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APRIL 2019 Join Us
AAC: An Ethical Perspective Workshop - May 18, 2019

Learn how to appropriately consider, assess, and provide AAC in the ABLE Tech professional development, AAC: An Ethical Perspective Workshop. Providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can present unique challenges. Register today!

This event will take place on May 18, 2019, at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, Oklahoma.

SPEAKERS

Sandra

Allyson Robinson, ABLE Tech Assistant Director Sandra Wright-Hackler, ABLE Tech Program Manager for State Leadership

COSTS: Professional ($50), Student ($20)

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Both speakers have no financial information to disclose. Non-financial: Allyson Robinson and Sandra Wright-Hackler are both full-time employees of Oklahoma ABLE Tech. This program is offered for 0.70 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area).

Participation Pays Off

The 2018-2019 Team Training Workshops just wrapped up, but plans for next year are in development. Watch your email for updates and check back to the AT Support Team Workshops webpage for the latest information.

Educators who attended ABLE Tech AT Support Team Trainings learned valuable skills to help provide tools that support students with disabilities, and sometimes, they leave with AT devices in hand.

Three lucky participants left training with a speech generating device (SGD) to use in their district. These devices, which were worn or outdated, but still operable, were donated free of charge through ABLE Tech's Oklahoma Equipment Exchange (OEE). We regularly evaluate the device loan inventory and removes devices which are outdated. Items which were originally purchased using funds from our contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education are then given to educators via the OEE, so that they will continue to benefit PK-12 students.

The three recipients were chosen randomly from a list of Speech-Language Pathologists who submitted a narrative describing how they would use a device to improve the educational opportunities for students in their district. Below is one of the recipients’ narratives.

I have several students that could benefit from direct exposure to a high tech speech generating device (10+). I work at the primary level with three 1st-grade students; However, I plan on exposing/assessing several students at various levels of their educational careers with this SGD.

Currently, I have several students that are using LAMP. This has proven successful for most of our students! However, it would be wonderful to have another option available to compare and maximize the students’ communicative success. Also, I plan on using SGDs to educate parents and provide in-services. Our district and SLP department will be forever grateful for your donation!

Kara Anderson M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Cache Public School

AT for Seating, Positioning, & Mobility

Seating, Positioning, and Mobility Assistive Technology (AT) is important for people with disabilities who need assistance to achieve and/or maintain a position which enables them to participate in daily activities. AT can reduce or eliminate the need for a person with a mobility impairment to have human assistance with daily tasks. AT can reduce fatigue thereby allowing the person to participate for longer periods of time and save energy for other tasks.  

VersaForm Positioning Pillow Maddacrawler Prone Support Walker Four Square Pillow

VersaForm Positioning Pillow

Maddacrawler Prone Support Walker

Four Square Pillow

Are you looking for other types of assistive technology?
Visit ABLE Tech AT Discovery to learn more. 

Accommodations and AT for Dyslexia

Webinar: Accommodations and AT for Dyslexia
Date:
April 17, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Presented by: Tiffany Jenkins, CALT

With appropriate intervention, students with dyslexia may be able to improve their reading skills. In the meantime, Assistive Technology can help these children to keep up with grade-level content and succeed in school. In this webinar, Tiffany Jenkins, Certified Academic Language Therapist, will discuss a variety of tools which have been shown to help struggling readers. Jenkins is a parent of a child with dyslexia and also serves on the State Dyslexia Task Force, which is working to improve educational opportunities for Oklahoma students.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/860201347

For sound, join by your computer, or call with one of the numbers below:

  • +1 669 900 6833
  • +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 860 201 347

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. Visit our Webinars and Videos webpage for links to archived webinars and other informative videos.

Middle School/Junior High Years

A transition should be considered at all stages in a student’s educational program, from entering in early childhood to leaving high school. The Middle School & Junior High Years are a great time to complete Transition Assessments/Career Interest Inventories, learn Independent Living & Social Skills, and begin preparing for college.

Resources for Independent Living include:
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services http://ok.gov/odmhsas

Oklahoma Parents Center http://www.oklahomaparentscenter.org/

University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment: facilitates successful secondary and postsecondary educational, vocational, and personal outcomes for students with disabilities. http://education.ou.edu/zarrow/

Oklahoma Promise covers college tuition for up to five years at any public college or university in the state. Students must be enrolled during eighth, ninth or 10th grade. https://www.okhighered.org/okpromise/

This information is based on the Oklahoma Secondary Transition Planning Folder developed by the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council in coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Department of Education. For more information visit Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

Linda Jaco, Director

Kimberly Berry, Assistive Technology Teacher

Oklahoma ABLE TechOklahoma State University
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 800.257.1705
Email: abletech@okstate.edu

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