Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Technology is a part of daily life for most of us, making our lives easier, safer, and more enjoyable. For people with disabilities, Assistive Technology (AT) can be especially empowering and create opportunities for greater independence and access. Join us for a webinar on how people with disabilities and their providers can identify, obtain, and use assistive technology to support a wide range of needs.
Participants will learn about:
- AT that fosters independence and safety
- AT that helps with personal life management and reduces social isolation
- Where and how to find AT
- How to pay for AT
Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L – is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and is a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in developing and providing independent living options for people with disabilities. She works for Alpha One, Maine’s Center for Independent Living. As an Independent Living Specialist she provides such services as access design consultation, independent living skills assessment and training, information and referral, peer support, assistive technology consultation, job accommodation assessments, advocacy, on-farm assessments with farmers with disabilities, consumer directed personal assistance services, and adapted driving assessments.
Henry Powell, OTR/L – an Occupational Therapist and Independent Living Specialist at Alpha One, and Administrative Director for the Adaptive Equipment Loan Program. As an Independent Living Specialist, Henry assists people with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities. For three years, Henry has managed the Adaptive Equipment Loan Program working with applicants to get loans to buy equipment and technology.
Vic Schalk, OTR/L – is an occupational therapist and an independent living specialist at Alpha One. She works with people with disabilities on programs to support them in maintaining their independence in the home, drawing on resources such as assistive technology, home accessibility, and information access.
How to Access this Webinar
Please see directions for how to use the Zoom Webinar system including the accessibility features.
Certificates of Attendance
Participants attending the live webinar will receive a link to a short program evaluation form at the end of the presentation. Certificates of Attendance will be sent (via e-mail) to those who have completed this evaluation form.
CART captioning is provided for all Maine CITE webinars. If you need an additional accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Maine CITE Program on or before January 18, 2021 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 207-621-3195 or Maine Relay 711.
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References Mentioned During Webinar
- Veterans Administration
- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
- Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP)
- Title 7 Part B Independent Living Services Grant Program
- Critical Access Ramp Program
- Maine State Housing Association (MESHA) Programs
- USDA Rural Development
- Service Groups
- Rebuilding Together
- Habitat for Humanity
- Short Term AT Device Loan Programs
- MaineCare waivers – Maine CITE Paying for AT
- Assistive Technology –
- Telephone and communication products –
- Home Access products
- Home management and organization products
- rolling hampers and baskets
- Large button universal remote
- Floor lamp with magnifier
- Sure Grip dining utensils
- Adjustable height desk
- Smart ceiling fan
- Smart plugs for outlets
- Vacuum robot with smartphone control
- Bump dots for tactile cues for navigation
- Extra loud alarm clock with bed shaker
- Wheelchair organizers and accessories
- Tile essentials Bluetooth trackers
- Health monitoring and medication management products
- Safety products
- Prevention products
- Maine’s Assessment Service for meeting personal care needs at home