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NewView Oklahoma recently assisted a 28-year-old living with optic atrophy. Her main concerns were being able to read magazines, identify labels on cans, and set her dials on kitchen appliances. She has learned how to utilize accessibility features built into her android phone as well as access various apps that can help her with money identification and portable magnification. She is now able to read her favorite cooking magazines with her 5X stand illuminated magnifier, that she borrowed from Oklahoma ABLE Tech, to fix her favorite recipes.
Happy New Year! As 2015 begins, we are excited to share Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s activities and service delivery highlights from our 2014 Annual Report. You can download the full Annual Report by visiting ABLE Tech’s website at:
ABLE Tech and its partners provided AT device demonstrations to Oklahomans across the state, including 558 demonstrations to children receiving services from SoonerStart. Device Demonstrations: 2,096
Through the short-term loan program, individuals were able to try AT devices to help them with the decision-making process. Device Short-Term Loans: 1,605
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. Device Reutilization: 1,741
ABLE Tech provided loans totaling $392,816 to help Oklahomans obtain needed AT devices and services to help them live, work, and learn independently. Bank Loans for AT & Employment: 65
ABLE Tech helped Oklahomans receive information and referral sources on needed AT devices and services, including how to obtain funding for AT. Information and Referral: 2,914
ABLE Tech served Oklahomans with disabilities, family members, service providers, advocates, and educators throughout events statewide. Training: 4,689
FY’14 Federal Investment: $417,706. Savings & Benefits for Oklahomans: $5,267,533
AT Demonstration Centers
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.
Device Short-Term Loans
ABLE Tech provided 507 AT device and software short-term loans to Oklahoma schools and students; 85 AT loans were for individuals with print disabilities.
Information Technology Accessibility
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.
AT Device Training
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.
Special Education Resolution Center
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.
AT Training for Educators
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.
Individual with Disability 48%
Family Member 31%
Health & Rehab 18%
Community Living & Employment 1%
AT Category pie chart
Daily Living 6%
Learning, Cognition & Development 4%
Speech Communication 10%
Mobility, Seating & Positioning 16%
Environmental Adaptations 4%
Computers &Related 3%
This 2-year-old was recently introduced to an AmTryke tricycle by a Tulsa County physical therapist working with SoonerStart. SoonerStart worked with her family using the local Ambucs partnership with crowdrise.com to generate funds to purchase the AmTryke through family, friends, and social media. She can now independently participate with her peers and gain strength and endurance using her AmTryke to zoom around the play area!
1st Quarter: Tulsa County Team
The SoonerStart team will receive new assistive technology 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. Congratulations, Tulsa County!
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its partners operate device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase access to AT. Inventory is available and searchable online, and individuals may borrow devices for up to six weeks at no cost. http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
Department of Rehabilitation Services Visual Services Center Division Oklahoma City and Tulsa | 800.845.8476. Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services logo
The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital Logo Bethany | 405.789.6711
Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City logo Oklahoma City | 405.717.9820
Oklahoma ABLE Tech logo Stillwater | 888.885.5588
Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders Tulsa | 918.631.2913
The University of Tulsa Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders logo
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Stillwater | 405.744.6021 Oklahoma State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders logo
NewView Oklahoma logo Oklahoma City and Tulsa 855.811.9699
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access logo Tulsa | 918.832.8742
Individuals can now utilize the ABLE Act savings plan to help purchase assistive technology. With such few funding options available for adults to assist with the purchase of AT, the ABLE Act allows family members to contribute without penalizing the individual’s benefits.
Along with an ABLE Account, individuals can also take advantage of Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s bank loan program to obtain needed AT. This is a great way to combine funding resources to make purchasing AT an achievable goal which minimizes the amount financed and extends loans to those with limited income, such as those receiving SSI, SSDI, or Medicaid. Visit okabletech.okstate.edu for details.
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).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 things like: wheelchairs, commodes, and walkers.
Here is a quick preview of items you can find online at the exchange. Items are available for free or for sale at reduced cost:
Portable CCTV Traveller
Power Drive Wheelchair
Bath Items (safety rails, grab bars, toilet seat risers, etc.)
Oklahoma school districts have taken advantage of ABLE Tech’s free Bookshare training sessions, learning how to provide free accessible digital books to students who have difficulty reading standard print. Call 888.885.5588 to learn about upcoming trainings.
Q: What is the Chromebook?
A: ABLE Tech recently added Chromebooks to the Short-term Device Loan Inventory. Chromebooks are gaining in popularity because they are light-weight and relatively inexpensive.
The Chromebook has many basic accessibility features along with extensions and apps for success including text-to-speech, speech to text, high contrast mode, screen magnification, sticky keys, highlighters, and switch access.
To request a six-week trial, visit us online at: http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
Jan. 23| Oklahoma Directors of Special Services Winter Conference
Jan. 30| ABLE Tech presentation at ATIA National Conference
Feb. 6 | Bookshare Train-the-Trainer; Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 23 & 26 | Workforce Access for All Academy; Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 1 | OK-AHEAD Scholarship Applications Due
Apr. 4 | Durable Medical Equipment Donation Drive; Stillwater, OK
Apr. 9-10| OK-AHEAD Spring Institute Conference; Edmond, OK
Learn more about Information & Communication Technology Assistance Upcoming trainings include:
• February 25 webinar at 3 PM Document Accessibility in Word 2010
• March 25 webinar at 3 PM Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
• April 29 webinar at 3 PM Considerations for Multimedia Accessibility
Register online to attend any of these trainings at http://www.ataporg.org
Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame | Stillwater, OK 74078
Ph: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Fax: 405.744.2487 | email@example.com
Kirk Wimberley, Interim Director, OSU Department of Wellness
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. 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.