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Connecting Oklahomans with Disabilities to Assistive Technology
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program proudly located at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. ABLE Tech is funded through the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, which is made possible through the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended in 2004 (ATA 2004).
ABLE Tech's mission is to improve access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities of all ages. ABLE Tech provides AT through comprehensive statewide programs and services, which include:
ABLE Tech and its partners provided AT device demonstrations to Oklahomans across the state, including 558 demonstrations to children receiving services from SoonerStart.
Through the short-term loan program, individuals were able to try AT devices to help them with the decision-making process.
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) facilitated the exchange of 1,033 AT devices from seller to buyer for a savings of $249,722. The Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP) provided 602 Oklahomans with 708 pieces of AT for a savings of $378,816.
ABLE Tech provided loans totaling $392,816 to help Oklahomans obtain needed AT devices and services to help them live, work, and learn independently.
ABLE Tech helped Oklahomans receive information and referral sources on needed AT devices and services, including how to obtain funding for AT.
ABLE Tech served Oklahomans with disabilities, family members, service providers, advocates, and educators throughout events statewide.
ABLE Tech and its partners provided 11 AT loan and demonstration sites to give Oklahomans an opportunity to touch, try, and borrow AT devices to help improve independence in the community, school, and workplace.
ABLE Tech provided 507 AT device and software short-term loans to Oklahoma schools and students; 85 AT loans were specifically for individuals with print disabilities.
ABLE Tech provided training on accessible information technology including web access, telecommunications, software accessibility, and procurement to 1,060 state agency and post-secondary personnel.
ABLE Tech provided training on AT devices and services to 4,689 individuals, disability-related organizations, state agencies, and higher education students including 2,381 public school educators.
15 Special Education Due Process hearings were resolved by the Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) - keeping state dollars in the classroom educating students. Due Process proceedings can cost the state an average of $300,000; therefore, resolved hearing requests
saved Oklahomans approximately $4,500,000.
Through the Smoke Alarm Project, ABLE Tech partnered with the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation and Fire Protection Publications to professionally install 2,096 smoke alarms and alert devices in 400 households of Oklahomans who are deaf or hard of hearing; a cost savings of $138,995.
Through a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, ABLE Tech provided training and technical assistance to 200 educators from 45 school district AT teams. Through a series of webinars and regional workshops, teams learned more about the consideration and implementation of AT for students with disabilities.
ABLE Tech maintains coordination and collaboration efforts that provide funding to help enhancethe opportunities for individuals to access and acquire assistive technology.
A 5 year old student received a candy corn proximity switch from ABLE Tech’s partner, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Diagnosed with a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy, the young student has very limited movement but the switch is a highly-sensitive sensor that does not require physical touch and is activated when a hand or other body part is within 10 millimeters. With the use of slings for her arms and the switch, she is able to move her hands to midline to activate voice-output devices to make requests, comments, direct actions, and participate in activities of daily living. She accesses two devices which allow her to engage in errorless, two-step scanning activities and participate in various communicative attempts by utilizing two voice-output devices with varied phrases. Through the device demonstration, her mother and the team learned that she could benefit from this type of switch and be able to independently participate in classroom activities.
Through the help of NewView Oklahoma, a partner of ABLE Tech, an Oklahoma City resident was able to regain independence after losing her eyesight. Through the exploration of better lighting, assisted by several LED lights and handheld magnifiers, she was able to regain some of her independence. NewView staff also marked her appliances with special raised dots to help make daily living chores easier. She was shown different sunglass lenses to assist with glare both in and out of the home. She is now on her way to being more functional with reading and viewing tasks.
A young Oklahoma higher education student with a visual impairment received AT training from ABLE Tech’s partner, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Division of Visual Services. She received a SenseView handheld video magnifier, Acrobat 19’ LCD, and a laptop computer. The computer and video magnifier have helped provide her the ability to read school textbooks and tests which has greatly improved her educational experience. All of the devices allow her more independence in everyday activities such as reading books and responding to emails.
An Oklahoma native was in pursuit of a new career path, and sought out ABLE Tech to investigate what technology could help him do so. He had been legally blind since birth and continued to lose vision gradually over time. He could not read a computer screen or printed material, which was hindering his job search. ABLE Tech demonstrated devices that allowed him to explore ways to access the computer and printed material non-visually. He decided that JAWS, a program that speaks Windows and other third-party programs, was the best option. OpenBook also allowed him to scan printed documents and have them read aloud. His success with the AT has given him the opportunity to enroll in an ADA certification program to become a consultant. He states that, “I would like to help businesses to increase accessibility for all people by implementing reasonable accommodations and including accessibility in the design phase.”
Through the bank loan program, ABLE Tech partnered with the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation and BancFirst to assist this Oklahoman with the purchase of an accessible van. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the Pawnee County native soon realized that he would have limited mobility and require a specialized vehicle which could be difficult to afford. The loan program helped him purchase an accessible van, providing him with increased riding mobility and alleviating stress on his caregiver. The accessible van has allowed him to attend his community religious meetings on a regular basis and to be able to travel more. He states that, “It has given me more mobility, happiness, and satisfaction.”
An Oklahoma County resident received a rollator walker from ABLE Tech’s Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP). He discovered OKDMERP through his healthcare provider, and could not have afforded the equipment on his own. The rollator walker allows him to walk around and sit on his own should his legs grow tired. One of his favorite things the equipment has provided him with is the ability to “get out and mingle.” He can now exercise and retrieve his own mail, and states that the walker has been a “big help.”
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Toll-free: 888.885.5588 (v/tty)
Oklahoma State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder
SoonerStart Early Intervention Program
Oklahoma City, 405.521.4880
Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Diseases at The University of Tulsa
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 855.811.9699
The Children's Center
Hearing Loss Association of America, Central Oklahoma Chapter
Oklahoma City, 405.717.9820
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Visual Services Center Division
Vocational Rehabilitation Division
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 800.845.8476
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.