2021 April – Partner eNews

April 2021

Program News

Thank you for participating in the ABLE Tech partner meeting via zoom in March. It was a successful meeting! For those of you who may have missed it, the content was focused on current data, new inventory shipping procedures, and capturing data. All partners shared highlights specific to their organization. 

Autism Awareness Month 

The 14th Annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2021.

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, and communities around the world come together on April 2, Autism Awareness Day.

Follow the Autism-friendly events and educational activities on the Autism Speaks website that takes place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support, and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. 

Spotlight on Success: Moore Autism Center 

Moore Autism Center serves central and rural Oklahoma by providing comprehensive psychological testing for children age 2 through adults. Our psychologists have expertise in diagnosing autism, as well as behavioral management through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (P.C.I.T.), Applied Behavior Analysis (A.B.A.), and individual therapy services. Additionally, we provide speech and language as well as occupational therapy services. The diagnostic components of autism include persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.

Our speech-language pathologists have knowledge in speech-generating and other augmentative and alternative communication (A.A.C.) devices. They also treat receptive and expressive language delays, articulation, speech fluency, and feeding/disorders, all of which manifest in individuals with autism. Our occupational therapists have knowledge in the acquisition of skills including self-care, emotional regulation, sensory regulation, social interaction, and executive functioning. Through the occupation of play, our occupational therapists are able to help children and families be successful in their occupations at home while learning and living in the community. 

When the pandemic began in 2020, our facility recognized the need for continuing consistent therapy intervention for our families. We were able to initiate teletherapy services and were able to continue providing weekly support. This allowed our families to continue to progress and provided much-needed support for things happening during a pandemic such as schedule changes, social isolation, and changing expectations within the community. These things would have had a more adverse effect on this population, but with teletherapy, our providers were able to help our clients maintain and develop skills. 

Thanks to the Moore Autism Center for being an ABLE Tech partner and being a leader in creative solutions to continue to provide therapy services! 

TechAccess Oklahoma Conference

Oklahoma ABLE Tech proudly presents TechAccess Oklahoma, 2021! This is Oklahoma’s premier technology accessibility conference.

This free event is online beginning April 20 - April 22, 2021. Find details and registration at the TechAccess Oklahoma website.

Save the Date: A.T. Funding Workshop - May 21st

This workshop is back by popular demand. This half-day virtual workshop is designed for Oklahoma public school administrators, special educators, and related service providers who help students with disabilities. Participants will learn about resources and grant-writing tips for securing funding for needed A.T. for students.

Participants will practice matching students to funding options as well as practice grant writing in the workshop. Guidance for planning and budgeting for A.T. will be shared as well as sample A.T. plans so that schools can plan ahead to support the provision of needed A.T. for students with disabilities.

This presentation will be led by Gretchen Cole-Lade, who has over 20 years of experience in grant writing and A.T. funding.

Quote from a previous workshop participant:
“Presenter’s personal experience of getting grants and how to respond when you don’t receive a grant. Great information!!”

Pre-requisite: None
Cost: Free

Featured Assistive Technology: Seating, Mobility, and Positioning

Check out ABLE Tech’s A.T. Feature for the month of April. Every month we create a new website banner coordinating the monthly health observation calendar and include A.T. devices for early childhood, education, employment, and community living.

Visit the ABLE Tech homepage to learn more about the featured Assistive Technology. 

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

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