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Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its statewide partners provide assistive technology (AT) device demonstration centers and a short-term loan program for individuals with disabilities to help increase access to and utilization of AT. Demonstrations give individuals the ability to see, touch, and try AT devices to help them in the decision-making process. Demonstrations provide hands-on exploration of AT; information on the latest technology; low-tech solutions and adaptations; and vendor sources.
The device short-term loan program provides individuals the opportunity to borrow AT to make an informed decision before purchase; ensure compatibility between the device and user; have back-up equipment while waiting for repair; and have a device while waiting for new equipment.
Interested in sharing your success story? Submit our Online Success Story Form and Photo Release Form. The photo release must be printed, signed, and sent to ABLE Tech either via fax (405) 744-2487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Division of Visual Services provides AT services for Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. DRS recently helped an Oklahoma County resident with a visual impairment demonstrate various assistive technology options.
She found that a laptop computer and a handheld magnifier would provide her the opportunity to read school textbooks and connect with her teachers, as well as have an independence in her education.
"DRS Visual Services was very honored to have been an incentive winner as this program helps so many Oklahomans with visual impairments and blindness to be able to figure out what equipment will work best for them without spending money on something that won’t work. Thanks to ABLE Tech for being a great partner in this endeavor!" ~ Teresa McDermott, Assistive Technology Programs Manager at the Division of Visual Services
Recognized as Partner of the Year!
Hearing Loss Association (HLA) of Oklahoma City provides AT services and technology options for Oklahomans with hearing loss. HLA recently assisted an Oklahoma resident who is hearing impaired. The woman visited the Hearing Helpers Room and was able to borrow AT devices through its program. The Hearing Helpers Room loaned her an XL 50
Amplified Ameriphone. The device gives this Oklahoman the ability to hear her friends and family on the phone, something she had been unable to do in the past. With the help of the Hearing Helpers Room, this woman found a phone that fits her hearing needs
"Thank you all for the good wishes. We so appreciate them. Nancy and I were so surprised to get this award but we love that ABLE Tech has helped us achieve it and so much more. We hope to continue to advocate for hearing loss and partner with such good people." ~ Verniece Meade, HLA
This woman was seen by Newview Oklahoma when her husband was in the hospital. She wasn’t sure how she was going to manage paying the bills and taking care of everything at their home on her own with a vision impairment. Newview was able to get a Clearview + in her home and helped her try better lighting options. She was set up with some talking books, a talking clock, bump dots on her appliances and 20/20 pens. These devices made it possible for her to write out all the checks for her bills, and to see her recipes she had not been able to see in before. She is back to using her appliances and is able to keep things running on her while her husband is gone. Niewview helped her get her Independence back improved her quality of life.
"Thanks so much! We love being a part of the ABLE Tech program!" ~ Lauren Branch, NewView Oklahoma
"Thank you Able Tech! You make all things possible which allow us to serve our community well. Much appreciated!" ~ Cathy Holden, NewView Oklahoma
This Bartlesville resident used TSHA’s short-loan program in order to test out various devices to help with his hearing impairment. He was able to bring home different ATs in order to test out which one fit his needs the best. The short-loan program made the AT decision-making process easier for this man and his family so they could pick a device that would give optimal results.
This Moore student received help from The Children’s Center in order to test out AT devices that could work both in and out of his classes. TCC loaned this child a mount and jelly bean switch. These devices allowed him to play computer games and adapt other toys so he could have fun with his peers. With the help of TCC and AT devices, this child can play with his classmates for the first time.
"The Children’s Center feels incredibly blessed to have such a great partnership with ABLE Tech. This program has helped us to provide assistive technology to our inpatients and outpatients as well as their families, which in turn provides them more independence. There’s nothing more gratifying than watching a child communicate or play with a toy independently for the first time! Thank you ABLE Tech for helping us make this happen for our children." ~ Erin March, Speech-Language Pathology Coordinator at The Children’s Center