May 2018 Program News
Oklahoma ABLE Tech's New Website
ABLE Tech’s website has a new look and a new address! Go take a look and visit our partner page, please make sure your contact information is correct and if it isn’t, please let me know and we will make the needed changes.
Opportunity to advocate….
Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT), one of ABLE Tech’s partners in the Financial Loan Program for purchasing assistive technology, is seeking new board members to serve in 2019! OKAT is a non-profit organization that was developed with the mission of assisting Oklahomans with disabilities to gain understanding, access to and acquisition of assistive technology, through financial loans, financial education, and other resources. It is comprised of a 9-member board that has experience with using assistive technology themselves, or work with clients or family members who use assistive technology.
OkAT is currently recruiting new board members to fill the roles of three outgoing board members, beginning January 2019. If this is something you might be interested in, or know of clients you work with who would make great advocates for consumers with disabilities, please let us know! To learn more about OkAT and its services across the state, you can visit www.okatfoundation.org. If you would like to serve, learn more about the requirements, or know of someone who would like more information, please contact Milissa Gofourth or Shelley Gladden at ABLE Tech.
Smoke Alarm Announcement
ABLE Tech has reached their smoke alarm installation goal for the current FEMA grant. They will continue to install for applicants who were determined eligible by April 1st. We want you to continue to encourage your consumers to apply for free some alarms – however, due to lack of funding, we will have to put applications on a waiting list.
Once funds become available, ABLE Tech will contact the applicant to schedule the installation. ABLE Tech’s partner, the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has applied for a new grant and we hope to know in the next few months if they will be awarded. ABLE Tech will hold all applications and upon FEMA’s announcement for new grant funds we will be ready to serve the applicants as soon as possible.
ABLE Tech’s Quarterly Report
Click HERE to view Oklahoma ABLE Tech's Quarterly Report.
Oklahoma Parents Center
12th Annual Statewide Conference
"Building Relationships...Creating Successful Change" on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
For more information on the 12th Annual Statewide Conference in Midwest City, visit our website at http://oklahomaparentscenter.org/updates/12th-annual-statewide-conference/
Spotlight on Success
Jordan is a 4 year old from Cleveland County and he is receiving services through the Moore Autism Center. He has been trialing an iPad with the Proloquo2go app to help him make selections of preferred items, label items, and overcome his non-verbal status.
This has allowed Jordan to practice using the iPad in multiple settings. He has been able to decrease his frustrations of not being understood during educational learning and play.
Assistive Technology Device Feature
The Headpod is a device that assists the wearer in maintaining an upright head position. This allows for improved functional skills such as increased visual field, improved positioning for eating, and improved ability for operation of eye-gaze speech-generating devices/computers. It can also help strengthen neck muscles, decrease hypertonicity, and decrease fatigue. It fastens to a variety of headrest systems on a child’s stroller, wheelchair, or stander. Recommended for ages 18 months thru adult.
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