ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
(Coppin State University – Department of Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling)
This 15-hour comprehensive Certificate Program is designed to meet the demand for qualified Assistive Technology (AT) professionals, and for rehabilitation practitioners who seek to enhance their professional development and skill level by earning a certificate in Assistive Technology. Training modalities include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, field visits, hands-on-experiences, and presentations on assistive technology. More information can be found at Coppin State University website.
HOME MODIFICATIONS DIRECTORY
The Home Modifications Directory is a guide that provides useful information on home modification resources throughout the State of Maryland.
Home modifications are adaptations to the living environment intended to increase ease of use, safety, security, and independence. Modifications can include:
1) changes or additions to the structure (e.g., widening doorways, adding a first floor bathroom or a ramp);
2) installing special equipment (e.g., grab bars and handrails); and
3) adjusting the location of items (e.g., moving furniture).*
The purpose of the Directory is to provide information related to home modifications including: Equipment Supplies, Funding Sources and Loans Programs, Home Assessment/Equipment Evaluations, Information and Referral, Licensed Home Improvement Contractors, and Volunteer Organizations.
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Home Modification Directory (Word)
Home Modification Directory (PDF)
"RESNA" is the Rehabilitation Engineering and and Assistive Technology of North America. It's a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability.
Click here to view the RESNA website.
PROTECTION & ADVOCACY
The Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC)
What is the Maryland Disability Law Center?
The Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) is a private, non-profit organization staffed by attorneys and paralegals. MDLC is the Protection and Advocacy organization for Maryland. The mission of the MDLC is to ensure that people with disabilities are afforded the full rights and entitlements accorded them by state and federal law.
MDLC is committed to ensuring that the assistive technology needs of children are met. We are available to advocate for this purpose. If you have questions or need legal representation for your child, please contact this office. After reviewing your child's records, we will be glad to discuss your options with you and provide advocacy, if appropriate and if our resources permit.
Where can I get more information?
MDLC has published a handbook that more fully describes the rights of children in special education and what can be done if those rights are violated. If you would like a copy, please contact MDLC.
MDLC Assistive Technology Unit
Maryland Disability Law Center
1800 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Click here to visit the website of the MD Disability Law Center.
WEB ACCESSIBILITY LINKS
Tell Me About Web Accessibility...
Information Technology (IT), which includes websites, is a primary means for the public to gain information about and access to services, products, resources and more. However, despite providing information in digital format, web sites are not automatically accessible. Website designs must meet certain standards in order for people with visual and other disabilities to be able to use them. People who are blind usually use "screen readers" - software that reads aloud text on a computer screen and enables the user to navigate a web site - to use the Internet. Screen readers can't see images, so all graphics need to have accompanying text tags that describe the images so blind users won't miss the information provided by the pictures. Screen readers will also list all the links on a web page to help the user find the ones they need. The links must have unique, descriptive titles; it's impossible to navigate if numerous links are labeled "Click Here". Numerous other issues - from formatting tables properly to having videos "audio described" - must be addressed to ensure that sites are usable.
What is Maryland doing to make websites accessible?
Maryland has been at the forefront of innovative change in relation to web accessibility and law. Maryland has spearheaded efforts by passing a law charged with making all state websites accessible. COMAR 17.06.02, or the Nonvisual Access Standards (NVA), requires that Maryland state government agencies provide information technology that is nonvisually accessible.
Tell me more...
Click here to learn more about Nonvisual Access.
Click here to learn more about Section 508.
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THE LOAN CLOSET DIRECTORY
The Loan Closet Directory is a listing of various equipment loan closets throughout the state that allow individuals to borrow a range of AT devices including DME, high tech and low tech equipment.
Loan Closet Directory - PDF Version / WORD Version
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