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This Oklahoma resident is currently receiving services from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. He recently completed an AT evaluation at the Visual Services Assistive Technology Lab to help determine what type of AT would benefit him with his school work and employment.
ABLE Tech and DRS Visual Services partner to provide Oklahomans opportunities to see, touch, try and borrow AT. DRS exposed him to new AT and purchased the equipment he needed to finish school and gain a better employment opportunity.
July 26, 1990-July 16, 2015
July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 1990, President George H. Bush signed the ADA in order to ensure all Americans living with disabilities were granted civil rights and equality.
Twenty-five years is an exciting milestone, and the ADA’s support system has made sure this year’s celebration
reflects that. The anniversary celebration started last July with a yearlong Legacy Tour.
The ADA Legacy Bus Tour traveled across 18 states to spread awareness and create a sense of unity among those living with disabilities. The tour aims to inspire today’s generation of leaders with disabilities to pursue their passions and make a difference in the Americans with disabilities community.
The Legacy Bus Tour has made stops at city halls, schools and disability organizations across the country to spread awareness of the ADA’s 25th anniversary.
In addition to the Legacy Bus Tour, the ADA National Network also has several other ways for people to show support. There is an online pledge supporters can sign to express their recommitment to the ADA. The ADA Legacy Project is also selling T-shirts, wristbands, buttons and car magnets as an easy way for anyone to celebrate this historic anniversary.
For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit:
3rd 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!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is proud to announce a new OEE partner - the Bling Barn. It is located in Dewey, Oklahoma, and provides quality equipment that has been donated to the program. Check out free devices available in Dewey by going to http://oec. okstate.edu “View Items Available” tab. In the “Within Miles” box, select “5”, put “74029” for the zip code and click “Go”. The Bling Barn is located in Dewey at 503 E. 9th St. and their phone number is (918)534-3737.
The Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) contracts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to help parents and school districts resolve disputes regarding the special education of students. SERC provides stakeholder training in effective communication skills at the prevention stage of conflict. Once conflict has reached disagreement, SERC provides innovative programs to assist parties in resolving their differences at the earliest stage possible.
SERC provides highly trained mediators to assist the parties in coming to agreement.
For instances in which the parties are unable to come to a resolution, SERC provides a fair hearing system.
Impartial and knowledgeable officers conduct administrative hearings to settle the differences of the parties in a timely manner.
These processes are in place so that Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment will be available to Oklahoma children.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Consortium of Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) have identified Oklahoma as one of four exemplar alternative dispute resolution programs in the United States.
Visit http://serc.okstate.edu for more information on the Exemplar Project.
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
SEARCH OUR ONLINE INVENTORY!! Over 2,000 Devices Available
Quick & Easy Application
5% Fixed Rate
Low Closing Cost
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 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!
• Golden Power Lift & Recline Chair, asking price $750.00
• Pediatric Crib/Bed, asking price $850.00
• Switches for Toys, FREE
• Shower Bench, FREE
• Grab Bars for Bathroom, FREE
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.
The Modular Hose Two-Arm Tablet Holder is great for wheelchairs, tables and other locations. It features dual-spring clamps with a 2” opening and an adjustable tablet holder.
This tablet holder is compatible with Apple iPads and other tablets measuring diagonally up to 14.25” (362mm).
The Modular Hose Two-Arm Tablet Holder is designed for tablets weighing 2 lbs or less and comes assembled and ready to use - just insert your tablet and you’re ready to go.
For a six week trial, visit:
On July 7-9, the State Department of Education hosted “EngageOK” at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. This educational event was for parents, teachers, and school administrators.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech actively participated by hosting a “Technology Playground” and five training sessions.
ABLE Tech, OETA and the University of Oklahoma provided the “Technology Playground” so teachers and other educational professionals could explore the newest technology available for the classroom environment.
The training sessions were hosted by ABLE Tech staff and included Accessible Educational Materials and Free Bookshare Resources, Funding Assistive Technology and Low-Cost Solutions, Assistive Technology Solutions and Resources for the Struggling Reader, Assistive Technology Round Robin, and Conducting Assistive Technology Assessments for Students: the IEP Team’s Role.
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
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.