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December 2018 Issue:

  • AT Support Team Training: Register Now for Lawton Workshops

  • Upcoming Webinar: SoonerCare iPads for Speech

  • AT Discovery: AT for Daily Living

  • Device Feature: iEAT Feeding Robot

  • Transition Spotlight: Role of a Job Coach


AT Support Team TrainingAT Support Spring Team Training: Register Now

2018 August AT News You Can Use

 

Approximately 120 educators from 40 school districts participated in ABLE Tech’s fall AT Support Team Workshops in Owasso. Seats are filling fast for the repeat sessions scheduled in Lawton during the spring semester. 

Teams have given positive feedback regarding the lessons and practice using assessment forms, as well as building several low-tech tools during the Make ‘n Take activities.

Comments from the Fall AT Assessment Workshops

 

 “Our district will implement each part of this training over the next year or so. Our team members will be the ones that create the procedures and explain the worksheets to the rest of our district. AT will be a step in the IEP process.”

 “I will be creating mini-binders with the flowchart and forms and will begin to ensure that at least my caseload is handled in a systematic, documented manner. The longer-term goal is to move outward from myself and create this as part of our SPED culture in my district. A lot of these activities are going on, but it is more informal and often no documentation accompanies them.” 

 “My student loves using the visual schedule (created in a Make n’ Take activity) when he completes the task and can move over to the “done” column. He also loves to work toward using “duo” as a reinforcement tool for good behavior using the token chart.”  

 

Your district can benefit from AT Support Team Workshops too! AT training is provided at no cost to Oklahoma educators and related service providers. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for OTs, PTs, and SLPs. See the workshop descriptions below and click here for training details and registration links.

— 2019 SPRING TRAINING 

AT Assessment Part 1 – Consideration

January 17, 2019 
Lawton, Oklahoma 
Description: Participants will learn the process for Consideration of Assistive Technology (AT) for all students with disabilities, including legal requirements related to AT Consideration, and hands-on learning to help educators discover potential solutions available to help meet students’ IEP goals.

AT Assessment Part 2 – Gathering Information and Trialing Devices

February 14, 2019 
Lawton, Oklahoma 
Description: Participants will learn the steps involved in conducting an Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment, and the procedure for borrowing AT to trial with students. Educators will try their hand at making low-tech AT to help students with classroom tasks.

AT Assessment Part 3 – AT in the IEP and Implementation

March 14, 2019,
Lawton, Oklahoma
Description: Participants will learn how to write AT in the IEP, summarize the Implementation process, compare and contrast AT across disabilities, and identify funding resources for the acquisition of devices. Afternoon breakout sessions will offer educators opportunities to explore devices in the categories of their choosing.

Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Program whose mission is serving Oklahomans with disabilities. ABLE Tech offers educational resources and training programs to Pre-K through 12th-grade educators and related service providers through a contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. To learn more visit OKABLETech.org 



Upcoming Webinar: SoonerCare iPads for Speech

Do you have students who may benefit from using an iPad as a speech-generating device?

Join us for a webinar on December 5 from 12:00-12:45 to learn about ABLE Tech’s SoonerCare iPad Vending Program. ABLE Tech collaborates with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) as a durable medical equipment (DME) provider for vending of iPads, apps, and durable cases as speech-generating devices (SGD) to eligible members. Sandra Wright-Hackler, ABLE Tech Program Manager, will explain which apps are approved as speech generating devices, and share her insights on writing successful applications.

No registration is necessary. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/300146854

Use your computer microphone, or call in toll-free:
+1 877 853 5257 US Toll-free  or  +1 855 880 1246 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 300 146 854

You may send your questions ahead to Kimberly.Berry@okstate.edu  and we’ll try to answer them during the webinar. Certificates of Participation will be provided, and the webinar will be archived for later viewing.

Please share the link with the families of your students! Visit our Webinars and Videos webpage to see this year’s schedule and links to archived webinars.



AT Discovery AT Discovery: AT for Daily Living

ABLE Tech AT Discovery highlights a variety of tools to assist individuals with disabilities in the areas of Computer Access; Daily Living; Environmental Adaptations and Controls; Hearing; Learning, Cognition, and Development; Recreation; Seating, Positioning and Mobility; Speech Communications; Vehicle Modifications; and Vision. Each page includes explanations of available resources, tips, financial information, fact sheets, videos, and links to devices available for short-term loan from ABLE Tech.

AT for Daily Living includes tools to help an individual with a disability to complete everyday activities such as dressing, grooming, bathing, eating, hygiene, and meal preparation. Such tools are appropriate for anyone who is not able to complete daily living tasks for themselves at the same level as their peers. Daily living tasks may take place in various places throughout the day. including the classroom, cafeteria, restrooms, and in the student’s home. Adapted tools can reduce or eliminate the need for human assistance with many tasks, increasing independence, and self-efficacy, which can carry over into other aspects of the individual's life.

Items available to borrow from ABLE Tech for trial with your students include adapted tableware, utensils, and meal preparation tools.

Little Spill Drinking cup U-Bend it Fork Adapted Cutting Board

Little-Spill Drinking Cup

Ubend-It Bendable Fork

 

Adapted Cutting Board

For more tool suggestions visit AT Discovery for Daily Living.



 

AT Device Feature

iEAT Feeding Robot

 

IEat Feeding Robot

ABLE Tech recently added a robotic feeding tool to the Device Demonstration and Loan Program.  The iEAT Feeding Robot is designed for people with limited or no arm, hand and/or finger function. The iEAT Feeding Robot has an automatic and semi-automatic mode. When the iEAT Feeding Robot is set to automatic mode the user can eat his/her meal without having to use their hand(s) or fingers(s). When set to semi-automatic mode the user can control and operate the iEAT Feeding Robot themselves.

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $5999
Purchased from: Assistive Innovations

Click to see the iEAT Feeding Robot in ABLE Tech Device Loan Inventory.

ABLE Tech device loans are provided for up to six weeks at no cost for the following purposes: (1) to assist in decision-making; (2) to serve as a loaner while the consumer is waiting for device repair or funding; (3) to provide an accommodation on a short-term basis; or (4) for professional development. Visit okabletech.org weekly to see the featured device on the homepage and to read about the ABLE Tech Short-Term Device Loan Program.



Transition Resources

Transition Spotlight: Role of a Job Coach

Job Coaches are an integral part of a Transition Team, helping to prepare a student with a disability to learn the skills necessary in order to be a productive worker. Also called Employment Training Specialists, Job Coaches can provide much-needed guidance and support to students as they prepare for employment after high school.

Amber McConnell from the OU Zarrow Center interviewed Norman Public Schools Transition Specialist Marcie Stickney about the role of a Job Coach. See YouTube video interview with Marcie Stickney.

This video is one of a series of interviews focusing on Oklahoma Resources for Transition-aged students. Visit the Oklahoma Transition Resources YouTube Playlist.

Learn more about employment training at the National Center for Disability Education & Training at the University of Oklahoma.


Linda Jaco Signature
Linda Jaco, Director
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma State University
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 800.257.1705

Kimberly Berry Signature

Kimberly Berry, Assistive Technology Teacher
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma State University
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 800.257.1705

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