Technology as a Meaningful Employment Support

The folks at Employment for ME are offering this workshop. Please contact them directly for more information:

Technology as a Meaningful Employment Support

with Marsha Threlkeld

Person holding smartphone

January 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration 8:30 a.m.)

Location:

Le Club Calumet
334 West River Road
Augusta, ME

Description:

How can handheld technology and more assist a job seeker to be as productive, included, and communicative as possible? Focusing on not over supporting with technology but leveraging it to assist all job seekers to be their best. Learn about built in features which offer assistance, apps, accessories, and use of environmental or smart home devices in the work place.

Presenter:

Marsha Threlkeld is a consultant and trainer from Washington State working in School-to-Work, Employment First, Person Centered Career Planning, and Assistive Technology to include handheld devices and Smart Environments. Marsha has worked on behalf of School-to-Work for the last 25 years and designed and implemented School-to-Work Projects in several states. She facilitates Technology Learning Cohorts for employment and residential providers, educators, and government. She has worked to equip job seekers and employment professionals with technology to assist in job productivity, inclusion, marketing, and communication. Marsha has worked to develop Person Centered Planning facilitator training materials and worked in her home state of Washington to draft guidelines for planning facilitators. She has created materials for teachers and others to include: Every Person and Everyday Technology, Person Centered Career Planning, Student Driven Career Planning, Envision Your Future, and See Yourself Working. Marsha worked with the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) for 18 years before moving to her own consultancy business: Pivotal Consulting & Training LLC. She is a Subject Matter Expert for Employment First projects through the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, focusing on School-to-Work and Assistive Technology.

Registration Fees:

Cost is $100 per person which includes materials, morning coffee & lunch. If you are registering as part of a group of 3 or more contact noelle@syntiro.org for a discount.

Use this link for more information and to register…

UMF unveils special ed master’s program with workforce needs in mind

Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center on the UMF campus.FARMINGTON, ME  (October 31, 2019)—The University of Maine at Farmington, a leader in teacher education, is proud to announce that it is offering a Master of Science in Special Education beginning spring 2020. This program offers pathways for undergraduate students, graduate students and adults working in the field to become certified special education teachers and help alleviate the serious workforce need in schools throughout Maine.

“Farmington has long been a leader in preparing well-qualified teachers for the classroom,” said Edward Serna, UMF president. “Deep-rooted in that leadership is UMF’s ongoing pursuit of how to best serve our students, local schools and the State of Maine, now and in the future. This new special education master’s program is a valuable next step in being responsive to the higher education needs of Maine citizens while helping meet the state’s significant workforce needs.”

The UMF program offers undergraduate students an accelerated 4+1 program, in which they can obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education in five years instead of six. The program is open to undergraduate students enrolled in UMF’s bachelors in special education program or pursuing a 20-credit minor in special education at UMF. This gives students with a wide array of majors a pathway to certification as special education teachers.

For graduate students, many of whom are in the workforce already, the new UMF master’s degree program features a blended delivery model, offering course work that is 70 percent online and 30 percent face-to-face with in-the-classroom work on the UMF campus three Saturdays per semester. Unique in Maine, this flexible model provides working adults with the benefits of both online and in-classroom learning.

“While students acquire knowledge and skills through online learning, it is still important for them to have the interpersonal learning experience that a classroom offers in order to discuss, evaluate and synthesize what they’ve learned,” said Brian Cavanaugh, UMF assistant professor of special education. “This widely accepted best-practice model has students in the program interacting with faculty and course participants to personalize and enrich their learning.”

For adult learners who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, are working in schools, and are seeking Special Education 282 Certification in Maine, UMF offers access to the new M.S.Ed. in Special Education through its longstanding Special Education Alternate Route to Certification (SPARC) program.

Especially popular among people who hold a bachelor’s degree and are working in special education settings as Educational Technicians, SPARC offers a set of online courses taught by experienced Special Education faculty and professionals that leads to state certification.

UMF’s SPARC program includes 13 online graduate courses offered on a rotating schedule. Participants in SPARC must have access to students with disabilities in order to complete online course assignments and can elect to take only the number of courses they need to meet the 24-credit requirement for Special Education 282 Certification in Maine. Students who have successfully completed nine credits through UMF’s SPARC program are eligible for admission to the M.S.Ed. in Special Education program.

“Students in the SPARC courses have asked persistently for a master’s degree in special education,” says Erin Connor, associate dean for Graduate and Continuing Education at UMF. “When your students push you to develop their next educational experience, you know you are on the right track. SPARC has taught us about the strong need for continuing education at Farmington. I hope the community will continue to inform our thinking about what programming we can offer that will help them achieve their professional goals.”

The new Master of Science in Special Education program is also designed to provide students with the opportunity to specialize in areas of need within special education, such as assistive technology, inclusive education and leadership, low incidence disabilities or special education administration. This additional course work will be available through UMF or through collaborative options at other UMaine System campuses.

For more information on the new Master of Science in Special Education degree program, For more information on the new Master of Science in Special Education degree program, please contact the UMF Office of Graduate Studies 207-778-7502.

Transition: Creating Great Job Candidates

The following fee-based training event is being offered by Employment for ME

Transition: Creating Great Job Candidates

January 23, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration 8:30 a.m.) 
Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road, Augusta, ME

with Marsha Threlkeld

Vision:  Every student can work and is ready before they exit school.  School-to-Work that really works to launch all students into the Workforce.  Focus on adopting individualized employment goals leading to IEP content, creating individualized community based work experiences, Discovery and Job Development while still in school, informing and working with families, training special education aides and others to support students in work experience, and all members of the student’s team involved in employment pursuits, landing jobs before exiting school.

Registration Fees: Cost is $100 per person which includes materials, morning coffee & lunch. If you are registering as part of a group of 3 or more contact noelle@syntiro.org for a discount.

Use this link for registration…

Webinars – November 2019

computer keyboardThe following is a list of November webinars on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility. The list is generated by the Accessible Technology Consortia funded by the Center for Accessible Technology. Thank you.

Digital Accessibility – The First Steps from Paciello Group
October 31, 2019, at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Living on Your Own: Taking Care of Yourself – Technology to Support Health and Wellness from PACER
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Skoog, an accessible musical instrument from AT3 Center
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 3:00 pm Eastern.

APH Products: What’s Available for Students with Visual Impairments from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
November 14, 2019, at 4:00 pm Eastern.

Tech for Teens Club: Building Websites from PACER
Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 11:00 am Eastern.

Accessibility in the Laboratory from Southeast ADA Center
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Nous, a wearable eye blink switch from AT3 Center
December 3, 2019, at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Intro to TobiiDynavox: Snap + Core First for all access methods from SETC
November 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern.

NovaChat vs TouchChat from SETC
November 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Advancing AT Processes AT Assessment from SETC
November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm Eastern.

Implementation Strategies for Eye gaze Users  from SETC
November 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Chrome Supports for Reading/Writing/Math from SETC
November 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm Eastern.

Vision Supports, Strategies and Tech Tools from SETC
November 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm Eastern.

My AAC Journey: Switches to Eye Gaze to Infinity! from SETC
November 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm Eastern.

Switch Access to AAC Apps from SETC
December 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm Eastern.

Webinars – October 2019

The following is a list of October webinars on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility starting with Maine CITE’s next webinar on October 2nd. The remaining list is generated by the Accessible Technology Consortia funded by the Center for Accessible Technology.

Webinar: Smart Homes as Assistive Technology 101

Date: October 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm ET

Amazon Echo and Google Home "Smart Speakers"“Smart Speakers” (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.) are becoming more and more prevalent in homes, however most people don’t realize the true potential of these devices, especially when combined with connected environmental control devices throughout the home. Marketing for many of these devices fail to show how powerful they can be in the hands of people with disabilities. Join Ben Jacobs as he shows how to unlock the full potential of these solutions, shares strategies for starting a smart home, which devices to consider, and some uses for environmental controls you might not normally consider.

Presenter: Ben Jacobs

Use this link for more information and to register for this free webinars Smart Homes as Assistive Technology 101…

Other Webinars in October 2019

How to Ensure an Inclusive Workplace: A Conversation with a Digital Accessibility Expert from JAN on Tuesday, October 8th at 2:00 pm Eastern.

Tips and tools for supporting disabled people in training and work from AbilityNet (in the UK)
October 17th at 8:00 am Eastern

Apple’s New Accessibility Features from PACER (LiveStream event)
Wednesday, October 30th at 2:00 pm Eastern

Create a Technology Toolbox for Struggling Students with ADHD and LD from ADDitude
Wednesday, October 2nd, at 1:00 pm Eastern

Working with Students Using Switches: Collaboration is Key from AbleNet
Part I: October 9th at 3:00 pm Eastern
Part II: October 16th at 3:00 pm Eastern

How Getting a Speech Device Changed My Life from ISSAC
Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 pm Eastern

 

Audio Description in Education – Student Contest

Benefits of Audio Description in Education Contest – “BADIE”

Young People Who Are Blind Write Reviews of Film and Video

Audio DescriptionSeptember 9, 2019 – The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are continuing their co-sponsorship of an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest.

Kids love movies!

Movies, videos, and other forms of multimedia are, these days, integral to public, private, and special education curriculum. If you’re a young person who can’t see or can’t see well, audio description provides access to all the visual images of the movies that sighted young people enjoy.

Students choose an audio-described film or video from the more than thousands of titles available through DCMP – visit www.dcmp.org. Or a young person who is blind can borrow an audio-described video or film from a library, and dozens of audio-described films videos are available for purchase through the ACB-ADP’s website.

How to enter the contest…

Reviews can be submitted in writing, in braille or via an audio recording.

Use this link to Register for the contest…

Entries can also be submitted via e-mail or postal mail (submissions from outside the United States are fine) to:

ACB-DCMP Benefits of Audio Description In Education
1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22311 USA

E-mail: jsnyder@acb.org
Phone: (202) 467-5083

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Friday, December 6, 2019

Contest winners in each category will be chosen by January of 2020, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad Mini! Each first-place winner will receive a $100 iTunes gift card. Second-place winners will receive a $50 iTunes gift card, and third-place winners will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. Each supporting teacher who has a first-place winning student will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card.

 

Webinars – September 2019

The following is a list of September webinars on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility starting with Maine CITE’s next webinar on September 18th. The remaining list is generated by the Accessible Technology Consortia funded by the Center for Accessible Technology.

Webinar: Augmentative and Alternative Communication in School-Aged Populations

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM ET

Augmentative Communication deviceThis webinar explains the importance of providing language learning and exploration opportunities for children and young adults who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A review of child language development milestones and fundamental components of language learning in early childhood is provided.

Presenters: Jane Puhlman and Jennifer M. Seale

Use this link for more information and to register for the webinar:Augmentative and Alternative Communication in School-Aged Populations…

Other webinars in September (and October)

Evaluating Websites for Accessibility from U.S. Access Board & Great Lakes ADA
September 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm Eastern (90 min.).

Accessibility and arthritis: your questions answered from AbilityNet (UK)
September 12, 2019 at 10:00 am Eastern.

Evaluating and Managing Accessibility in 3rd Party Web Content from the Southeast ADA Center, Great Lakes ADA Center, and Pacific ADA Center
September 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm Eastern (90 min.).

AAC and Disasters: Are You Ready? from USSAAC
September 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm Eastern.

Evaluating Websites for Accessibility under the Section 508 Standards from the U.S. Access Board and the Great Lakes ADA Center
September 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm Eastern (90 min.).

Create a Technology Toolbox for Struggling Students with ADHD and LD from ADDitude
Wednesday, October 2nd, at 1:00 pm Eastern.

 

The Way Learning Should Be Conference

ACTEM – The Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

ACTEM logoACTEM has opened the registration for its annual fall conference taking place

October 10-11, 2019
Augusta Civic Center • Augusta, ME

The 2019 Conference Program includes…

  • Two full days of engaging professional development.
  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers
  • Over 100 workshop sessions
  • Over 40 Exhibitors

Maine CITE will be exhibiting at the Conference and John Brandt and Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D, ATP will be presenting “Innovative Technologies in Special Education.”

Use this link for more information and early bird registration discounts…

The ATP Fundamentals Course offered

ATP - RESNA logoFrom RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)

The RESNA ATP Fundamentals Course will continue offering public, private on-site courses, and online, instructor-led courses designed as a convenient, cost-efficient and effective way for busy AT professionals to participate.

Register for the courses in September of 2019 or use your remaining training budget to purchase training vouchers today for a seat.

This training course will help candidates review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and help identify areas they need to study for the ATP exam.

Course features:

  • Official RESNA course materials
  • Taught by a RESNA-authorized instructor and ATP
  • Collaborate with classmates
  • Real-world learning activities and scenarios
  • Access to online practice exam – complete with diagnostic scoring
  • Copy of “Fundamentals of Assistive Technology, Vol. 4”

The 16-hour curriculum will be covered over four weeks, consisting of eight 2-hour online evening class sessions. All class sessions will be recorded for easy viewing/reviewing over the duration of the class and for 90 days after the completion of the course.

Course Cost

September 4 – 30, 2019

  • $650 – RESNA Member
  • $800 – RESNA Non-Member

Class size is capped at 45 students to allow for maximum interaction and knowledge transfer, so seating is very limited.

Registration and More Information

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

Webinars – August 2019

The following free webinars are also available. Thank you to the Accessible Technology Coalition for their monthly update!

Assistive Technology Wearables from JAN (Job Accommodation Network)
August 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Fun Activities Using Technology and Gardening from AbleNet
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern

A District-Wide Approach to Using AT to Support Struggling Readers from edWeb
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Math Tools: Tech to Support Diverse Learners from PACER
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm Eastern