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Assistive Technology Act Program for the State of Oklahoma
Connecting Oklahomans with Disabilities to Assistive Technology ("Flo" chart infographic link)
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program proudly located at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. ABLE Tech is funded through the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is made possible through the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended in 2004 (ATA 2004).
ABLE Tech’s mission is to improve access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities of all ages. ABLE Tech provides AT through comprehensive statewide programs and services, which include:
Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve a person’s capabilities, allowing them to function independently in recreation, education, employment, and daily living activities.
Assistive Technology is Redefining What is Possible.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech provides support to public and private entities that serve individuals with disabilities through training sessions and technical assistance. State and local agencies include early intervention programs, public education agencies, adult service programs, health care facilities, institutions of higher education, and businesses. Training topics include:
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
ABLE Tech coordinates activities among public and private entities that are responsible for policies, procedures, or funding for the provision of assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities of all ages in the state.
ABLE Tech and its statewide partners operate assistive technology centers and a device demonstration program to increase accessibility to and utilization of AT. Demonstrations give individuals the opportunity to see, touch, and try AT devices to help them in the decision-making process.
Who Benefits from AT Centers?
ABLE Tech’s device short-term loan program provides Oklahomans the opportunity to borrow assistive technology devices to:
The short-term loan program is available to any Oklahoma resident. Loan duration is from two to six weeks, and is easy-to-use and free; devices are shipped statewide. Our inventory offers a wide range of AT devices, including equipment for communication, computer access, hearing, vision, daily living, environmental adaptations, learning and development, health, safety, and recreation.
ABLE Tech’s staff can also provide guidance on funding resources to help obtain needed AT.
ABLE Tech and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority have partnered to provide the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program. The program is designed to reuse valuable durable medical equipment (DME) that is no longer needed, and reassign it to Oklahoma residents in need.
What type of DME is available?
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange can help you donate, sell, or locate equipment for a reasonable price. The program is a person-to-person exchange, which functions like the newspaper classifieds and provides listings of pre-owned equipment.
To access this free service, visit the Equipment Exchange online. http://oec.okstate.edu
Don’t have computer access? Call us - 888.885.5588 (toll free) or 405.744.9748. We would be happy to post a listing or search a product for you!
Oklahoma ABLE Tech, in partnership with the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT), can provide financing options for Oklahomans with disabilities to purchase assistive technology to help them live, work, and learn independently.
We have two options for financing: for AT less than $1,500 and, for more expensive AT over $1,500.
Quick & Easy Application | 5% Fixed Rate | Low Closing Cost | 12-month repayment
Oklahoma ABLE Tech, along with its partner 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.
Loans can help individuals purchase:
Quick & Easy Application | Low-interest Fixed Rate | Special Guaranty Consideration
Oklahoma ABLE Tech, along with OkAT and BancFirst offer financial loans over $1,500 to help individuals with disabilities obtain needed assistive technology devices and services. These loans have a 36-month repayment term if unsecured* or, have a 60-month term if secured.
Loans can help individuals purchase items like:
Secured Loan: (with Collateral or Guaranty*):
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. The funding provided helps enhance the opportunities for Oklahomans with disabilities to access and acquire needed assistive technology.
The Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness is the lead agency for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. The program is funded by the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This publication does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ACL, and no official endorsement of the material should be inferred. (revised 06/15/15)
Here, we present an infographic that shows the steps "Flo" – a person with a disability – takes to learn about, borrow and acquire an assistive device. The steps are outlined in text step-by-step below the graphic.
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology Services “Flo” Chart
Picture cartoon Flo waving
Picture cartoon Flo in wheelchair at a desk with computer
Flo has a disability. She needs AT. [starting at 12:00 position]
[Arrow center down]
[Arrow center pointing to the right] Information & Assistance
[2:00 position] She calls the AT help line for more information.
[Arrow center pointing to the left] Public Awareness
[10:00 position] AT informational materials interest her.
[Arrow center down]
[Arrow center pointing to the right] Lending
Flo ask to borrow the product
[Arrow center pointing to the left] Demonstration
An AT pro shows Flo products and how to use them.
Flo looks for another product
[Arrow center down]
Flo gets help to acquire a new product
[Arrow right] State Financing
Flo likes the product and wants to own it
[Arrow center] Acquisition
Flo get a reused product at no or little cost
[Arrow left] Reutilization
Flo decides to donate or sell the product
[Arrow center down]Flo keeps the product indefinitely
Flo is happy with her AT
Picture cartoon Flo waving
Adapted from original AT Services “Flo” Chart created by PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)/Institute on Disabilities at Temple University