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Assistive Technology Small Changes... Big Differences
Fall 2016, Issue 1, Volume 17
Debra, an Allen, Oklahoma resident, came to ABLE Tech looking for a way to communicate with family and friends. Her speech is very soft and hard for others to understand.
She tried using the iPad to type messages and then have them read out loud to others and a Chattervox to amplify her normal voice. Both of these devices worked great for her.
Debra was happy to be able to contribute to ideas and conversations again.
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 children and decide whether or not they need AT.
This SoonerStart team demonstrated a Koosh switch connected to a switch-activated robot toy to a 2-year-old with deaf/blindness in Tulsa County. This setup allowed the boy to have independent play time regardless of his vision, hearing, and motor impairments.Public awareness
ABLE Tech conducts public awareness activities to provide information to targeted individuals and entities relating to the availability, benefits, appropriateness, and costs of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services. ABLE Tech provides a statewide information and referral system through toll free phone numbers to help answer questions from individuals with disabilities, family members, and service providers.
800-257-1705 or 888-885-5588
In partial fulfillment of ABLE Tech’s contract with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, a new website titled “Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings, Events and Conferences” is online at: www.workforce-access-for-all.org.
The website offers comprehensive information and best practices for planning and conducting a gathering of any type that will be accessible to attendees and presenters.
The content of the site was actually created by Mid-Atlantic ADA Center in Rockville, Maryland. They agreed to let ABLE Tech copy the entire site and modify it for Oklahoma’s standards. Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator for Sponsored Programs, used the website for his October 12th webinar titled “Inclusive Trainings and Events.”
NewView Oklahoma and Microsoft Store are partnering to hold classes on Windows 10 for people who are visually impaired! Participants will learn how to use Windows 10 with built in zoom and narrator to operate Windows 10 on the surface tablet.
9:00 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Dates: 11/12/16, 12/10/16
Microsoft Store, 1901 NW Expressway, OKC
ABLE Tech kicked off the 2016-17 AT Support Team Workshops with two Beginner AT Workshops. Approximately 100 educators from 30 school districts throughout the state participated in the beginner-level training to learn how to consider and assess the assistive technology needs of students on IEPs. ABLE Tech also presented AT Feature-Matching Workshops in September to provide hands-on experience with AT devices to advanced-level teams. Registration is open for the intermediate-level workshops to be held in the spring semester.
These intermediate-level sessions will focus on effectively and consistently implementing assistive technology (AT) with students, which is often the most overlooked step in successful AT integration.
As always, AT Support Team Workshops are free, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education is offering reimbursement for expenses such as travel and paying for substitute teachers. As an incentive for participation in the workshops and associated activities, ABLE Tech will award nine teams with $250 worth of assistive technology devices. Recipients will be drawn from the list of teams completing assignments by deadlines, and awards will be presented in the spring.
Our new web section, AT Discovery (http://www.bitly.ATdiscovery), is contributing to our workshops and we are also offering webinars each month that focus on a specific topic. Here's the schedule:
The Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) works collaboratively 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 an agreement. IEP facilitations or mediations may be a process to help them resolve the situation.
Fair, impartial, and knowledgeable hearing 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 (CADRE) have identified Oklahoma as one of four exemplar alternative dispute resolution programs in the United States.
Visit SERC (http://serc.okstate.edu) for more information on services available to families and school districts. If you need individual assistance, contact us at 1-888-267-0028.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech was thrilled to host the first ever Technology Accessibility Oklahoma, or TechAccessOK Conference on September 8th.
The event took place at the Moore-Norman Technology Center, South Penn campus. This conference brought together state and national speakers to talk about accessible technology from several points of view.
Thanks to the Southwest ADA Center out of Houston, TechAccessOK did not cost attendees a penny and over 160 people attended. By all measures, the first year of the event was a tremendous success.
The day began with Shawn Henry, who works for the World Wide Web Consortium, introducing technology accessibility concepts. Then, Ricky Steele from the Oklahoma State Regents’ office talked about his office’s approach to accounting for accessibility in technology purchase and use decisions. The afternoon sessions included Travis Hurst from Rose State College on do-it-yourself captioning, Jonathan Whiting from WebAIM on web accessibility testing and Justin Devero from the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services on accessible web development using ARIA.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech thanks the Southwest ADA Center, all of the conference speakers, and everyone that made the trip to Oklahoma City for TechAccessOK!
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 welcome!
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.
Search our online inventory! Over 2,000 Devices Available at http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, 405.717.9820
The Children's Center
Oklahoma City and Tulsa, 855.811.9699
Oklahoma State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access
Pathways Therapy Center
John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center
Oklahoma City, 405.271.4214
The partners below are mobility dealers offering vans, scooters and adaptive equipment for your current vehicle. They don’t loan vehicles but can demonstrate all capabilities of the equipment.
Handicapped Vehicle Services
Newby Vance Mobility Sales and Service
United Access, Mobility for Living... Services for Life!
Oklahoma City, 888.939.1010 (toll-free)
OSU Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Ph: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Todd Misener, Chief Wellness Office, OSU Department of Wellness
Kirk Wimberly, Interim Director, OSU Department of Wellness
AT Bootcamp for OSDE
OUHSC Audiology Student Class - OKC
Thunder Plains Conference Session on Accessibility
Kiamichi Technology Center - District Guidance Team
Accessing Higher Ground Conference - Denver, CO
OK Rehabilitation Council Meeting
Stillwater Area Human Resource Association ADA, AT, and Accessibility
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 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.