Access for All Weekly Tip
For the week of May 14 - 18
Stroke is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. Women account for more than half of stroke deaths, yet stroke is more prevalent in men. Strokes can occur at any age, but are more common in people 65 years or older.
Physical Effects of Stroke:
- Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body is common and can affect upper and/or lower extremities of the body
- Balance and overall coordination make standing, climbing, sitting, and walking problematic
- Ignoring or not being aware of the affected side of the body
- Numbness or pain
- Dysphagia (trouble chewing/swallowing food) can prevent the person from getting basic nutrition and can cause aspiration (breathing in food)
- Bowel and bladder incontinence and other activities of daily living including independent bathing, dressing, and eating
- Fatigue and decreased stamina
Situation and Solution: Johnathan suffered a stroke last fall. He recently went back to work as a communications professional where he spends a lot of time typing. Numbness in his hands made it difficult to complete his work without pain. He was accommodated with several typing aids and a text-to-speech software on his computer, and he is now able to complete his work without limitations.
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 devices that relate to this article:
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