U.S. Access Board Webinar: Vertical Access

US Access Board logoFrom the U.S. Access Board

February 4, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 pm (ET) 

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place February 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and 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.

 

Morphic-Making access to computers easier

Information TechnologyThe Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southwest and Great Plains ADA Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Special Session in our Accessible Technology Series that will feature emerging technology that will enable persons to access their assistive technology for computer access from anywhere they are at as well as provide tools to “simplify” computer access for persons with cognitive disabilities and older persons who are new to technology.

Gregg Vanderheiden from the Trace Center at the University of Maryland is the featured speaker and developer of this product along with his team. The is a repeat of a session we held in early December and are offering a 2nd time due to its popularity.

Morphic-Making access to computers easier

Date: Friday, January 15, 2021

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm ET 

Speaker: Gregg Vanderheiden, Director, Trace Center, University of Maryland

Description:

This webinar will introduce a new tool for making computers easier to use for those who use assistive technologies – and those who just find computers too confusing (elders, people with cognitive disabilities, people new to desktop computing, etc.).   Morphic is a unique new open-source developed tool that can be used in different ways for people with different needs.  It makes it easier for people to discover and quickly access and use the features that are built into computers and many accessibility and usability features are built-into computers but are unknown or too hard to find or use. Morphic makes them available with one click – and nothing to remember.

Registration: Free  

Please use this link to register for this event

(you will be required to establish a free account on our website if you don’t already have one)

This session will be closed captioned.  Additional accommodations should be submitted to webinars@adaconferences.org by January 8, 2021.

Questions regarding this session should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org or by calling 877-232-1990 (V/TTY)

 

January 2021 Webinars

Maine CITE is offering the following webinar in January 2021:

Webinar: Assistive Technology for Your Life – Tools for Independence

Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET

Man wearing dark glasses holds cane and smatphoneTechnology is a part of daily life for most of us, making our lives easier, safer, and more enjoyable. For people with disabilities, Assistive Technology (AT) can be especially empowering and create opportunities for greater independence and access. Join us for a webinar on how people with disabilities and their providers can identify, obtain, and use assistive technology to support a wide range of needs.

Presenters: Ketra Crosson, Henry Powell, Victoria Schalk

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar: Assistive Technology for Your Daily Life- Tools for Independence


The following list of January 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.

Implantable Brain-Computer Interfaces in Late-Stage ALS: Real-World Implications from G3ict
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Using Screen Readers and Testing Tools to Evaluate the Accessibility of a User Journey from the Paciello Group
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Morphic – Making Computers Easier to Use from Great Lakes ADA
Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities from CIDI
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fairness for Persons with Disabilities in Workplace Technologies from Southeast ADA & PEAT
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

Review of the Revised 508 Standards (Part 1): Requirements for Federal Websites and Electronic Content from Great Lakes ADA
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Creating Accessible Content in 2021 from AEM
Thursday, January 7th at 4:00 pm Eastern

Implementation: Adoption vs. Abandonment from AbleNet
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern

 

 

US Access Board Announces Schedule for Public Forum on Autonomous Vehicles

From the U.S. Access Board...

autonomous transporterDecember 17, 2020 – In partnership with other federal agencies, the U.S. Access Board will host a series of virtual meetings in March and April on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including those with disabilities. The sessions will be free and open to the public via a virtual platform (Zoom). Attendees will be able to pose questions and share comments, suggestions, and information.

The four-part series will feature presentations by agency representatives and invited speakers who will discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing AVs that are inclusive of everyone. Presenters will also review findings and recommendations, identify areas for further study, and recommend next steps. An open dialogue with attendees will follow. In addition, an online crowdsourcing platform (ePolicyWorks) will provide a forum for continued discussion after each live session.

Further details will be provided and posted on the Board’s AV webpage in the coming weeks. Direct questions to Randall Duchesneau III at duchesneau@access-board.gov or (202) 272-0044.

Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Forum

Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting Vehicles
March 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement in Vehicles
March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

Communication Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities
April 7, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

Findings, Recommendations, Future Research, and Suggested Next Steps
April 21, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)

Photo credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by Pixabay

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Review of the Revised 508 Standards

From the U.S. Access Board

Part 1: Requirements for Federal Websites and Electronic Content

US Access Board logoThe next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place January 26, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will cover requirements in standards that apply to a federal agency’s public-facing content, including websites, publications, and social media sites. It will also address requirements for other types of electronic content, such as policy announcements, notices of benefits, templates or forms, educational or training materials, and intranets. Presenters from the U.S. Access Board will discuss relevant application, scoping, and technical provisions, as well as definitions and functional performance criteria.

The following webinar (Part 2) on March 30, 2021 will cover requirements in the Section 508 Standards for hardware and software.

For more details or to register, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can receive a participation certificate.

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.

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.

 

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Interior and Exterior Accessible Routes

US Access Board logoThe next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place January 7 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will provide an in-depth review of ADA and ABA requirements for interior accessible routes and issues, such as overlapping clear space requirements and door maneuvering clearances. The session will also address exterior routes, such as site arrival points, connections to transit stops and public streets and sidewalks, and unique accessible route exceptions permitted at recreation facilities. Presenters will highlight some of the more frequently asked questions and common source of confusion for accessible routes.

Visit www.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. 

 

December 2020 Webinars

Maine CITE is offering the following webinar in December 2020:

Webinar: Assistive Technology for Age-Friendly Communities

Date: December 2, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

woman using digital magnifierIn recent years, AARP has promoted the development of Age Friendly Communities (AFC) to encourage local officials and citizens to implement changes that make their communities more livable for people of all ages, especially older adults. As the state with the largest percent of older adults in the country, the efforts in Maine are noteworthy.

Join us for a presentation on Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services in Maine. AT can be essential to making your home, community and public spaces accessible and impact the health, safety and independence of older adults who want to continue to live at home. The presenters will share a variety of AT devices, smart home tech and home modifications that help to make your home more age-friendly. AT Resources and information about paying for AT will also be explored.

Presenters: Ketra Crosson and John Brandt

Use this link for more information and to register for the “Webinar: Assistive Technology for Age-Friendly Communities”


The following list of December 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.

Time for a Change: Case Study Illustrating a Complex Child Who Has Plateaued in AT Use from AbleNet
December 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Social Media Management: Accessibility Basics from Great Lakes ADA
December 15, 2020 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern   (90 min.)

Making SEL Accessible for Students with Learning Differences from edWeb
December 15, 2020 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
 

Webinar on ADA/ABA and Recreation Facilities

From the US Access Board…

Upcoming Webinar on Recreation Facilities

US Access Board logoDecember 3, 2020
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

The final webinar of 2020 in the Board’s free monthly series will take place December 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review scoping and technical provisions for recreation facilities in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards (Chapter 10).

This session will address the requirements for:

  • amusement rides,
  • recreational boating facilities
  • exercise machines and equipment
  • fishing piers and platforms
  • golf facilities and miniature golf facilities
  • play areas
  • swimming pools, wading pools, and spas
  • shooting facilities with fixed firing positions
  • sports facilities.

Presenters will address common sources of confusion and frequently asked questions about these provisions. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board.

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 webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.

Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site. 

 

JAN offers free webcasts

Person at desk using keyboardThe Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

Starting in October 2020, JAN is offering a series of free webcasts to the public. Topics include Ergonomics for Teleworkers, ADA Update, Accommodating Veterans, and many more. The JAN Webcast Series is free, but you must register for each event. Sign up now, as space is limited!

Dates/times and titles follow. Use this link for more information and to register for any of these events.

October 2020
Intentional Inclusion: Increasing Access & Opportunity
10/13/2020 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern

November 2020
The Top Ten Veteran-Related Accommodation Questions and Answers
11/10/2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

December 2020
Ergonomics for Teleworkers
12/08/2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

January 2021
Accommodations for Respiratory Impairments
01/12/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

February 2021
Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations
02/09/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

March 2021
ADA and Accommodation Lessons Learned: COVID-19 Edition
03/09/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

April 2021
Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace
04/13/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

May 2021
Q&A with the Cog/Psych Team: Challenging Mental Health Scenarios
05/11/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

June 2021
Accommodating Public Safety Workers with Disabilities
06/08/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

July 2021
ADA Update
07/13/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

August 2021
AT Update: What’s new in 2021
08/10/2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

 

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.