Disability Rights Maine Provides Special Education School Re-entry Guidance

The Maine Parent Federation and Disability Rights Maine announce the following webinar:

EducationMonday, August 17, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Special Education lawyers Ben Jones and Atlee Reilly will provide best practices and answer your questions on understanding and implementing the Maine Department of Education’s (MDOE) re-entry guidance at your local district level for your special needs child/children.

Please use this link to register for this webinar…

 

What is Sprint IP Relay and Sprint Web CapTel?

The following comes from Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)

Community Zoom presentation: What is Sprint IP Relay and Sprint Web CapTel?

DATE: Thursday, August 13, 2020 
TIME: 1-2 p.m.

Person using Web Cap Tel serviceSprint IP Relay: You can make calls with Sprint IP Relay on your smartphone, tablet or computer to type and view messages. This relay service allows the user to make phone calls using text (no voice or hearing required). How does it work? You type what you want to say to the operator, and then the operator relays the message to your caller and types their response back to you. Complete a quick registration and start making calls!  

Sprint Web CapTel: This relay service works a little different; you can use any telephone and connect via computer/tablet to read captions on the call. Using the telephone allows you to use your own voice. Use this link to register for this relay service…

How to Attend

To join the Zoom meeting and learn about these two no-cost relay services available to Maine residents, please contact Debra Bare-Rogers DRogers@DRME.org for the link to the meeting.

If you are hard of hearing or deaf and need captioning during this presentation Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) will be set-up for this event. Please send an email to DRogers@DRME.org for the captioning link.

 

Webinar on Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

Recording Available of Webinar on Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

US Access Board logoThe U.S. Access Board recently (July 21, 2020) conducted a webinar on the accessibility of virtual meeting platforms as part of its Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series. Presenters from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission reviewed features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual platforms according to the Section 508 Standards. A recording of this free webinar – including handouts – is available on the webinar site. 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Tablet showing the definition of the word "access"

Today, May 21, 2020, we celebrate the 9th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day – GAAD. Unlike previous years, when celebrations involved many face-to-face meetings and special events around the world, this year we celebrate virtually.

Check out some of the virtual events

Learn more about GAAD

Indeed the need to work and learn from home this year has intensified the importance of access for all in a powerful new way. Hopefully, now the message will be well-heard, remembered and action taken.

 

 

Audio Description Project Conference

Audio DescriptionThe American Council of the Blind (ACB) – Audio Description Project (ADP) will sponsor a Virtual Conference on July 3-10, 2020.

Here is the announcement:

This year’s Audio Description Project Conference will be held as a virtual conference (via Zoom) daily (except for Monday, July 5) starting July 3, 2020.  The cost to attend the ADP Zoom sessions will simply be the $25 fee required to register for the overarching ACB Conference.  Your $25 registration fee includes admission to all of the Audio Description Project events.

Registration will open on May 21 at 7:00 AM eastern time for ACB members and May 28 for nonmembers. Registration closes at 11:59 PM eastern time on June 21.

For more information and to register online use this link: acbconvention.org

Interested parties may also call (612) 332-3242 and select option 5 for convention. Your phone call will be returned as quickly as possible; leave your name, telephone number and time zone.

 

Best Practices Webinar: Accessible Office Documents

From the U.S Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices: Accessible Office Documents

May 26, 2020
1:00- 2:30 pm ET

Presenter:

  • Nicshan Floyd, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Accessibility Systems & Technology

US Access Board logoThe updated 508 Standards apply to many types of documents that federal agencies generate on a daily basis. This session will explain the different types of electronic content covered and review how to make various file formats accessible, including Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets and PowerPoint files. The presenter will review best practices and resources developed by the Accessible Electronic Documents Community of Practice that are helpful to all types of federal employees who are responsible for creating, posting, and distributing electronic content.

For more details or to register, use this link to accessibilityonline.org.

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

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.

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.