October News You Can Use
- AT Tip: Autism Education Opportunities
- Reporting Reminder
- Pediatric Items Available!
Compiled and edited by Sandra Wright, PhD., CCC/SLP, Oklahoma ABLE Tech
AT Tip: Autism Education Opportunities
The Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. Some of the topics of this conference will include Promoting family wellness, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) & Autism, and adaptive behavior and programming in support of a positive quality of life.
There are many items in the SoonerStart AT Assessment Kits that are beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder. The VersaForm™ Positioning Pillow and Pump is not only a great positioning tool for children with reduced muscle tone but for children with autism it can provide positive pressure allowing for better regulation.
The SoonerStart AT Assessment Kit also contains a vibrating pillow, which can be used as a pillow or as a lap pad to provide vibratory sensory input to also help with regulation. Attending a conference for a specific disability such as autism can provide a great outlet for networking and sharing ways to include AT into intervention services for the birth-to-three population.
Remember to submit your demonstration of AT to ABLE Tech to be in the running for $500 of AT each quarter.
If you need more assistance on collecting and submitting your demonstrations, call Sandra at 405-744-5170.
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) currently has a Bookworm Adapted Audio Device available at no charge. This device can transform any book in your library into a switch-adapted audio book in minutes! Wouldn't it be great for your child to have increased access to books in order to enhance pre-literacy skills? You can with Bookworm! With an included SD memory card, you can create a library of adapted books. Bookworm allows you to create your own content-related books to transform any book in your library into a switch-adapted audio book in minutes. This is no longer used in OK ABLE Tech’s inventory but is still in excellent working condition.
Exchange and Reuse Programs
Did you know that items can be purchased or given to others through the Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE) or the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP)? The items vary based on availability as to what ABLE Tech receives. A complete list of the available items can be found at the following websites:
ABLE Tech realizes the liability concerns that may surround using equipment that has already been used and encourages those acquiring the items to have equipment checked out by a DME Provider with expertise in the area of the device.
Per OEE policies and procedures: ABLE Tech shall not be liable for any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses (including but not limited to settlements, judgments, court costs and reasonable attorney's fees) fines and penalties, arising out of any actual or alleged injury, loss, or damage of any nature whatsoever in connection with the sale or use of any device donated, purchased or sold under the OEE.
If you choose to obtain a piece (or pieces) of DME on behalf of children you serve, please consider the above stipulations as you take on the responsibility of the safety of the child regarding the use of the equipment.
For more information on these items and/or to see other available items, please contact an ABLE Tech staff member at 1-800-257-1705.
Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW-interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800.257-1705.
|Sandra Wright, PhD.,
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma State University
1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078
Amy Woods, OTA/L,