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Understanding Math Issues

with expert Paul B. Yellin, Director, The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education

The Inclusive Design Lab at the University of Maryland is studying how to make the next generation of mobile computing technology more accessible for people with disabilities.

The lab is looking for participants 18 years or older who own a smartphone and who are blind or visually impaired as well as participants with normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey relating to daily technology use. The survey does not contain questions of a personally sensitive nature and should take at most 20 to 25 minutes to complete. At the end, participants may enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

To learn more or to participate, please visit the study’s website: www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusivedesignumd

If you have any questions, please contact Uran Oh by email uranoh@cs.umd.edu or phone 202-527-9212.  (Please note that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of email.

Feel free to take a look at our group’s website to learn more about our research program: http://inclusivedesign.umd.edu. We are also affiliated with the larger Human-Computer Interaction Lab at UMD.

National Disability Institute (NDI) is excited to announce the launch of DISABLE POVERTY.

DISABLE POVERTY is a grassroots campaign to increase awareness about the nearly one in three Americans with disabilities who live in poverty and remain outside the economic mainstream.

Within the next 10 years, NDI is committed to:

  • DECREASE the number of working-age adults with disabilities living in poverty by 50 percent, and
  • INCREASE the use of mainstream banking products and services among Americans with disabilities by 50 percent.

Here’s how you can help:

Use the DISABLE POVERTY Toolkit:

  • Place a news item about DISABLE POVERTY on your website, blog or newsletter
  • Share one of these posts to your personal or organization’s social media accounts
  • Get the facts.
  • Take action to reduce poverty among Americans with disabilities


Together, through words and actions, we can­ disable poverty and advance shared prosperity for all Americans.

These are just a few of the newest items posted on Equipment Lin. To see a full listing, visit the Equipment Link website!

Technology that is nonvisually accessible, which can be accessed and operated using audio and Braille, creates opportunities for the blind to live, work, and play as fully participating members of our communities. When done correctly, building innovative, universally designed technologies is simple, cost effective, and beneficial to blind and sighted users alike. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in collaboration with Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), through Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce, works to ensure that websites, employment systems, educational technology, consumer electronics, and other devices and systems are nonvisually accessible to the blind citizens of Maryland.

We have developed an online accessibility survey to determine the greatest areas of need, to provide a vehicle for discovery of future gaps, and to create training programs and resources to fill the need for more significant reform related to nonvisual accessibility. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CENAsurvey

The American Foundation for the Blind CareerConnect® program is proud to announce a new guide to help professionals implement the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and improve employment outcomes for teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired.

The Transition to Work: Program Activity Guide includes 19 free lesson plans and assignments designed to facilitate workplace readiness and work-based learning experiences for youth. Activities include researching and applying for jobs; filling out job applications; preparing an elevator speech and a marketing message; handling on the job assignments; a work performance appraisal; and other related activities.

The guide is available online on the CareerConnect website. Each activity has a corresponding electronic braille file in the Unified English Braille Code ready to be downloaded and embossed.

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