Affiliate: Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma ABLE Tech, based at the Seretean Wellness Center at Oklahoma State University, is the Tech Act project in Oklahoma. ABLE Tech's mission is to facilitate systems change to enhance the provision of, access to and funding for assistive technology. ABLE Tech assists Oklahomans of all ages and all disabilities in improving access to assistive technology. ABLE Tech's main areas of service include: information and referral, statewide outreach and public awareness, interagency coordination and collaboration, advocacy, training, funding, equipment loan programs, alternative financing programs and technical assistance on the accessibility of electronic and information technology. Regional information and referral, advocacy, and training are provided through four Independent Living Centers, which are based in Bartlesville, McAlester, Norman and Tulsa.

Through funding provided by the Southwest ADA Center, ABLE Tech was able to expand technical assistance capability to the state by developing program events and materials related to the accessibility of electronic and information technology. As an affiliate of the Southwest ADA Center, project staff provides expertise in accessible IT.

Milissa Gofourth and Brenda Dawes 

Brenda Dawes is an Assistive Technology Project Specialist and Marketing Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the Assistive Technology Act Program for Oklahoma and provides training, advocacy, and information and assistance to agencies and individuals with disabilities of all ages to increase access to assistive technology devices and services. Ms. Dawes has been an advocate in the disability field for seventeen years and serves on the Oklahoma Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Advisory Council, the Oklahoma State Webmanagers Groups, and the National Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. In her role she specifically provides outreach through the promotion of ABLE Tech services and provides training and technical assistance throughout the state on a number of topics including assistive technology, electronic and information technology accessibility, and accessible instructional materials. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma with her husband and three daughters.

Milissa Gofourth is the Program Manger of Oklahoma ABLE Tech.  Prior to this assignment she was the Policy/Funding Specialist, and has been with the program housed at Oklahoma State University, Seretean Wellness Center since 1996.  In her role she advocates and promotes public policy that will enable individuals with all types of disabilities of all ages to access assistive technology.  Milissa also provides information, referral, and advocacy to persons with disabilities, their family members, and professionals to enhance their access to assistive technology and other disability related services.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council and on the Board of Directors of MPower, a community rehabilitation program for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Milissa graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Special Education and her M.S. in Health Care Administration.