Don't Miss the October 15th - Tech Thursday
Join ABLE Tech for another one-hour Tech Thursday in October. This meeting is a free fun opportunity to network with peers.
Amy Woods, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), will explore early learning and development applications. She has gathered a fantastic list of available apps that are tried and true to work with younger ones or developing students. This extensive list of apps will be discussed, but a sneak preview of a few are featured below:
Switch Accessible Puzzles - Switch Accessible Puzzles is an exciting 3D puzzle matching app for kids. When the puzzle piece is placed in the correct cutout, a new puzzle piece appears. Once all of the pieces are placed into the accurate cutouts, a new puzzle board appears. The app allows switch accessibility with auto scan, scan second intervals, step scanning, and direct selection.
Big Bang Bundle - Big Bang Bundle was developed in conjunction with Teachers of the Visually Impaired and was designed explicitly for children with low vision. There are twenty-one high contrast animated images and great sound effects designed to provide visual stimulation and develop hand-eye coordination skills for users with low vision and perceptual difficulties. Both apps offer similar comprehensive options for access using touch or switches, color preferences, and reward time, allowing one to identify student preferences and adapt the apps accordingly.
Kid ToDo List - Create a task list by arranging picture cards for kids' chores and tasks. The Kids ToDo List supports the use of one's pictures and voice recordings. This is an excellent app for setting routines, daily living, and much more.
You can borrow Bluetooth switches or switch interfaces that connect to regular switches and allow alternative access for these apps (and more). Search in ABLE Tech's Inventory link.
ABLE Tech's Fall AT Support Team Workshops Under Way
On September 17th, ABLE Tech launched session 1 of 3 of the Fall Workshop Series: AT Consideration and Implementation. It was a packed session with 94 virtual attendees! The workshop included learning about AT Consideration as well as low-tech AT Make ‘n Take activities.
Here are some responses from participants from Workshop 1:
“I loved the make-and-takes!!! So cool to see how simple objects can be manipulated in different ways to help multiple students.”
“I enjoyed the law and reasoning behind why each student needs to have AT considered.”
“I now know where to start. I was completely overwhelmed before this training but now I know where to look within my district documents and I know who to contact if I have questions.”
Session 2 will be on October 22nd and Session 3 on November 12th. If you missed the September workshop, reach out to ABLE Tech to see how you can participate in the remaining Fall workshops, or stay tuned for dates to attend the Spring series. Review the schedule on the ABLE Tech AT Support Team Workshop page.
If you have participated in this valuable workshop series in the past, please share it with your peers. Help us continue to support ABLE Tech's mission of Connecting Oklahomans with Disabilities to Assistive Technology (AT). Thank you!
Did you miss the15th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI) Conference?
ABLE Tech had the privilege of presenting at the 15th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI) conference. It was held virtually this year on September 28-30. ABLE Tech presented on Transitioning Assistive Technology (AT) with Students and Documenting in the IEP.
If you could not attend, you can find a recording of all sessions on the Oklahoma Transition Council Website. Sessions included Pre-Employment Transition Services (ETS), Introduction to Individual Career Academic Planning (ICAP), Post -Secondary Programs in Oklahoma, and more robust educational topics.
New Device Alert!
The NEW TrackerPro 2 head mouse provides reliable hands-free mouse control for individuals who cannot use a traditional computer mouse. The smooth and pixel-precise cursor control of the TrackerPro 2 opens a world of possibilities for the user. An individual can use communication software, browse the internet, read a digital book, type an email, or just about anything else that can be done on a computer, tablet, or phone. The TrackerPro 2 is plug-and-play and uses the standard mouse drivers already installed on the device.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is Hiring
Are You an Assistive Technology Teacher?
ABLE Tech is looking for an Assistive Technology Teacher (COTA, Special Ed, Visually Impaired, or OT). Please apply directly to the OSU job link.