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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 Writing 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.
Situation: A researcher in a technology company had expressive writing disorder.
Individuals with this disorder can verbalize well in meetings and conversations. His thoughts were easily spoken and organized. However, expressive writing disorder made it difficult for him to write or type out thoughts. The employee's tasks included gathering information and summarizing it into written reports.
The employee searched for ways to him summarize and write in a more organized manner. There are simple tools such as mind maps and other kinds of graphic organizers. He found low tech to higher tech options for organizing thoughts. A simple method is to use post it notes to organize main ideas. All thoughts can be written down as one or two words. The notes can be moved around on a wall or desk to begin to organize. A story board document can be as simple as one page boxes or circles to help organize thoughts. Literacy suite software such as “Inspiration”, Solo Suite, and TextHelp ReadWrite can help individuals organize and prioritize information for reports. Print copies of online versions of a thesaurus and dictionary are helpful as well.
Goals and Outcomes: The goal for was for the employee to use a graphic organizer to collect important themes and pieces of information. He would write main ideas on post it notes when in meetings, use a storyboard document, or a computer with software to begin organizing important ideas. The software allows the user to export and linearize the information into a document.
|Solo 6 Literacy Suite||Inspiration Map App||MindMup App|
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.
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
Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs