September Partner eNews 2018

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Program News for September 2018

MOA PARTNER MEETING
@ Stillwater Convention & Visitors Bureau 
September 18th, 2018 

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2617 W 6th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074

Your Assignment!
Please bring two similar types of AT from your inventory to demonstrate to your fellow MOA Partners. 

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(405) 743-3697
See you there!

ABLE Tech Welcomes 4 New Partners

Three agencies that are part of the statewide area agencies on aging have joined the ABLE Tech partners:

  • AREAWIDE AGING AGENCY, INC  – serving senior citizens in Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Oklahoma counties
  • INCOG – serving senior citizens in Creek, Osage, and Tulsa counties
  • KEDDO – serving senior citizens in Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and McCurtain counties

We are excited to have a new MOA Partner who will be specializing in hearing assistive technology. 

  • THE SCHOLL CENTER - is located at 3105 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa
    – serving all ages in the Tulsa and surrounding areas 

We will also have a chance to meet the new MOA staff on September 18th.
NOTE TO OUR NEW PARTNERS: you will not be required to demonstrate devices at the Partner Meeting, as you will receive your assistive technology that afternoon.


Upcoming Events
Training Opportunities

Webinars and Videos: ABLE Tech has a history of providing quality training through the creation of webinars and videos. Look below to see what webinars you may be interested in attending this fall:

    • September 5: Special Education Resolution Center with
      Program Manager, Jo Anne Pool Blades
    • October 3: Smoke Alarm Program with ABLE Tech
      Program Manager, Milissa Gofourth
    • November (day TBD): Accessible Educational Materials with
      ABLE Tech Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Kimberly Berry and 
      Cristin Lockwood, Liberty Braille
    • December 5: Demonstration/Loan with ABLE Tech
      AT Specialist, Shelby Sanders

Additionally, ABLE Tech has a vast collection of instructional videos, AT device feature videos, and archived webinars on YouTube Live.  Webinars are presented throughout the school year and then archived for on-demand viewing.
Click to go to ABLE Tech Youtube Channel.


Open House Celebration

The Faye Donalson Hearing Helpers Demonstration Room will hold an Open House to celebrate 20 years of continuous operation.

Open House
Friday, September 7
3:00-5:00pm  
5100 N. Brookline, Ste 100 
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Hearing Helpers first opened their doors on September 1, 1998. It was the realization of a long-held dream of Faye Donalson, a retired former professor at John Keys School of Audiology at The University of Oklahoma Hearing and Speech Clinic (OUHSC). She wanted the hearing impaired to have a place where they could "try before you buy" assistive devices, thereby avoiding costly mistakes of buying something that would not meet their needs. Although other demonstration rooms exist across the country, Hearing Helpers is the only one open five days a week to have been established and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Hearing Helpers started with five devices on loan from the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. In 2006 they became a Partner of Oklahoma ABLE Tech which allowed them to greatly increase their inventory over the years. In addition, it enabled them to loan the devices for short periods of time so that clients could try the devices in their own environment before deciding whether or not to purchase it. This has proved to be a very popular program which has introduced assistive hearing technology to hundreds of Oklahomans.


Spotlight on Success

Mrs. Crook - SpotlightMs. Crook is an 84-year-old woman with a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration. She has had an increase in difficulty with reading, writing, watching TV and other activities due to her diagnosis. Ms. Crook stated she had stopped doing a lot of family and leisure activities with friends because she felt she would be more in the way and possibly cause others to not enjoy themselves as much.

Ms. Crook was referred to NewView Oklahoma to help address these difficulties and help educate Ms. Crook on devices and techniques that would help her gain back a lot of her independence. NewView was able to help Ms. Crook with different reading techniques, as well as demonstrating and loaning her different types of magnification through the loan program with Oklahoma ABLE Tech. She purchased a Ruby XL electronic magnifier and is now back to doing more reading, writing tasks with word searches, crossword puzzles, and leisure activities like playing cards and dominoes with friends and family.

 


 

Assistive Technology Device Feature

Bontend Universal Tablet Stand

Universal Tablet Stand

The Bontend Universal Tablet Stand is adjustable and smoothly rotates up to 360 degrees and firmly holds 7"-11" tablets and smartphones in both horizontal and vertical positions.
It has an aluminum base with heavy duty stand that has rubber pads. The non-slip tablet mount will securely hold your device at any angle.

Click here to request a six-week loan!

Check out the Weekly AT featured on our website & bookmark it to keep updated.


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