Self Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities

The following free webinar is announced by the Maine Parent Federation

Self Advocacy, Services and Technology for Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Program Description

Maine Parent Federation logoAttendees will learn about:

  • Barriers experienced by adults with disabilities in getting services that support living independently and productively in their communities
  • COVID related issues & self-advocacy strategies to address them
  • How to use person-centered planning, reasonable accommodations and grievances as advocacy tools
  • How adults are using Telehealth services in Maine
  • The results of a recent survey of Maine community service providers
  • Assistive technology (AT) services, resources and funding in Maine, and
  • Success stories about adults with intellectual disabilities from the Maine DDC iPad Project

Presenters

  • Lauren Wille, Esq, Disability Rights Maine
  • Marco Orlando, Speaking Up for Us
  • Alan Kurtz, PhD, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Services,
  • Kathy Adams OTL, ATP, Maine CITE Director
  • Rachel Dyer, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Associate Director.

Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…

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

 

Webinar: Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

The following announcement comes from the U.S. Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Accessible Virtual Meeting Platforms

July 21, 2020 
1:00- 2:30 pm ET

Presenters:

  • Brandon Pace, Enterprise Application Administrator, DHS Office of Accessibility Systems & Technology
  • Gerard Williams, Section 504 Compliance Officer, FCC Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division

US Access Board logoThe widespread transition to telework due to the corona pandemic has made use of virtual meetings and conferences commonplace. It is important that platforms for remote events are inclusive of everyone, particularly in the federal sector under Section 508. The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series on July 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) will review features and considerations for ensuring access to virtual platforms based on the Section 508 Standards. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission will explain what makes an online platform accessible and highlight common access issues. They will also cover best practice recommendations and resources for platform accessibility.

For more details or to register, visit accessibilityonline.org.

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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…

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

UMF Offers Online Certificate Program is Assistive Technology

University of Maine Farmington - logoThe University of Maine Farmington – Division of Graduate and Continuing Education has announced they are offering a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology. The new program is offered completely online.

Those completing the certificate program will be prepared to:

  • Support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in both school and community settings.
  • Utilize assistive technology to increase independence and eliminate or  mitigate barriers.
  • Assess, design, research, and implement Assistive Technology.

The certificate in Assistive Technology (AT) prepares a broad range of professionals who can assess, design, research, and implement Assistive Technology (AT). Those completing the certificate will be prepared to support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in both school and community settings by utilizing assistive technology to increase independence and eliminate or mitigate barriers. Courses are chosen in consultation with your academic advisor to ensure professional goals are reached and that sufficient preparation is undertaken for those seeking national certification.

For more information and to enroll, please contact the University of Maine Farmington – Graduate Studies or by phone 207.778.7502 or email gradstudies@maine.edu