Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

The following free webinar is from the US Department of Labor

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020 – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

showing money growthIf you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security. We want to help you find the answers so that you are empowered to take steps to achieve your financial goals.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and America Saves Week, join the U.S. Department of Labor, America Saves, and the LEAD Center for a webcast to learn about ways to improve your financial security. National experts from the National Disability Institute will discuss ABLE accounts that can help you save for some of your goals without threatening disability benefits. Hear a personal account from staff at the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy about moving from disability benefits to employment and achieving financial independence. The Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will provide information and resources on financial planning to help achieve your goals. This includes budgeting, managing debt and determining a target retirement saving rate so you can make the most of your workplace-provided retirement plan. Learn more about workplace-provided retirement saving plans – the easiest way to save for a secure retirement.  America Saves will share how direct deposit can help with saving for all of your goals.

So, during America Saves Week, get empowered. The more you know, the more prepared you will be to make decisions for your financial security today and in the future. Start today by registering for this webcast!

Use this link to register for this webinar…

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Accessible Polling Facilities and the ADA

The word "vote" with a wheelchair embeddedThe Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to attend the March ADA Audio Conference Series session titled “Accessible Polling Facilities and the ADA” featuring  Julie Brinkhoff, Co-Director/PI, Great Plains ADA Center.

Session Description: This presentation will cover resources available to election officials to evaluate the accessibility of polling locations, specifically the ADA Checklist for Polling Places developed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2016. The presentation will discuss training polling place staff and volunteers on key issues related to disability voting rights, disability awareness, and avoiding barriers to voting access. The presentation will include real life examples, images and graphics to illustrate the content.

Date: March 17, 2020

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time

Cost: Free

This session is offered via the telephone and/or via a web based webinar platform. The session will be captioned via the web based webinar platform.

Registration is available at  (You will need to set up an account if you do not have one already).

Questions regarding the session should be directed to or at 877-232-1990 (V/TTY).

Maine CITE to Exhibit at Brain Injury Resource Fair

BIAA-Maine logoAlong with many other organization, Maine CITE will be exhibiting at the 2020 BIAA-ME Brain Injury Resource Fair taking place on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave.

The event, hosted by Brain Injury Association of America – Maine Chapter (BIAA-ME), provides an opportunity to connect with resources, services, and support for brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, friends and professionals.

Tables and exhibitors include:

  • Brain injury service providers
  • Assistive technology
  • Advocacy and legal information
  • Support, recreational/social groups
  • Veteran organizations
  • Housing and employment
  • Maine brain injury waiver

The Fair is free for attendees; however, registration is required. To attend, please use this link to register.

If you do not have an email address or if you need assistance with registration, contact Sarah Gaffney at 207-522-6601. All attendees are strongly encouraged to register online in advance.


February 2020 Webinars

Maine CITE is offering TWO free webinars in February:

Webinar: Getting into the Drivers’ Seat – Driver Assessment Services in Maine

Date: February 12, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 pm ET

automobile with hand controlsEveryone in Maine recognizes the importance of having the ability to drive as it increases independence and gives people more freedom. For people with disabilities of all ages (adolescents, adults and seniors) driving can present many challenges.

In this webinar participants learn about the importance of driving for a person with a disability, the adaptive driving evaluation process, adaptive/assistive technology options, and information on installation and funding.


  • Heather Shields, OTR/L, CDRS
  • Ketra Crosson, OTR/L

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar: Getting into the Drivers’ Seat – Driver Assessment Services in Maine

Webinar: Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine

Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET

Join the presenters for an update and overview of Assistive Technology (AT) services and resources in Maine. Learn how AT can be effective in keeping people with disabilities safe and independent in their communities and about the Maine Medicaid AT funding opportunities. Case managers and other providers will learn how to best support clients in identifying the need for AT and how to initiate the referral process.

Attendees will learn about Maine’s AT providers, resources and funding: about common AT solutions to enhance functional independence in the community.


  • Christine Martin, MS, OTR/L
  • Kathy Adams, OT/L, ATP

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar, Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine

The following list of February 2020 (and a couple of March 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.

Social Media Accessibility from AT3
February 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Tools for Living: How Technology is Transforming the Experience of Independence from GrandCare Systems
February 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET (75 min.)

AT Accommodations & Assessment from SETC
February 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

AAC Considerations for English/Spanish Bilingual Users from SETC
February 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Consideration of Assistive Technology for Young Braille Learners from TSBVI
February 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern

Chrome Accessibility from SETC
February 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm ET

How to Use Speech Recognition as AT for Writing from DonJohnston
February 6 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern

AT/AAC in the IEP from SETC
February 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

Empowering Writers with WordQ 5 Support from SETC
February 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Communication Supports from AbleNet
February 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Integrating AAC into the Classroom from SETC
February 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Advancing AT Processes AT Assessment from SETC
February 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

ATIA Recap from SETC
February 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Beyond Switch Training Activities from SETC
February 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

Using AAC to meet Literacy Goals in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms from SETC
February 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Exploration of AAC Devices and Tools from PACER
February 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

AT in Minutes: New, Cool, and Awesome Solutions for Students with Severe Disabilities (Session 1 of 3) from Idaho State DoE
February 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm Eastern (2 hours)

‘Appy Hour’ : Apps that Support Independence for Vision Loss from PACER
February 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern

Executive Function Series : Part 2: Executing the Plan – Time & Focus from PACER
February 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm Eastern (90 min.)

AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Behavior Supports from AbleNet
February 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern

AT Chatter- AAC Implementation Strategies for the Classroom from SETC
February 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm Eastern

Creating Low Cost AT Solutions for Physical Disabilities from Idaho State DoE
February 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm Eastern (2 hours)

Aided Language Input: How to! from SETC
February 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

Assistive Technology for Vision Loss from SETC
March 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm Eastern

Creating Low cost Assistive Technology Solutions for Reading, Writing, Learning and Demonstrating Skill Acquisition from Idaho Training Clearinghouse
March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm Eastern (2 hours)

AT to Support Social-Emotional Development for Young Children from PACER
March 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Tools for Living: How Technology is Transforming the Experience of Independence.

The following free webinar is sponsored by GrandCare Systems

Date And Time

Fri, February 21, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET

Program Description

woman using digital magnifierEvery day, 10,000 baby boomers are eligible for Medicare. Not only do 90% of today’s seniors wish to stay home for longer, we simply don’t have the physical capability nor can we afford to push the same traditional caregiving models. This is why professional caregivers and senior housing providers are turning to smart technologies to save on the costs of personal caregivers, enable independence, offset caregiver shortages and connect residents with family members.


  • Laura Mitchell, CEO of GrandCare, Principal at Laura Mitchell Consulting
  • Laurie Orlov, Analyst & Founder, Age in Place Technology Watch
  • Dr. Bill Thomas, Founder, the Greenhouse Project, Eden Alternative and Minka
  • Ryan Frederick, Founder & CEO, SmartLiving 360

This webinar will cover the technology ecosystem, housing models, technology in long term care vs. private homes, challenging caregiving norms and implementation best practices.


Use this link to register for the meeting and then,

Use this link to Join the online meeting:

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6399 Access code: 155680#

Online meeting ID: media644

State Independent Living Council (SILC) Listening Sessions

From the Maine Statewide Independent Living Council

Do you have a disability?
We want to hear from you!

The Maine Statewide Independent Living Council is seeking your opinion on the needs of people with disabilities throughout the State.

Not able to attend in person?

Sessions will be held at the following locations (see below) and also available by phone. There will be two videoconference sessions for anyone unable to join meetings in person. Please note, if the location is closed due to weather, it will not be rescheduled.

Special needs?

If you need an interpreter or any other accommodation, call or email Maine SILC, no later than one week prior to the meeting you plan to attend at or (207) 219-0391.

Public Listening Sessions Schedule

University of Maine – Machias 2/4/20 1:00-3:00 Science Building
116 O’Brien Avenue
Machias, ME 04654
Call: 1-646-876-9923
Enter code: 348 603 620#
Bangor Public Library 2/6/20 1:00-3:00 145 Harlow Street Bangor, ME 04401 Call: 1-646-876-9923 Enter code: 676 319 161#
City of Presque Isle Recreation & Parks Department 2/12/20 2:00-4:00 24 Chapman Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Call: 1-646-876-9923
Enter code: 216 930 675#
University of Maine – Farmington 2/19/20 1:00-3:00 Olsen Student Center 111 South Street Farmington, ME 04938 Call: 1-646-876-9923 Enter code: 909 317 998#
Bangor Savings Bank – Augusta 2/20/20 1:00-3:00 Community Room
5 Senator Way
Augusta, ME 04330
Call: 1-646-876-9923
Enter code: 398 195 242#
Alpha One – South Portland 2/25/20 1:00-3:00 127 Maine Street So. Portland, ME 04106 Call: 1-646-876-9923 Enter code: 806 437 996#
Videoconference 3/3/20 6:00-7:30 You need to download Zoom software prior to meeting For calendar invite contact
Videoconference 3/7/20 2:00-3:30 You need to download Zoom software prior to meeting For calendar invite contact


Please contact

Beth Mogan, Executive Director
Maine Statewide Independent Living Council or (207) 219-0391.


Assistive Technology Mini-maker Fair

Autism AwarenessDate: March 11, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Location: Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, ME

This FREE event hosted by the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) is designed specifically for parents and caregivers, and includes a FREE Spaghetti dinner beginning at 5:00 pm, with the workshop to begin at 5:30 pm.

Workshop Description

This workshop is a bonus after-hours opportunity for families to learn about ways that everyday objects can be transformed into Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) solutions “on-the-fly.” Aiming to support caregiver recognition that high technology solutions for communication are not the only (or always the best) option families will be invited to participate in a make and take activity using everyday materials to support aided language modeling and to promote social interaction opportunities (e.g., recreation, literacy). Additionally, a brief overview of important things to consider in decision-making related to AAC systems will be offered.


Jennifer M. Seale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,  is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine. Her academic, research and clinical interests are focused on AAC science and practice. Dr. Seale has expertise providing AAC services to a diverse population, including individuals with Autism. Her research aims to inform AAC public policy, service delivery and product design using human computer interaction, interaction analysis and mixed-methodologies. She has presented her work in regional, national and international venues.


Jeff’s Catering
15 Littlefield Road
Brewer, ME


Use this link for more information…

Registration for this event is required,>> sign up today using our online form 

or by contacting Donna at MAIER: or 207-581-2468.


U.S. Access Board Webinars on ADA and ABA Standards

Woman using accessible elevatorStarting in the new year, the U.S. Access Board will devote its monthly webinar series to a chapter-by-chapter review of the ADA Standards. These standards govern the construction and alteration of a wide range of facilities covered by the ADA. The sessions will also cover similar standards that apply under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) to facilities that are federally funded. Presenters will focus on common sources of confusion in the ADA and ABA Standards and frequently asked questions.

The first session in this year-long program will take place January 9 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will cover application of the standards (Chapter 1). Presenters will explain how the ADA and ABA Standards apply in new construction, alterations, and additions, dimensions for adults and children, equivalent facilitation and modifications or waivers, construction tolerances and other conventions, referenced standards, and definitions.

Visit for more information or to register for this session.

Questions may be submitted in advance of the session (total limited to 25) or can be posed during the live webinar.

Over the course of the year, this review will also cover:

  • February 6, 2020 – Chapter 2: Scoping – New Construction
  • March 5, 2020 – Chapter 2: Scoping – Alterations
  • April 2, 2020 – Chapter 3: Building Blocks
  • May 7, 2020 – Chapter 4: Accessible Routes
  • June 4, 2020 – Chapter 5: General Site and Building Elements
  • July 2, 2020 – Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities
  • August 6, 2020 – Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features
  • September 3, 2020 – Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements (Part 1)
  • October 1, 2020 – Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements (Part 2)
  • November 5, 2020 – Chapter 9: Built-In Elements
  • December 3, 2020 – Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities

The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.

Photo Credit: Public domain image from Pixnio

US Access Board Webinar – Accessible Rest Rooms

From the US Access Board:

U.S. Access Board Webinars: Accessible Toilet Rooms (Oct. 3) and Bathing Facilities (Oct. 24)

US Access Board logoMost technical questions that come up in using the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards concern toilet and bathrooms. In October, the U.S. Access Board will conduct two webinars on accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

The first webinar will take place October 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will clarify common sources of confusion and frequently asked questions about accessible toilet rooms. Presenters will review requirements for toilets and toilet compartments, urinals, lavatories and mirrors, doors, turning space, dispensers, and amenities such as baby-changing tables. They will explain how these provisions apply and interrelate in designing single-user and multi-user toilet rooms in compliance with the standards.

It will be followed by a webinar on October 24 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) that will explain and clarify requirements for bathing facilities in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. This session will address common questions and sources of confusion concerning transfer showers, roll-in-showers, and bathtubs. Presenters will review components of accessible bathing fixtures, including grab bars, shower and tub seats, shower spray units and controls, and clearances. They will show how these requirements and other provisions in the standards apply and come together in the design of accessible bathing facilities.

For more information or to register for both or either session, visit

Questions can be submitted in advance of the sessions (total limited to 25 each) or can be posed during the live webinars. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.

Work & Benefits Navigator Training Available

From MaineHealth Educational Services and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services…

A person receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI has likely been told they can’t work, or if they do work that they should limit their hours. They may believe they can’t work. They may have limited work experience or education. And likely they fear losing their financial and medical safety net if they try to work.

How can a service provider encourage work for a consumer who is living this experience? What is a social service provider to do in this “Employment First” state, especially without experience in employment services?

Join a session to learn what “Work and Benefits Navigation” means, and how you can be an employment champion for your clients and your agency.

As case managers, community integration workers, DSPs, residential staff, or others with a supporting role in the life of a person with a disability, you have a critical role in the employment success of the individuals you serve.  Work and Benefits Navigation training will equip you with information, skills, and resources you need to challenge myths about work and benefits and encourage employment.

Training will be provided by Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) from Maine Medical Center’s Department of Vocational Services.  They have many years of experience in assisting people with navigating Social Security’s return-to-work rules, and encouraging them – and those who play a supporting role in their lives – to think about earnings and work in a new way.

Use this link for more information and to register for the training programs…