2020 February Partner eNews

February 2020

Partner Program News

Partner Meeting – March 18, 2020

ABLE Tech will be hosting the 1st Partner Meeting of the FFY contract year on March 18, 2020, from 1-3 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Lecture Hall at the Seretean Wellness Center on Oklahoma State University’s campus. Our guest speaker will be Natalie Rohwer, from Oklahoma ABLE Tech and the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, updating changes on ABLE Tech's financial loan programs.

Please RSVP by February 14th to Shelby Sanders with the names of who will be attending for your organization, so that we can make arrangements for parking passes.

Oklahoma State University
1514 W Hall of Fame
(405) 744-7606


2019 Annual Report 

ABLE Tech has just released the 2019 Annual Report. There is some amazing data and success stories to report – and YOU contributed! With the FFY 2019 Federal investment of $456,538, ABLE Tech was able to create savings and benefits for Oklahomans in the amount of $3,732,349.

  • Device Demonstrations were calculated to be a $340,350 savings to Oklahomans.
  • Device Short-Term Loans calculated to be a $1,198,500 savings to Oklahomans.

These numbers are based on a formula used to calculate a modest cost of AT demonstrated or loaned and the ability to assist consumers to make an informed decision, thus avoiding unnecessary or incorrect purchases.

What your organization does to help ABLE Tech is making a HUGE impact. Thank YOU for your contribution to serving Oklahomans with disabilities!

This report will be widely distributed to organizations, state agencies, State Legislators, Congressional Members, Consumer Advisory Council Members and to our Statewide Partners. Click here to view the Annual Report in full.

Upcoming Events

Device Reutilization Program Equipment Drive - Help spread the word and promote it!

ABLE Tech’s Reutilization Program is designed to reuse valuable durable medical equipment (DME) that is no longer needed, and reassign it to Oklahoma residents in need. To accomplish this goal, the program depends on donated DME and collaborations to host equipment drives through the year. 

ABLE Tech has TWO equipment drives scheduled across the state this spring:

  • March 6, 2020
    Location: 631 E. Hill Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    *This equipment drive is in partnership with Telligen. Telligen is an Oklahoma-based company that assists physician offices by providing them health coaches to improve their patients’ overall wellbeing.
  • April 22, 2020
    Location: Oklahoma State University campus
    *This equipment drive is in partnership with the Sustainability Committee on the OSU Stillwater Campus. The Sustainability Committee unites students interested in encouraging good stewardship of resources, sustainable practices, and making a difference on OSU’s campus.

TechAccessOK Returns in 2020!

Oklahoma ABLE Tech is pleased to announce that the 5th annual TechAccessOK will take place on June 4-5, 2020, at the Sheraton Downtown Oklahoma City Hotel and Conference Center. This event is Oklahoma's premier technology accessibility conference for people who build, buy, and influence the web.

Registration will open early in 2020 and be promoted throughout the winter and early spring. It will again be FREE to all participants! Don't miss the opportunity to join colleagues from around the state to learn from national experts in web accessibility.

For more information or to learn about available sponsorships, please email Rob Carr at rgcarr@okstate.edu.

Spotlight on Success

Ethan, a 17-year-old student from Broken Arrow High School, has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. He had become frustrated trying to communicate with everyone. Ethan’s therapist borrowed a NovaChat from Oklahoma ABLE Tech to help him speak and overcome these frustrating challenges. During his loan period, he was able to start communicating with his family and teachers. He enjoyed asking for goldfish and communicating his needs. Ethan was very thankful to be able to borrow the NovaChat from ABLE Tech.

Assistive Technology Device Feature

Tobii DynaVox I-13 Realize your full potential with eye-controlled communication, computer access, and environmental controls. The Tobii Dynavox I-13 is the latest speech-generating device in the I-Series family. It is the lightest, fastest and most durable device of its kind available, featuring the world's best eye tracker. Tobii Dynavox I-Series devices are made to evolve with one’s changing needs. The Tobii Dynavox I-Series comes with Computer Control, Snap Core First and Communicator 5 software, plus innovative features like the Partner Window, Wake-on-Gaze and eye gaze accessible adaptive buttons. 

View this device on the ABLE Tech Loan Inventory Website


Oklahoma ABLE Tech

CONTACT: Shelby Sanders, shelby.sanders@okstate.edu