxia of speech. TCC recommended he use an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life application during his therapy.
He learned how to 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. He will also be able to use the device in his classroom.
Providing stakeholder trainings and resources to families and schools
The Special Education Resolution Center’s contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education has been extended! SERC is excited to move forward with programs to assist families and schools to resolve differences at the earliest stage possible.
Conflicting ideas about how a child should be served in the educational environment is expected and natural. People tend to have difficulty effectively engaging and working through such conflict. When children are involved, emotions are high. SERC works to build capacity at the local level by training stakeholders to understand how they function in conflict. You are the only one you can control, so you can learn to be a better manager of yourself in conflict. How you react in conflict can help to resolve the situation or escalate it to a place no one enjoys going.
SERC trains the course, Crucial Conversations, and also provides training and materials on the web for people to access. Download the easy-to-read series that addresses collaboration through problem solving: Essential Skills for Engaging Conflict - Six Conversations in Support of Effective Collaboration.
Interested in training? Contact Jo Anne Blades, SERC Program Manager, at (888) 267-0028 or (918) 270-1849 or visit http://serc.okstate.edu.
To date, OKDMERP has received more than 800 donations totaling more than $550,000! In turn, the program has reassigned more than 640 items, valued at more than $404,000, back into the community at no charge to the applicant. Read more about the program at: http://okabletech.okstate.edu/DME_Reuse.
ABLE Tech and its partners operate assistive technology (AT) device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase access to AT. Our inventory is available and searchable online, and individuals may borrow devices for up to six weeks at no cost.
SEARCH OUR ONLINE INVENTORY!! Over 2,000 devices available at www.oec.okstate.edu.
ABLE Tech Partners:
3rd Quarter Winner: Cherokee County Team
4th Quarter Winner: Jackson County Team
Both teams will receive new assistive technology (AT) to include in their county kits. Children, ages birth to three years, and their families will be able to receive demonstrations of the new AT items. These services help families determine appropriate accommodations for children and decide whether or not a piece of AT will be needed.
Annual Winners: Pottawatomie County & Craig County Teams
Both teams will receive $750 worth of new AT for their kits as well. These teams demonstrated consistent effort in reporting AT demos for the 2013 fiscal year.
Congratulations, SoonerStart teams!
OK Funding for AT: A Guide for Solving the Funding Puzzle and Receiving AT in Oklahoma
Download the FREE guide online today at: http://okabletech.okstate.edu/Publications
Technology can be a great equalizer for people with disabilities
The right assistive technology (AT) can help people with a variety of disabilities to utilize computers very effectively. However, AT can only help people if the website or software is compatible with the needed AT.
Digital accessibility refers to making websites, software, and digital documents accessible to everyone. Screen reading software, voice activated controls, keyboards, switches, and other AT can help a user access a website. If the site is not accessible, then users may not be able to access the information or fill out web forms, for example.
Implementing accessible sites and software for everyone is challenging, but there are well-defined standards and techniques that can help ensure user accessibility.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech provides web and digital accessibility review, training, and consulting to help agencies and higher education institutions provide, understand, and design sustainable digital accessibility processes. Contact Rob Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) is a FREE program to help Oklahomans with disabilities acquire affordable equipment. To list or inquire about available items, visit our website or call us at 888.885.5588.
In Oklahoma City, you may contact Katie Woodward with the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program at 405.523.4810 for FREE mobility equipment such as canes, scooters, and hospital beds. Donations are needed for the following bariatric equipment: wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, and rollator walkers.
Below is a quick preview of items currently available through OEE. Visit us online for a complete listing: www.oec.okstate.edu
Item Description and Asking Price
Q: What is a VisioBook?
A: The VisioBook® is a portable electronic magnifier and distance viewer. This high-quality, full-color reading device is for visually impaired users of all ages. The device can be used everywhere - at home or work, in school, or while traveling. The VisioBook is compact and light, has a 12-inch HD full-color widescreen monitor with LED-backlight. Its intuitive operation has clearly marked buttons with a zoom dial, and can be used for magnification, distance viewing, or as a mirror.
Try the VisioBook today! ABLE Tech now has the VisioBook available to try through its device demonstration and short-term loan program.
Hearing aids are the most common piece of AT purchased through the Alternative Financing Program at Oklahoma ABLE Tech. Tips to get started:
Visit ABLE Tech’s website to learn more about AFP and tips for hearing aid users.
This two year old receives therapy services from the Jackson County SoonerStart team. The team had been working on speech goals with success, but it appeared she was losing motivation with the current treatment approach.
The team came up with a creative, new way to work on the goal! They identified her strengths and were able to create a simple activity using AT - adapting PVC pipe into a phone. She has enjoyed practicing her speech targets while speaking on the phone.
Kent Bunker, Director, OSU Department of Wellness
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
October: National Disability Employment
October 25: Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council “Why Work Pays” Conference; Oklahoma City, OK; (*Accessible Voting Machine Demonstration)
November 4-5: Oklahoma Transition Institute; Norman, OK
November 4-8: Accessing Higher Ground Conference; Westminster, CO
November 7: Oklahoma School for the Blind Future Shock; Oklahoma City, OK
November 15-17: Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention; Norman, OK
November 21: On the Road Family Perspective Workshop; Choctaw, OK
November 21: Project Management Institute; Oklahoma City, OK
December 4-5: OSDE AT Support Team Regional Training; Stillwater, OK
December 11: OpenRange RoundUp 2013; Norman, OK
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This publication is available in alternative formats; please call 800.257.1705 V/TTY for more information. The Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness is the lead agency for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. The program is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) of the U.S. Department of Education. Grant #H224A130036. This publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the policy of RSA/ED, and no official endorsement of the material should be inferred.