20180430_AccessforAllWeeklyTip – PTSD

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Access for All Weekly Tip
For the week of April 30 - May 4

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects thousands of individuals across the world. It can be a debilitating illness that inhibits the individual's life. One of the many areas that PTSD affects is the work place. Some examples of problems associated with the workplace for those who have PTSD are:

  • Memory problems
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty retaining information
  • Feelings of fear or anxiety
  • Physical problems
  • Poor interactions with coworkers
  • Unreasonable reactions to situations that trigger memories
  • Absenteeism
  • Interruptions if employee is still in an abusive relationship, harassing phone calls, etc.
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Panic attacks

Accommodating an employee with PTSD can be unique for each individual. What may be helpful for one individual may not be helpful for the next. First and foremost, it is important for the employer to be educated on PTSD and its symptoms. Knowledge can lead to understanding reactions, which may seem out of the ordinary. It can also provide a framework for adapting the work environment to suit the needs of the individual with PTSD.

Note: Link to Gift from Within for more information about PTSD in the workplace..

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. Here are some resources that relate to this article:

Pressure Vest

Weighted Blanket

Reminder "Rosie" Clock/Voice

Aftershokz Bluetooth Headphones

Any.do App


Time Timer

Personal Emergency Alarm

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