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For the third consecutive year, the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install smoke alarms and specialized alert equipment in the homes of Oklahomans with disabilities.
The newest grant has expanded eligibility to include individuals who are blind, have low vision or use a mobility device. The grant will also continue to provide equipment for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. OkAT contracts with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Fire Protection Publications, and Fire Service Training to install the free life-saving equipment across the state for individuals of all ages who have vision, mobility or hearing disabilities.
In addition to smoke alarms, the equipment installation includes a loud, low-frequency bedside alert and bed shaker for those who are hard of hearing. In the homes of individuals who are deaf, an alarm with a strobe light is also installed to provide visual notification in the event of a fire. During a scheduled appointment to the home, trained fire safety professionals assist household members by creating a customized home fire escape plan along with a home safety survey which helps with the prevention of fires and burns, falls, accidental poisonings, and other common home injuries.
Applications are available online or by calling Oklahoma ABLE Tech at (toll free) 888-885-5588 to request an application by mail. To qualify, applicants must have a professional attest to their disability as part of a completed application.
In their first 20 months of partnership with ABLE Tech, they have made 199 loans and 363 demonstrations. That’s an absolutely amazing accomplishment! Thank you, NewView.
NewView, an Oklahoma ABLE Tech partner, recently assisted a 10-year-old through the assistive technology advice loan program.
The student’s mother wanted her to learn how to use an iPad and Refreshabraille 18 (RFB18). In addition to teaching her how to use an iPad and RFB1, Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s program also set her up for Bookshare. Bookshare allows her to download books in braille and audio format. The RFB18 is a handheld braille display and keyboard for mobile devices. This allows her to practice braille without audio input.
Through Oklahoma’s AT free trial program, this child and her family were able to try technology to find a good fit for her needs.
4rd Quarter: Comanche County Team
This SoonerStart team will receive new assistive technology (AT) to include in their county kit. Infants and toddlers under 3 years old and their families will be able to receive demonstrations of the new AT items. These services help families determine appropriate accommodations for their children and decide whether or not they need AT.
Congratulations Comanche County!
ABLE Tech’s AT Support Team training is underway with 116 educators from 25 school districts participating in workshops held in Oklahoma City and Stillwater in September. Gayl Bowser, nationally-known assistive technology (AT) expert, led participants through the steps of creating a successful implementation plan for students who use AT.
ABLE Tech staff also presented an AT Round Robin, demonstrating a variety of AT devices in the categories of communication, vision, academic, hearing and environmental controls. Teams left the workshop with an assignment to work with their administration to adopt district AT implementation guidelines. A follow-up webinar, “Legal, Ethical, and, Cost-Effective AT Solutions,” will be held on Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. It is designed to facilitate communication with administration and help the teams develop AT procedural guidelines for their district.
ABLE Tech staff is offering an encore workshop for returning teams who were unable to attend the September workshops. Twenty-nine educators from four districts are currently registered for the workshop scheduled Nov. 9 in Lawton. Approximately 20 seats remain open.
ABLE Tech also kicks off a series of workshops and webinars for teams who are new to the process. “AT Assessments Made Easy” will provide the basics of the provision of AT, including consideration, selection, and acquisition. Workshops for new teams will be held Oct. 19 in Ada, Oct. 28 in Woodward, and Jan. 22 in Seminole. Webinars for educators who attend training for new teams will be held Nov. 3 and Dec. 3.
ABLE Tech AT Support Team Training is provided free to public schools through a contact with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its partners operate assistive technology device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase access to assistive technology. Inventory is available and searchable online, and individuals may borrow devices for up to six weeks at no cost. http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech, along with its partner the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT), is introducing a new low interest Direct Loan option.
The Direct Loan allows individuals with disabilities to borrow money to purchase assistive technology and specialized devices that are $1,500 or less, at a 5% fixed interest rate with a $15 closing fee. The low monthly payment (usually for one year) allows a qualified borrower to pay off the loan, build their credit and own the assistive technology.
This program complements the current financial loans being provided in partnership with OkAT and BancFirst to provide financial assistance for assistive technology valued over $1500. All loans require a qualification process, but continue to allow flexible underwriting guidelines for applicants who do not meet the typical banking loan criteria, due to credit or income issues from disability-related expenses.
For more information, visit http://www.ok.gov/abletech, or call 800-257-1705.
The Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) works with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to help parents and school districts resolve disputes regarding the special education of students. The SERC provides stakeholder training in communication skills at the “prevention” stage of conflict. Once conflict has reached “disagreement,” SERC provides innovative programs to assist parties in resolving their differences as quickly as possible.
In instances where the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, SERC provides a fair and impartial hearing system. Fair, impartial and knowledgeable hearing officers conduct administrative hearings to settle the differences of the parties in a timely manner.
Contact the SERC for more information at serc.okstate.edu, or by phone at 888-267-0028 or 918-270-1849.
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) is a FREE program to help Oklahomans with disabilities acquire affordable equipment. To donate, sell, or locate equipment, visit our website or call us at 888.885.5588 (v/tty).
Here is a quick preview of items you can find online at the exchange!
• Boardmakers & Intellikeys USB Keyboards
• Medical Supplies - bandages, disposable diapers, etc.
• Bariatric Hospital Bed, Twin
• Elec Hospital Bed, Full - with mattress & low bend ends
• Nebulizer - Mini Elite
In Oklahoma City, you may call the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP) at 405.523.4810 for FREE durable medical equipment such as canes, scooters, and hospital beds. Donations are always needed for items such as: wheelchairs, commodes, and walkers.
A good credit score is crucial for financial success. A credit score is a three digit number calculated from an individual’s data-rich credit report and is one factor used by lenders to determine creditworthiness for a mortgage, loan or credit card.
This score can affect whether or not an individual is approved as well as what interest rate is charged. A good credit score is generally considered to be 720 or higher.
Lenders, however, can each have different standards for what they consider to be a good credit score, so it’s important to keep building a credit score to receive the most favorable interest rates and highest rates of credit approval.
For more information, you can contact Shelley Gladden at 800-257-1705, or email her at email@example.com
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For a six week trial, visit:
OSU Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Ph: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Kirk Wimberley, Interim Director OSU Department of Wellness
OSHA Conference; Midwest City, OK
DRS Expo: Library for the Blind
SoonerStart AT Training; El Reno, OK
UCO AAC Class
AT Team Workshop; Woodward, OK
OK Association of Career & Employment Professionals Fall Conference
Boot Camp for New Special Education Teachers
AT Team Workshop; Lawton, OK
Cherokee Nation Early Childhood conference; Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma State Department of Education AEM Meeting
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. ABLE Tech is funded through the the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and maintains coordination and collaboration efforts with partners throughout the state of Oklahoma.