201807 – Kim’s AT News You Can Use

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Oklahoma ABLE Tech
AT News You Can Use

July, 2018 

In this issue:

  • AT Support Team Training: Dates and Locations Announced
  • Case Study: AT for Recreation
  • Device Feature: Bowling Ramp
  • Oklahoma Transition Institute: Save the Date

AT Support Team TrainingDates and Locations Announced

 

Registration will be opening soon for ABLE Tech AT Support Team Training for the 2018-19 school-year. The lineup will include a three-workshop series which will be offered in Owasso during the fall semester, and repeated in Lawton during the spring semester.

AT Assessment Part 1- Consideration
Fall Session: September 13, 2018, Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
Spring Session: January 17, 2019, Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton
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 student’s IEP goals.
 
AT Assessment Part 2 – Gathering Information and Trialing Devices
Fall Session: Date: October 11, 2018, Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
Spring Session: February 14, 2019, Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton
Description:Participants will learn the steps involved in conducting an Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment, and the procedure for borrowing AT to try 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
Fall Session: November 8, 2018, Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
Spring Session: March 14, 2019, Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton
Description: Participants will learn how to write AT in the IEP, summarize the AT Implementation process, compare and contrast AT across disabilities, and identify funding resources for acquisition of AT. Afternoon breakout sessions will offer educators opportunities to see and try devices in the categories of their choosing.

AT trainings are free for Oklahoma educators and related service providers. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for OTs, PTs, and SLPs. Keep an eye on the ABLE Tech AT Support Team Training webpage for updates. We invite you to sign up for our waitlist to be notified when registration opens. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

In the meantime, check out ABLE Tech’s online resources to learn about AT for students with disabilities:

  • Webinars and Videos: ABLE Tech has a vast collection of instructional videos, AT device feature videos, and archived webinars. Live webinars are presented throughout the school-year and then archived for on-demand viewing. Click to go to ABLE Tech Youtube Channel.
  • Online Curriculum: Learn about AT devices and services whenever you want! This guided-study course mirrors our in-person workshops and is designed for educators to access at their convenience. Click to go to ABLE Tech Online AT Curriculum.

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


   Case StudyAT for Recreation

 

Student with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), who is 15 years old and in 10th grade, is identifying leisure interests for post-high school.

Student Information:

Male student in wheelchairThis student uses a wheelchair due to impaired muscle control as a result of a TBI.  As part of the transition process for high school students, this student is identifying leisure interests for post-high school.  When he was young he spent many hours on the golf course with his grandparents who were avid golfers.  He has decided he would like to try playing golf.  The team golf coach has agreed to have the student practice with the team if the appropriate equipment can be found.

Possible Recommendations:

There are several devices that will assist someone with a disability in playing golf.  Clubs can be purchased or adapted to allow for play from a seated position.  A Grip Wrap can assist in maintaining an appropriate grasp of the golf club.  The Tee-Up Foldaway assists in teeing up a ball without bending to the ground.

Goals and Outcomes:

The student was able to use the identified equipment to practice at the driving range with the school team.  He required assistance to set up the Grip Wrap correctly but otherwise required very little assistance.  There were also times that he participated with the team in picking up all the balls that had been hit by using a ball pickup device.

Sample solutions available in the ABLE Tech Short-Term Loan Inventory:

Grip Wrap Tee-Up Foldaway Adapted Clubs
Grip Wrap Tee-Up Foldaway Adapted Clubs

ABLE Tech provides case studies as examples for educators considering assistive technology (AT) for students with disabilities to help them reach their educational goals. Visit AT Discovery for feature matching solutions based on the Student, Environment, Task and Tools (SETT) Framework developed by Dr. Joy Zabala.

 


AT Device Feature

Bowling Ramp

Bowling Ramp

 

This Bowling Ramp allows everyone the chance to participate in bowling. It is perfect for those in wheelchairs, as well as others who have low muscle tone, or limited range of motion in their arms.

The ramp is lightweight and easy to move, so there won’t be any problems moving the ramp to line it up for a strike. The wide rear legs allow those using wheelchairs to get right up to the ramp with no obstacles. The no-slide rubber feet on the legs keep the ramp in place when being used.

Device Details:

  • 26''W X 62''L X 25''H
  • No-slide rubber feet
  • Made of steel pipe with chrome finish
  • Easy assembly/disassembly
  • Portable and easy to store

Cost: $130
Purchased from: Flaghouse

Click to see Bowling Ramp AT Device Video on YouTube.

Click to see Bowling Ramp in ABLE Tech Device Loan Inventory

Each week ABLE Tech features one of the many assistive technology devices available for trial through our short-term loan program. Our inventory offers a wide range of AT for communication, computer access, hearing, vision, daily living, environmental adaptations, learning/development, health, safety, and recreation.

Search our Device Loan Inventory!


Transition Resources

Oklahoma Transition Institute: Save the Date

Oklahoma Transition Council

The 13th Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI), Oklahoma's premier transition professional development, will take place October 15-17 at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel in Norman. The theme is Strategies for Success:  Creating Connections. More than 600 participants attended last year, and organizers are hoping for even more this year.

OTI is accepting presentation proposals, and offering opportunities to sponsor, exhibit, place an ad, and donate. Click here for more information about OTI.

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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