Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
Visit ABLE Tech's AT Discovery webpages to find tools that may help individuals with developmental disabilities perform tasks they may find difficult, including activities of daily living, computer access, speech communication, and more.
Another valuable resource is the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma which promotes quality services and programs that enable persons with developmental disabilities to realize increased independence, productivity, and integration, and inclusion in the community. Though not a provider of direct services, the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma has assisted thousands of Oklahomans to live, work, play, learn and worship in their own homes and in their own neighborhoods. For more information about the Development Disabilities Council of Oklahoma please follow the link provided.
Purchasing Accessible Materials
Spring is an opportune time to look ahead to determine which textbooks and other curricular materials your students with print disabilities will need in the next school year. It’s a good idea to check Bookshare to see if the needed titles are available, and if not, fill out a book request on the Bookshare website. ABLE Tech can also assist with searching the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) and other repositories and requesting accessible files from publishers when necessary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Any materials the district purchases that are on the state-approved textbook adoption list should be available in an accessible digital format. This is because the Oklahoma State Department of Education requires publishers to submit the book files to the NIMAC, making them available to Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) such as Bookshare. However, you should be aware that if your school purchases textbooks that are not on the state-approved list, then it is the Local Education Agency’s responsibility to include the NIMAC requirement in purchase contracts. See recommended language and additional information on the ABLE Tech Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) webpage.
TechAccess Oklahoma Conference
Oklahoma ABLE Tech proudly presents TechAccess Oklahoma, 2021! This is Oklahoma’s premier technology accessibility conference. The event is virtual on Zoom beginning April 20 end ending on April 22, 2021.
Find details and registration at the TechAccess Oklahoma website.
People with Disabilities Awareness Day
March 9th, 2021: Empowering Oklahomans with Disabilities!
Join us! The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will celebrate the 26th People with Disabilities Awareness Day (PWDAD) as a virtual event. You can support this event by phone, email, and social media. Share stories with #PWDAD2021 and create awareness digitally.
Tradition is to wear green to show unity on PWDAD. This year why not post a selfie or group photo wearing green and share it on your favorite social media site!
Find out more and sign up today on the virtual PWDAD 2020 webpage.
Spring AT Support Team Webinars
Oklahoma ABLE Tech will be offering the final session of the 3-part series of training for educators, related service providers, and administrators for providing assistive technology (AT) assessment, implementation, and inclusion in AT to students in schools.
Part 3 is scheduled for March 11, 2021. Participants will be focusing in-depth on AT and learning how to write AT in the IEP, summarize the AT Implementation process, comparing AT across disabilities, and identify AT funding resources. The session will offer educators opportunities to virtually see AT devices demonstrated in each category. Session 1 and 2 are pre-requisites for this session; however, if you have missed sessions 1 or 2, please contact ABLE Tech for the available online curriculum. You won’t want to miss this deep dive into the various types of AT and other easy solutions for the classroom!
Oklahoma AT Center Locations and Partners
ABLE Tech and its partners operate device demonstration and loan programs to increase access to AT.
- Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter
Oklahoma City, 405.319.0780
- The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital
- Handicapped Vehicle Services Unlimited
- Hearing Loss Association of America,
Central Oklahoma Chapter
Oklahoma City, 405.717.9820
- Indian Nations Council of Governments,
Area Agency on Aging
- Kiamichi Economic Development District
- Moore Autism Center
- Newby-Vance Mobility
- NewView Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, 405.521.4880
- OSU – Dept of Communication
Sciences & Disorders
- Pathways Therapy Center
Oklahoma City, 405.271.8333
- Stillwater Eye Care
- The Scholl Center
- United Access (Mobility)
Oklahoma City, 888.939.1010