ABLE Accounts in Maine webinar

February 2, 2022
1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

ABLE Act -National Resource Center logoAchieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts are now available in Maine! This free webinar will provide information about the program in Maine.

In October 2021, Maine launched the ABLE ME program in partnership with the Maine State Treasurer’s Office and Bangor Savings Bank.

ABLE accounts help people with disabilities save money for qualified disabilities expenses, such as education, housing, transportation, employment training, assistive technology, personal support services, healthcare expenses, financial management and other expenses. Money saved in an ABLE account does not count as an asset for means-tested public benefits, such as SSI, MaineCare, SNAP, and subsidized housing.

Presenters:

  • Mikayla Smith, Bangor Savings Bank
  • Henry Beck, Maine State Treasurer
  • Stephanie Desrochers, Benefits Counseling Services at Maine Medical Center Department of Vocational Services

Registration

Registration is required: Use this link to register for this webinar

CART and ASL will be available. The webinar is also being recorded and available online later.

This webinar is offered in partnership with ABLE National Resource Center, Bangor Savings Bank, Benefits Counseling Services at Maine Medical Center, Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging and Disability Services, Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and Office of the Maine State Treasurer.

For more information, contact wbnt@mmc.org

 

AT for users with Hearing, Cognitive and Mobility Disabilities

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

Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users with Hearing, Cognitive and Mobility Disabilities

Tablets and mobile devicesDate:   Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time:   2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Speaker:

Brian Norton, Director of Technology Services, Easterseals Crossroads.

Join us for this second session highlighting accessible technology on smart phones and tablets for persons with disabilities. In this session our speaker will highlight mobile apps to improve independence for users with hearing, cognitive and mobility disabilities. There will be time following the presentation for questions.

Use this link for more information and 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:   Friday, January 14, 2022

Questions should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org

Accessible Signage webinar

From the U.S. Access Board

Accessible Signage

International symbol for people with disabilitiesThursday, February 3, 2022
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

What type of signs are covered by the ADA and ABA Standards? Which ones must be tactile? Are signs required where none are planned? These are just some of the questions that frequently come up when addressing access to signs under the ADA and ABA. The Access Board will soon issue a new technical bulletin on signs that clarifies scoping and technical requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for signs, answers common questions, and provides best practice recommendations. This session will review the new bulletin and requirements for tactile signs, directional and information signs, required accessibility symbols, and pictograms. Presenters will also explain ways to meet various provisions and common sources of confusion about accessible signage. This webinar will include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits.

Visit AccessibilityOnline for more information or to register.

Foster a More Inclusive Learning Environment

From CoSN (Consortium for School Networking)…

All About Accessibility: Using Microsoft Solutions to Foster a More Inclusive Learning Environment

A Microsoft Solution Session Webinar

Thursday, January 13, 2022 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Microsoft logoAccessibility isn’t nice to have; it’s necessary. With more than one billion people in the world living with a disability, accessibility is essential to the progress of all people. Simply putting more devices in students’ hands is not enough; they deserve access to an equitable education – including best-in-class learning solutions and technologies. These solutions must be inclusively designed, giving students multiple ways to create, engage, and participate in constructing knowledge regardless of ability, income, language, location, or identity.

In this CoSN Solution Spotlight Webinar, Technology Leaders will learn how Microsoft’s inclusively designed education solutions support school systems in providing accessibility options that are built-in, mainstream, non-stigmatizing, and free.

Please use this link for more details and to register

Promoting development and accessibility of health apps for people with disabilities

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the Southeast and the Great Plains ADA Centers invites you to join the upcoming Accessible Technology Webinar Series session titled:

The DRRP App Factory: Promoting development and accessibility of health apps for people with disabilities

Date:  Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time:  2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time 

Speakers

  • Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Industry & Consumer Education/Outreach/Support, Shepherd Center/LiveWell RERC and mRehab RERC
  • John Morris, PhD, Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Shepherd Center/mRehab RERC

Description

Apple i-devicesMobile healthcare, or mHealth, is an important new tool for self-management of chronic conditions. However, growth in development of mHealth “apps” may increase health disparities by leaving behind vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities.

The App Factory aims to ensure that people with disabilities are full participants in the growth of mHealth. We are addressing this aim in two ways. First, we want to help people find apps that are both effective in managing health and also accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Our website provides results from our accessibility testing and review of popular mHealth apps and encourages readers to evaluate and share their feedback about the usability of mHealth apps … and get paid for their feedback!

Second, we provide funding support to app developers interested in making assistive or accessible mHealth apps that meet the needs of people with disabilities. We conduct an annual competition and fund 3-5 new app development projects each year. We also solicit feedback from people with disabilities to determine the high-priority needs for new app development.

This presentation will provide:

  • General history, overview and focus of the App Factory.
  • Showcase a few apps developed through the App Factory.
  • How app developers can apply for funding.
  • Detail opportunities for people with disabilities to get involved in reviewing and rating apps.

Registration

This webinar is free but registration is required. Use this link to register www.ada-accessibletech.org

Registrants must set up an account on our website if you don’t already have one to register.  Registration closes on 1/19/2022.

This session will have human generated real-time captioning provided.

Questions regarding this session should be directed to webinars@adaconferences.org or by calling 877-232-1990.

The Wonderful World of Audio Description in 2022

From the U.S. Access Board

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: The Wonderful World of Audio Description in 2022

Audio DescriptionJanuary 25, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET) 

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal agencies to make their information and communication technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities. Planning for accessibility needs to be a part of the development and lifecycle plan of any ICT project, including video and multimedia projects. These types of projects can be accessible by providing audio description, or sometimes referred to as video description, which is used by persons who are blind or have low vision.

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place January 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET) and review different types of accessible media, the basics of audio description, considerations in planning procurement and development of accessible video and multimedia, and best practices in providing audio description into media. Presenters will also address agency successes, challenges, and limitations in the contracting process and implementation of audio description.

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. 

AT Conference of New England – virtual again

Information TechnologySince 1988, the annual Assistive Technology Conference on New England (ATCNE) has offered state-of-the-art workshops, information and exhibits on the technologies that enhance and change the lives of persons with disabilities of all ages. Attended each year by hundreds from New England, and beyond, the conference focuses on uses of technology in education, communication, employment, recreation, home, and independent living.

For a second year, the popular ATCNE will be virtual. Normally (whatever that means), the ATCNE is held in late October – early November in Rhode Island. To allow for more participation, the virtual conference’s 15 sessions are spread out over 7 months, beginning in October and ending in May.

The complete schedule of events and registration information may be found on the Assistive Technology Conference on New England (ATCNE) website.

The ACTNE is hosted by TechACCESS of RI.

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.

 

 

Affordable computer equipment program in Maine

Android TabletsAccording to a news release, the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) wants to help close Maine’s digital divide. In an effort to do so, the center is offering eligible Mainers free tablets for a year.

In addition to the tablets, free one-on-one tutoring to help users connect to the internet, and interactive online classes will be available to folks who want them. Classes range in topics from devices, internet safety, and using Google-based tools.

According to their website, the National Digital Equity Center has an Affordable Equipment Program that provides no cost or low cost devices to Maine Residents 18 years of age and older who are of low to moderate income. The “Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative” program promotes and advocates for Digital Inclusion. Included is the expansion of digital literacy services to traditionally underserved populations to provide job training/employment-related education as well as technology training to older adults. The program has engaged and trained digital literacy instructors to provide computer skills/digital literacy instruction to adult learners throughout Maine.

Program participants receive personalized support along a scaffolded learning path that leads to life-long learning and the skills and resources to continue growth along their individual trajectories. They also experience far-reaching meaningful impacts through use of internet resources.

Some areas of impact are education, financial stability, improved health, reduced isolation and increased communication, improved access to information, and increased civic participation. In addition to gaining digital literacy, formerly socially isolated participants often develop relationships with other peers they can rely on for assistance. Among older adults, this reduces the occurrence of depression, and negative health affects over time.

Through digital literacy efforts, communities benefit from a more highly skilled workforce that help grow the local economy and perpetuate creation of economic opportunity. Innovation and technology throughout the state will be leveraged to significantly improve the lives of Mainers. The project is one of the first statewide Digital Inclusion programs in the country.

Visit the National Digital Equity Center’s website for more information and to request an Affordable Device. The website also has information about Affordable Broadband Internet

 

ATP Fundamentals Course

ATP - RESNA logoRESNA – the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America – administers the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification system. The ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumers’ needs, and providing training in the use of the selected devices.

As part of this system, RESNA offers training programs to individuals interested in sitting for the ATP Certification exam. The latest class schedule has been posted on the RESNA website.

Online instructor-led courses will meet two times per week in the evening for 2 hours. Course length is 4 weeks (please review complete session schedule). All class sessions will be recorded for unlimited view and review by course participants – including 90-day access following the last class. Participants will be granted access to their course instructor for the duration of the class schedule. All course information will be communicated to you directly, including delivery of all class materials.

To register for this course, you will need to create a RESNA account (if you don’t already have one) at www.resna.org.