Financial News You Can Use

Financial News You Can Use

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ABLE Tech is excited to announce two new ways to access the Financial Loan application. ABLE Tech staff have spent the last several months developing an online application and a Spanish version of the application to make it more accessible to Oklahomans seeking funding to purchase needed assistive technology. You can access the online application from ABLE Tech and OkAT Foundation websites. The Spanish version of the application is available via a downloadable pdf on both websites as well.

Apply online!

Lending Updates

Over the past year, OkAT Foundation has had the opportunity to utilize grant funds to support the direct lending program. These funds allowed growth to the direct lending program by providing an unlimited maximum direct loan amount. This program grew exponentially and rapidly thanks to community support.

However, the grant is near completion and the banking partner loan program has been re-implemented. Banking partner loans are provided to individuals through BancFirst and the interest rate is 5% through an interest buy-down agreement with the OkAT Foundation. All loans over $3,000 will be processed through BancFirst and all loans $3,000 and under will remain direct loans through OkAT. ABLE Tech will still be the point of contact for all applications.

Learning Opportunities

August is ABLE TO SAVE Month! The ABLE National Resource Center is a collaboration of supporters that share the goal of accelerating the design and availability of ABLE accounts for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families. This organization brings together investment, support, and resources of the country’s largest and most influential national disability organizations to provide valuable resources.

#ABLEtoSave weekly webinars will include the following:

Kickoff! Welcome to #ABLEtoSave Month: An Orientation on What You Need to Know About ABLE
August 1

Opening an ABLE Account
August 8

ABLE Best Practices and Action Steps for Family Members and Supports
August 15

ABLE Best Practices for Working-Age Adults
August 22

Celebrating All the Ways You are ABLE
August 29

To learn more about ABLE National Resources and to register for one or all of these webinars, you can visit their website at

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Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program proudly located at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Wellness. ABLE Tech's mission is to improve access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities of all ages. We offer AT demonstrations, short term loans of AT, financial loans to purchase AT, and recycling AT programs.

Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma State University | Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame | Stillwater, OK 74078
800.257.1705 (V/TTY)

WORDS from our Borrowers

Jeffrey L, Norman, OK
AT purchased: 
Hand controls for vehicle
Purpose: Community Living
“This was the only way I would be able to get the equipment and be able to pay it out over time and not all upfront. This equipment gets me mobile again. I don’t have to rely on my aging mother to take me everywhere from doctor appointments, to the store, or over to other people’s homes and social activities.

Jacfus P., Tulsa, OK
AT purchased: 
Wheelchair lift for vehicle
Purpose: Community Living
“I chose to use this loan program because everyone was so helpful in helping me get the loan…. The device was very helpful to me to get around, continue to go to church, go to the store, shop, go to the doctor’s office and more. Thank you for being so helpful.”

Chris C., Shawnee, OK
AT purchased:
 Hearing aids
"I have insurance and they paid a portion of the hearing aids, but this was the only reasonable option to pay for non-insurance covered portion of the hearing aids. It was a simple application and credit check, all very timely… I can now hear people talking in big crowds again, I can hear my co-workers better at my work, which is very loud. The hearing aids are also helping address my tinnitus in both ears.”

Peggy B., Sulphur, OK
AT purchased: 
Hearing aids
Purpose: Community Living
“I didn’t qualify for the program. If I did qualify, they only give one hearing aid and I needed two. I can now hear – Thank you!”

Juanita H., Shawnee, OK
AT purchased: Hearing aids
Community Living
“We are in our 80’s and live on a fixed income. Low interest means payments will be low…. I was unable to hear conversations, but I just got my new hearing aids and I am hearing better. AS I become accustomed to them I know it will improve my quality of life.”

Julia F., Shawnee, OK
AT purchased: Hearing aids
Purpose: Employment
“I could not afford to pay for the hearing aids on my own… my audiologist told me about the financial loan program… The hearing aids have allowed me to hear the speakers more clearly during meetings at school. I can also carry on a more normal conversation without having to ask the person to repeat themselves.

James H., Sapulpa, OK
AT purchased: Hearing aids
Community Living
“I could not get a hearing aid any other way. I am now able to talk to people again, instead of being withdrawn. I can hear and understand people now, where as before, I didn’t talk much and couldn’t understand people.”