Upcoming Calls/Webinars

May Calls/Webinars: 


When: Tuesday May 7th at 3:00 EST
Topic: Making Podcasts and Videos into Accessible Content
The internet has continued to see the increases in the use audio and video content as part of mainstream content. Unfortunately, much of this content inaccessible to people with disabilities. 
In this session, we will discuss the importance of making audio/visual content accessible, how to make your audio/podcasts and videos accessible and various free tools and resources.
Participants will learn about:
•Legal requirements.
•How to create audio transcripts for podcasts.
•How to create captioning files for videos.
•Methods for creating video descriptions.
•Where to find free tools and resources. 
John E. Brandt is the Training Coordinator for the Maine CITE Coordinating Center. John has a Masters in Education (school psychology) and a long history providing training and professional development. Always a “geek at heart,” John has also been a web designer and has consulted on accessible web design since 1999.
Webinar presentation: 1.0 hours.
How: https://zoom.us/j/3628762421
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Meeting ID: 362 876 2421
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State Finance CoP

When: Thursday May 23rd @3:00 EST
Topic: Direct Lending – Is it a Fit for Your Program?
Join us on Thursday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern for the State Financing Community of Practice webinar on Direct Lending.  There’s been an interest by more state and territory AT financial loan programs to explore direct lending.  By “direct lending”, we mean loans that are managed in-house as opposed to being managed by a banking or other financial partner.  Some state and territory AT programs manage all loans in-house, while others manage some loans in-house and others through a financial partner.  This webinar will explore the activities, advantages and challenges to providing direct loans.  
Among some of the areas to be explored:
•Why consider implementing a direct loan program?
•Is there a minimum size for a direct loan program in order to make it worthwhile?
•Getting Started
•Identifying and complying with state lending requirements
•Starting with manageable loan terms
•Servicing loans
•Staffing requirements and expenses for direct loan programs
How: https://zoom.us/j/680788804
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Meeting ID: 680 788 804
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State Finance CoP

When: Thursday June 20th at 3:00 EST
Topic: “The ABLE Act – Where Are We Now?”
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 created a tax-advantaged savings option for individuals with disabilities and their families to pay for disability-related expenses including Assistive Technology.  Join Mark Richert of the ABLE National Resource Center to explore where ABLE Act savings programs are in 2019.  We’ll look at where the program is with the 40 states have implemented ABLE programs, key elements of ABLE programs and what the future holds for the ABLE Act. 

Demo/Loan CoP

When: Monday, June 10th at 3:00 EST
How: Zoom https://zoom.us/j/210092277
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Meeting ID: 210 092 277
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Topic Information:
This webinar will introduce you to Lingraphica, https://aacdevice.aphasia.com/communication-devices/. Learn more about their product line, including apps, and training and supports in this informative session.  Considerations in demonstrating and loaning the equipment will be addressed, and information about special pricing for AT Act programs will be shared.
*This session will be captioned and recorded.

When: Tuesday, July 16 at 3:00 EST
How: Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/530791308
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Meeting ID: 530 791 308 
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Topic Information:
This webinar will introduce you to LoganTech's augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) equipment.  Learn solutions to bridge the AAC gap from low-tech to high-tech solutions. In addition we will include information about our customized keyguards, mounting solutions for iPad applications and a Braille teaching tool and Braille label maker. Information on free product demonstrations and trialing the equipment will be addressed, and details about special pricing for AT Act programs will be shared.   

Reuse CoP

Wed. July 24 at 3:00 EST
Topic: A Successful Model for Hearing Aid Reuse
Access to hearing aids is severely limited by affordability. Aging populations and the absence of insurance coverage are just two factors that make the reuse of hearing aids a high-impact opportunity to expand into a new facet of reuse. Join us for a webinar discussing the ins and outs and feasibility of hearing aid reuse. Jimmy Brown from Kentucky’s AT Act program will describe how they partnered to create a successful, replicable model.

Wed. August 14 at 3:00 EST
Topic: The Need and Consideration for CPAP Reuse
Every third man and every sixth woman in America is estimated to have a sleep disorder – perhaps undiagnosed or untreated because of affordable access. Although CPAP devices are covered for those with private health insurance or Medicare, the co-pays are often unaffordable, and those without coverage face the burden of the total cost of devices critical to their health and ability to work. Sleep apnea is related to or affects hypertension, stroke, cardiac disease, diabetes, learning, and recovery from chemotherapy. This webinar will provide discussion around CPAP Reuse, lessons learned, and what to consider when providing the service.