Technology Supporting Job Success Using Assistive technology

This announcement for this webinar is from Employment for ME Employment Services Workforce Development System...

Technology Supporting Job Success Using Assistive technology for Independence and Self-sufficiency in the Workplace

January 10, 2019

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Description:

Employment for ME - Workforce Development System logoIndividuals experiencing disability are using low and high tech assistive technology and smart home devices to support their own needs as well the ability to control and access the work environment. Employment Specialists are interfacing with technology to assist someone to be as centered, independent, communicative, and productive as possible while at work, or getting to and from work as well as market potential employees to businesses. Join us to learn ways to: Operate the work environment using smart home technology and easy switch interfaces with smartphones and tablets. Use handheld technology, apps, and features to cue and support someone to move through their work routine, assist someone to be on time, provide a method for employees to self monitor and access methods to stay at their best while at work. Adopt goals, track their progress, and communicate and see their coach or team remotely. Use video career portfolios and other techniques to show potential employers who job seekers are and what they can do.

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.

Presenter:

Marsha Threlkeld  is a consultant and trainer 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. Marsha has worked to develop Person Centered Career planning facilitator training materials and run facilitator training boot camps. 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 consulting business: Pivotal Consulting & Training LLC. She is a Subject Matter Expert for Employment First Projects through US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, focusing on School-to-Work and Assistive Technology.

Registration

Individual registrations for the webinar are $5.00 per person. There is no fee if you have purchased an agency subscription.

Important: Your confirmation email will contain call in and log in information so make sure you have received a confirmation email. If you do not receive your confirmation email shortly after completing your online registration form please contact noelle@syntiro.org

Use this link to register…

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 January and March of 2019 or use your remaining training budget to purchase training vouchers today for a seat in 2019 – even book a private onsite class in 2018 to be held in 2019!

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

January 8 – January 31, 2019

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

March 11 – April 3, 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…

Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards

From the US Access Board…

Description

US Access Board logoThe next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place January 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board’s activities on accessible ICT.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility.

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 electronic and information 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.

Presenters

  • Bruce Bailey, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Timothy Creagan, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Katherine Eng, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Registration:

Use this link for more details or to register for this free 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.

 

Webinars – December 2018

December 11, 2018,  3:30 – 4:30 pm ET.

AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

Mind map of Universal Design for Learning conceptsAssistive Technology (AT), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are more than just buzzwords. Alone, each are powerful supports that can benefit learners with disabilities in K-12 and Higher Education. However, when integrated in a holistic approach to learning in these environments, they are a powerful combination that promotes independence, equity, and access in ways that make sense for the learner. In this dynamic session, participants will learn about the ways that Assistive Technology, AEM, and UDL can and should be leveraged to meet the needs of all learners. Use this link for more information about webinar: AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning

And the following list of free webinars comes from the ATC News, funded by the Center for Accessible Technology.  Please visit their website to sign up for the ATC News.

Accessibility and Compliance: How to Measure Digital Accessibility from deque
December 11 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies from AbleNet
December 12 at 2:00 pm Eastern

Chromebook Accessibility Features from SETC
December 12 at 6:30 pm Eastern

RAAP Strategy for Communication via Shared Reading from SETC (K-12)
December 13 at 3:00 pm Eastern

How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? from AbleNet (preK-12)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern

All Things QIAT! From QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology)
December 18 at 3:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

 

Webinars – November 2018

Free webinars from around the web

computer keyboardHow Do I Develop Scanning Skills? from AbleNet
November 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

Creating Accessible Documents with Adobe InDesign from Great Lakes ADA
November 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

Apps to Support Youth with Vision Loss in the Transition to Adulthood from PACER
November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET

A Healthy Start with Augmentative Communication at Home from PACER
November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm ET (90 min.)

Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages from PACER
December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern (90 min.)

 

Equity, Access and Inclusion: A World Usability Day event

About this Event

World Usability Day logo: Making life easierThe University of Maine, Student Accessibility Services, a department of the Division of Student Life, with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund is proud to host the conference “Equity, Access and Inclusion.”  Working with partners at the University of Maine and beyond to offer presentations and workshops throughout the day.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Established in 2005, World Usability Day (WUD) is single day that occurs annually around the world and brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups to promote the values of usability, accessibility, universal design for the common objective to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

An organization that prioritizes access, equity and inclusion creates an environment that respects and values individual difference. Inclusive organizations foster cultures that minimize bias, promote access to programs and recognize and address systemic inequities, which can create disadvantage for certain individuals. The UMaine event is designed to bring the campus and surrounding community together to help promote the core values of equity, access and inclusion and the belief that persons of all abilities have equal rights to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest.

SAS Partners for WUD:

  • UMaine Division of Student Life
  • UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
  • UMaine Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • UMaine The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory

Location and Details

The events will be held on campus at the Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

For more information and questions contact:

University of Maine
Student Accessibility Services
121 East Annex
Orono, ME 04469

Tel: 207-581-2319
um.sas@maine.edu

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…

Mobile Accessibility Testing Guide for Android and iOS

Android TabletsA new accessibility resource has been made available from the Paciello Group:

“The TPG Mobile Accessibility Testing for Android and iOS (PDF, 2.6MB) is a free accessible PDF outlining how to test native apps and the web for accessibility on Android and iOS. It provides an overview of accessibility settings, how to use them and common testing tools.

“Instructions on how to test content are provided for Android Talkback, iOS VoiceOver, zoom and switch settings. Also included are some testing tips, differences between testing mobile web and native apps, as well as an explanation of gestures and how to use them.

“This is a great document to use if you are testing, developing or designing apps and need to understand how accessible your content is and how usable it is for people of different abilities.”

More information on the Paciello Group website…


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