WebEd Webinar Series

The Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers have joined with RESNA to provide a series of free webinar sessions to meet the needs of the AT Act Programs. The sessions are designed to provide timely information by experts on various aspects technology and it\'s interface with issues covered under the ADA. The programs are 90 minutes in length and provided free to interested persons. All sessions are close captioned.

Continuing education credits are available through RESNA and interested individuals should complete the application and required evaluation form (available for download prior to the session) and submit their application via email to dpaulson@resna.org or by fax to: 703-524-6630. There is a $16 fee to receive credits for each webinar.

Next Session:Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:00pm ET
Topic : Assistive Technology and Aging: Inclusive Solutions and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Description :

The American with Disabilities Act is more relevant today for older Americans than ever. Older individuals with disabilities are the largest and fastest-growing minority in the US thanks to a dramatic increase in life expectancy. Individuals with disabilities represent an estimated $1 Trillion in annual incomes. The ADA ensures that people with disabilities have access to public and private accommodations, yet seniors with disabilities still experience inclusion issues.

This webinar will explore access issues for individuals with disabilities in public and private accommodations as well as the gap in use of assistive technologies among older Americans.

We will discuss how affordable, low-tech, assistive technology (AT) may help older adults with disabilities obtain and maintain their independence in the community.

Learning Objectives :
  1. Participants will be able to identify three research-based benefits in the use of assistive technology by older Americans with disabilities.
  2. Participants will be able to list three new low tech assistive technology devices for daily living.
  3. Participants will be able to define what are Public Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  4. Participants will be able to state the components for accessible routes under the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
Aimee Sterk, LLMSW, is a woman with invisible disabilities and has been working in the aging and disability community for almost 20 years. She started her career helping people transition out of nursing homes and progressed to policy and program development to support community living using assistive technology. She has written successful grants totaling over $1 million dollars and has presented to and worked with governmental task forces and audiences around the state and nation on inclusion, grant writing, nursing facility transition, financial literacy, disability, voting rights, effective communication, community-based long-term care and assistive technology. As social policy chair for the League of Women Voters in Holland, Aimee coordinated a National Organization on Disability award-winning program to increase voter accessibility for older adults and people with disabilities in West Michigan. Aimee served on the national board of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs and is on the Outpatient Advisory Committee for Spectrum Health. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Hope College and an M.S.W. from Michigan State University.
Southwest ADA Center
Andrew Winnegar provides consultation for the Southwest ADA Center on ADA, employment, independent living, rehabilitation research, assistive technology, vocational rehabilitation and Native American Outreach. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Stout obtaining his MS in Vocational Rehabilitation. Andy's career in the field rehabilitation includes working in Independent Living Centers in New Mexico and Montana, community rehabilitation programs, public schools and as Deputy Director for Program Development and Support for the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for twenty years. In that capacity, he served as Principal Investigator for many innovative federal grant programs. Andy has a long history working with the ILRU and the Southwest ADA Center. He presented the SW-ADA Center's Small Business Reasonable Accommodation Plan at the 2010 RSA Employment Conference. He was honored as the 2007 RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineer and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Conference, Don Ross Invited Lecturer - Early Deployment of Reasonable Accommodations for State Government Workers.