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2nd Quarter: It’s a Tie!
Rogers County and Creek County Teams have BOTH met all of the criteria to become a recognition award winner this quarter!
These SoonerStart teams will receive $500 in new assistive technology (AT) to include in their county kits. 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 they need AT.
Congratulations, Rogers and Creek Counties!
Every quarter, SoonerStart Teams submit success stories and pictures of infants and toddlers using assistive technology! To view these stories and pictures from different counties around the state, click here!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech finished its 5 year Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project (WAHEP) on September 30. The Project put Oklahoma ABLE Tech in place as a provider of more in-depth training and technical assistance to almost 30 institutions of higher education throughout the state of Oklahoma. Funded by the Southwest ADA Center, the Project helped institutions to improve accessibility in their public facing websites.
Along the way, everyone learned quite a bit about making the web more accessible, how to fill gaps in resources and how to plan institution-wide technology accessibility initiatives. ABLE Tech is thrilled to have been able to work with so many people from across Oklahoma’s higher education system.
On October 1, Oklahoma ABLE Tech began a new project with a total of 8 higher education institutions. Working again with funding from the Southwest ADA Center and some in-kind funding of its own, ABLE Tech will work moreclosely with this smaller group of institutions to help each one to better integrate accessibility into their technology creation and procurement processes. The new project presents opportunities that WAHEP could not. ABLE Tech is excited about the prospects for creating flexible tools that institutions, agencies and organizations of all sizes can use to help to form their own independent technology accessibility programs. There is muchmore to come!
Through funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council, and SoonerSuccess, ABLE Tech is launching a new program to provide demonstrations and loans of adaptive baby care equipment to parents with disabilities. For someone with a disability, the daily tasks of taking care of young children can be challenging. Adaptive baby care equipment allows a parent with a disability to complete everyday tasks like diapering, feeding, soothing, carrying, bathing, dressing, and even transferring the child from one surface to another, such as putting the baby to bed, to be completed in an easier and safer manner. Parents who can benefit from such equipment may have mobility challenges, back pain, fatigue, blindness or low vision, and hand or shoulder weakness or pain. Parents, guardians, and parenting grandparents who have any disability or physical limitation that limits the ease and safety of completing baby care tasks can benefit from a demonstration or loan of this equipment.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech employs a number of Oklahoma State University students every year who provide invaluable assistance in executing the work of all sponsored programs. We’re going to profile these students in the next few issues of this newsletter.
Maegan Needham is a sophomore, majoring in Strategic Communications. She works with the marketing team to design and publish THIS newsletter(!), flyers promoting events, weekly and monthly eBlasts and eNews, updating the website and much, much more.
We hope to have Maegan with us for another 2 years as she completes her degree!
Nikhil Jain is a graduate student, pursuing a Masters in Computer Science. He is a citizen of India and received his bachelor’s degree, also in computer science, from a major university in India. Nikhil’s expertise has been very valuable to ABLE Tech as we transition from our current website to a new one we plan to launch in Spring 2017!
ABLE Tech developed a Direct Loan program a little over a year ago to provide a direct lending option to consumers, who need to purchase less costly assistive technology (AT). Up to this point, the maximum loan dollar for the Direct Loan was $1,500. ABLE Tech has restructured the Direct Loan policy to include loans $2,500 or less for needed AT.
This means AT such as eye glasses, iPads, computer software, hearing aids, and many other pieces of AT valued under $2,500 can be paid in monthly payments with low interest and easy monthly installments. In addition, policy has been created to allow more flexibility in the repayment terms, varying from 12 to 36 months, depending on the approved loan amount.
The Direct Loan option has the same guidelines as a guaranty loan, which means anyone with a disability can apply for the loan. Of course, ABLE Tech still has the Financial Loan program intended for AT valued over $2,500 that is financed in partnership with BancFirst.
To learn more about both programs, you can contact Shelley Gladden with ABLE Tech or visit ABLE Tech’s webpage for Financial Loans.
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.
Educators will find guidance for selecting and providing assistive technology for students in a resource ABLE Tech staff have created called the “Virtual Binder.” The Virtual Binder is based on the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) which provides a framework for delivering and evaluating the provision of AT devices and services.
The Virtual Binder shows promising practices in AT service delivery and includes sample operational procedures that school districts can customize to suit their needs. Forms and checklists from industry-recognized authorities such as the Big East Educational Cooperative, the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative, and the SETT Framework and SETT Scaffold for Tool Selection by Joy Zabala are also included.
The Virtual Binder is included in the technical assistance document, Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities IDEA Part B, which is commonly referred to as the “AT T.A. Document”. Find ABLE Tech’s “Virtual Binder” online at https://www.ok.gov/abletech/documents/Oklahoma_AT-TA_Document.pdf
ABLE Tech contracts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to provide assistive technology (AT) services and training for Oklahoma students, educators, and parents. If you have questions or need assistance, 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).
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!
Lilly is a 4 year old from Tulsa County and has Down syndrome. She is very speech delayed and can’t articulate well enough to be understood. She was becoming exceedingly frustrated and her parents were afraid of her losing confidence. Pathways helped Lilly find a communication device to help her communicate. Because of this device, she has improved in all activities, her confidence improved, and she now can participate in activities led by non-therapists.
The chair is designed to cradle the body with cocoon-like support and provide a calming hug and soothing rocking. Designed for “fidgety kids” who present a need for deep sensory input to find focus, calm and containment. The HowdaHug Seat comes in three different sizes for children of different ages and heights.
AppWriter is the first text editor for the iPad to offer users of all ages with reading and writing disabilities the necessary tools for unlocking a world of information. AppWriter is packed with incredible assistive features. All tools and features are seamlessly integrated and comprised of context based word suggestions, text-to-speech, integrated PDF-reader, OCR, a custom keyboard and the special Dyslexie-font.
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
FEB 16 | Intermediate Level AT Support Team Workshop - Sand Springs
FEB 23 | TVI Training - Part 1 (Google Hangout) - Jenks
FEB 25 | AT Bootcamp for OSDE - 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC - Room 215
FEB 27 | Beginners AT Support Team Workshop - Sand Springs
MAR 7 | AT Discovery Webinar: “Vision” with Kimberly Berry
APR 11 | AT Discovery Webinar: “Seating, Positioning, Mobility” with Dina Anderson
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.