ACTEM logoMaine CITE and the Maine AEM Program will be attending and exhibiting at the ACTEM’s 31st Annual Maine Education Technology Conference at the Augusta Civic Center, October 11th and 12th.

In addition to our exhibit, John Brandt will be presenting the workshop, “Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Educational Materials” at 12:40 pm on Thursday, Oct 11.

Free webinars in October 2018

computer keyboardHow to Check A Website for Accessibility – Maine CITE and Maine AEM Programs
Date: October 29, 2018 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET.

Anyone who owns, or administers a successful website knows they need to be vigilant in keeping their content up-to-date and meaningful. But it is equally important to ensure your website is accessible to all users, including people with disabilities who use assistive technology (AT). In this presentation we discuss and demonstrate methods and tools for conducting a quick accessibility review of a website’s structure, as well as the digital content. Strategies for to prevent problem from occurring, and how fix minor problems when they do occur, will be shared. Use this link for more information and to register for this webinar…

The following list was compiled by the Center for Accessible Technology

Assistive Technology AND THE WRITING PROCESS from CAT
October 24, 2018 –  4:00 pm ET

Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD Brains from ADDitude
October 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Feature Match… What’s That? from AbleNet
October 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern

How Do I Develop Switch Skills? from AbleNet
October 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern

What do you know about twice exceptionality? Ground breaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student from AbleNet
October 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern


The Accessible Technology Coalition is possible with generous funding from the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, CA.

AgrAbility Webinar – October 11

From the National AgrAbility Project

New and Improved Methods of Accessing Large Off-Road Machinery for People with Mobility Limitations

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. ET

AgrAbility logoAgricultural workers in the U.S. sometimes incur disabling injuries or diseases that could end their careers unless specialized assistive technologies are utilized. Advancements in agriculture-specific technologies have made it possible for such individuals to regain the ability to effectively operate large off-road machinery. Remote-controlled lifts, electronic actuators, electric-over-hydraulic controllers, and various types of hand controls can enable operators with limited mobility to resume a high level of productivity within their chosen agricultural careers.

Webinar topics include:

  • Access Lift Design and Selection
  • Lift Styles and Mounting Types
  • Safety Concerns

Also see the new Plowshares Technical Report related to this webinar, Agricultural Machinery Access Lifts: Design, Utilization, and Safety Issues.


Dr. Shawn Ehlers earned a Ph.D. from the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He specifically focused his studies on agricultural safety with emphasis on the ability of operators to view areas in near proximity of large agricultural machinery. Dr. Ehlers is currently the technology outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project, headquartered at Purdue University, as well as an instructor in the ABE department.

Mr. Steve Swain, ATP, is the assistive technology specialist with the National AgrAbility Project. He joined Indiana AgrAbility as the rural rehabilitation specialist in 2000 and the National AgrAbility Project in 2008. Mr. Swain has conducted accessibility assessments of farms, homes, and rural businesses for Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He has presented on accessibility and farming with a disability at a wide variety of workshops and conferences.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation. The anticipated length of the webinar is one hour.

To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Monday, October 8.

Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Wednesday, October 10. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.

Web Accessibility for Developers

The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University has launched its third in the series of five free interactive MOOCs designed to raise awareness of web accessibility:

Web Accessibility for Developers

ARIA W3C logoThis course is for people who write code. The focus is on developing expertise using WAI-ARIA. Participants will be working with a collection of inaccessible widgets (like sliders, carousels, drag and drop etc.) and will learn to make them accessible. When the course is over, they walk away with a WAI-ARIA-fied Open Source Javascript library they can continue to use in their work.

The course runs Sept 24 to Oct 22, 2018

Use this link for complete directions and to register for this course…

Defining Moments in Brain Injury Conference

People in auditoriumThe Maine Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America has announced their 9th Annual Conference will be held

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine.

Conference Description

This conference has been developed to meet the educational needs of health care professionals, service providers, and individuals with brain injuries and their families. The goal of the conference is to share current information, techniques, and strategies with attendees and to identify trends that will shape future brain injury services provided by area organizations.

Who Should Attend

The conference is appropriate for physicians, mental health care providers, nurses, care coordinators, case managers, social workers, speech language pathologists, educational professionals, and physical/

Conference Fees:

$125 for professionals; $60 for survivors, their friends and family members, and students.

Scholarships: For information, please contact Sarah Gaffney at

Use this link for more information and to register…

Work & Benefits Navigator Training Available

From MaineHealth Educational Services and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services…

A person receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI has likely been told they can’t work, or if they do work that they should limit their hours. They may believe they can’t work. They may have limited work experience or education. And likely they fear losing their financial and medical safety net if they try to work.

How can a service provider encourage work for a consumer who is living this experience? What is a social service provider to do in this “Employment First” state, especially without experience in employment services?

Join a session to learn what “Work and Benefits Navigation” means, and how you can be an employment champion for your clients and your agency.

As case managers, community integration workers, DSPs, residential staff, or others with a supporting role in the life of a person with a disability, you have a critical role in the employment success of the individuals you serve.  Work and Benefits Navigation training will equip you with information, skills, and resources you need to challenge myths about work and benefits and encourage employment.

Training will be provided by Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) from Maine Medical Center’s Department of Vocational Services.  They have many years of experience in assisting people with navigating Social Security’s return-to-work rules, and encouraging them – and those who play a supporting role in their lives – to think about earnings and work in a new way.

Use this link for more information and to register for the training programs…

Webinars – August 2018

computer keyboardThe following list was compiled by the Center for Accessible Technology

Empathy Driven (Web) Development from deque
August 9th at 1:00 pm Eastern

Section 508, WCAG, and Digital Accessibility in the Federal Government: What You Need to Know from deque
August 21st at 1:30 pm Eastern

Accessible Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Content for Diverse Audiences from NCAEM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Part 2 from AbleNet
August 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Integrating Assistive Technology into Adapted Physical Education to Achieve Healthy Outcomes from CTD
August 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm Eastern

What is Assistive Technology? from ATC
August 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Part 3 from AbleNet
August 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? from AbleNet
August 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern

AT in the Schools: Consideration, IEPs and More from PACER
August 28, 2018 at 12: pm Eastern OR  7:30 pm Eastern (90 minutes)

Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices from AbleNet
August 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern – 30-minutes

4th Annual Maine Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side Conference

Hands and Voices logoMaine Hands and Voices in partnership with MECDHH has announced the 4th Annual Maine Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side Conference with the topic “Strategies”

Friday, November 16, 2018 –  8:15 AM – 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Keynote Speaker will be Djenne-amal Morris, parent of a son with CHARGE and President of Hands & Voices Headquarters, presenting: “Unity to Strategies”

Join us to discuss strategies for the many different aspects of deafness that our children may experience from birth to age 21, and leave the conference with ideas to put into action at home, in the classroom, and socially within the community for both parents and professionals.

Use this link for more information and to register…

July 2018 Webinars

fingers on computer keyboardThe following list comes from the Accessible Technology Coalition. Make sure to sign up for their free newsletter…

Strategies and Ideas for Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom from
July 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? from AbleNet
July 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Too Many Apps for That? How to Find, Choose, and Evaluate Mobile Apps from PACER on July 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions from AbleNet
July 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Virtual Reality & Assistive Technology: Learn about the New New Things! from CTD
July 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm Eastern

AAC Language Modeling from ATC
July 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern

…and in August…

Apps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from
August 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern

Where to start? Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use from AbleNet
August 2, 2018 at 11:00 am Eastern

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Maine CITE Program Director, Kathy Adams will be presenting a webinar on AT in the workplace for the Employment for Maine – Workforce Development System on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 am.

EWDS Webinar 9 – Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Kathy Adams speaks at National Assistive Technology Reuse and Alternative Financing Conference.June 14, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Kathy Adams, Maine CITE 

This webinar will highlight AT services including device demonstration, device loans and reuse. Also featured will be various AT devices that can impact work productivity. To learn more about AT in Maine.

Kathy Adams, OTL, ATP, is the Maine CITE Program Director. Kathy is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in community based services, assistive technology and funding resources.

Participants will earn 1 hour of continuing education after completing an online evaluation following the webinar. After completing the webinar you will receive a link to the session evaluation. Once you complete the evaluation, a certification of participation will be emailed to you.

Registration fee:  Individual registrations for the webinar are $5.00 per person.  There is no fee for agencies that have purchased a yearly subscription.

Use this link for more information and to register…

Questions: Please contact