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JAN’s 2018-2019 Monthly Webcast Series

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It’s time for you to register for JAN’s 2018-2019 Monthly Webcast Series. Huddle up with the experts and refine the way you resolve accommodation situations. You wanted more information on job accommodations for motor, sensory, psychiatric, and cognitive issues. We are bringing this to you and more. Topics will also address disability inclusion, assistive technology basics, third-party vendors and accommodations, executive functioning accommodations in self-employment, wearable technology, and current events. You also don’t want to miss an annual update on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Join JAM for an hour each month, receive a certificate of participation, and get your questions answered.

Use this link for more information and to register for these events…

Maine CITE at ACTEM

ACTEM logoMaine CITE and the Maine AEM Program will be attending and exhibiting at the ACTEM’s 31st Annual Maine Education Technology Conference at the Augusta Civic Center, October 11th and 12th.

In addition to our exhibit, John Brandt will be presenting the workshop, “Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Educational Materials” at 12:40 pm on Thursday, Oct 11.

Webinar: Accessible Exterior Routes and Surfaces

From the US Access Board…

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Exterior Routes and Surfaces (November 1)

US Access Board logoThe next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place November 1 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will focus on scoping and technical requirements for exterior routes and surfaces. The presenter will review the differences between sidewalks in the public right-of-way, accessible routes, shared use paths, and pedestrian trails. Additionally, the latest information on accessible surfaces will be discussed.

Visit www.accessibilityonline.org 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.

Free webinars in October 2018

computer keyboardHow to Check A Website for Accessibility – Maine CITE and Maine AEM Programs
Date: October 29, 2018 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET.

Anyone who owns, or administers a successful website knows they need to be vigilant in keeping their content up-to-date and meaningful. But it is equally important to ensure your website is accessible to all users, including people with disabilities who use assistive technology (AT). In this presentation we discuss and demonstrate methods and tools for conducting a quick accessibility review of a website’s structure, as well as the digital content. Strategies for to prevent problem from occurring, and how fix minor problems when they do occur, will be shared. Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…

The following list was compiled by the Center for Accessible Technology

Assistive Technology AND THE WRITING PROCESS from CAT
October 24, 2018 –  4:00 pm ET

Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD Brains from ADDitude
October 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern

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

How Do I Develop Switch Skills? from AbleNet
October 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern

What do you know about twice exceptionality? Ground breaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student from AbleNet
October 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern

 

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

Maine DOE Launching a New Website

Maine DOE logoThe Maine Department of Education will be launching a new website on Friday, September 28, 2018. Over the course of the summer months, Department staff have been working on updating and re-writing website content for a new website that features an improved search function, a user-friendly interface, and a content management system which will allow Department staff to keep content updated and timely.

The new website will replace the current website found at maine.gov/doe. It will have a similar, yet new, look and feel.

It is important to note that those who have bookmarked links to the Department’s current website may need to re-save their bookmarks when the new website is released because there will be some pages that have a different website address.

To ensure that the field and the public can find information on the new website on Friday and going forward, please send all inquiries, comments, concerns, and questions related to the website to doe.webmaster@maine.gov.

For further questions about the launch of the new website, please contact Maine Department of Education Director of Communications, Rachel Paling at rachel.paling@maine.gov.

Resources to Support Adaption of Assistive and Instructional Technology

The Center on Technology and Disabilities (CTD) recently published a newsletter highlighting some of their publications related to education. Among those resources:

Implement Assistive Technology and Instructional Technology

EducationFuture Ready Assistive Technology: Fostering State Supports for Students with Disabilities – This report provides insights into the current state and future of assistive technology as well as resources to support your work.

AT and IT: Where are we headed? – This new infographic outlines the technology landscape, and what it means for state and district leaders, and teachers.

Technology Implementation Strategies that Work! – Watch this video series to learn more about the critical processes necessary to effectively support technology implementation in your district or school.

Understanding Assistive Technology: Policy and Implications for State Leaders – Assistive technology (AT) is an essential part of your overall technology plan. Watch this webinar to learn more about the legal requirements for AT, different types of AT supports, and the role of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Contact the CTD Technical Assistance Lead for SEA/LEA support, Kristin Ruedel – KRuedel@air.org.

For more information, visit CTD on the web!

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.

Presenters

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 agrability@agrability.org 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 accessibilityonline.org 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.

Preparing for Election Day – Nov 6th

The word "vote" with a wheelchair embeddedThe following is reprinted from the AT3 Center Blog and developed with resources from  American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) 

Concerned about potential barriers at your polling place? Make some inquiries in advance of election day and plan ahead. Begin today! Below are tips and resources:

 

Contacting Your Elections Office

It may be useful to contact your state, county, or local Elections Office in advance of the election to locate and check the accessibility of your polling place, ask about accessible voting machines (and how to use them), curbside voting (and other options), or to inquire about poll worker training regarding voters with disabilities. Find My State or Local Election Office Website

Voter ID Requirements

Some states have strict voter identification (ID) requirements in order to vote. Make sure you are prepared with the proper ID well in advance of election day.

VoteRiders

VoteRiders offers wallet-sized Voter ID Info Cards (in English and Spanish) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each card provides a breakdown of the voter ID requirements in that specific state. They also host a Voter ID Hotline: 1-844-338-8743. Link to Vote Riders…

Spread The Vote

Spread The Vote provides direct assistance to help voters obtain the proper identification to vote in their state. They are currently active in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Link to Spread the Vote…

Getting to the Polls

Carpool Vote

Carpool Vote is a national platform that connects volunteer drivers with anybody needing a ride to cast their vote. The platform is accessible to voters with disabilities and offers rides in accessible vehicles as long as there are volunteer drivers with accessible vehicles. Link to Carpool Vote…

Contact State and Local Political Parties

State and local political parties often help organize rides to get their voters to the polls on Election Day. Visit Vote Smart for links to the following organizations:

  • Maine Democratic Party
  • Maine Republican Party
  • Maine Green Independent Party.
  • Maine Patriot Party
  • Libertarian Party of Maine
  • Unity Party of Maine

More Resources:

GetATStuff website closing

Assistive Technology Exchange in New England & New York - Get AT StuffAfter ten years of service, the Maine CITE Coordinating Center along with the New York and New England Assistive Technology State programs have decided to close the Get AT Stuff Assistive Technology Exchange at the end of September 2018.

No new postings will be accepted after September 20th and the GetATStuff.com website will be closed on September 30, 2018. All postings to sell or give away AT equipment listed on GetATStuff.com will be removed on September 30 and all personal information deleted from the system.

Here are some options for donating or selling your used AT/equipment:

Additional resources and information are located on our Equipment Reuse page…

For further assistance please contact the Maine CITE Coordinating Center at 207-621-3195 V or Maine Relay 711.