2021 September – Partner eNews

September 2021

Plan to Attend!

ABLE Tech will host the semi-annual partner meeting virtually on September 15, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will review data, discuss the MOA and NATADS updates, and Amy Woods will be showcasing ABLE Tech’s new 3D printing project. INCOG will be the partner highlight for the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92475733436
Meeting ID: 924 7573 3436

Have You Tried the Android Action Blocks Application?

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Action Blocks allow you to turn on smart home devices like lights and create action buttons that SPEAK aloud and “live” right on your home screen. They also include Tobii-Dynavox PCS Symbols to use with the message buttons.

Action Blocks were designed to help people with cognitive disabilities and those who have difficulty using their fingers or speech to execute actions on their Android smartphones, thus creating a higher level of independence. 

Go to the Google Store to download the Action Block App.

ABLE Tech Home Modification Financial Loan Program

In conjunction with our partner, Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT), ABLE Tech is excited to be offering a home modification financial loan program. Funds can be used for home accessibility items such as a ramp, walk-in-tub, or smart home assistive technology (AT). The loan is a 5% interest rate with flexible lending criteria that can be repaid over 36 to 84 months depending on the home modifications. 

To apply for a financial loan for a home remodel for accessibility go to the ABLE Tech Financial Loan page or visit OkAT's website.  

Spotlight on Success:
The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital 

Children's Center RehabThe Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is an innovative leader in the field of pediatric rehabilitation and 24-hour complex care. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services for children and teens and is the only inpatient pediatric rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma. In addition to inpatient complex care and rehabilitation, the hospital offers unique specialty services such as pediatric physiatry, pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric orthopedics, a home ventilator program, and outpatient therapy clinics.

Exciting recent developments at the hospital include the opening of a community compounding pharmacy and a state-of-the-art Adaptive Recreation and Fine Arts Center with an adaptive playground and ballfield slated to open later this year. These facilities expand the hospital’s reach into the surrounding community and offer children with differing abilities opportunities to participate in therapies, arts, and recreational activities.

Access to the latest assistive technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices through the partnership with ABLE Tech supports the hospital’s mission of maximizing the potential of every child by providing excellent pediatric medical and rehabilitative services, and a smooth transition from hospital to home. It enables the hospital care team to demonstrate and trial AT/AAC equipment with a patient and their family to ensure the equipment meets their needs prior to securing funding.  Short-term loans of equipment through ABLE Tech allow patients to utilize the equipment outside of the therapeutic setting in “day-to-day” activities to ensure the equipment is the right fit for patients and families to achieve their goals.

Learn more about the hospital at www.miracleshappenhere.org and on social media @tccokc.

September is Deaf Awareness Month 

Check out this month's Featured Assistive Technology.

Learn more about Assistive Technology (AT) for Hearing for people of all ages on ABLE Tech's AT Discovery webpage.


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Oklahoma ABLE Tech

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