July Webinars

Maine CITE is offering the following webinars in July:

Webinar: Updates on Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program

Date: July 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm ET

Stair lift on straight stairwayUpdates have been made to Maine’s Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP), the state’s low interest financing program for people with disabilities to give them more options for purchasing Assistive Technology (AT). AELP funds can be used to buy AT devices, adaptive equipment or to make home modifications. The program is now offering loans for non-adapted vehicles for Mainers with a disability who need transportation to return to work. Loans are also available to Maine business owners for the purchase, construction, or installation of adaptive equipment and AT to make their location more accessible for employees and customers. In the presentation we will discuss the loan application process and showcase some recent consumers and how they used their loan funds. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the AELP process.

Presenter

    • Henry Powell. OTR/L

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar: Updates on Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program

Building Your Finances and Independence with ABLE Accounts

Date:  July 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Please hold the date; program description is coming soon…


The following list of July 2020 webinars on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility is generated by the Accessible Technology Consortia funded by the Center for Accessible Technology. Thank you.

Self Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities from Maine Parent Federation
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10:00 am Eastern (2 hours)

Apps to Help Young Adults with Disabilities Learn About and Manage Their Money from PACER
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Buying Websites, Technology and Tech Services: Tools and Tips for Accessible Procurement from ADA National Networks
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm Eastern (1.5 hours)

Intro to Word Document Accessibility from Deque
Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00 pm Eastern

Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms from ADA Online
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Digital Accessibility: What have we learned and what does the future hold? from the ADA National Networks
Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Transition to Employment: Tools to Help You Find a Job from PACER
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Starting at the Beginning: Case Study Illustrating Positioning, Access, and AT Applications With a Very Young Child from AbleNet
July 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Remote Learning for Early Learners with Autism from edWeb
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Tech for Teens Club : Coding Video Games from PACER
Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am Eastern (2 hours)

Math Tech: Tools to Support Secondary Students from PACER
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm Eastern (90 minutes)

Managing Behavior in a Technology Rich Environment from AbleNet
July 23, 2020 at 11:00 am Eastern

 

Video Series on Universal Design

Icon - reel of filmA new video series on Universal Design is now available from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) at Georgia Tech.

Universal Design involves designing products, facilities, and environments that are easily usable by the greatest range of people regardless of age, size, ability, or other factors. The series explores the seven principles of Universal Design, including use that is equitable, flexible, simple, and intuitive, perceptible information, tolerance for error, and low physical effort.

TechSAge features multidisciplinary research, development, and training projects that are dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term disabilities. This center is supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

Self Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities

The following free webinar is announced by the Maine Parent Federation

Self Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Program Description

Maine Parent Federation logoAttendees will learn about:

  • Barriers experienced by adults with disabilities in getting services that support living independently and productively in their communities
  • COVID related issues & self-advocacy strategies to address them
  • How to use person-centered planning, reasonable accommodations and grievances as advocacy tools
  • How adults are using Telehealth services in Maine
  • The results of a recent survey of Maine community service providers
  • Assistive technology (AT) services, resources and funding in Maine, and
  • Success stories about adults with intellectual disabilities from the Maine DDC iPad Project

Presenters

  • Lauren Wille, Esq, Disability Rights Maine
  • Marco Orlando, Speaking Up for Us
  • Alan Kurtz, PhD, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Services,
  • Kathy Adams OTL, ATP, Maine CITE Director
  • Rachel Dyer, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Associate Director.

Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…

ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where do We Go Now?

The following announcement comes from Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network…

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the July ADA Audio Conference Series session titled,

ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where do We go Now?

Date:   July 14th, 2020 
Time:  2-3:30 pm Eastern Time 

Cost:   No Charge

The session will feature:

  • Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog;
  • Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities;
  • Timotheus Gordon, Jr., Researcher-Activist, Institute on Disability and Human Development at UIC, Co-Founder (Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition);
  • Jae Jin Pak, Community Education & Training Coordinator, Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois Chicago;

Session Description:

On July 26th, 1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The intent of the ADA was to provide persons with disabilities Equality of opportunity, Full participation, Independent living, and Economic self-sufficiency. Thirty years down the road what is the state of disability rights in the United States? Join us as our speakers look forward and discuss what needs to be done to further the rights of persons with disabilities and fulfill the goals of the ADA. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to our speakers.

This session is offered via the Zoom webinar platform. Captioning is available in the webinar room or via StreamText link.

Registration:  Advance Registration is required at the Accessibility Online website. Note: you will need to set up an account on our website if you do not have one already.

Questions:

877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or by email at webinars@ada-audio.org

 

Webinar: Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

The following announcement comes from the U.S. Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

July 21, 2020 
1:00- 2:30 pm ET

Presenters:

  • Brandon Pace, Enterprise Application Administrator, DHS Office of Accessibility Systems & Technology
  • Gerard Williams, Section 504 Compliance Officer, FCC Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division

US Access Board logoThe widespread transition to telework due to the corona pandemic has made use of virtual meetings and conferences commonplace. It is important that platforms for remote events are inclusive of everyone, particularly in the federal sector under Section 508. The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series on July 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) will review features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual platforms based on the Section 508 Standards. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission will explain what makes an online platform accessible and highlight common access issues. They will also cover best practice recommendations and resources for platform accessibility.

For more details or to register, visit accessibilityonline.org.

Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar.

Note: Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

 

Providing Related Services to Enhance the Continuity of Learning

OSEP Webinar: Highlighting Strategies and Practices in Providing Related Services to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19

June 29, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

student using assistive technology in a classroomThe Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting the second in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP partners to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning.

This second webinar will focus on the provision of related services. In addition to highlighting OSEP resources, we will be joined by representatives from several of our related service national organizations. Additional information will be posted on OSEP’s COVID-19 Resource Page. 

Use this link to register for this OSEP webinar…

If you have any questions about the OSEP webinar, please contact the Webinar Series planning team at osep-meeting@air.org.

2010 Standards for Accessible Design – webinar

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Great Plains ADA Center is pleased to announce the availability of a 2-part webinar addressing:

Basics of the 2010 ADA Standards

US Access Board logoPart 1:   June 30, 2020  (90 minute session)
Part 2:  July 1, 2020  (90 minute session)

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET 

Presenter: Dave Yanchulis, Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Description:

2010 Standards for Accessible Design is the standard allowed by the Department of Justice for use in new construction and alterations of facilities covered by Title II and Title III of the ADA. This 2-part free webinar session will provide an overview of changes from the previous enforceable standards, scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations, practical strategies to ensure ADA compliance for your building projects, and provide new tools and resources to evaluate accessibility. Individuals must attend both sessions in order to receive credit for AIA, ICC and ACTCP.

DOJ’s ADA standards (2010) became mandatory on March 15, 2012.  They include provisions that modify certain portions of Chapters 1-10, including provisions addressing the following areas:

  • Assembly Areas (221)
  • Medical Care Facilities (section 223)
  • Places of Lodging (sections 224)
  • Housing at Places of Education (224 and 233)
  • Detention and Correctional Facilities (section 232)
  • Social Service Center Establishments (233)
  • Residential Dwelling Units (section 233)

The presenters strongly recommend downloading and having the 2010 Standards available during the session. You can download from the U.S. Access Board website.

Registration:

Use this link for more information and to register. Registering for the Part 1 session automatically registers you for Part 2

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org or by calling 877-232-1990

 

2020 Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM Published

EducationThe Maine CITE Assistive Technology Program is pleased to release the revised Guide for Maine Families on Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials. The 2020 Guide provides Maine families who have children with disabilities an easy to use resource describing how to get the assistive technology (AT) devices and services they need. Information about accessible education materials (AEM) and families’ important role in the planning process are also provided.

The 2020 Guide updates general information about AT and AEM. It includes new resources about assistive technology used during “learning at home” activities, as well as AT device demonstration and loan services – AT4Maine.org.

Use this link to download the The Guide – PDF

Audio Description Project – Proposed Rulemaking

The following press release comes from the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (ACB):

On April 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes expanding the number of broadcast designated market areas required to pass through audio description from the top 60 markets to the top 100, and to use the term “audio description” instead of the term “video description.”

The NPRM seeks to modernize the terminology in the Commission’s regulations to use the term “audio description” rather than “video description.” The term “audio description” is used by the rest of the federal government and is the term used in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, “audio description” is the agreed upon international terminology for audibly describing the visual elements of videos, on-stage performances, and subjects at museum and art galleries.

On May 21, 2020, the Media Bureau of the FCC released a public notice announcing the NPRM comment due dates; comments are due June 22, 2020, and reply comments are due July 6, 2020. The text of the NPRM is available on the FCC website.

Interested parties may file comments on their own by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System. All filings must reference MB Docket No. 11-43. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

Read more about the plan to expand the number of broadcast designated market areas…

Read more about the Audio Description Project…

 

June 2020 Webinars

Maine CITE is offering the following webinars in June:

Webinar: Arthritis and Agriculture: The importance of protecting your joints

Date: June 2, 2020
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This webinar, and the one on June 16th are being presented by the Maine AgrAbility Program, a project dedicated to providing education, assistance, and support to Maine farmers with disabilities engaged in production agriculture, helping them and their families maintain optimal production and experience an enhanced quality of life.

Farmers lose quality-of-life because of chronic pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in and around the joints. Making small changes in their working routines and using Assistive Technology (AT) can significantly reduce injury to the joints. Please join us for a discussion of Arthritis, the prevalence of the disease in farmers,  and possible modifications to reduce its effects.

Presenters

  • Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L
  • Ellen Gibson, MS

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar: Arthritis and Agriculture: The importance of protecting your joints…

Webinar: The Essentials of Accessibility: School and Community Gardens

Date: June 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

This presentation discusses planning for school and community gardens for all users including those of all ages and abilities. Information will discuss how to go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards including design concepts that make a space diverse, welcoming, and comfortable for all. The presentation includes concepts on making the garden an enjoyable destination, creating opportunities for social connections, and a place that users will return to again and again. Assistive technology in the form of adaptive garden tools and products will be featured.

Presenters

  • Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L
  • Jill S. Johanning, AIA

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar: The Essentials of Accessibility: School and Community Gardens…

The following list of June 2020 (and some in June) webinars on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility is generated by the Accessible Technology Consortia funded by the Center for Accessible Technology. Thank you.

Curating Accessible OER with Confidence from NCAEM
June 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

The Ins and Outs of Wearable AT from Georgia Tech
June 16 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

Features in Accessibility: Microsoft’s Tools in Practice from NCAEM
June 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

Expand Your Vision with Video Magnification from Georgia Tech
June 23 2020  at 2:00 pm ET

Exploring Options for Non-visual Access from Georgia Tech
June 30 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

Switch Access Beyond Cause and Effect: Stepping Stones for Effective Learning Part 2 from AbleNet
June 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET

Supporting Learning from Home for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities from edWeb
June 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

Ideas for Distance Learning and Back to School from AbleNet
June 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET

Switch Access Beyond Cause and Effect: Stepping Stones for Effective Learning – Part 3 from AbleNet
June 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET

Executive Function Tools and Strategies for K-12 Students from PACER
June 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm ET

Personalizing the Writing Experience from NCAEM
June 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

Educational Apps for Young Children from PACER
June 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET

Assistive Technology and Play in the Natural Environment from PACER
June 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET