2021 July – Partner eNews

July 2021

Save the Date!

ABLE Tech will host the semi-annual partner meeting virtually on September 15, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It is required that at least one person from each partner organization attend, but partners are welcome to invite anyone who would benefit from the AT information to be provided. Please mark your calendars and more details will follow. 

Join us. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92475733436

#ADA31 - Celebrate. Learn. Share.

On July 26, 2021, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 31!

The purpose of the law is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Use any platform of your choosing to share your story or show anniversary recognition and post to social media using #ADA31 or #ThanksToTheADA. Visit www.adaanniversary.org for more information.

National ADA Symposium

The ADA Symposium is an annual event known for presentations that provide current information on ADA regulations and guidelines, practical implementation strategies, and best practices. The 2021 National ADA Symposium is a hybrid event offering options to attend an onsite conference, a virtual conference, or both. Visit www.adasymposium.org  for more information.

  • Onsite: July 26-28, Phoenix, AZ 
  • Virtual: Aug 2-5

ABLE Tech Advisory Council Zoom Meeting

The virtual, quarterly ABLE Tech Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th from 9:30 am to noon. Federal Fiscal Year 2021 3rd quarter activities and reports for all ABLE Tech programs will be shared. 

As a valued partner, you are always welcome to join and learn more about ABLE Tech’s statewide initiatives. We hope to see you there!

Join Us. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97852380753

Alzheimer's Association LogoSpotlight on Success: Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma

The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter works with families caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to help them with disease education, resources, and referrals. The Alzheimer’s Association partners with ABLE Tech to help caregivers access and acquire assistive technology (AT) when caring for loved ones. 

Much of the support that is provided to caregivers include finding ways to use recreational AT with loved ones to promote positive behaviors, prevent boredom, and provide opportunities to maintain skills and interests. 

One of the recreational AT items often demonstrated is the Busy Board. This board is a 12” by 12” piece of painted plywood with locks, zippers, handles, fasteners, etc. The Busy Board keeps hands busy and is a perfect solution as it engages individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia. The Busy Board appropriately occupies loved ones/patients by engaging them in a positive activity. The Busy Board pictured here was made as an Eagle Scout project and donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter also provides education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through the community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals, and families. The Alzheimer's Association can provide these services at no cost through grants, gifts, and fundraising. Advocacy for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention, and, ultimately, a cure, remain the heart of the Alzheimer’s Association commitment.

To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter's collaboration with ABLE Tech, visit the Alzheimer’s Association Central Oklahoma Partner webpage.

July is National Recreation Therapy Month 

Check out the Featured Assistive Technology for July.

Visit the ABLE Tech homepage to learn more about the featured Assistive Technology.

Discover more Recreational Assistive Technology (AT) for people of all ages on the ABLE Tech AT Discovery webpage.


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Oklahoma ABLE Tech

CONTACT: Shelby Sanders, shelby.sanders@okstate.edu