2020 September Partner eNews

September 2020

calendar graphicUpcoming ABLE Tech Partner Meeting 

Tuesday, September 8th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Zoom Partner Meeting

ABLE Tech is excited to host Demonstration and Loan Partners by Zoom at the second semi-annual partner meeting for 2020. We will discuss our Policy and Procedures and MOA updates.

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Meeting Agenda

  • 1:00 – 1:15 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 1:15 – 1:55 - Program Highlights: Pathways & KEDDO
  • 1:55 – 2:10 - Current data updates
  • 2:10 – 2:25 - NATADS Updates: Inventory Management Borrowing System - Determine if the partner’s inventory for a loan will be visible online
  • 2:25 – 2:35 - Policy & Procedure and MOA updates 
  • 2:35 – 2:45 - AT Discovery
  • 2:45 – 3:00 - Partner’s report out
  • 3:00 - Wrap-up and adjourn

Partner Success Story

Sevi playing with new gameSevi is a 2-year-old from Canadian County who received services from ABLE Tech’s Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program partner, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital (TCCRH). He used TCCRH to trial assistive technology (AT) at home.

He was able to use a Switch Interface Pro 5 with a large switch to activate games on the family computer. This has increased Sevi’s independence by accessing toys and games he enjoys.

School Year 2020-2021: AT Devices for SPED Service Delivery Models – An Overview

ABLE Tech had the opportunity to speak to Special Education Directors regarding Contingency Plan guidance from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. As local education agencies (LEAs) increasingly utilize different instructional models that incorporate virtual or distance learning, it will be helpful for the IEP team to specify which services are provided virtually, in-person, or through distance learning. This may impact AT selection and use for students.

To support LEAs in the development of Contingency Plans, ABLE Tech created and then shared a PDF with specific guidance related to AT options that may be used in the various service delivery models. For a list of AT options specific to each AT category as well as additional ABLE Tech resources, view the overview document here (PDF).

2020-2024 Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Cohort

ABLE Tech is excited to share the news that Oklahoma has been selected to participate in the 2020-2024 AEM Cohort. Oklahoma is one of seven states, chosen from a competitive field of applicants, who will receive four years of support and technical assistance from the National Center on AEM with the goal of improving access to literacy and educational opportunities for individuals across the lifespan. The core state-level AEM leadership team includes representatives from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the AEM Center at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Liberty Braille, Decoding Dyslexia, and ABLE Tech!

An Interagency Cooperative will be developed and plans are to include representatives from various school districts, higher education, parent training and information center, and the workforce. ABLE Tech looks forward to advancing a state system of accessibility for individuals with disabilities from early childhood through postsecondary education and employment.

AT Discovery Website Refresh

ABLE Tech's popular AT Discovery website section has been refreshed to include new tools and resources in all categories of AT in environments of education, employment, and community living. AT Discovery is a clearinghouse for information related to AT devices and services. Each webpage contains case studies including people of all ages and disabilities, plus tips, funding information, videos, and additional resources. Visit AT Discovery

AT Feature: Tools for Remote Learning

ABLE Tech is continuously adding new tools to the Device Loan Inventory. The items below can help you take your remote instruction to the next level.

Webcam with microphone

Webcam with Microphone

HD Webcam 1080P with Microphone provides access to distance learning, working, or other remote activities to gain virtual access to others. This camera can be used for video calling, recording, conferencing, gaming, and provides a 110-degree widescreen web camera. With Automatic Noise Reduction, the microphone makes the sound purer and clearer. The camera has facial-enhancement technology to optimize the image automatically providing excellent quality videos on Skype, Facetime, XBOX ONE, Hangouts, Facebook, Zoom, and more!

VZX camera

IPEVO Wireless Document Camera

IPEVO Wireless Magnifying Document Camera. The VZ-X Wireless, HDMI & USB 8MP Document Camera features three connection modes - Wi-Fi, HDMI, and USB - that let you capture and stream real-time images to your computer, iOS/Android devices, Apple TV, TV, projector or monitor in the setup that best suits your needs. The VZ-X features a built-in LED light that gives you additional illumination for capturing material in dimly lit environments and features a swiveling head and multi-jointed stand. You can capture from different heights, angles, and orientations. The VZ-X base is small, and the unit can be folded together and transported between classrooms, home or office. Dimensions (when folded): 4.57”x 4.25” x 12.68”, and the weight is 2.58 lbs.

Tech Thursday: AT for Speech Communication 

Sept 10th Tech ThursdayJoin ABLE Tech in a virtual opportunity on September 10 from 1-2 pm to learn and explore low-, mid-, and high-tech tools for speech communication. Participants will also learn how to submit a request for an iPad, app, and case (when used as a speech-generating device (SGD) for medical necessity), to ABLE Tech on behalf of eligible SoonerCare members. View the ABLE Tech Calendar and sign up for FREE events!


Oklahoma ABLE Tech

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