Two free virtual events on Employment & Transition Age Youth

From the Maine Department of Labor – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and Maine Medical Center – Department of Vocational Services

Your First Steps on the Pathway to Employment

A collaborative summit for youth with disabilities and their allies

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
2:00-3:30 PM

This virtual conference will explore the expansion of Special Education Services to the age of 22, the importance of Work Experience, information on Social Security disability benefits, and how working impacts benefits for transition-aged youth. Hosted by the Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services.

Use this link to register for the May 12 event…

Disability Work Incentives for Teenagers & Young Adults

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
2:00-3:00 PM

This is a free webinar offered by Benefits Counseling Services at Maine Medical Center’s Department of Vocational Services. We will discuss the unique work incentives available to transition age youth, as well as important benefit transitions such as the Age-18 redetermination process.

Use this link to register for the May 26 event…

Accessibility Standards for assembly areas

From the U.S. Access Board

US Access Board logoJune 3, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place June 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review the scoping and technical requirements for assembly areas in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. These requirements apply to movie theatres, lecture halls, grandstands, performing arts centers, stadiums, arenas, and other assembly areas. Access Board Accessibility Specialists will discuss provisions for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, accessible routes, designated aisle seats, bleacher seating, assistive listening systems, and press boxes. Presenters will also cover frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion with assembly areas.

Registration

Please use this link for more information or to register.

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live 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. 

 

Building Codes and the 2010 ADA Standards – webinar

Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 

Description

Accessible buildingThe Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled “Building Codes and the 2010 ADA Standards” featuring Kim Paarlberg, Senior Staff Architect, International Code Council (ICC) and Rich Sternadori, Education Coordinator, Great Plains ADA Center.

This informative session covers building codes and the 2010 ADA standards. Our speakers will discuss application of building codes and the ADA to new construction, alteration and existing facilities. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the application of building codes and ADA in different context. Following the presentation there will be time for speakers to address questions from participants.

Registration

This free webinar is provided on the Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option). Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP, AIA HSW CES, ICC available.

Please use this link to register for this webinar

Registration deadline:   Monday, May 17th, 2021. Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

May 2021 Webinars

Webinar: Accessibility Features Series – Apple

Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Apple logoThis webinar in part of a series focused on the built-in accessibility features included with the major technology operating systems: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google/Android. 

Accessibility features are meant to make the use of technology less challenging for those with disabilities. Common accessibility features include screen readers, text-to-speech, closed-captioning, voice control and keyboard shortcuts. Additional access features are designed to work with various assistive technologies including switch technologies.

This first webinar in the series starts off with the operating systems associated with the highly popular Apple devices, iPhones (iOS), iPads (iPadOS), Apple Watch (WatchOS), as well as their Macintosh (MacOS) devices.

Use this link to learn more about and to register for the webinar: Accessibility Features Series – Apple

 

The following list of May 2021 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.

The Hardware to the Software: Everything you need to know to make an iPad Switch Accessible, from AbleNet – note separate registrations
Part 1 – May 4, 2021 at 11am Eastern
Part 2 – May 11, 2021 at 11am Eastern

Low-Tech Assistive Technology at Home and Abroad from AgrAbility
May 11, 2021 at 1pm Eastern

Web Accessibility for Developers from inData
May 12,2021 at 11am Eastern (5 hours)

Dementia-friendly design: expert tips for inclusive websites from AbilityNetUK
May 18, 2021 at 4pm Eastern

Automated Accessibility Testing from AT3Center
May 19, 2021 at 1:30pm Eastern

Basic Accessibility Fundamentals Bootcamp from deque
Thursday, May 20th at 12pm Eastern (3 hrs.)

Technology and Dementia: a creative approach from AbilityNetUK
May 25, 2021 at 4pm Eastern

Manual Accessibility Testing from AT3Center
May 26, 2021 at 2:30pm Eastern

Providing Access to the Curriculum on the House that Google Built from Don Johnston
May 6, 2021 at 1pm Eastern

 

Helping your Teen Work Toward Independence as an Adult

Person engaged in video conferenceThe Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) is offering a free recorded web-stream presentation entitled “Helping your Teen Work Toward Independence as an Adult: A Mother and Son’s Perspective,” presented by Connor and Jessica Archer, for April’s Autism Acceptance month!

This pre-recorded one-hour web-stream event is available free to families and caregivers for viewing at your own convenience.

Session Description

This topic explores different techniques and approaches of how parents can help your teen work towards becoming independent when he/she enters adulthood. Presenters Connor and Jessica Archer will guide parents and caregivers through what is like in the early teenage years for children, the years where your teen graduates’ high school, and then the transition where your teen becomes a young adult. The presentation will focus on the early teen years, graduation from High School, and the transition to adulthood with examples from their own personal experience as an individual on the autism spectrum and his mother, an educator with an advanced degree in Special Education.

Speaker Bios

Connor Archer is a 5th year student at Husson University, finishing his work towards a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Technology, two certificates in Marketing Communications and Digital/Social Media Marketing, and a Masters in Business Administration, with an expected graduation date of May 2021. Connor is also the founder & Chairman/CEO of The Courageous Steps Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to help children and young adults with developmental challenges such as Autism. Connor is a National Award Winner from the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, focused on recognizing youth volunteers for their outstanding contributions in the community. Most importantly, Connor is diagnosed with the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and has overcome many obstacles in his development, which leads to his successful accomplishments thus far.

Jessica Archer (Connor’s mom) holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science, Masters Degree in Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Special Education all from the University of Maine. Currently, Jessica is a middle school teacher, and an adult education English teacher and math tutor in the RSU #26 (Orono) school system. Jessica has worked in education for 28 years. Jessica went back to get her Masters Degree in Special Education to learn how to teach Connor at a young age, as he was learning.

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) is a partnership between the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education. MAIER is dedicated to building statewide capacity to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). UMaine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Registration

2020-2021 MAIER PD Series offered at no cost to participants.

Please use this link to register for the link to the recording

Questions

Please contact

MAIER
5766 Shibles Hall, 307
Orono, ME 04469

Phone: 207-581-2352

Email: maineautisminstitute@maine.edu

Website: umaine.edu/autisminstitute

 

Accessible Play Areas – webinar

From the U.S. Access Board...

US Access Board logoMay 6, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 (ET)

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place May 6 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review requirements for play areas in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, which apply to all newly designed or constructed play areas for children ages 2 and older. The requirements uphold accessible play areas at day care facilities, parks, shopping malls, fast food restaurants, and other facilities. They address accessible play components, ground-level and elevated accessible routes, play area surfaces, transfer systems, soft contained play structures, and water play components. In addition to an overview of the play area provisions, the presenters will address frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion with accessible play surfaces.

Visit accessibilityonline.org for more information or to register.

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live 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.

 

 

April 2021 Webinars

Person engaged in video conferenceThe following list of April 2021 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.

AAC Talk (Using AAC Devices to Access Environmental Controls) from SETC
April 8, 2021 at 6:30pm Eastern

Communication Options for People With ALS from the ALS Assn.
April 19, 2021 at 2pm Eastern

Accessibility for Web Content Authors from ATAP
April 28, 2021 at 2:30pm Eastern

Diversity in AAC Apps from ISAAC
April 28, 2021 at 7pm Eastern

AT Chatter: Reading & Writing Support for Low Incidence from SETC
April 7, 2021 at 6:30pm Eastern

Proactive Interventions and Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders from AbleNet
April 8, 2021 at 12pm Eastern

Tools to Support Decoding, Word Identification and Spelling from SETC
April 13, 2021 at 3pm Eastern

Let’s Explore Writing Resources for All Students from SETC
April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm Eastern

Alternative Access For iPads and Computers from SETC
April 19, 2021 at 6:30pm Eastern

Google Chrome for Students : Part 3: Tools for Notetaking and Writing from PACER
April 27, 2021 at 3pm Eastern

Making Worksheets Accessible from SETC
April 28, 2021 at 6:30pm Eastern

Consideration: Resources to find AT Answers from AbleNet
April 29, 2021 at 12pm Eastern

Decision-making & Students Who Need Accessible Formats from AEM Center
April 29, 2021 at 3pm Eastern

Tech for Teens Club : Intro to Coding & Video Games from PACER
April 3, 2021 at 11am Eastern (90 min.)

 

Photo credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by mohamed mahmoud hassan

U.S. Access Board to Host Public Forum on Autonomous Vehicles

US Access Board logoFrom the U.S. Access Board

In March and April, the U.S. Access Board, in partnership with other federal agencies, will host a series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to passengers with disabilities. The four-part series will provide an open forum where members of the public and stakeholders can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing accessible AVs. All are welcome to attend.

“Self-driving vehicles have the potential to dramatically expand transit options for people with disabilities, so it’s important that they accommodate everyone,” notes Access Board Executive director Sachin Pavithran, Ph.D. “We are undertaking this series to share information and ideas to promote inclusiveness into design and operation of autonomous vehicles.”

The series will cover accessibility for passengers with mobility disabilities (sessions 1 and 2) and accessibility for passengers with sensory or cognitive disabilities (sessions 3 and 4). Each 90-minute session will be conducted through a webinar (Zoom) platform and feature presentations by agency representatives and invited speakers who will review relevant sources and research and outline issues and questions for discussion. These presentations will be followed by an open dialogue where attendees can pose questions or share comments or information.

In addition, an online discussion platform (ePolicyWorks) will provide further opportunity for dialogue and information sharing following the webinar sessions. This discussion forum will be active for two weeks following each session.

The Board is undertaking this initiative jointly with other agencies, including the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Community Living.

Visit the Board’s website for further details or to register. 

Direct questions to Randall Duchesneau III at events@access-board.gov or (202) 272-0044.

Series Schedule – Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles:  A Public Dialogue

Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Part 1

This session will cover methods and technologies for entering and exiting autonomous vehicles.

March 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET) 

Register for the March 10 session 

The ePolicyWorks discussion platform will open February 22.

Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Part 2

This session will address maneuvering and securement in vehicles and continued discussion of entering and exiting autonomous vehicles.

March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET) 

Register for the March 24 session 

Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 1

This session will address ride hailing and on-board communication for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities.

April 7, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET) 

Register for the April 7 session 

Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 2

This session will continue discussion of communication accessibility in hailing and interacting with autonomous vehicles for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities.

April 21, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

Register for the April 21 session 

7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium!

The following comes from CAST

Located near Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and Guidelines, now used the world over to make learning more inclusive.

Register now for the 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium!

Education2020 was a year for the history books, challenging us to make dramatic, unexpected changes quickly. We also confirmed that radical change in teaching and learning is possible. But 2020 also illuminated barriers to learning like never before. How do we ensure that the future is intentionally planned in a way that achieves the outcomes we hope for?

The 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium July 28-30, 2021– will highlight promising work taking place in the field and will also serve as a forum to think about how we can begin to intentionally design for a better future right now. This year’s event is not about UDL as it has always been done. It is about the dramatic changes that we hope to see in the future and the innovations that can lead us there. Join us for a learning and networking experience filled with connected conversations that elevate our thinking around UDL and the future designed.

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Vertical Access

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series is:

February 4, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 PM (ET) 

US Access Board logoThis webinar will explain where vertical access is required (or exempted) in the ADA and the ABA Accessibility Standards and how it can be achieved. Presenters will review requirements in the standards for ramps, curb ramps, elevators, and platform lifts, as well as clarify common sources of confusion when providing vertical access.

Visit accessibilityonline.org for more information or to register. 

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live 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.