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AT Discovery
Environmental Adaptations & Controls

Environmental Adaptations & Controls

 

AT Discovery is one of the many resources that Oklahoma ABLE Tech has created to benefit the people of Oklahoma. AT (Assistive Technology) Discovery is a clearinghouse for many resources relating to a specific disability. In each category, you will find information and explanations of available resources, tips, financial information, fact sheets, videos, and links to a variety of AT in the ABLE Tech Device Loan Inventory Program.

The following is a Case Study from the Environmental Adaptations & Controls category on AT Discovery. It features a scenario where an employee needs an accommodation in order to better do their job, and includes possible recommendations from an AT professional, goals and outcomes for the accommodation, and sample solutions for that employee.

Wanchik's WriterSituation: Employee with upper extremity limitations.

A person with upper extremity limitations such as arthrogryposis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal injuries, or any muscle weakness, may need environmental adaptations to complete a paper job application due to difficulty holding and manipulating a writing utensil as well as accessing the paper.

Possible Recommendations:

Low tech options may be successful in these situations. Options for holding a writing utensil include pencil grips to enlarge the grasping surface, Ergowriter, EZ Grip ResQ Pen, Steady Write Pen, Wanchik’s writer, Wanchik’s writer 2, Weighted Pen, and Writing Bird. Options to increase the accessibility to the paper include a slant board such as the Visual Edge Slant Board. In lieu of a commercially purchased slant board, a 3-4” empty 3-ring binder can be turned sideways to simulate a slant board.

Goals and Outcomes:

For someone who would have difficulty obtaining a job because of difficulty completing an application, providing an adapted writing utensil and slant board may allow him or her to successfully complete an application and become employed.

Sample Solutions:

Ergowriter

Writing Bird

Slant Board

Ergowriter

Writing Bird

Slant Board

 

Note: Link to EAC AT Discovery.

Call Oklahoma ABLE Tech (800-257-1705) for accommodation ideas or to borrow assistive technology. ABLE Tech’s AT Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program works just like a book library.

Search Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s resources for reused AT and durable medical equipment
including free and low cost items.


Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800-257-1705.


Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: rgcarr@okstate.edu

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Department of Wellness

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame,

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu

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