Training is an integral part of the Maine CITE Coordinating Center’s mission. Training activities range from face-to-face conference and smaller group presentations to on-line training webinars.
Our Next Events
Webinar: Assistive Technology for Effective Distance Communication
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Disability Rights Maine (DRM) Deaf Services administers two assistive technology equipment loan programs for distance communication: Telecommunication Equipment Program (TEP) and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).
In this webinar, participants will learn about:
- Maine Relay and the variety of services that help people with disabilities use the telephone.
- How Maine’s Telecommunication Equipment Program helps low-income Mainers stay connected.
- The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Program and the equipment, training, and support that is available for low-income Mainers who experience a combination vision and hearing loss.
Presenters: Debra Bare-Rogers, Lisa Penney, and Scott Murray
…more great webinars on the topics:
- Accessible Social Media.
- Adaptive Driving services in Maine.
- More about Low-Vision Apps and AT.
- and much, much more…
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The following training materials have been produced by Maine CITE Coordinating Center and are archived here. NOTE: Certificates of Attendance are not available for archived events.
Webinar: Smart Homes as Assistive Technology 101
Recorded: October 2, 2019 – “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
Webinar: Augmentative and Alternative Communication in School-Aged Populations
Recorded: September 18, 2019 –This 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
Accessible Digital Documents – Introduction
Recorded: August 30, 2019 – Today’s digital environment involves the use of content and materials that take many forms. Website, word-processed documents, presentation applications (PowerPoint), PDFs and videos, are the norm. However, to comply with laws and polices we need to ensure all digital materials are fully accessible to everyone.
In this 2-hour introductory presentation, the issues and methods related to the creation of accessible digital documents will be discussed. Procedures for assessing content for accessibility and team work-flows that can ensure your digital content successfully meets accessibility standards will be examined.
Low Vision Technology in the Home – What Can Be Done to Increase Independence
Recorded: July 24, 2019 – Assistive Technology (AT) can help a person with a vision loss live an independent, safe and meaningful life at home and in the community. Interventions include evaluating the environment for modifications to make the most of remaining vision; teaching how to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible; reducing clutter and organizing the environment; improving lighting needed for daily tasks; training to use AT in completing daily activities. Technology plays a key role in vision rehabilitation- ranging from simple to high tech devices. Assessment of appropriate technology and training consumers to use it effectively are part of the role of an OT providing low vision services. Examples of AT will be presented, including non-optical aids, magnification, video magnification, text to speech, and wearable technology.
Presenter: Sherry Boothby, OTR/L, CLVT, M.S
‘Wearables’ as Assistive Technology
Recorded: July 9, 2019 – Executive functioning describes the skills that let people plan, organize and complete tasks. Executive challenges can make it more difficult for learners to accomplish their goals, but technology can help. In this session, participants will learn about a number of smartwatches and other ‘wearables’ in order to select the device(s) that best meet their executive functioning and other access needs. Following an overview of the built-in accessibility features of these devices, participants will learn about a number of apps that can assist in improving executive functioning capabilities, including apps for managing time and information, staying on task, and more.
Presenter: Luis Perez, Ph.D.
Assistive Technology (AT) for Medication Management
Recorded: June 6, 2019 – Often a critical skill needed for living independently and maintaining health is the ability to effectively manage medications. This webinar explores available Assistive Technology (AT) devices designed to improve safety and independence for persons with disabilities and seniors to manage their meds . The presenter will outline common challenges with medication management and review numerous available and affordable AT solutions for persons of all ages, needs and abilities.
Presenter: Christine Martin, MS, OTR/L, CBIS
Using Smart Mobile Devices to Build Independence
Recorded May 9, 2019 – This webinar will focus on exploration of available “Apps” to improve safety and independence in the home and community for young people with cognitive and/or physical challenges. The presenter will explore several Apps to address common challenges experienced by this population.
Successful Transition to College: What students and families need to know
Recorded: April 30, 2019 – The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for students, parents, and educators. From documentation requirements to evaluating assistive technology needs, this presentation will provide an overview of disability support services on a college campus and strategies for a successful transition.
Assistive Technology and AEM: What School Psychologists need to know
Recorded: March 27, 2019 – School psychologists play and important role in the IEP Team process, helping to identify students’ strengths and challenges based upon their clinical observations and psychoeducational assessment tools. As technology of all sorts are now common in Maine classrooms, increasingly students with disabilities are able to use Assistive Technology (AT) to support their learning. Many students with disabilities also need their instructional materials in an accessible format (Accessible Educational Materials – AEM).
In this presentation, designed for school psychologists, participants learn about the common forms of AT used in schools and well as the how AEM is important to students with disabilities.
Assistive Technology for Independence in ADLs
Recorded: February 7, 2019 – Strong Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills are key to maximizing the function of individuals with disabilities enabling them to live more safely in their communities. Assistive Technology (AT) devices can be essential to achieve greater independence in activities of daily living — self-care and homemaking tasks. Use this link to view the webinar “Assistive Technology for Independence in ADLs”
Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Financing Program
Recorded: February 6, 2019 – This webinar is an update on Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program which offers cash loans that increase the purchasing power of people with disabilities, seniors and families in Maine. Cash loans can be used to purchase adaptive equipment, assistive technology, or to make home modifications. Loans can be used to buy wheelchairs, scooter, adapted vehicles, hearing aids, ramps, stair lifts, tablets, and smart home tech to name just a few.
Henry Powell from Alpha One will discuss the Loan Program application process and loan eligibility. The discussion will outline many types of adaptive equipment, assistive technology, adapted vehicles and home access modifications that can be bought using loan funds. During this webinar, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the loan program process. Use this link to view the webinar “Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Financing Program”
Assistive Technology for Living Independently
Recorded: January 16, 2019 – Living at home independently is the common goal of seniors, people with disabilities and their families. Join us for an update on Assistive Technology (AT) services and resources in Maine. Learn about an array of specific AT devices that can impact the safety and independence at home in the community. Ketra Crosson, OTR, will explore AT used for self-care, home making, health maintenance, home management and recreation. AT funding options will also be reviewed. Use this link for more information and to view the webinar “Assistive Technology for Living Independently.”
Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Education Materials
This 30-minute on-line presentation will update families on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM).
Recorded: January 15, 2019 – We all use technology to improve our lives, why not provide it to our students? AT and AEM can support students in dealing with learning, living, and transitioning into adulthood and work. Along with an opportunity for questions, this live web presentation will update families on AT and AEM. The newly-revised “Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM” will be showcased. Use this link for more information and to view, “Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials.
AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning
Recorded: December 11, 2018 – Assistive 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 and to view the webinar: AT, AEM and Universal Design for Learning.
Assistive Technology Training: Basic Strategies to Maximize Success
Recorded: June 21, 2018 – This webinar focuses on basic principles and recommendations for training to maximize client success with the use of AT devices. The principles and recommendations explored can be applied across a variety of client devices, populations and environments. Use this link for more information and to view the webinar “Assistive Technology Training: Basic Strategies to Maximize Success”
Assistive Technology for People with Brain Injury
Recorded: February 8, 2018 – This webinar focuses on the exploration of available Assistive Technology (AT) devices designed to improve safety and independence for those living with brain injury. The presenter explores common challenges following brain injury, as well as available low-tech and high-tech options for clients of all abilities and needs across a variety of settings and environments.
Assistive Technology for Dementia
Recorded: December 6, 2017 – Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long-term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. In Maine alone, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s will increase from 37,000 individuals today to over 53,000 individuals by 2020.
In this webinar, participants learn how assistive technologies (AT) can be effectively utilized in each of the stages of dementia. In addition, AT resources related to dementia will be discussed. Use this link for more information and to view the webinar – “Assistive Technology for Dementia”…
iOS Apps & Accessibility Features for Blind and / or Low Vision Users
Recorded: November 1, 2017 – Many of the accessibility features and apps can replace expensive software, and often time’s people don’t even realize that they exist! In particular, students are most impressed to learn that they can do more than text and social media on their phone, and that those activities can be made easier and more accessible as well. While there are certainly accessibility features for Android and the Chromebook (which will be discussed briefly), this webinar will focus on the significant support available in iOS for iPad/ iPhone users who are blind or have low vision. Join us, bring your iPad/iPhone to follow along! Use this link for more information and to view the webinar “iOS Apps & Accessibility Features for Blind and / or Low Vision Users”…
Specialized Communication for Case Managers
Getting Hearing and Communication Services for Clients
Recorded: October 26, 2017 – In this webinar, case managers and others learn about the various communication services available to clients with intellectual disability (ID), how they are funded and the process for obtaining them. Topics covered include hearing aids and hearing assistive technology, communication therapy and communication assistive technology and recreational opportunities to increase communication that would require funding. Use this link for more information and to view the webinar “Part 2: Getting Hearing and Communication Services for Clients”…
Part 1: Speaking with People with Intellectual Disability
Recorded: October 17, 2017 – In this webinar, case managers and others learn about the kinds of communication barriers typically encountered when working with people with intellectual disability (ID). Most of the time will be spent on strategies to make communication happen more easily with some discussion of ways to work cooperatively with residential and group home staff to maximize the client’s communication success. Use this link to access the webinar – Part 1: Speaking with People with Intellectual Disability…
AT and Apps to Support Students in Higher Ed, iOS & Google!
Recorded August 9, 2017 – Many schools are now implementing Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) or 1-to-1 programs that provide more choice for educators and learners. Some are “Going Google” with Chromebooks and Google Apps, others are using Apple devices (iPads and Macs), Android tablets and laptops. Join us for this webinar focusing on ensuring access and success for all learners in higher education using AT. Use this link to access the webinar: “AT and Apps to Support Students in Higher Ed, iOS & Google!”
Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Aging
Recorded: June 5, 2017 – This webinar will focus on discussions of commercially available and specialized communication technology, as well as non-technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools, that can support an aging population. Use this link to access the “Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Aging webinar…
Universal Design on the Farm: Planning for Safety, Efficiency and Independence
Recorded: April 27, 2017 – Universal design is a method of designing tools, buildings and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible. Universal design is based on the premises that:
- Disability is not a special condition of a few;
- It is ordinary and effects most of us for some part of our lives;
- If a design works well for people with disabilities, it works better for everyone.
Getting around independently is a universal need. If places and tools are designed well, they work for everyone. Find out why universal design is good design. Here is the link to Universal Design: Design for ease of use in the home, shop and barn…
Everyday Assistive Technology for People with Serious Mental Illness
Recorded: April 19, 2017 – People with serious mental illness often experience difficulties comprehending, processing new information and acting appropriately. Common issue include difficulty with attention, concentration, memory, and the ability to plan activities.
In this webinar, we Identify common psychosocial motor, cognitive, contextual, and environmental barriers which may interfere with the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and everyday technology (EDT) among individuals with SMI. Here is the link to EveryDay Assistive Technology for people with Serious Mental Illness…
Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine – Refresh
Recorded: February 28, 2017 – Join the presenters for an update and overview of Assistive Technology (AT) services and resources in Maine. Learn how AT can be effective in keeping people with disabilities safe and independent in their communities and about the Maine Medicaid AT funding opportunities. Case managers and other providers will learn how to best support clients in identifying the need for AT and how to initiate the referral process. Here is the link to the “Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine – Refresh…
AT to Support Successful Employment in the Workplace
This was a special event for Vocational Rehabilitation counselors in Maine
Recorded January 19, 2017 – In this webinar you learn about various assistive technologies (AT) to help individuals with disabilities in the workplace environment and gain awareness of the innovative AT that exists to support individuals with disabilities to consider employment in a field or position that they may not otherwise feel qualified or capable of fulfilling, as well as technologies to support their current position and access to workplace tasks or requirements. Support for various disabilities will be presented including Cognitive (Dyslexia, LD, PTSD, TBI, Executive Function), Blind, Low Vision, and Deaf / Hard of Hearing. Here is the link to “AT to Support Successful Employment in the Workplace”…
AT and Supporting Successful Transition
This was a special event for Vocational Rehabilitation counselors in Maine
Recorded: 11/09/2016 – Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student’s life and educational career. This informative session will inform participants of process, strategies, technology and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Here is the link to “AT and Supporting Successful Transition”.
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