Deafblind interpreting is a requirement in order for people with deafblindness to achieve full participation, equality, independence and self-determination in every area of society.
Deafblind interpreting is the provision via an intermediary of both visual and hearing impressions to persons with deafblindness.
This comes about through three fully integrated elements.
These elements are: the interpreting of speech; environmental description; and guiding.
Deafblind interpreting is provided using the interpreting methods, on the occasions and to the extent requested by persons with deafblindness.
Deafblindness is a distinct disability. Persons with deafblindness are persons with a varying degree of combined visual and hearing disability.
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its statewide partners operate an assistive technology (AT) device demonstration center and short-term loan program to increase access to and utilization of AT for individuals with disabilities. The program is available to Oklahoma residents with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals that support them.
Demonstrations give individuals the ability to see, touch, and try AT to help them in the decision-making process by providing:
Hands-on exploration of devices
Information on the latest technology
Low-tech solutions and adaptations
The short-term loan program provides individuals the opportunity to borrow AT to:
Make an informed decision before purchase
Ensure compatibility between the device and user
Have back-up equipment while waiting for repair
Have a device while waiting for new equipment
The equipment inventory offers a wide range of AT, including devices and equipment for: speech communication, computer access, hearing, vision, daily living, environmental adaptations, learning/development, recreation, mobility, seating and positioning. ABLE Tech staff also provides guidance on funding resources for AT equipment. Read More
OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.
The public is encouraged to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City on Feb. 5, Tulsa on Feb. 6 and Lawton on Feb. 7.
Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.
DRS provides a variety of services that help individuals with disabilities achieve employment, personal independence and self-sufficiency. The Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council advises DRS on development of policies and plans for rehabilitation services.
Proposed policy changes effect the following chapters: Chapter 1 - Administrative Operations, Chapter 3 - Management Services Division and Chapter 10 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services.
The changes include housekeeping items such as removing the references to the Independent Living Program, which is no longer operated by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, or adding language to clarify the Division of Visual Services may serve individuals with sight threatening progressive conditions or functional limitations due to sight loss. As well as an updating agency and program names to remove obsolete references.
Other changes include definition updates, removal of extended evaluation language and removal of homemaker employment outcome language to reflect recent federal law changes. Read More
Going through high school, James Meadours was kept separate in special education classes from his Broken Arrow classmates, never really getting to know them.
After graduating in 1986, he was put in a 10-bedroom group home and felt isolated from the world, being at the mercy of other adults.
Joining a singles group at Christ the King Church changed that. Read More