General News

2-1-1 Maine Adds Text Messaging

Referrals Now Available by Text Message 2-1-1 Maine is a free resource providing an easy, confidential way to connect people to information about thousands of health and human services around Maine. Every day Information Specialists help people find assistance for complex issues such as financial problems, substance use disorders, and support needs for older adults,… Read more 2-1-1 Maine Adds Text Messaging

Digital Accessibility for Education webinar

From SSB Bart Group/Level Access… Don’t Fear the OCR: Digital Accessibility for Education A FREE Webinar from SSB BART Group/Level Access Date: Thursday, July 27th Time: 2:00 pm EDT (Time Zone Converter) The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) collects complaints against educational institutions. One day, you may get a mysterious letter in the mail. Are you prepared?… Read more Digital Accessibility for Education webinar

Revised Transition Guide published

From the U.S. Department of Education… The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), of the U.S. Department of Education (Department), is pleased to publish, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. OSERS’ mission is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for… Read more Revised Transition Guide published

Legal references regarding web accessibility

The following are on-line resources that have listed and documented historic information about legal issues related to web accessibility. Resources include references to legal cases and rule interpretations. Thanks to several members of the ITACCESS listserv from Educause for assistance in compiling this list. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Laws and Policies – lists… Read more Legal references regarding web accessibility

ARIA – What should we know?

According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), “…ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. Currently certain functionality used in… Read more ARIA – What should we know?

PDF conversion tools and services

A frequent request that we receive at Maine CITE is for assistance in converting complex digital documents into an accessible format. Often these are documents that have been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) and the original document may no longer be available. The requests often come from organizations and institutions that have a large… Read more PDF conversion tools and services

Section 508 Webinar Series Covers Updated Standards

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series, which the Board conducts in partnership with the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council, will focus on the Board’s recent update of its Section 508 Standards. These standards apply to information and communication technology in the federal sector. Upcoming sessions, which are held every other month… Read more Section 508 Webinar Series Covers Updated Standards

Congress Re-Introduce ABLE Improvement Bills

On April 4th, a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress, including Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representatives Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Tony Cardenas (D–Calif.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), introduced a package of bills (however filed independently of each other) aimed at enhancing the… Read more Congress Re-Introduce ABLE Improvement Bills