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ABLE Tech Benefits Students with Disabilities (Updated)

Students on OSU’s campus can take advantage of Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program. ABLE Tech’s mission is “to improve access to, and acquisition of, assistive technology for individuals with disabilities of all ages.” What is meant by the term "assistive technology (AT)" or "assistive device"? Both terms refer to products, equipment and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities. These same products can be helpful to anyone.

ABLE Tech’s comprehensive programs include assistive technology device demonstrations, device short-term loans, financial loans for purchasing assistive technology, and information and assistance services. ABLE Tech is housed in the Department of Wellness and students can visit the offices to get a hands-on experience with a number of assistive devices. Beyond that, ABLE Tech maintains an online inventory of over 2,500 devices and apps that can be borrowed for a 6-week "try before you buy" trial. 

Focusing on the device short-term loan aspect of ABLE Tech, here are some apps and devices that can be borrowed for a FREE 6-week trial:

  • Noteability 2018 VideoThe first Is a very popular app named “Notabilty” for iPad and iPhone @ $9.99 (similar Google Play app below!)
    Rather than write about the features of this app, here’s a great video* from the website Paperless Student (see sidebar for more info) that explains its features and capabilities targeted for college students.
    * all videos below have captions. While captioning is not embedded, you can turn it on in the “play” bar in most of these videos.

Here’s Notability, available to borrow at ABLE Tech
 

Paperless Student YouTube Channel
A YouTube channel run by Ropsie, who is a surgical medical student, offers reviews and tips on productivity apps and products that help her in her studies. She provides terrific reviews of several notetaking apps for iPad and other productivity helps.
YouTube Paperless Student URL

Evernote vs. Bear - video on YouTube


For students with visual impairment,

KNFB Reader is a highly praised app, tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. KNFB Reader makes access to print materials faster and more efficient than ever. The KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button on the iPhone.

Below, you can view an instructional video of KNFB Reader and...

here is KNFB Reader at ABLE Tech (both Google Play and iTunes versions)
 

KFNB Reader - video on YouTube


For students with hearing impairment,

the Pocketalker® amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. It is ideal for one-on-one conversation, small group and TV listening, or conversing in the car.

Below, watch a short video on the Pocketalker Ultra...

and, here, you can borrow it for a free 6-week trial from ABLE Tech.

Pocketalker Ultra - a video on YouTube

 

Take advantage of Oklahoma ABLE Tech!
All of these devices, apps and information are available to every Oklahoman with a disability. So, if you're an adult and think this information could benefit you or your relatives or friends -- from birth to senior -- check out our website!