Newsletter: AT News You Can Use

Newsletter: AT News You Can Use

October 2019

Dyslexia Handbook and Upcoming Workshops

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) recently released the Oklahoma Dyslexia Handbook and is offering a series of Dyslexia workshops for educators during October and November. The Dyslexia Handbook was developed by the Dyslexia and Education Task Force and provides guidance to educators, students, families, and community members about dyslexia and the best practices for identification, intervention, and support for children with dyslexia. The handbook includes information about Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and common Assistive Technology (AT) tools recommended for students with dyslexia.

The Dyslexia Training Series will include a session showing how educators can use Bookshare to provide accessible text which can be read aloud with highlighting.  (Ebooks for people with reading barriers.)

Kimberly Berry from ABLE Tech will present the Bookshare session at the Oct 9, Oct. 30, and Nov. 15 workshops. Bookshare staff will present this content at the Oct. 14, Oct. 15, and Oct. 30 workshops.

Dyslexia Training Dates & Locations:

  • Oct 9 - Enid
  • Oct 14 & 15 - OKC 
  • Oct 24 - Lawton
  • Oct 30 - McAlester
  • Nov 14 & 15 - Owasso

Registration information and a link to download the Oklahoma Dyslexia Handbook can be found on the OSDE Special Education webpage.

ABLE Tech's AT Support Team Training Workshops

Participants engaged at workshopParticipants gave rave reviews following the first of ABLE Tech’s AT Support Team Trainings last month. 75 educators from 26 districts attended the session on Consideration of Assistive Technology held Sept. 12 in Enid.

Here are a few comments from participants:

  • "Very organized, attention keeping, informational & applicable. I like that the event was used efficiently and not “time killers” to fill time."
  • "I enjoyed the speaker!"
  • "Great Make ‘n Takes!"

Registration is still open for the Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 workshops, as well as the spring sessions in Shawnee. AT trainings are 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.

Oklahoma Transition Institute:
One-Day OTI Event in Two Locations!

The Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI) workshop will be held simultaneously in two locations on Monday, October 7, 2019.

  • Moore-Norman Technology Center - South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tulsa Technology Center - Owasso Campus, Owasso, OK

If you’re coming to the Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI), be sure to attend the breakout session, Assistive Technology (AT) in Employment for Persons with Visual Impairments (VI). ABLE Tech will be co-presenting this session with AT Specialists from the Visual Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Scott Solberg from the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development will provide the keynote focusing on Individual Career Academic Plans (ICAPs).

Register now for OTI.

Linda Jaco, Director

Kimberly Berry, Assistive Technology Teacher

Oklahoma State University
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 800.257.1705

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