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Webinar: Aging in Place and Transportation

This webinar was held on June 16, 2011 and Presented by Carol Green OTRL, CBIST, CAPS and Roberta Habowski, Project Manager, Mobility Options Counseling - Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

Aging in place is the ability of seniors to safely remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible for as long as possible, while maintaining involvement in, and access to, their larger communities.  This session will focus on home modification considerations and transportation issues. A variety of alternative transportation options and older driver resources are needed for seniors to stay connected in the community and have access to life-sustaining and life-enhancing services. The presentation will include information about how to help drivers stay on the road as long as safely possible or transition to mobility alternatives when driving is no longer an option, as well as highlight alternative transportation best practices, service gaps and needs.

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Webinar: An Introduction to the Michigan Loan Funds

This webinar was held on May 12, 2011 and presented by Michelle Seybert from UCP of Michigan.

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Webinar: Increasing Access and Participation in Outdoor Recreation

This webinar was presented by Kathleen Laurin, Ph.D. from the University of Montana Rural Institute on February 17, 2011.

Individuals who experience disability continue to be restricted in their opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation on public lands. This session described multiple efforts to increase access to outdoor recreational environments through information, education, agency partnerships, accessibility assessments, and access to assistive technology devices. It discussed a project specific to increasing participation in wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, and related activities and identify numerous off- the-shelf and assistive technology devices to support participation.

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Webinar: Tools for Independence: Providing Alternatives to Print

This webinar was presented by MDRC staff members on January 27, 2011.

Alternative formats open up a world of possibilities for people who can't access standard text. Learn about who can benefit from alternatives to printed materials. Not only is it the right thing to do, providing alternative formats for people with disabilities is a civil rights issue. You'll learn about large print, high contrast, Braille, audio formats and digital content alternatives to standard printed material.

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Webinar: Low-Cost Tools for Independence: Leisure and Recreation December 2, 2010 1:30 - 3:00 PM EST

The presenters are Sarah Peura, M.A., CTRS, AT & Adaptive Recreation Specialist from The Superior Alliance for Independent Living and Aimee Sterk, MSW, from Michigan Disability Rights Coalition.

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Archived Webinar "Tools for Independence: Holiday Cooking"

This webinar was held on November 18th, 1:30 - 3 PM EST with Renee Thompson, BS, COTA, CAPS and Joanne Feutz, OTR, CAPS as the presenters.

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many people.  Social gatherings, family traditions & celebrations all seem to start in the kitchen.  Is your kitchen universally designed to accommodate the diverse ages and abilities of friends & family?  Do you feel too tired to enjoy your meal and company after preparing it?  Did you know there are many gadgets and methods that can make your time in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable? This webinar covers kitchen design, adaptive techniques and assistive technology and gadgets related to cooking.

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Archived Webinar: "Looking through the Low Vision Lens"

This webinar was held on October 21, 2010 1:30 - 3:00 PM EST. Kathy Gargagliano from AbleZone was the presenter.

We will explore items used by people experiencing vision loss  and how to make the best use of lighting, and magnification.  There is a   range of low cost items to explore for daily use and independence.  For many, more advanced technology is needed for work or school.  Presenter Kathy Gargagliano from AbleZone, who has been in this field for over 25 years, will guide us through  the product maze and MDRC staff members will provide information about additional resources.

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Archived Webinar: Tools for Independence: Memory

This webinar was held on September 16, 2010 with Norman DeLisle, MDRC Executive Director as the presenter.

Remembering daily events, activities, and routines is difficult for all of us at times. Some conditions affecting our brains can result in memory loss ranging from forgetting to take medication at a designated time, to not be able to remember your address or getting lost in your neighborhood. There are many ways to assist persons who have memory loss, including techniques to aid memory and helpful devices and services. This free webinar will give an overview of techniques and lower to higher tech devices which can help people who have memory loss to be independent.

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Archived Webinar: Vendor Bender - How to Not Get the Wrong Device

This conference was presented on April 22, 2010. The presenters were Cindi Pichler, MS, CRC, ATP from Independence First, a CIL in Milwaukee, WI and Laura Plummer, MA, CRC, ATP from Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute.

People with disabilities can often benefit from using adaptive equipment to increase independence, but how do funding sources know if the equipment they are purchasing will meet the person's needs? Many equipment vendors are unregulated. What standards should they have to meet to be considered a good vendor? What about assessments? When relying on an outside source for an opinion, how can you tell if they did a good job? A consortium of Wisconsin agencies have developed Best Practices standards to help identify good resources for obtaining the right adaptive equipment.

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