AT for Older Adults

The following comes from Laurie Orlov’s Aging and Health Technology Watch current newsletter. Laurie’s excellent site reports out on issues related to seniors and various new and emerging technologies. This week’s newsletter article focused on several new assistive technologies. Use the links in the list below to learn more about each product.

And you might want to consider subscribing to Laurie’s newsletter…

HomeEXCEPT.  “HomeEXCEPT is hardware and software for active seniors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and researchers. The hardware is used to tag objects and monitor their use.

Livindi.  “Livindi keeps families connected with LivindiPad, a tablet for seniors. Simply touching a picture on the screen starts a video call. Voice to text helps those with diminished hearing. Families can send pictures to a digital picture frame. Livindi includes a set of sensors which monitor activity and environment and recognize behavioral changes.

Sundial Alexa Skill. “The Sundial skill for Alexa and the mobile app work together to connect older adults (the Center) to their loved ones (Care Circle). The Center uses the voice and touch enabled Sundial skill for Alexa (optimized for the Amazon Echo Show) to interact with their private Care Circle of family and friends.

Tembo.Health.  “Tembo.Health, funded at least in part by Primetime Partners, a new aging-focused VC firm, is a provider of telemedicine services intended to connect patients with specialty services like psychiatry and cardiology, including those in nursing homes. The company’s platform connects the specialists to patient data and collaborates with the nursing staff to provide better care plans and also, enabling patients with the care option as per their needs.

Verizon Care Smart Watch. “Care Smart comes with a number of pre-loaded messages making it easier than ever for seniors to respond to text messages. An easy-to-read screen displays the date and time and streamlined 3-touch navigation for accessing contacts, placing calls or sending texts makes this smartwatch a snap to use.

Read the entire article Five notable technology offerings for older adults

 

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…

 

Governor Marks 30th Anniversary of ADA

The following proclamation was made on July 26, 2020:

State of Maine – PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life; and WHEREAS, the ADA has expanded opportunities for individuals with disabilities by increasing awareness, removing barriers, changing perceptions, and promoting greater inclusion in community life; and

WHEREAS, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if public entities, including the State of Maine, remain committed by providing leadership and continued attention to its purpose; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine recognizes that all people within its borders have the right to fully participate in leading productive and active lives without regard to their disabilities, and that supporting the rights of persons with disabilities is essential to the economic and social well-being of the entire State; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine has enacted laws, issued orders, and adopted policies to protect the rights of people with disabilities, to provide accessibility for people with disabilities in all State programs, and to comply with and carry out the State’s responsibilities under the ADA; and

WHEREAS, the removal of barriers to equal opportunity for all that limit the participation of people with disabilities in employment, programs, and activities of the State of Maine remains an ongoing focus and requires the concerted efforts of all agencies and their partners to devote resources to coordinate ADA compliance; and

WHEREAS, State government bears a unique responsibility in demonstrating to all people the goals and values of our common life, including serving as a model of accessibility, inclusion, and nondiscrimination for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, with information technology and digital services continually becoming a more integral part of everyday life, the State of Maine responsibilities described in Executive Order 2 FY 11/12 are reaffirmed in their entirety, with modifications to ensure that agency procured, utilized, or created digital information and services are available to people with disabilities in an accessible format;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janet T. Mills, Governor of the great State of Maine, do hereby proclaim the week of July 26, 2020 as ADA Recognition Week throughout the State of Maine and I urge all citizens to celebrate the great progress made under the ADA, reaffirm the principle of equality and inclusion, and recommit our efforts to full accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in compliance with the ADA.

In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this sixteenth day of July Two Thousand Twenty.

Seal of the State of Maine

/s/
Janet T. Mills
Governor

/s/
Matthew Dunlap
Secretary of State

 

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

 

Video Series on Universal Design

Icon - reel of filmA new video series on Universal Design is now available from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) at Georgia Tech.

Universal Design involves designing products, facilities, and environments that are easily usable by the greatest range of people regardless of age, size, ability, or other factors. The series explores the seven principles of Universal Design, including use that is equitable, flexible, simple, and intuitive, perceptible information, tolerance for error, and low physical effort.

TechSAge features multidisciplinary research, development, and training projects that are dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term disabilities. This center is supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

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

 

2020 Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM Published

EducationThe Maine CITE Assistive Technology Program is pleased to release the revised Guide for Maine Families on Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials. The 2020 Guide provides Maine families who have children with disabilities an easy to use resource describing how to get the assistive technology (AT) devices and services they need. Information about accessible education materials (AEM) and families’ important role in the planning process are also provided.

The 2020 Guide updates general information about AT and AEM. It includes new resources about assistive technology used during “learning at home” activities, as well as AT device demonstration and loan services – AT4Maine.org.

Use this link to download the The Guide – PDF

Audio Description Project – Proposed Rulemaking

The following press release comes from the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (ACB):

On April 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes expanding the number of broadcast designated market areas required to pass through audio description from the top 60 markets to the top 100, and to use the term “audio description” instead of the term “video description.”

The NPRM seeks to modernize the terminology in the Commission’s regulations to use the term “audio description” rather than “video description.” The term “audio description” is used by the rest of the federal government and is the term used in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, “audio description” is the agreed upon international terminology for audibly describing the visual elements of videos, on-stage performances, and subjects at museum and art galleries.

On May 21, 2020, the Media Bureau of the FCC released a public notice announcing the NPRM comment due dates; comments are due June 22, 2020, and reply comments are due July 6, 2020. The text of the NPRM is available on the FCC website.

Interested parties may file comments on their own by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System. All filings must reference MB Docket No. 11-43. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

Read more about the plan to expand the number of broadcast designated market areas…

Read more about the Audio Description Project…