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.
October 29, 2018, 3:00 PM ET
How to Check A Website for Accessibility
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…
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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.
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.
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 to access to access 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 to access 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 to access 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…
Accessible Web Design: What you need to know to make sure your website is accessible to all
Recorded: April 11, 2017 – “Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web.” So says the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – Web Accessibility Initiative, the group that publishes the “standards” known as the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG).
In this ninety-minute webinar, we will discuss the legal and practical aspects of Accessible Web Design, how to assess your own website, and where to turn to when things are not meeting the requirements. Here is the link to “Accessible Web Design” webinar…
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…
Assistive Technology for Medication Management
Recorded January 31, 2017 – One of the essential ingredients needed for independent living is the ability to effectively manage medications. This webinar explores available Assistive Technology (AT) devices designed to improve safety and independence. The presenter discusses common challenges with medication management, as well as available low-tech and high-tech AT solutions for clients of all ages, needs and abilities. Here is the link to “Assistive Technology for Medication Management…
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”…
Overcoming Communications Barriers
Learn How DRM’S Telecommunications and Deaf-Blind Equipment Programs Can Help You
Recorded: November 7, 2016 – In partnership with Disability Rights Maine (DRM), this one-hour presentation, DRM Communications Technology staff talk about programs that provide low- or no-cost adaptive telephone and distance communication equipment to Maine residents. The presentation includes general information on hearing loss and dual sensory impairment, including demographics, psychological impact of hearing loss, and tips and strategies to optimize communication. Here is the link to “Overcoming Communications Barriers”…
Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine
Recorded: April 7, 2016 – 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 “Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine”…
Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making
Recorded: April 11, 2016 – This webinar, presented by Disability Rights Maine attorney, Lydia Paquette, discusses issues surrounding guardianship and supported decision-making. The webinar was produced by Disability Rights Maine in partnership with the Maine CITE Coordinating Center. Here is the link to the archived version of “Alternatives to Guardianship”along with resources and materials…
Remote Support Technology: AT to Support Living at Home
Recorded: March 23, 2016 – In this first of a series of webinars on the use of “smart home” technology as assistive technology (AT), this webinar discusses the specific use of “remote support” technology, funding options and a demonstration on how the system can work. Here is the link for “Remote Support Technology: AT to Support Living at Home”…
Resources in Maine for AAC Evaluations
Recorded: February 4, 2016 – In this 60 minute webinar, participants learn about the various resources and agencies available in Maine that support people using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The focus of this training is on the steps leading up to a formal assessment and include a process for identifying funding sources for the acquisition of AAC devices. Here is the link for “Resource in Maine for ACC Evaluations”…
Accessible Digital Documents
Recorded: December 8, 2015 – In this 90-minute webinar, the issues and methods related to the creation of accessible digital documents were discussed. Procedures for assessing content for accessibility and team work-flows that can ensure your digital content successfully meets accessibility standards were examined. Here is the link for more information about this webinar “Accessible Digital Documents”…
Assistive Technology (AT) for Transitioning Students
Recorded: August 14, 2014 – Kathy Adams OTL, ATP from Maine CITE and Maddie Kelley MOT from Gallant Therapy Services provided an update on AT for transitioning students in the areas of education, employment and community living. AT providers, AT devices and resources in Maine were reviewed. Here is the link for Assistive Technology (AT) for Transitioning Students…
Maine’s Telecommunications Equipment Loan Program
Recorded: April 16, 2014 – This event featured Justin Gifford of theTelecommunications Equipment Program (TEP) at the Maine Center on Deafness discussing this program which makes adaptive telephone technology available to Maine residents who cannot use a conventional telephone due to physical or cognitive disability, hearing loss or aging. Here is the link for “Maine’s Telecommunications Equipment Loan Program”…
mPower! Financing Adaptive Equipment & Technology
Recorded: November 21, 2013 – This webinar explores Maine’s mPower Loan Program – offering low interest financing that increases the purchasing power of people with disabilities in Maine.
Jeremy Libby, Independent Living Specialist from Alpha One reviews the mPower Loan Program application process and loan eligibility. The mPower Loan Program was created more than 20 years ago as a revolving fund and hundreds of loans have been made and paid back over the years. The presentation will outline many types of adaptive equipment, assistive technology, vehicles and home access modifications that can be bought using mPower funds. Here is the link for mPower! Financing Adaptive Equipment & Technology…
Keep Farming Using Technology Solutions
Recorded: September 24, 2013 – This webinar details Maine’s AgrAbility Program. The webinar features Ketra Crosson OTR, ILS from Alpha One and describes how this program works with Maine farmers who have disabilities to provide options for improving farmer safety, independence and productivity. Adaptive devices, technology solutions and funding resources are featured. Here is the link for Keep Farming Using Technology Solutions…
Assistive Technology to Support Living Independently
Recorded: March 27, 2013 – This webinar featuring Ketra Crosson, OTR/L Independent Living Specialist and a Homeward Bound Transition Coordinator at Alpha One, discusses how assistive technology (AT) can assist people to transition out of a nursing home and provide them with more independence and safety in the community. Participants learn about AT assessment, examples of AT solutions, acquisition resources and funding options. Information about Maine’s new “Homeward Bound Program” are shared. Approximately 84 minutes. Here is the link to the “Assistive Technology to Support Living Independently” archived webinar and the resources…
Expanding Assistive Technology Services in Maine
This conference hosted by Maine CITE and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, was held on July 24, 2015 in Augusta.
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