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This webinar was held on October 28, 2016. This webinar explored some of the reasons people with hearing loss are reluctant to pursue Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) and also provide some useful tips and apps as well as funding resources for technology. Presented by members of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Michigan State Association.


Recording with captions of Solutions to Barriers to Hearing AT


This webinar was held on April 27, 2016

Despite significant social stigma and discrimination, many people with disabilities want to be and are parents. In this webinar, MATP staff members will share some stories from parents who have disabilities and you will learn about assistive technology to help people with a range of disabilities with childcare tasks.



Please note, due a technical error the live captions available during this webinar were not recorded. A text transcript is provided along with a captioned video on our YouTube channel.

Also, this additional resource became available on May 5, 2016:

Parenting with a Disability Toolkit

February 4, 2016 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Caregivers and Personal Assistants are one of the most vitally important supports to help people with disabilities and older adults live independently. This webinar will explore assistive technology that enables the person receiving services to be more actively involved in their care, lessening the effort needed to assist with activities of daily living. You will also learn about assistive technology for stress management and relaxation, staff and medication management and more.


Recording and Survey

This webinar was held Wednesday September 23, 2015 1:30 - 3PM ET

Learn about various alerting devices which vibrate and/or flash lights to alert people who have hearing loss of events such as a baby crying, a phone ringing a knock on the door or an alarm or timer going off. Learn about things to consider to help you make a smart decision about what will work for you! The presenters, Tony Ferack and Liz Kobylak are both people who have been living with hearing loss for decades and are trained volunteer Hearing Technology Resource Specialists (HTRS) with Hearing Loss Association of America - Michigan Chapter (HLAA-MI).



Adobe Connect Recording of Alerting Devices for People with Hearing Loss

This webinar was held on June 17, 2015: Summer is just around the corner and many people will be planning outdoor picnics and backyard barbeques. Learn about accessibility features to consider so everyone can be included and about a variety of AT to help you have a fun filled event!

Handouts and Recording

The recording was made using the Adobe Connect platform and includes the text captioning. For information about using Adobe connect, please see the webinar instructions.

Reading for All

This webinar was held on Wednesday April 8, 2015. 

The definition of “print disabilities” generally includes blind, low vision, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities which limit access to printed text. This webinar will explore “talking books” and supportive hardware, software, apps and tablets. We will address accessibility concerns, too often seen as an issue primarily for blind users, but applies to a variety of users. Together we can bring a stronger advocacy voice to the importance of “reading” for all. Presented by MATP staff member Cathy McAdam.



Recording of Reading for All: Adobe Connect

AT Solutions for Aging and Disability:Community Living - February 27, 2015 1:30 - 3 PM

Learn how affordable, low-tech, assistive technology (AT) may help older adults and people disabilities obtain and maintain their independence in the community, and prevent nursing home and hospital stays. Presented by MATP Staff Member, Aimee Sterk.



Winter and Your Assistive Technology - Wednesday February 4, 2015 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Dashing through the snow and braving the cold are just what we do in Michigan, but what is the impact on your assistive technology (AT)? Join the MATP team to learn about strategies and tools to protect yourself and your AT. After all, we can't stay inside when there's a winter wonderland out there!



Fun for Everyone: AT for Video Gaming Thursday October 30, 2014 1:30 - 3 PM Eastern Time.

While video games once may have been an youthful exploit to avoid going outside to play, they have now become part of our culture, a way to develop skills, and form friendships and communities. You will hear about the importance of including people with disabilities in the world of gaming and review some assistive technology that can be used to create access for people with mobility disabilities. You will also learn about some access options for hearing, cognitive, and visual disabilities along with tips for which features to look for in video games. Presented by Mark Barlet, Executive Director and Founder, AbleGamers Foundation and Laura Hall, Information Coordinator, Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP).


Recording (Please note, the captions did not record so we've provided a text transcript)

Assistive Technology for Spring Cleaning April 24, 2014 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Will we ever see Spring? Though it may not seem like it now, spring will come and with it the annual Spring Cleaning to welcome the new season and clean out the winter doldrums. Learn about devices and adaptations to help you with cleaning!



  • Recording
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  • Transcript of AT for Spring Cleaning Webinar

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