Previous Sessions

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February 24, 2016 3:00pm ET
Topic :The ADA and Core Technologies for Nonvisual Access

Description :

This webinar will combine aspects of the ADA as it relates to Assistive Technologies that benefit people with low vision or individuals who are blind.


Learning Objectives :
  1. Participants will name 3 technologies that benefit people who are low vision or blind.
  2. Participants give one example of a current ADA case involving access for the blind and individuals with low vision.
  3. Participants will describe two employment related technology access issues for individuals who are Blind or experience low vision.
  4. Participants will list two examples of auxiliary aids useful in places of public accommodation for individuals who Blind or experiences low vision.

Presenter :
·Diego Demaya - Human Resources Educator, Southwest ADA Center
·Curtis Chong - Manager of Access Technology, New Mexico Commission for the Blind

For more than 30 years, Curtis Chong has worked to improve the ability of blind people to use computers and other technologies. He has been active in the National Federation of the Blind since 1969, promoting civil rights and improved services for blind people in Hawaii, California, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa, and now in New Mexico.

Before entering the field of work with the blind, Curtis spent 20 years working in mainstream information technology. He programmed his first mainframe computer as early as 1972, at a time when computers did not talk to the blind. As a designer/consultant at American Express Financial Services (now Ameriprise), he provided technical support for mainframe database and communications software, keeping systems running for thousands of sighted coworkers within the company. From 1997-2002, Curtis worked as the Director of Technology for the National Federation of the Blind supporting internal information technology for the Federation and its external programs to improve nonvisual access technology for the blind in several different areas.

From October 1998 through April 1999, Curtis served as a member of the Electronic Information and Technology Access Advisory Committee of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; this group prepared the preliminary standards which were later used by the Access Board to implement Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Curtis also served on a second Access Board committee, appointed ten years later, which developed updated technical standards for Section 508; these standards have not yet been incorporated into published federal rules.

Today, Curtis Chong serves as president of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science and the treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. He also works as the Manager of Access Technology at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind.

Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
  • RESNA CEU (0.2 credits)
August 26, 2015 3:00pm ET
Topic :Inclusive Sports, Recreation and Exercise for Individuals with Disabilities

Description :

This webinar will include information on creating inclusive sports, recreation and exercise for people with disabilities and the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design for recreational facilities. Presenters include: Bob Lujano, Information specialist from National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD); Gus LaZear, the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living’s Vice President and General Manager SpoFit a 45,000-square foot, $13 million dollar facility located in Phoenix, Arizona; and Andy Winnegar, Training Associate with the Southwest ADA Center.

Presenter :
·Bob Lujano - Information Specialist at National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), Birmingham, AL

Bob Lujano joined the NCHPAD staff as an Information Specialist as part of the University of Alabama Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative in April 2012. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as a Recreation Specialist for Lakeshore Foundation, serving the mission of providing recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Overall, Mr. Lujano has spent the past 17 years working in the field of recreation and sport for youth, adults, seniors and veterans with physical disabilities. After earning a Pre-law degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, Bob earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation Sports Management at the University of Tennessee. This led to a position at 1996 Paralympic Games as the Venue Director of the City Hall East Project, where he was responsible for accrediting, training and informing over 12,000 volunteers for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the Lakeshore Foundation staff in November of 1998 as a Recreation Specialist, where he was part of the development and implementation of recreation programs for kids and youth, but also has been part of the overall growth and awareness of Lakeshore Foundation as a pillar in the field of competitive sports and fitness.

Bob is a member of the Lakeshore Demolition wheelchair rugby team, which has 5 USQRA National Championships (98-2003). This led Bob to being selected to the US Paralympic Rugby Team in which he won a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Bob was also one of the athletes featured in the Academy Award nominated movie Murderball.

Finally, Bob is professional international public speaker, in which he speaks on topics such as faith, disability, diversity, rehabilitation, competitive sports, physical fitness and the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. In April 2014, he was elected as the President of the United States Quad Rugby Association.

·Gus LaZear - Vice President of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living and General Manager of SpoFit, Phoenix, AZ

Gus LaZear, whose background includes more than 17 years experience managing major programs and initiatives in rehabilitative medicine, recreational therapy, outdoor adventures and other adaptive programming for people with disabilities, has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons With Disabilities (SpoFit), a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL).

For the last six years, LaZear handled responsibilities as lead therapeutic recreational therapist at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix

“With Gus’ significant experience and expertise, he will guide SpoFit to the next level of excellence and service to the community,” said ABIL President and CEO Phil Pangrazio. “He is a tremendous addition to our committed SpoFit management team and front-line staff.”

LaZear, a Chandler resident, earned a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Systems Management from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from California State University Northridge.

Before joining St. Joseph’s, LaZear had been with Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Ponoma, Calif. working on the Outdoor Adventure team that organized adaptive surfing, skiing/snowboarding, sailing, fishing, camping, dog sledding, rock climbing, scuba diving, horseback trips, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, wheelchair sports and cycling programs.

LaZear’s licenses and certifications include Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, National Council of Therapeutic Recreation; Certified Pool Operator, National Swimming Pool Foundation; Certified in Aqua Stretch (Aquatic Therapy Technique); Certified in Ai Chi (Aquatic Therapy Technique); Water Safety Instructor, Red Cross of America; Lifeguard, Red Cross of America; Advanced Scuba Diver, Professional Association of Diving Instructors; Certified Dive Buddy, Handicapped Scuba Association and Member of American Therapeutic Recreation Association. He also serves as a guest speaker for the Barrow Neurological Institute Stroke Symposium, SCI Symposium, and Brain Injury Symposium and for the Arizona State University Therapeutic Recreation Department. LaZear remains as a consultant to Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in California.

·Andy Winnegar - Training Associate at SouthWest ADA

Andrew Winnegar provides consultation for the Southwest ADA Center on employment, independent living, rehabilitation research, assistive technology, vocational rehabilitation and Native American Outreach. He represents the Center as an Advisory Board member of the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program. He also provides technical assistance for the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) through an agreement with the Center. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Stout holding a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.

Andy’s career in the field of rehabilitation includes working in Independent Living, community rehabilitation, public schools and as the Deputy Director 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 with the ILRU and the Southwest ADA Center. He presented their Small Business Reasonable Accommodation Plan at the 2010 RSA Employment Conference. He was also 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.

Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
  • RESNA CEU (0.1 credits)
April 15, 2015 3:00pm ET
Topic :The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and planning Accessible Design in Device Demonstration and Display Rooms for Tech Act State Programs

Description :

This webinar will include a discussion on improving the quality of program accessibility for Tech Act State Device Demonstrations. The Maryland Technology Assistance Program model includes two demonstration sites and a descriptive on line device inventory. The program is working with the Montgomery County Public Libraries to increase statewide access to assistive technologies for people of all ages with disabilities.

Presenter :
·Denise Barton - Assistive Technology Specialist
Denise Barton, Schuler an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Maryland Technology Assistance (MDTAP) and Lori Markland MDTAP Director of Communications, Outreach and Program Development.
·Francie Gilman - Librarian
Francie Gilman a librarian in Montgomery County Public Libraries who works on library and literacy services for people with disabilities will explain their inclusive planning process.
·Andy Winnegar - Training Associate at SouthWest ADA

Andrew Winnegar provides consultation for the Southwest ADA Center on employment, independent living, rehabilitation research, assistive technology, vocational rehabilitation and Native American Outreach. He represents the Center as an Advisory Board member of the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program. He also provides technical assistance for the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) through an agreement with the Center. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Stout holding a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.

Andy’s career in the field of rehabilitation includes working in Independent Living, community rehabilitation, public schools and as the Deputy Director 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 with the ILRU and the Southwest ADA Center. He presented their Small Business Reasonable Accommodation Plan at the 2010 RSA Employment Conference. He was also 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.

Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
  • RESNA CEU (0.1 credits)
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.

Presenter :
·Aimee Sterk - LLMSW
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.
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
  • RESNA CEU (0.1 credits)
August 20, 2014 3:00pm ET
Topic : Increasing Program Access under the ADA: IDEAL Group's Knowledge Discovery Technology

Description :

Accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act is not just physical access. Accessibility is much more, and it requires looking at how programs, services, and activities are delivered. Assistive Technologies such as accessible, mobile applications may provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to access the internet's digital content. even if the content was not designed with accessibility in mind. This Webinar will provide participants an overview of state or local government responsibilities to provide auxiliary aids and services needed to ensure effective communications such as making documents available upon request in Braille, large print, audio recording, and an accessible electronic format, and IDEAL Group's Knowledge Discovery Technology.

A recent article by Steve Jacobs: Public Accommodation, Universal Access, and Technology, GPSOLO, Vol. 31 No. 2 presents the idea that a public accommodation under the ADA should evolve beyond physical places and into virtual places of public accommodation via the internet. The Department of Justice is considering revising the regulations implementing Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to establish requirements for making the services, programs, or activities offered via Internet websites, accessible to individuals with disabilities. Beyond goods and services, information available on the Internet has become a gateway to education, employment, government, medical services and social and recreational opportunities. The objective of IDEAL Group's KDD technology is to automatically render single or collections of digital content into new and innovative alternate formats designed to enable individuals with print disabilities (and everyone else) to more easily access, navigate, find and acquire knowledge from that content. Source digital content may include web pages, websites, blogs, wikis, PDF files, Word documents, ePub2/3 eBooks, RTF files, and text files.


Learning Objectives :
  1. The participants will state the purpose of the Department of Justice regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Title II (State and local government services) on effective communication.
  2. The participants will name the five key components of effective communication for individuals with disabilities under the ADA.
  3. The participants will be able identify which public entities would be required to assign a responsible person to coordinate and respond to grievances under the general requirements of Title II of the ADA
  4. The participants will state the general provisions against discrimination from Title II of the American with Disabilities Act.

Presenter :
·Steve Jacobs - President IDEAL Group
Steve Jacobs has been in the high-tech industry since the mid '70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group http://ideal-group.org and CEO of Apps4Android http://apps4android.org the world's largest developer of Android accessibility apps (50+) with 13.5 million installations in 213 countries. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation http://ncr.com where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of 2002.
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • Certificate Of Attendance (1.5 credits)
  • RESNA CEU (0.1 credits)
April 23, 2014 3:00pm ET
Topic :Accessing Services, Programs, and Activities Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida State Courts with the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

Description :
Join us for this session which will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II including the responsibilities of local and state courts, law enforcement, and correctional institutions. The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST) developed a series of Self-help Manuals for persons with disabilities. FAAST has used these same resources to assist the Florida state courts with accessibility of courthouses and legal services. The presentation will include examples of how Tech Act State services may provide support to covered entities of the ADA to increase access for individuals with disabilities.
Presenter :
·Michael Daniels - Executive Director Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc.(FAAST)
Michael Daniels is Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST). FAAST is the Tech Act Program for the state of Florida. Michael received his BA in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from University of Kentucky (UK) and completed coursework for his MA in Assistive Technology at UK. Michael has been working in the assistive technology field for over 20 years with a focus on computer access and seating and mobility. He served as program director at FAAST for fours and was instrumental in the development of the statewide device loan program and the addition of two Regional Demonstration Centers. Michael has collaborated with Dr. Tony Gentry from Virginia Commonwealth University to establish a training series for assistive technology for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. In his free time, Michael is a licensed youth soccer coach and a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America.
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
February 26, 2014 3:00pm ET
Topic :The Promise of Olmstead Status of Assistive Technology use in planning for the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities

Description :
A recent paper by Bryant, B. R., Soonwha, S., Minwook, O., & Bryant, D. (2012), on a study to identify and rate AT devices that are being used by individuals in group residential settings, found that a majority of respondents do not use AT. Many of the recent Department of Justice's American with Disability Act Olmstead settlement agreements have included AT assessment and services as part of state responsibilities. How are statewide AT programs assisting with AT service provision and planning for individuals with intellectual disabilities? This webinar will explore the current status of transition efforts, available resources, and best practices. Presenters include Brian Bryant, PhD, Andy Winnegar, Southwest ADA Center, and Janice Carson, Director of the Idaho Assistive Technology Project.
Presenter :
·Brian Bryant - Research Professor Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin
Brian R. Bryant, Ph.D. serves as a Research Professor in the Department of Special Education and Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Brian’s interest in assistive technology (AT) began when he served as the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Several of the students Brian served ay FAU were AT users, and they served as excellent tutors. While at FAU, Brian helped raise money to better equip the office with a variety of AT devices. Upon moving back to Texas, Brian was hired as Texas’ Tech Act Project Director at UT. During his time on the job, Brian helped create the College of Education’s Assistive and Instructional Technology Lab, for which he continues to serve as Faculty Co-Coordinator. Over his career, Brian has written numerous articles and book chapters on AT, with applications across disabilities and the lifespan. He is co-author with his wife, Dr. Diane Pedrotty Bryant, of Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities, now in its second edition. Of particular relevance to this session is Brian’s work with the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). As co-author of AAIDDs Supports Intensity Scale, Brian has examined AT with respect to its capacity to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disability. Working with colleagues from AAIDD, Brian edited a special series for the Journal of Special Education Technology on AT and support provision. Brian’s research focus is on educational and support needs for individuals with disabilities, and AT applications across the lifespan.
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
·Janice Carson - Director Idaho Assistive Technology Project
Janice Carson is the director of the Idaho Assistive Technology Project housed at the University of Idaho. She is faculty in the College of Education and teaches graduate courses in special education. She is also a doctorial candidate conducting research in the area of distance education on AT for in-service teachers.
August 21, 2013 3:00pm ET
Topic :Accessibility of Web Information: Implications for how the Public and Private Sector Conducts Business

Description :
As we have moved from conducting business “face to face” to a culture where you can go “on-line” and conduct research, complete financial transactions, track the status of a package or get “real-time” information in terms of when a bus will arrive at a specific location the implications for people with disabilities are significant. This session will address the accessibility issues associated with the explosion of on-line/internet based information and what the future holds in this arena.

Learning Objectives :
  1. Participants will state what three areas state and local governments must make accessible for qualified individuals with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  2. Participants will identify one alternative for a company subject to Title III regarding their providing equal access to all goods and services to individuals with disabilities.
  3. Participants will identify three reasons why DOJ intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend regulations on the internet website accessibility.
  4. Participants will name four assistive technology solutions for individuals with disabilities to access the World Wide Web
  5. Participants will name one justification for business to provide accessible website for individuals with disabilities.

Presenter :
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
·Sachin Pavithran - Program Director Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) and the Disability Policy Analyst for the Center for Persons with Disabilities
Sachin Pavithran was born in India, but grew up in Dubai which is in the United Arab Emirates. Sachin came to the US at the age of 17 to start his college career at Utah State University. He graduated from USU with a degree in Business Information Systems, and another degree in Marketing. Sachin received his Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Disability Disciplines. Sachin is currently the Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) and the Disability Policy Analyst for the Center for Persons with Disabilities. Sachin enjoys being an advocate for people with disabilities. He keeps up with the research and development of various assistive technologies, and is involved nationally in working with legislators in the Federal Government to bring a change in various Federal Policies for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. He has reached out to the international community on Disability Policy and Infra Structure Development based on the requirements set forth by the UNCRPD. He has trained and presented in several countries such as Egypt, Syria, Philippines, and Turkey. Sachin has over twelve years of direct involvement in development, testing, and training for accessibility for assistive technology, extensive experience in lecturing and training others in accessible technology. Sachin provides technical assistance on accessible information technology for individuals and groups. He helps in the evaluation of products related to web accessibility and design. He sits on various boards nationally, such as, The Research and Development committee for the National Federation of the Blind, The National Multicultural Council, and Senator Hatch’s Advisory board for disability policy. He was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Access Board where he chairs the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee. This committee is charged to oversee section 508 refresh. He also chairs the Self-Service Transaction Machines Committee which is responsible to draft technical standards for self-services machines nationally. Sachin aspires to be in the fore-front of establishing and implementing national and international policy that impacts people with disabilities around the world.
April 23, 2013 3:00pm ET
Topic :Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology after High School: Planning Strategies & Civil Rights

Description :

Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology after High School: Planning Strategies & Civil Rights. This webinar will describe the cooperative planning and assistive technology service coordination that will assist post high school students with disabilities to continue their education in postsecondary schools, or to enter the workforce. The presentation will inform participants about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, postsecondary schools, and employers.


Learning Objectives :
  1. The participant will state why a person with a disability may want disclose a disability to a post-secondary school or employer.
  2. The participant will briefly describe the differences between the coverage of students in K-12 by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and students covered by the Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II in postsecondary schools.
  3. The participant will identify three examples of Tech Act State program supports that may assist student with disabilities after leaving high school.
  4. The participant will identify three examples of assistive technology that could be used to provide postsecondary or employment supports for young adults with disabilities.

Presenter :
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
·Kara James - Director of Disability Services University of Wisconsin-Stout
Kara James, M.S., CRC, CVE, is the Director of Disability Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She works with the University community to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access across campus. She currently serves on the Wisconsin-Association for Higher Education and Disability (WI-AHEAD) board. Ms. James has a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation with concentrations in counseling and evaluation.
·Laura Plummer - Rehabilitation Technologist/Sensory Specialist Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Laura Plummer, M.A., CRC, ATP, is a Rehabilitation Technologist / Sensory Specialist with the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute at University of Wisconsin-Stout. She conducts assistive technology assessments, coordinates statewide assistive technology outreach projects and serves as the Wistech Director. Ms. Plummer has both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling with additional training in deaf blindness. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Assistive Technology Professional. Ms. Plummer primarily works in the areas of hearing and vision loss as well as computer access. Ms. Plummer also takes an active role in learning and using the latest in electronic gadgetry.
January 23, 2013
Topic :Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations

Description :

It is important that employers understand new technologies, accommodation strategies and best practices to assist and support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Technology Act States and ADA Regional Centers have valuable free services to assist employers and employees with job accommodations. Each individual employee accommodation solution requires research and time. The RESNA Catalyst Project and the SW-ADA Center will present a webinar on how Assistive Technology (AT) demonstrations, equipment loans, and ADA support and technical assistance from the ADA Network may enhance the interactive accommodation process.


Learning Objectives :
  1. Participants completing this workshop will recognize key components of the interactive process for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended.
  2. Participants completing this workshop will describe how assistive technologies may enhance productivity in an office setting.
  3. The participant will briefly analyze how employer job accommodations may be supported by State AT Act programs.

Presenter :
·Andrew Winnegar - 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.
·David Altman - Program Coordinator Assistive Technology Partnership
David Altman has been with the Assistive Technology Partnership (Nebraska) since its inception, 23 years ago. He was the agency's first Technology Specialist, and maintained that role for over 20 years. During that time, David developed many innovative techniques and devices in order to meet consumers AT needs. In 2010, David transitioned into the role of ATP Vocational Rehabilitation Program Coordinator. Even with this change, David is always developing innovative ideas to better serve consumers.
·Desirae Vallier - Technology Specialist Assistive Technology Partnership
Desirae Vallier is a Technology Specialist for The Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) in Omaha, Nebraska. She has worked for ATP for the past five years. She currently holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis on Assistive Technology. She works primarily with Vocational Rehabilitation consumers. She helps to identify appropriate and cost effective assistive technology solutions for people with disabilities who want to maintain their current employment or find a job.
March 21, 2012
Topic :Olmstead-Beyond the Legal Interpretation: What states are doing to improve community services necessary for individuals with disabilities to leave institutions

Description :

Learning Objectives :
  1. The participant will state under what circumstances isolating people with disabilities is considered illegal discrimination.
  2. The participant will briefly describe what an Olmstead Plan is.
  3. The participant will identify three examples of quality community supports that resulted from the Olmstead decision.
  4. The participant will identify three examples of assistive technology that could be used to provide quality community supports for people returning to an integrated community setting.

Presenter :
·Talley Wells - Attorney and Director of the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project Atlanta Legal Aid Society
C. Talley Wells is an Attorney and Director of the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. He advocates for housing and services in the community on behalf of clients with disabilities who are confined in Georgia institutions and nursing homes or who are at risk of institutionalization. His focus is enforcing the United States Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., which held that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated setting under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Talley and his wife, Laura, are part of a group working to open a L'Arche community for adults with developmental disabilities in Atlanta. He is the Treasurer of the Georgia Behavioral Health Coalition and a board member of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and The Center for Working Families. He is a 2011 alumnus of Leadership Atlanta. He attended Duke University and Duke School of Law. Talley is a former skipper on the world famous Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World.
Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • IACET (0.1 credits)
February 29, 2012
Topic :Enhancing Student Services to Provide Accessibility in Post - Secondary Settings

Description :

Institutions of higher education must comply with the Section 504 of the Rehab Act and the ADA to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids such as AT. The Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers will present information on their project to develop quality indicators on AT for post-secondary accessibility and report on the data collected from this effort. Presenters will also provide information on processes that disability services offices can institute to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations.


Learning Objectives :
  1. The Participant will be able to identify three of the descriptors for the Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology for Post-Secondary (QIAT-PS)
  2. The Participant will be able to identify three ways in which assistive technologies can enhance learning opportunities for students with disabilities in post-secondary settings
  3. The participant will be able to identify four instructional formats addressed by AIM guidelines
  4. The participant will be able to identify federal laws and regulations that mandate Institutions of higher education (IHEs) to provide accessible materials and instruction to students with disabilities
  5. The participant will identify copyright regulations which limit distribution of accessible formats and potential infringements for post-secondary institutions

Presenter :
Ron Stewart serves the accessible technology community in a variety of voluntary capacities; Chairs AHEAD's Technology Standing Committee, sits on the NIMAS Standards Board as well the ATN Advisory Committee. He was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the Access Technologist Higher Education Network, and is President. In 2007 Ron was a awarded the Blosser Award by AHEAD for profession service in Technology and Curricular Access. This last spring Ron accepted a position as the Access Technology Instructor for the High Tech Training Center Unit of the California Community College System. Ron also continues to oversee AltFormat Solutions LLC, an association of private consultants and companies working towards full curricular accessibility
·Janet Peters - Project Coordinator, Accessible Technology Great Lakes ADA Center
Janet Peters is the Project Coordinator on Accessible Technology for the Great Lakes ADA Center. She has 20 years of experience with assistive and accessible technologies for individuals with disabilities. She has worked extensively with business entities, state and local governments, and schools at all levels to maximize technology use to further opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Janet has her certification in assistive technology from California State University - Northridge and an academic background in computer science and is currently obtaining a Masters of Education in Learning Technologies from the University of MN-Twin Cities.
·Bryan Ayres - Director of the Technology and Curriculum Access Center at Easter Seals Arkansas

Bryan Ayres, M.Ed., ATP is a licensed general and special educator, and currently the Director of the Technology and Curriculum Access Center at Easter Seals Arkansas. He has over 29 years experience working with children, youth and adults with a variety of disabilities.

Bryanholds degrees from Henderson State University (BME, 83) in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (M.Ed., 87) in Special Education with an emphasis in severe disabilities and applied behavior analysis.

Bryan is also an Assistive Technology Professional certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). His special interests include assistive and adaptive technologies, universal design for learning, and curriculum and assessment access. He presents trainings in local, statewide and national venues.

Continuing Education Recognition (available upon request):
  • IACET (0.1 credits)