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Opportunities in Computing and IT Fields for People with Disabilities

Thursday, February 13, 2014
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

EASI presents Richard Ladner.

EASI's webinar will help you learn about opportunities in computing and IT academic programs and career fields that can be pursued by students with disabilities. Hear about success stories, promising practices, and useful resources.

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Using Technology to Stay On Time, On Task & Organized

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern

AT Network presents tools that help with time management and organization.

Many students and adults struggle with productivity skills -- the ability to effectively manage time, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, and analyze problems.  Merely "trying harder" won't help, but "trying different" can. This webinar will demonstrate how technology, coupled with appropriate strategies, can improve these executive function skills.

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Social Media Networks: Enhancing Community Engagement Amongst People with Disabilities

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
5 AM Pacific, 8 AM Eastern

AAIDD and ISAAC sponsor this overview of social media networks, considering how social media networking can be used as an engagement tool by people with disabilities. Also on 10/21/13 at 8 PM Pacific, 11PM Eastern.


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Change Your View of AT to Support Employees

August 27, 2013
9 AM Pacific, Noon Eastern

AbleNet University presents low cost devices that can be purchased from local stores, easy modifications, and iPad apps.

Assistive technology can help individuals with disabilities be more independent and productive in a wide variety of vocational settings.  This webinar from AbleNet University will clarify how to identify what tools may be needed and then a fun look at various assistive technology tools to help with task analysis, prompting/directing, computer access, and  modifying the environmen

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Basic Electronic Aids to Daily Living

Monday, July 15, 2013
12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern

RESNA presents Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP on alternative control of devices in the environment for people with physical disabilities. These allow increasing independence, developing skills and preparing for future AT use.

Electronic Aids to Daily Living provide alternative control of devices within the environment. Basic EADLs can be used with children to develop cognitive skills, provide independent play, socialization and participation and prepare kids for future, more sophisticated assistive technology use. This webinar will present product options, modes of control and application ideas.

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Find it! Fund it! Technology and Gadgets to Increase Independence

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern

AT Network of California presents creative funding options with Rachel Anderson, Program Coordinator, CFILC; Kim Cantrell, Program Director, CFILC; Rosemarie Punzalan, Program Coordinator, CFILC

Learn how to find and pay for the technology or gadget you need to be more independent at work, at school or in your home. This training will provide an overview of organizations that may pay for devices and will dabble in creative funding options. Say good-bye to funding frustration and say hello to the AT Network of California's many funding resources.

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Accessibility and Social Media

Social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, have challenges in terms of accessibility. Here are three resources that can help you understand and overcome the barriers.

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government is an article for those who post to social media and want to be inclusive. It was developed by the Federal Social Media Community of Practice and the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Online Circles of Practice and AT Discussion

Where can one find a community of people who share our particular interests in accessible and assistive technology?  There are many places to ask questions, share answers and news, and keep up with trends.

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology

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Using YouTube's AutoCaption Feature to Generate Captions

YouTube's Auto-Caption feature generates a starting point for uploading corrected captions and their new caption editor makes it easier than before, for your own YouTube videos. (For those you don't own, see the article on Universal Subtitles.)

Many groups and individuals do not have a budget for captioning but want or need to include this access feature. Certain videos that you upload to YouTube are good candidates for using their machine generated captions as a base. If the voices are clear, speaking unaccented English, and there is no music and minimal background noise, YouTube's Auto-Caption will get you started.

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Making Documents Accessible

Much information is available about website accessibility. However, documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF can also be inaccessible to blind users, as well as some users with cognitive and physical disabilities. This article summarizes the accessibility process for several versions of the Microsoft products, and discusses multiple ways to address PDF accessibility.


What is Document Accessibility?

A document is accessible if users with disabilities can read and understand all essential information that it contains, whether or not they use assistive technology. In particular:

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