As Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program, ABLE Tech contracts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for Oklahoma public school students, educators, and families.
Take advantage of expert training, consultations, and resources that ABLE Tech has to offer!
The training and resources described on this page help school districts build capacity for quality provision of AT devices and services to help students with disabilities achieve success.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions –
Assistive Technology (AT) Devices and Services
What is the difference between technology and assistive technology (AT)?
Assistive technology (AT) is any device used to help students with disabilities do tasks they would otherwise be unable to do. It is also the service that assists students with disabilities in the selection, acquisition, and use of AT.
How is COVID-19 impacting ABLE Tech’s services?
Currently, ABLE Tech offices are open to the public by appointment only. Visitors must follow Oklahoma State University (OSU) protocol for social distancing and wearing masks. Services that would have been received in-person are now available in different formats: AT Demonstrations can be completed virtually. Needed, short-term loan devices will be shipped. No-contact transfers of equipment for pick-up and drop-off are also an option.
Can I still borrow a device to try from ABLE Tech?
Yes, ABLE Tech is working on OSU’s campus to fulfill needed AT short-term device loans that assist students and families in completing school tasks virtually or in-person. Click here to borrow up to 3 items at a time for approximately 4-6 weeks: https://myatprogram.org/home/40. Please allow additional time for preparation as we follow the safety protocol for sanitization between uses.
I have an iPad, and I want to try an app. Can ABLE Tech help?
Yes, ABLE Tech has dozens of AT apps for use by students. If a student has access to an iPad, ABLE Tech can remotely deploy an app to the iPad. A short-term loan request form must be completed online, via fax, or snail mail.
I have a laptop/Chromebook and want to try an extension. Can ABLE Tech help?
Yes, ABLE Tech staff can remotely consult on the individual needs of students to determine software, online resources, and extensions available to assist students with specific curricular tasks.
Are there specific resources online that can help my students with access to reading supports?
Yes, the following are commonly shared resources:
1. Bookshare (https://www.bookshare.org/cms/)
- Bookshare Web Reader using the Google Chrome Browser – FREE
- Applications - Dolphin Easy Reader (https://yourdolphin.com/products/individuals/easyreader-app) – FREE
- Voice Dream Reader (https://www.voicedream.com/) - $14.99
2. Learning Ally (learningally.org) - $135/year
- App (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/learning-ally-audiobooks/id1131235021)
Virtual Services: Will ABLE Tech continue to consult on students’ AT needs?
Yes, ABLE Tech uses the phone, email, and virtual meetings (Ex. Zoom and FaceTime) to provide consultation services to educators, related service providers, administrators, and parents/caregivers.
Is ABLE Tech conducting professional development training at this time?
Yes, ABLE Tech continues to offer professional development training. Please check the website at https://www.okabletech.org/education-services/at-services-for-pk-12/at-support-team-workshops/ for updates and opportunities. The online AT curriculum is also available at https://okabletech-atcurriculum.org/.
Can I still receive a demonstration of assistive technology?
Yes, AT Demonstrations can be completed virtually with staff comparing and contrasting the features of the AT so that an informed decision can be made regarding whether or not AT will benefit the student.
ABLE Tech - AT Support Team 3-Part Workshops
Attend our in-person workshops for hands-on learning! ABLE Tech in-person training takes participants from theory to practice with case studies and hands-on activities to learn the steps for providing Assistive Technology (AT) to students in public schools. The 2019-20 lineup includes a three-workshop series that will be offered in Enid during the fall and repeated in Shawnee in the spring.
Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
Some students are unable to read standard materials and need Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). ABLE Tech provides training and technical assistance to help schools provide AEM from a variety of sources, including Bookshare!
AT Webinars and Video Resources
Educators are encouraged to participate in ABLE Tech Webinars presented live throughout the school-year and archived for on-demand access.
Online AT Curriculum
Learn about AT devices whenever you want! ABLE Tech has developed an online AT Curriculum for educators (link takes you to an external website) to learn at their own pace in place of, or in addition to, in-person workshops! Anyone with an Internet connection can access this training!
Professional Development Resources
The link above will take you to ABLE Tech's Documents Site (link takes you to an external website) and the QIAT Professional Development and Training in AT "Promising Practices." This page can provide additional information on AT and related services from ABLE Tech and other state agencies.
AT Consultations & Assessment Resources
Do you have questions about specific students who many need AT? We can help! Trained ABLE Tech staff are available to help a student and persons who are part of the student's support network (link takes you to an external website). We assist family members, teachers, therapists, or counselors to identify, evaluate, and acquire appropriate AT.
Device Loan Program
ABLE Tech's AT loan process allows Oklahomans to register, login, and submit requests to borrow devices.
ABLE Tech’s AT Loan Inventory includes thousands of devices you borrow for free for up to six-week to try with your students! The loan purpose can be to assist in decision-making, fill a need while waiting for a device repair or funding; provide short-term accommodation; or for professional development.