April 2018 Program News
Thanks to all the partners that traveled to Stillwater for the Partner Meeting on March 6. We had some great discussion, met some new partners and were provided with an interesting presentation from Nadine Walter.
As a follow-up, if anyone is interested in joining the Oklahoma Caregiver Coalition, the next meeting is April 19th at 10:00 a.m. The location is yet to be determined. Therefore it will be necessary for you to email or call Nadine Walter in order to receive the announcement directly. You are welcome to attend a meeting and then decide if it is something you want to continue. They share lots of useful information.
Lifespan Respite Grant Manager
50 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Did you miss the Creating Accessible Documents last month? Lucky for you, this webinar is now ready to view on our YouTube channel!
Learn how to create accessible documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF. ABLE Tech Accessibility Coordinator, Rob Carr, shows how utilizing proper heading structure, alt tags, and other features can improve access for students who use screen readers and other accessibility tools.
Advisory Council meeting on April 25th at 9:30 a.m.
ABLE Tech Consumer Advisory Council Meeting is April 25th at 9:30 am. The meeting will be held at the DRS State Office Building, 2nd floor conference room, at 3535 NW 58th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. If you would like written materials please let me know by April 19th.
Spotlight on Success
Betty from Harrah, OK was seen by NewView Oklahoma due to the progression of her decreased central vision by Macular Degeneration. At 83 years young Betty is still active in her town’s historical museum and works on computer programs often from her home. With losing her central vision, Betty was finding it very difficult to manage the keyboard and look at printed reports required for the job.
Betty was able to trial several devices from ABLE Tech such as magnifiers, reading prismatic glasses, and large print high contrast keyboards. Betty borrowed the equipment and by being able to use it in her home she was able to see how the equipment worked with the tasks that had become so difficult for her. Betty expressed on her next visit with her Occupational Trainer Assistant (OTA) that there were several items that were a must have for her.
Betty’s fear of having to stop a job she enjoys was put to rest when she found the correct equipment to aid her with performing these jobs again. Betty stated the tasks she was performing were becoming so difficult, with fear of mistakes and increased time to complete, she was sure she would not be able to continue. Betty stated the equipment and the training she received has given her purpose and hope of being able to continue her work at the museum as well as with many other tasks in her daily life.
Assistive Technology Device Feature
Speech App - GoTalk Now
The Dictionary Pen contains a high accuracy multi-language OCR that enables you to capture and save text instantly. It can be very helpful for a student studying a second language and needing help with translations or pronunciations.
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