2020 August Partner eNews

August 2020

ABLE Tech Provides Virtual Training and Demonstrations

With schools all over the world providing instruction online, ABLE Tech is also moving trainings to a virtual format. Registration for free, fall AT Assessment workshops is open to PK-12 educators, service providers, and administrators. CEUs are available! See the ABLE Tech Events Calendar for more information.

 ABLE Tech is also providing AT demonstrations virtually! A demonstration lets an individual or small group compare and contrast features of an AT device, or group of devices, to learn if the AT will meet their needs. ABLE Tech can ship an item for a hands-on demonstration in which someone familiar with the device guides you via a Zoom meeting or FaceTime. The person guiding you can be an ABLE Tech staff member or even a therapist or teacher. 

Device Short-Term Loan Program Reopens with New Application Procedures

The ABLE Tech Device Short-Term Loan Program was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but is now up and running as of July 7th. If you have submitted a loan request in the last 90 days, the device loan team will be reaching out to you to see if the item is still needed, or if a new loan request needs to be submitted.

This temporary closure allowed ABLE Tech to implement a new AT inventory program. These changes to ABLE Tech’s AT inventory system will make accessing the Device Short-Term Loan Program more user-friendly for people to borrow AT. This new AT inventory process allows Oklahomans to register, log in, and submit requests to borrow devices. The addition of multiple functionality features now allows users to narrow the search for AT to borrow and see items available in real-time. The system is quick, reliable, and completely confidential. Create a free account on this site. 

Check out the Device Short-Term Loan Program and get your request in, so you can be first on the list! Need help determining what to borrow? ABLE Tech staff are available for virtual demonstrations and can be contacted by emailing abletech@okstate.edu or calling 800-257-1705.

Hearing Aids Added as an Accepted Donation

Hearing AidABLE Tech is excited to report that hearing aids are now an accepted item for donation to the Device Reutilization Program. The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) is working directly with ABLE Tech and the Starkey Foundation Hearing Aid Recycling Program to allow ABLE Tech to accept gently-used hearing aids and other hearing devices.

Donated devices will be valued and applied to an account credit for future assistance to individuals in need of purchasing hearing aids. Any make and model can be donated, as well as accessories for hearing aids. To donate, please contact ABLE Tech at 800-257-1705. Tax receipts are available upon request.

Reutilization Program News

April, May and June have certainly been unprecedented months for the Reutilization Program. Reutilization has installed 23 ramps, thresholds, and/or accessible pathways for temporary use (up to 3 months borrow-time) for Oklahomans living with paralysis! The mid-year report was sent to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and we are well on our way to meeting the goals of this program.

The program just moved into new offices on the south side of 3325 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite B in Oklahoma City within the same building. This in-house move provides a tremendous amount of warehouse space allowing the program to expand its services. The pediatric DME program is gaining speed, as well. Over $60,000 in donations of equipment has been received since July 2019!

SoonerStart & ABLE Tech Collaboration - Success Stories

Payne County Success Story Olivia - Tulsa County

Olivia is a sweet 1-year-old girl with Joubert Syndrome. Olivia receives early intervention services from the Payne County SoonerStart team to help in the development of motor skills. The SoonerStart Occupational Therapist suggested consulting with ABLE Tech for ideas and suggestions on adapted toys and AT. After consultation with ABLE Tech staff, the mother and daughter participated in a demonstration to explore recreation and vision toys along with self-feeding devices. Olivia was able to play with multiple toys to see which devices were best responded to and found several that fit the motor development category. The collaborative consultation service improved the awareness of AT that is available to help Olivia's development.

4th Quarter and Annual Team Winner

The Payne County SoonerStart team has earned both the 4th Quarter and Annual Recognition Awards. The team will receive $1,300 in new assistive technology (AT) to add to their county’s demonstration kit!

TechAccess Oklahoma 2020 Report

For the fifth year, Oklahoma ABLE Tech presented TechAccess Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s premier web accessibility conference. ABLE Tech ran the event over two days on Zoom in order to protect the health and safety of the growing technology accessibility community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also reduced the program, running a single track of sessions on June 4th and 5th.

Roughly 125 individuals participated throughout the day on Thursday, and on Friday participation dipped a bit to just over 100.

In the conference evaluation, 96.8% of respondents rated their experience with the conference “great” or “good”.

Some comments from the group include:

  • “For being so small, it's a great conference and I always learn something.”
  • “I'm so glad you're doing this. It's so necessary, especially since things seem to change and evolve all the time.”
  • “This is a not-to-miss event for me.”
  • “Outstanding speakers and information.”

Thanks to all of the sponsoring agencies for making this such a great event, including the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Online Consortium for Oklahoma, WebAIM, and Popetech!

Spotlight on Success

Brandi from Warr Acres cares for her son who has a seizure disorder. He has had an increase in seizures at night, which is very concerning to her since night seizures are the largest cause of death in epilepsy patients. She had been thinking about purchasing an Embrace2 seizure monitoring watch for her son for some time to help monitor and alert her of when he has a seizure; however, COVID-19 impacted their finances. Through ABLE Tech’s Financial Loan Program, and in partnership with OkAT Foundation, she was able to get the financial assistance needed to make the purchase of the Embrace2. The device has notified her two times in the last two weeks of seizures he had in the middle of the night. Brandi says, “With the notification, we can prevent him from having additional seizures at night or having seizure clusters that could cause him to be put in ICU”.

The ABLE Tech Financial Loan Program is available for any type of AT device purchase. For more information, go to the Financial Loan page on ABLE Tech’s website.

AT Device Feature

Zip-Up Weighted Vest

The Zip-Up Weighted Vest is a versatile weighted clothing choice. It is lightweight and easy to layer, with interior pockets for removable weights. Its grounding weight is intended to provide calming benefits, perfect for stressful situations at home, in school or on the road. The vest comes in four sizes small, medium, large, and extra-large.

Interested in borrowing this item for a short-term loan? View in the ABLE Tech inventory. Search: Zip-Up Weighted Vest


Oklahoma ABLE Tech

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