AgrAbility Webinar – October 11

From the National AgrAbility Project

New and Improved Methods of Accessing Large Off-Road Machinery for People with Mobility Limitations

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. ET

AgrAbility logoAgricultural workers in the U.S. sometimes incur disabling injuries or diseases that could end their careers unless specialized assistive technologies are utilized. Advancements in agriculture-specific technologies have made it possible for such individuals to regain the ability to effectively operate large off-road machinery. Remote-controlled lifts, electronic actuators, electric-over-hydraulic controllers, and various types of hand controls can enable operators with limited mobility to resume a high level of productivity within their chosen agricultural careers.

Webinar topics include:

  • Access Lift Design and Selection
  • Lift Styles and Mounting Types
  • Safety Concerns

Also see the new Plowshares Technical Report related to this webinar, Agricultural Machinery Access Lifts: Design, Utilization, and Safety Issues.


Dr. Shawn Ehlers earned a Ph.D. from the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He specifically focused his studies on agricultural safety with emphasis on the ability of operators to view areas in near proximity of large agricultural machinery. Dr. Ehlers is currently the technology outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project, headquartered at Purdue University, as well as an instructor in the ABE department.

Mr. Steve Swain, ATP, is the assistive technology specialist with the National AgrAbility Project. He joined Indiana AgrAbility as the rural rehabilitation specialist in 2000 and the National AgrAbility Project in 2008. Mr. Swain has conducted accessibility assessments of farms, homes, and rural businesses for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He has presented on accessibility and farming with a disability at a wide variety of workshops and conferences.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation. The anticipated length of the webinar is one hour.

To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Monday, October 8.

Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Wednesday, October 10. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.

Webinar: Accessible Polling Places

US Access Board logoThe the U.S. Access Board…

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place October 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and address polling place accessibility. It will cover access from arrival onto the site to the casting of ballots as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act. Presenters will review design requirements for accessible routes, parking, entrances, and voting equipment to ensure that polling places and the voting process are inclusive of all.

Visit for more information or to register.

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

Webinars – September 2018

computer keyboardThe following listing comes from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)...

Assistive technology supports for reading disabilities from ATC
September 26, 2018 – 3:00 pm ET
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Inclusive PDFs by Design from AEM
September 18, 2018 – 2:00 pm ET

Online Video Accessibility from EARN
September 20, 2018 – 2:00 pm ET

Is Your State, District or School Website Accessible? from AEM
September 25, 2018 – 2:00 pm ET

How Do I Determine What Type of Switch the Student Can Use? from AbleNet
September 18, 2018 – 3:00 pm ET

Switch it Up! from PACER
September 19, 2018 – 12:00 pm ET (90 min.)

Tech Tools for Students: Researching & Organizing for School Projects from PACER
September 20, 2018 – 5:00 pm ET

Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field from AbleNet
September 26, 2018 – 3:00 pm ET

And one, so far, in October…

Feature Match… What’s That? from AbleNet
October 4, 2018 – 1:00 pm ET

The Accessible Technology Coalition is possible with generous funding from the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, CA.

US Access Board Webinars

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

Federal Facilities & the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABA)

US Access Board logoIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the ABA, the Board will conduct a webinar on the law and the accessibility standards that are used to enforce it on September 6 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET).

Enacted in 1968, the ABA is the first law passed by Congress to address accessibility and applies to facilities funded by the federal government. The Access Board was created to enforce the ABA and will use this webinar to explain how it ensures compliance through the investigation of complaints. It will also review the most common barriers raised in complaints. The Board will be joined by a representative from the General Services Administration, which issues standards under the ABA, who will review the ABA standards and their application to federal facilities.

Visit for more information or to register for the September 6 webinar.

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

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar

The Board also offers a free webinar series on standards issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. The next webinar in this series will take place September 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will address how to integrate accessibility into the IT lifecycle. It will cover strategies and best practices for incorporating access into the engineering and deployment of large IT systems and explain the Agile Development process, and how agencies can deploy it while addressing accessibility needs.

For more details or to register for September 25th session, visit 

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the Board.


Web Accessibility for Developers

The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University has launched its third in the series of five free interactive MOOCs designed to raise awareness of web accessibility:

Web Accessibility for Developers

ARIA W3C logoThis course is for people who write code. The focus is on developing expertise using WAI-ARIA. Participants will be working with a collection of inaccessible widgets (like sliders, carousels, drag and drop etc.) and will learn to make them accessible. When the course is over, they walk away with a WAI-ARIA-fied Open Source Javascript library they can continue to use in their work.

The course runs Sept 24 to Oct 22, 2018

Use this link for complete directions and to register for this course…

Defining Moments in Brain Injury Conference

People in auditoriumThe Maine Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America has announced their 9th Annual Conference will be held

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine.

Conference Description

This conference has been developed to meet the educational needs of health care professionals, service providers, and individuals with brain injuries and their families. The goal of the conference is to share current information, techniques, and strategies with attendees and to identify trends that will shape future brain injury services provided by area organizations.

Who Should Attend

The conference is appropriate for physicians, mental health care providers, nurses, care coordinators, case managers, social workers, speech language pathologists, educational professionals, and physical/

Conference Fees:

$125 for professionals; $60 for survivors, their friends and family members, and students.

Scholarships: For information, please contact Sarah Gaffney at

Use this link for more information and to register…

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…

Webinars – August 2018

computer keyboardThe following list was compiled by the Center for Accessible Technology

Empathy Driven (Web) Development from deque
August 9th at 1:00 pm Eastern

Section 508, WCAG, and Digital Accessibility in the Federal Government: What You Need to Know from deque
August 21st at 1:30 pm Eastern

Accessible Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Content for Diverse Audiences from NCAEM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Part 2 from AbleNet
August 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Integrating Assistive Technology into Adapted Physical Education to Achieve Healthy Outcomes from CTD
August 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm Eastern

What is Assistive Technology? from ATC
August 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Part 3 from AbleNet
August 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? from AbleNet
August 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern

AT in the Schools: Consideration, IEPs and More from PACER
August 28, 2018 at 12: pm Eastern OR  7:30 pm Eastern (90 minutes)

Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices from AbleNet
August 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern – 30-minutes

4th Annual Maine Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side Conference

Hands and Voices logoMaine Hands and Voices in partnership with MECDHH has announced the 4th Annual Maine Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side Conference with the topic “Strategies”

Friday, November 16, 2018 –  8:15 AM – 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Keynote Speaker will be Djenne-amal Morris, parent of a son with CHARGE and President of Hands & Voices Headquarters, presenting: “Unity to Strategies”

Join us to discuss strategies for the many different aspects of deafness that our children may experience from birth to age 21, and leave the conference with ideas to put into action at home, in the classroom, and socially within the community for both parents and professionals.

Use this link for more information and to register…

Assistive Technology Makers’ Fair

From the University of New Hampshire – AT in New Hampshire Program

Make A.T. for All Conference and Expo!

Makers at FairSaturday, September 29, 2018 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET

The A.T. Makers’ Fair will inspire participants to become creative problem solvers, bringing together makers of all abilities to share ideas, develop new skills and enhance innovations for persons with disabilities. The Fair will empower individuals with the methods, materials and know-how needed to efficiently create everyday just-in-time devices and technologies. Join us! Novice to veteran makers of all ages and abilities are welcome.


  • Conference kick off with inspiring AT maker movement leaders
  • Hands-on learning workshops
  • AT Invention Contest
  • Make AT Café Makerspace
  • Exhibition hall of vendors and program booths


More than 200 assistive technology makers including individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, educators, administrators, therapists, and program directors.

Registration Fee

$199 –  Includes access to the conference, fabrication of 5 multi-use devices, lunch, refreshments, and CEU’s. State and National CEUs available.


Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH

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