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 Age-Friendly Communities
Date: December 2, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
In recent years, AARP has promoted the development of Age Friendly Communities (AFC) to encourage local officials and citizens to implement changes that make their communities more livable for people of all ages, especially older adults. As the state with the largest percent of older adults in the country, the efforts in Maine are noteworthy.
Join us for a presentation on Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services in Maine. AT can be essential to making your home, community and public spaces accessible and impact the health, safety and independence of older adults who want to continue to live at home. The presenters will share a variety of AT devices, smart home tech and home modifications that help to make your home more age-friendly. AT Resources and information about paying for AT will also be explored.
Presenters: Ketra Crosson and John Brandt
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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: Automating Independence: Make your Smart Home Smarter!
Recorded: November 19, 2020 – Smart Home technology has made living independently easier for many people over the past few years. Being able to control your environment through smart speakers and smart phones has uncovered a new world of independence for so many people. However, through the use of sensors, button, schedules, and other smart home integrations we can make it even easier, almost to the point that your environment anticipates your needs as opposed to having to ask it to adjust all of the time. Join Ben Jacobs , Founder and CEO of RebelTech Consulting, as he shares information about how to set up various automations for existing smart home technologies to unlock the true power of the smart home.
Presenter: Ben Jacobs
Webinar: Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology and Students with Dyslexia
Recorded: October 27, 2020 – Students with Specific Learning Disability – also referred to as Dyslexia – make up the largest percentage of learners with disabilities in the U.S. Qualifying as students “with print disabilities”, Maine regulations require IEP Teams to consider the need for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and associated Assistive Technology (AT) for these students.
In this presentation we discuss the use of various AEM and AT as part of the arsenal of tools and accommodations for students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia.
Presenters: John Brandt, Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Kevin Good.
Webinar: Accessible Digital Documents – Correspondence and Social Media
Recorded: 9/17/2020 Every day we send and receive dozens if not hundreds of e-mails, and for many of us, an equal number of social media posts and comments. But are all these e-mails, attachments, and social media posts accessible to people with disabilities who use Assistive Technology?
This webinar will provide an overview of the accessibility of digital documents specifically digital correspondence and social media. Guidance is provided on how to make digital content accessible
- John E. Brandt, MS. Ed.
Webinar: Assistive Technology and Services for Blind and Low Vision in Maine
Recorded: August 18, 2020 – Maine’s statewide Iris Network works with people with low vision or blindness to help them attain independence and community integration. In coordination with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI), the Iris Network provides assistive technology (AT) and rehabilitation services to people age 14 and older. The Portland campus has a Low Vision Center with many AT devices for demonstration and loan. The Iris Network Rehabilitation Center is a residential program where those with vision loss can learn about AT that impact employment skills.
In this webinar, the Iris Networks’ programs and services, as well as funding options, will be discussed showcased.
- Amber Mooney, M.Ed. CVRT
Webinar: Building Your Finances and Independence with ABLE Accounts
Recorded: July 30, 2020 – ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities made available by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. An ABLE account grows tax-free, and balances up to $100,000 will not be countable for SSI eligibility. The asset limit is even higher for other means-tested public benefits like Medicaid. Individual with disabilities now have the ability to save and build wealth, and friends and family members may also contribute.
This webinar provides an overview of how ABLE Act accounts work and how they can be used to purchase needed assistive technology not covered by other funding. Information about setting up and administering ABLE accounts will be shared.
- Jane Skelton, Esq., Maine Elder Law Firm
- Kathy Adams, OTL, ATP, Director, Maine CITE.
Webinar: Updates on Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program
Recorded: July 9, 2020 – Updates have been made to Maine’s Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP), the state’s low interest financing program for people with disabilities to give them more options for purchasing Assistive Technology (AT). AELP funds can be used to buy AT devices, adaptive equipment or to make home modifications. The program is now offering loans for non-adapted vehicles for Mainers with a disability who need transportation to return to work. Loans are also available to Maine business owners for the purchase, construction, or installation of adaptive equipment and AT to make their location more accessible for employees and customers. In the presentation we will discuss the loan application process and showcase some recent consumers and how they used their loan funds. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the AELP process.
- Henry Powell, OTR/L
Webinar: Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Accessible Education Materials
Recorded: June 23, 2020 – The Maine CITE Program staff will update families on Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). We all use technology to improve our lives. AT and AEM support students in learning, living independently, and transitioning into adulthood. Along with an opportunity for questions, this live web session will update families with the latest information on AT and AEM and the importance of the family’s role in planning. The revised 2020 Guide for Maine Families on AT and AEM will be featured.
- Learn about AT and AEM in the program planning process.
- Learn about AT and AEM devices, resources, and funding in Maine.
- Discuss the importance of AT and AEM in Transition
- Kathy Adams OTL, ATP
- John Brandt
Webinar: The Essentials of Accessibility: School and Community Gardens
Recorded: June 16, 2020 – This presentation discusses planning for school and community gardens for all users including those of all ages and abilities. Information will discuss how to go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards including design concepts that make a space diverse, welcoming, and comfortable for all. The presentation includes concepts on making the garden an enjoyable destination, creating opportunities for social connections, and a place that users will return to again and again. Assistive technology in the form of adaptive garden tools and products will be featured.
- Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L
- Jill S. Johanning, AIA
Webinar: Arthritis and Agriculture: The importance of protecting your joints
Recorded: June 2, 2020 – This webinar was presented by the Maine AgrAbility Program, a project dedicated to providing education, assistance, and support to Maine farmers with disabilities engaged in production agriculture, helping them and their families maintain optimal production and experience an enhanced quality of life.
Farmers lose quality-of-life because of chronic pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in and around the joints. Making small changes in their working routines and using Assistive Technology (AT) can significantly reduce injury to the joints. Please join us for a discussion of Arthritis, the prevalence of the disease in farmers, and possible modifications to reduce its effects.
- Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L
- Ellen Gibson, MS
Webinar: AT to Support Successful Employment
Recorded: May 12, 2020 – This webinar focuses on the exploration of AT devices to support individuals with disabilities to return to, or maintain, successful employment. Attention will be given to AT services, devices and apps to support successful employment, as well as funding resources.
- Christine Martin, OTL
Webinar: Learn About the Talking Books Program
Recorded: May 5, 2020 – In this free webinar, learn about the Talking Book Program available through the Maine State Library. The Talking Book Program is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and provides free library services for eligible patrons, including download of digital books, and free matter mailings.
- Chris Boynton, Maine State Library
Webinar: The Impact of Assistive Technology on Function
Recorded: April 25, 2020 as part of the Maine OT Associations spring conference – Assistive Technology (AT) is a universal part of life and can be essential in the lives of adults with disabilities as they function at home, in the community and at work. Keeping up to date with emerging innovations in AT for people with disabilities can be challenging for OT providers. Kathy will discuss AT as part of OT assessment, share resources and AT funding options. We will explore the many types of AT including “everyday” technologies that can impact the functional skills, independence, safety and productivity of adults who have disabilities.
- Kathy Adams OTL, ATP
Webinar: Access Features and Apps as AT to Support Successful Employment
Recorded: April 15, 2020 as a training program for DVR staff in Portland office – In this presentation we discuss 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. We will focus on “Apps” as Assistive Technology that can work with mobile technology that people can keep in their pockets or wear.
- John Brandt, MSEd
Webinar: Everyday Assistive Technology for People with Serious Mental Illness – Refresh
Recorded: April 1, 2020 – 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.
- Lynn Gitlow
Webinar: Apps and Accessibility Features for People with Low Vision
Recorded: March 17, 2020 – Assistive Technology (AT) can help a person with a vision impairment live an independent, safe and meaningful life at home and in the community. In this webinar we will discuss several popular apps that are designed to assist users with low vision, as well as “accessibility features” built into iOS devices. Participants will learn about resources and methods for successfully choosing apps.
- Sherry Boothby, OTR/L, CLVT, M.S.
- John Brandt, M.S.Ed
Webinar: Assistive Technology Resources for Case Managers in Maine
Recorded: February 18, 2020 – 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.
Attendees will learn about Maine’s AT providers, resources and funding: about common AT solutions to enhance functional independence in the community.
- Christine Martin, MS, OTR/L
- Kathy Adams, OT/L, ATP
Webinar: Getting into the Drivers’ Seat – Driver Assessment Services in Maine
Recorded: February 12, 2020 – Everyone in Maine recognizes the importance of having the ability to drive as it increases independence and gives people more freedom. For people with disabilities of all ages (adolescents, adults and seniors) driving can present many challenges.
In this webinar participants learn about the importance of driving for a person with a disability, the adaptive driving evaluation process, adaptive/assistive technology options, and information on installation and funding.
- Heather Shields, OTR/L, CDRS
- Ketra Crosson, OTR/L
Webinar: Assistive Technology for Effective Distance Communication
Recorded: December 4, 2019 – 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 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
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.”
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”…
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…
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