Virtual Assistive Technology and Community Living Summit

Assisitive Technology at exhibit spaceThe Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC), New Jersey’s designated Assistive Technology Act program, is a program of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) as its lead agency, has served as the central clearing house for information about AT devices and services statewide since 1997.

ATAC announces their 5th Annual Assistive Technology Statewide Virtual Conference on September 23 – 24, 2021.

Join consumers and professionals for a day of learning and sharing about all areas of Assistive Technology. In order to increase the learning and sharing, we have super sized this year’s virtual event! Disability Rights New Jersey and ATAC have partnered to bring quality content focused on Assistive Technology and Community Living.

Last year’s virtual event was attended by over 350 individuals and featured over 25 concurrent sessions focused on all areas of Assistive Technology. This year’s virtual event will be even bigger and better – with speakers and participants from all across the country!

Day 1: Thursday, September 23, 2021; 8:30am-3:00pm Eastern Time

Day 2: Friday, September 24, 2021; 8:30am-1:00pm Eastern Time

Please visit the ATAC website for more information and to register to attend this free event.

ADA and COVID

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Center is pleased to announce the upcoming ADA Legal Webinar session titled:

ADA and COVID

featuring Barry Taylor and Rachel Weisberg.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)

Cost: No Charge

For the last 18 months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted all of our lives, including people with disabilities. The COVID-pandemic has also caused the courts to apply traditional ADA principles to an entirely new context. This session will review court cases, settlements and federal agency guidance involving the interplay between COVID and the ADA. Topics will include COVID as an ADA-disability; employment rights; mask/vaccine mandates; voting rights; effective communication; corrections; access to healthcare; access to private businesses; and access to education. This is a constantly evolving area of the law so be sure to attend this session to make sure you have the latest information about COVID and the ADA. This session will use lots of examples to show what accessible design looks like to the end user as well as the user experience when web page elements are not accessible. The session will not go into technical details and will not require knowledge of coding or technical language.

Please use this link to register for this ADA Legal Webinar Series (An account is required to register)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Certificate of Attendance available.

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Great Plains and Southeast ADA Center is pleased to announce the upcoming Accessible Technology Series session titled

“WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics”

featuring Julie Brinkhoff, Director of the Great Plains ADA Center.

Rescheduled

New Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
OLD Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 2:00 –  3:30pm ET 
Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)
Cost: No Charge

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are technical standards designed to make web content more accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. This session will discuss:

  • How the standards were developed and organized based upon the principles of accessible design (POUR)
  • The relationship between Section 508 and WCAG V2.1 Level AA
  • Why the accessibility guidelines are organized into levels and how that is important in developing/assessing your webpages.
  • Most common level A accessibility errors.

This session will use lots of examples to show what accessible design looks like to the end user as well as the user experience when web page elements are not accessible. The session will not go into technical details and will not require knowledge of coding or technical language.

Please use this link to register for the Accessible Tech Webinar Series (An account is required to register)

 

Certificate of Attendance available.

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

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Learning Strategies for Children with Vision Impairment and Deafness/Hard of Hearing

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)The New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC) announces the Fall 2021 on-line learning cohort is about to begin.

The online modules are an exciting opportunity to learn more about Deafblindness and engage with a consortium of service providers in CT, ME, MA, NH and VT. Upon completion of each group of modules, you will receive a certificate of completion and Professional Development Points (6 PDPs per module)

Description of the Modules

Each module is designed to increase knowledge related to intervention for students who have combined vision and hearing loss or at risk (ages 3 through 21). The module content was created by a diverse group of experts in the field of Deafblindness including state and national deafblind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational
interpreters, and interveners. Also each module takes about 6 hours to complete and includes accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities.

Target Audience

Paraprofessionals, Teachers, Related Service Providers, Parents, Agency Personnel

  • NEC will also host NCDB On-Line Modules to support continuing groups of service providers
    working with child(ren) who have combined vision and hearing loss or who are at-risk.
  • NEC will host NCDB On-Line Modules to support a new group of service providers working
    with child(ren) who have combined hearing loss or who are at-risk.
  • We encourage teams to participate (i.e., one classroom teacher and one paraprofessional/aide)
    but parents and individual service providers are also welcome!
  • Modules are hosted by a Facilitator and participants will be provided support and feedback in
    completion of each module. The modules can be completed at a time most convenient for you
    and at your own pace.

NOTE: Each Individual module takes 6-8 hours to complete so there is a time commitment. Many
participants report that it’s a fun and convenient opportunity to share ideas and expertise!

For More Information, visit: www.nec4db.org, email: nec@perkins.org  or call: 617-972-7515.

 

 

The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey

From the U.S. Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar
The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey

September 28, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM ET

US Access Board logoA new design to the Civil Rights Reporting Portal has integrated accessibility to improve the usability for the public to report concerns and discrimination. The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place September 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will feature members from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and 18-F at the General Services Administration (GSA) who will present on their collaborative efforts to improve the functionality of the external user interface and the data collected as well as increase analysis and response efficiency.

This project began with DOJ staff asking how it could overhaul the Civil Rights Reporting Portal and integrate accessibility as foundational to the new design to improve the usability and accessibility of the existing online portal. The project team consolidated a complex process involving dozens of unique reporting pathways into a single stream lined accessible user experience. The enhanced site models accessibility for persons with disabilities, and the team continues to ensure that new features are vetted for accessibility.

Registration

Use this link for more details or to register – www.accessibilityonline.org.

Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can receive a participation certificate for attending the 90-minute session.

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 the 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. All webinars are archived and available on the archives webpage.

 

Accessible Autonomous Vehicles (AVS) webinar

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar entitled:

Accessible Autonomous Vehicles (AVS)

autonomous transporterFeaturing Randall Duchesneau, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board.

Date: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 

The U.S. Access Board, in conjunction with other federal agencies earlier this year, completed a four-part series on the inclusive design of autonomous vehicles (AVs) for persons with disabilities. Join us as representatives from the Access Board provide an overview and summary of these sessions. In addition, this session will look at the next steps in ensuring AVs are accessible to and useable by persons with disabilities including persons with mobility, sensory and cognitive disabilities. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the speaker’s presentation.

Format: Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option)

Cost: No Charge

Registration Required:  Use this link to register for this session…

If you do not have an account with our system you will be required to establish one before registering.

Registration deadline: Monday, August 16th, 2021

CEUs: Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP

Questions: should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

 

A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

AgrAbility logoFrom the National AgrAbility Project

Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

Five consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 27, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

The National AgrAbility Project is pleased to present Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture.

Registration

Use this link for the registration form.

All sessions are free. Those already registered for the 2021 AgrAbility National Training Workshop Virtual Sessions are automatically registered for the veterans’ conference. Register by Thursday, July 22. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Monday, July 26.

The current conference agenda includes the following sessions:

  • July 27: “Conference Introduction” by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project, and Jeanette Lombardo, Farmer Veteran Coalition, plus “One Veteran’s Journey from PTSD to Farmer” by Sarah Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm and Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • August 3: “Celebrating Veteran Total Farmer Health” by Linda Emanuel and Shay Foulk, AgriSafe Network
  • August 10: “Programming for Veterans in Agriculture: How Maine Does It” by Anne Devin, veteran outreach specialist with Maine AgrAbility
  • August 17: “Update on USDA’s support for Veterans” by Bill Ashton, USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison
  • August 24: “Panel Presentation on State/Regional Programs for Farmer Veterans” moderated by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project

“Agriculture has become an important source of employment and healing for many veterans,” says Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility’s veteran outreach coordinator. “A large percentage of veterans come from rural areas, even though not all of them grew up on farms. After leaving the military, they discover that working in agriculture fulfills them in ways that other occupations can’t.”

Groups involved with the conference include Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and Indiana AgVets. FVC is a national organization with chapters in Indiana and 23 other states that helps veterans develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. Indiana AgVets is a USDA-sponsored agricultural career training program, led by Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation in cooperation with Purdue’s Indiana AgrAbility Project, which provides internships and other support for U.S. military veterans in Indiana or surrounding states.

Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email agrability@agrability.org if you have questions.

The National AgrAbility Project is supported by USDA/NIFA Special Project 2016-41590-25880.

 

Assistive Technology in the Workplace – webinar from HKNC

Helen Keller National Center - logoThe Helen Keller National Center for Deaf Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is pleased to announce the release of their latest courses and more.

These are asynchronous courses (take them when you want to) and are free of charge until further notice. Please contact Brenda.Baroncelli@hknc.org to get the coupon code.

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

This course provides an overview of the types of adaptive technology available for individuals who are DeafBlind. Focus is placed specifically on access to computers and mobile devices. This course was designed as a resource for employers looking to ensure full access for their DeafBlind employees. However, this information can be beneficial to individuals who are DeafBlind themselves as well as providers working with or supporting people with combined vision and hearing loss. The DeafBlind population is quite diverse and therefore the types of technology or accommodations needed vary greatly from person to person.  This course does not provide in-depth training on how to use a specific device or software but rather provides an overview of what is available and the features and limitations of each. Resources on where to obtain and learn more about this technology are provided. The course is divided into two modules. The first module focuses on access via braille and speech output and the second module addresses screen magnification and enhancement software which allows an individual with some residual vision to access their computer screen or mobile device. The presenters in this training, Scott Davert, and Bryan Ward are both leading professionals in the field of Adaptive Technology and are DeafBlind themselves. They share personal and professional perspectives and a wealth of experience.

ACVREP CE Hours: 1.0

Technology Solutions for Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss

Technology Solutions for Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss is a first-of-its-kind resource. This new course is designed for people who directly work with, or otherwise provide support to, older adults who have combined hearing and vision loss and provides a foundation to better understand adaptive technologies that improve participants’ ability to communicate with others and live independently.  Authored by experts from various departments throughout HKNC and with input from the DeafBlind community, this 3-part course offers practical guidance to help improve the overall quality of life and self-sufficiency among older adults with combined hearing and vision loss. HKNC would like to gratefully acknowledge the Consumer Technology Association Foundation for the generous grant to develop this critical resource.

ACVREP CE Hours: 3.0

 

AgrAbility webinars by Therese Willkomm

AgrAbility logoThe following come from Lani Carlson, Project Coordinator, Maine AgrAbility Program…

Join AgrAbility for a webinar series by Therese Willkomm hosted by Georgia AgrAbility.  This will be an interactive webinar series, so bring your own stories and experiences to share.

Dr. Willkomm is the director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy.

For those of you who have not had the privilege of meeting Therese Willkomm, she is known internationally as the “MacGyver of Assistive Technology.” Growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin Therese learned she had to be creative to help keep the farm running. She turned that knowledge into her lifelong passion to make low-cost adaptations and fabrications for individuals with disabilities. Therese has a long and rich history working with AgrAbility projects across the nation. You can read a great article about her on the Easter Seals society website.

Therese recently published her third book on assistive technology, and it will be featured on the last webinar of the series.

Farming with An Amputation -Voices from the Past

Wednesday, July 28 2021 
3:30 – 5 pm ET

Therese Willkomm shares a collection of interviews with farmers with an amputation who share their experiences and adaptations to continue farming. Join us for an interactive discussion about what has changed and what is stayed the same.

Register in advance for the Wednesday, July 28 2021 webinar

Farming with Vision Loss -Voices from the Past

Wednesday, August 11 2021
3:30 – 5 pm ET

Therese Willkomm shares a collection of interviews with farmers with vision loss who share their experiences and adaptations to continue farming. Join us for an interactive discussion about what has changed and what is stayed the same.

Register in advance for the Wednesday, August 11 2021 webinar

Make Stuff and Love People

Wednesday, August 18 2021
3:30 – 5 pm ET

Therese Willkomm will share the joy of making thousands of assistive technology devices; discoveries of new tools and materials for rapid fabrication; and lessons learned over the last 30 years. She will also share her new book Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes -Book III.

Register in advance for the Wednesday, August 18 2021 webinar

CEU’s will be made available.

 

Practices Webinar: New approaches to web accessibility requirements under WCAG3

From the US Access Board...

US Access Board logoThe Section 508 Standards apply the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to web content and other electronic content. Issued by the W3C, WCAG 2.0 is a globally recognized, technology-neutral standard.

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place July 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will feature new and differing approaches to web accessibility requirements proposed for the next generation of these guidelines, the draft WCAG 3.0, (or WCAG3).

Presenters will discuss various topics, including the purpose of an accessibility standard, digital accessibility and technical requirements, and approaches to developing an accessibility standard. The conversation will include candid discussion about the concerns and difficulties various stake holders have with current web accessibility standards. Section 508 (and EN 301 549) applied the WCAG 2.0 web standards to other digital content, which has implications for the development of WCAG3. Presenters will address both pre-submitted and live session questions.

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

Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can receive a participation certificate for attending the 90-minute session.

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 the 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.

All webinars are archived and available on the archives webpage.