The ATP Fundamentals Course offered

ATP - RESNA logoFrom RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)

The RESNA ATP Fundamentals Course will continue offering public, private on-site courses, and online, instructor-led courses designed as a convenient, cost-efficient and effective way for busy AT professionals to participate.

Register for the courses in January and March of 2019 or use your remaining training budget to purchase training vouchers today for a seat in 2019 – even book a private onsite class in 2018 to be held in 2019!

This training course will help candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam.

Course features:

  • Official RESNA course materials
  • Taught by a RESNA-authorized instructor and ATP
  • Collaborate with classmates
  • Real-world learning activities and scenarios
  • Access to online practice exam – complete with diagnostic scoring
  • Copy of “Fundamentals of Assistive Technology, Vol. 4”

The 16-hour curriculum will be covered over four weeks, consisting of eight 2-hour online evening class sessions. All class sessions will be recorded for easy viewing/reviewing over the duration of the class and for 90 days after the completion of the course.

Course Cost

January 8 – January 31, 2019

  • $650 – RESNA Member
  • $800 – RESNA Non-Member

March 11 – April 3, 2019

  • $650 – RESNA Member
  • $800 – RESNA Non-Member

Class size is capped at 45 students to allow for maximum interaction and knowledge transfer, so seating is very limited.

Registration and More Information

Use this link for more information and to register for these courses…

Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards

From the US Access Board…

Description

US Access Board logoThe next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place January 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board’s activities on accessible ICT.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility.

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 electronic and information 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.

Presenters

  • Bruce Bailey, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Timothy Creagan, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Katherine Eng, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Registration:

Use this link for more details or to register for this free 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.

 

Webinars – December 2018

December 11, 2018,  3:30 – 4:30 pm ET.

AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

Mind map of Universal Design for Learning conceptsAssistive Technology (AT), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are more than just buzzwords. Alone, each are powerful supports that can benefit learners with disabilities in K-12 and Higher Education. However, when integrated in a holistic approach to learning in these environments, they are a powerful combination that promotes independence, equity, and access in ways that make sense for the learner. In this dynamic session, participants will learn about the ways that Assistive Technology, AEM, and UDL can and should be leveraged to meet the needs of all learners. Use this link for more information about webinar: AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

And the following list of free webinars comes from the ATC News, funded by the Center for Accessible Technology.  Please visit their website to sign up for the ATC News.

Accessibility and Compliance: How to Measure Digital Accessibility from deque
December 11 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies from AbleNet
December 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Chromebook Accessibility Features from SETC
December 12 at 6:30 pm Eastern

RAAP Strategy for Communication via Shared Reading from SETC (K-12)
December 13 at 3:00 pm Eastern

How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? from AbleNet (preK-12)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern

All Things QIAT! From QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

 

Group formed to test and document assistive technologies

ARIA W3C logoThe W3C – World Wide Web Consortia – has created a community group to systematically test and document  assistive technologies use of ARIA and HTML5 accessibility features in web applications. W3C membership is NOT needed to participate in the community group.

How WAI-ARIA is supported by assistive technologies, such as screen readers, is highly variable. This variation in WAI-ARIA rendering adds unnecessary complexity to the development of high-quality web experiences for users of assistive technologies and places significant limitations on the types of web widgets that can be made widely accessible.

This community group is dedicated to:

  1. Helping assistive technology developers converge on a set of clear norms for baseline support of WAI-ARIA.
  2. Helping web developers understand the current state of support for WAI-ARIA by assistive technologies.

WAI-ARIA is as important to assistive technology presentation as CSS is to visual presentation. Join us to help make WAI-ARIA as reliable as CSS.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group. Complete details may be found at this link…

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2018-11-30 by Matthew King. The following people supported its creation: Matthew King, Laura Fathauer, Shadi Abou-Zahra, David Sexton, Mark McCarthy, Aaron Leventhal. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

 

Maine Parent Federation hosts documentary about young American adults with intellectual disabilities

Poster for movie Intelligent LivesThe Maine Parent Federation (MPF) announces an opportunity to screen the new documentary Intelligent Lives, which examines our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Location: Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple Street, Portland, ME

This documentary stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Intelligent Lives, challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

About the Filmmaker Dan Habib

Dan Habib (pronounced “Habeeb”) is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He now has a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which examines  our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Tickets

All tickets cost $13.50 and may be purchased online. Use this link to reserve tickets 

The ticket sales deadline January 6, 2019.

A limited number of scholarships are available from Maine Parent Federation, contact us at (800) 870-7746 for more information)

Questions?

Contact Jodie Hall, Regional Family Support Coordinator, at (207) 841-4129 or Email: jhall@mpf.org

Let’s participate – new resource for infants and pre-schoolers

Early childhoodThe Let’s Participate! project, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, was designed to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities participate more fully in everyday activities through the use of assistive technology (AT).

Let’s Participate’s newly revamped website is chock-full of information on using AT with young children.

Please check out letsparticipate.org to find:

  • Numerous ready-to-be-used powerpoints and trainings
  • One-pagers on finding the right AT
  • A simple child-specific AT Plan
  • Resources on how to increase infant, toddler & preschooler participation using AT
  • Guidance on how/why to set up an AT lending library
  • Lots of tip sheets, activities, examples and more!

Use this link to visit Let’s Participate…

Photo credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by Free Stock Photo

Webinars – November 2018

Free webinars from around the web

computer keyboardHow Do I Develop Scanning Skills? from AbleNet
November 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

Creating Accessible Documents with Adobe InDesign from Great Lakes ADA
November 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

Apps to Support Youth with Vision Loss in the Transition to Adulthood from PACER
November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

A Healthy Start with Augmentative Communication at Home from PACER
November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm ET (90 min.)

Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages from PACER
December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

Equity, Access and Inclusion: A World Usability Day event

About this Event

World Usability Day logo: Making life easierThe University of Maine, Student Accessibility Services, a department of the Division of Student Life, with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund is proud to host the conference “Equity, Access and Inclusion.”  Working with partners at the University of Maine and beyond to offer presentations and workshops throughout the day.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Established in 2005, World Usability Day (WUD) is single day that occurs annually around the world and brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups to promote the values of usability, accessibility, universal design for the common objective to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

An organization that prioritizes access, equity and inclusion creates an environment that respects and values individual difference. Inclusive organizations foster cultures that minimize bias, promote access to programs and recognize and address systemic inequities, which can create disadvantage for certain individuals. The UMaine event is designed to bring the campus and surrounding community together to help promote the core values of equity, access and inclusion and the belief that persons of all abilities have equal rights to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest.

SAS Partners for WUD:

  • UMaine Division of Student Life
  • UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
  • UMaine Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • UMaine The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory

Location and Details

The events will be held on campus at the Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

For more information and questions contact:

University of Maine
Student Accessibility Services
121 East Annex
Orono, ME 04469

Tel: 207-581-2319
um.sas@maine.edu

JAN’s 2018-2019 Monthly Webcast Series

Job Accommodations Network - JAN - logoIt’s free! It’s from JAN! And you are among the first to know!

It’s time for you to register for JAN’s 2018-2019 Monthly Webcast Series. Huddle up with the experts and refine the way you resolve accommodation situations. You wanted more information on job accommodations for motor, sensory, psychiatric, and cognitive issues. We are bringing this to you and more. Topics will also address disability inclusion, assistive technology basics, third-party vendors and accommodations, executive functioning accommodations in self-employment, wearable technology, and current events. You also don’t want to miss an annual update on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Join JAM for an hour each month, receive a certificate of participation, and get your questions answered.

Use this link for more information and to register for these events…

Maine DOE Launching a New Website

Maine DOE logoThe Maine Department of Education will be launching a new website on Friday, September 28, 2018. Over the course of the summer months, Department staff have been working on updating and re-writing website content for a new website that features an improved search function, a user-friendly interface, and a content management system which will allow Department staff to keep content updated and timely.

The new website will replace the current website found at maine.gov/doe. It will have a similar, yet new, look and feel.

It is important to note that those who have bookmarked links to the Department’s current website may need to re-save their bookmarks when the new website is released because there will be some pages that have a different website address.

To ensure that the field and the public can find information on the new website on Friday and going forward, please send all inquiries, comments, concerns, and questions related to the website to doe.webmaster@maine.gov.

For further questions about the launch of the new website, please contact Maine Department of Education Director of Communications, Rachel Paling at rachel.paling@maine.gov.