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Webinars – December 2018

December 11, 2018,  3:30 – 4:30 pm ET.

AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

Mind map of Universal Design for Learning conceptsAssistive Technology (AT), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are more than just buzzwords. Alone, each are powerful supports that can benefit learners with disabilities in K-12 and Higher Education. However, when integrated in a holistic approach to learning in these environments, they are a powerful combination that promotes independence, equity, and access in ways that make sense for the learner. In this dynamic session, participants will learn about the ways that Assistive Technology, AEM, and UDL can and should be leveraged to meet the needs of all learners. Use this link for more information about webinar: AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

And the following list of free webinars comes from the ATC News, funded by the Center for Accessible Technology.  Please visit their website to sign up for the ATC News.

Accessibility and Compliance: How to Measure Digital Accessibility from deque
December 11 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies from AbleNet
December 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Chromebook Accessibility Features from SETC
December 12 at 6:30 pm Eastern

RAAP Strategy for Communication via Shared Reading from SETC (K-12)
December 13 at 3:00 pm Eastern

How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? from AbleNet (preK-12)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern

All Things QIAT! From QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

 

Group formed to test and document assistive technologies

ARIA W3C logoThe W3C – World Wide Web Consortia – has created a community group to systematically test and document  assistive technologies use of ARIA and HTML5 accessibility features in web applications. W3C membership is NOT needed to participate in the community group.

How WAI-ARIA is supported by assistive technologies, such as screen readers, is highly variable. This variation in WAI-ARIA rendering adds unnecessary complexity to the development of high-quality web experiences for users of assistive technologies and places significant limitations on the types of web widgets that can be made widely accessible.

This community group is dedicated to:

  1. Helping assistive technology developers converge on a set of clear norms for baseline support of WAI-ARIA.
  2. Helping web developers understand the current state of support for WAI-ARIA by assistive technologies.

WAI-ARIA is as important to assistive technology presentation as CSS is to visual presentation. Join us to help make WAI-ARIA as reliable as CSS.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group. Complete details may be found at this link…

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2018-11-30 by Matthew King. The following people supported its creation: Matthew King, Laura Fathauer, Shadi Abou-Zahra, David Sexton, Mark McCarthy, Aaron Leventhal. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

 

Maine Parent Federation hosts documentary about young American adults with intellectual disabilities

Poster for movie Intelligent LivesThe Maine Parent Federation (MPF) announces an opportunity to screen the new documentary Intelligent Lives, which examines our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Location: Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple Street, Portland, ME

This documentary stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Intelligent Lives, challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

About the Filmmaker Dan Habib

Dan Habib (pronounced “Habeeb”) is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He now has a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which examines  our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Tickets

All tickets cost $13.50 and may be purchased online. Use this link to reserve tickets 

The ticket sales deadline January 6, 2019.

A limited number of scholarships are available from Maine Parent Federation, contact us at (800) 870-7746 for more information)

Questions?

Contact Jodie Hall, Regional Family Support Coordinator, at (207) 841-4129 or Email: jhall@mpf.org

Let’s participate – new resource for infants and pre-schoolers

Early childhoodThe Let’s Participate! project, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, was designed to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities participate more fully in everyday activities through the use of assistive technology (AT).

Let’s Participate’s newly revamped website is chock-full of information on using AT with young children.

Please check out letsparticipate.org to find:

  • Numerous ready-to-be-used powerpoints and trainings
  • One-pagers on finding the right AT
  • A simple child-specific AT Plan
  • Resources on how to increase infant, toddler & preschooler participation using AT
  • Guidance on how/why to set up an AT lending library
  • Lots of tip sheets, activities, examples and more!

Use this link to visit Let’s Participate…

Photo credit: Image licensed through Creative Commons by Free Stock Photo

Webinars – November 2018

Free webinars from around the web

computer keyboardHow Do I Develop Scanning Skills? from AbleNet
November 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

Creating Accessible Documents with Adobe InDesign from Great Lakes ADA
November 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

Apps to Support Youth with Vision Loss in the Transition to Adulthood from PACER
November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

A Healthy Start with Augmentative Communication at Home from PACER
November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm ET (90 min.)

Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages from PACER
December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

Equity, Access and Inclusion: A World Usability Day event

About this Event

World Usability Day logo: Making life easierThe University of Maine, Student Accessibility Services, a department of the Division of Student Life, with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund is proud to host the conference “Equity, Access and Inclusion.”  Working with partners at the University of Maine and beyond to offer presentations and workshops throughout the day.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Established in 2005, World Usability Day (WUD) is single day that occurs annually around the world and brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups to promote the values of usability, accessibility, universal design for the common objective to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

An organization that prioritizes access, equity and inclusion creates an environment that respects and values individual difference. Inclusive organizations foster cultures that minimize bias, promote access to programs and recognize and address systemic inequities, which can create disadvantage for certain individuals. The UMaine event is designed to bring the campus and surrounding community together to help promote the core values of equity, access and inclusion and the belief that persons of all abilities have equal rights to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest.

SAS Partners for WUD:

  • UMaine Division of Student Life
  • UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
  • UMaine Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • UMaine The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory

Location and Details

The events will be held on campus at the Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

For more information and questions contact:

University of Maine
Student Accessibility Services
121 East Annex
Orono, ME 04469

Tel: 207-581-2319
um.sas@maine.edu

JAN’s 2018-2019 Monthly Webcast Series

Job Accommodations Network - JAN - logoIt’s free! It’s from JAN! And you are among the first to know!

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 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!

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.