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AbleData, in partnership with the Job Accommodation Network, has released a paper on job accommodations and AT support for workers with a variety of autoimmune diseases.

Read the full document online.

FamilyConnect®, the online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) for parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources welcomes the opportunity for organizations to distribute materials to consumers at conferences and other related events.

FamilyConnect also provides resources to help parents navigate through infancy to teenage years. If you or your organization would like copies of the FamilyConnect flyer, please send a FamilyConnect Flyer Request to familyconnect@afb.net. Please include your name, mailing address, quantity of flyers requested, and the intended use of the materials in your e-mail. Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

You can “feel” an orchestra, climb stairs in a wheelchair, or lend your vision (by app) to someone who can’t see…We <3 technology.

AT in the news for the week of 1/17/16 thru 10/21/16.

New Jersey school explores wearables for students with disabilities

Would you “lend” your eyes to help someone see or read?

Closed captions, mappable controls, audio cues, colorblind-friendly, and more for game accessibility 

North Clare researcher begins work on soft exoskeleton to aid mobility

The first Cybathlon pushed the limits of bionic technology

President Obama, White House host science, technology conference at CMU

This Assistive Technology Lets Us Control Computers With Face Movements

The FCC’s new white paper highlights accessibility challenges for people w/ cognitive disabilities

What nontraditional texts are great for struggling readers?

Rolling this wheelchair’s wheels backwards somehow propels it forward

[Video] This Hi-Tech Clothing Could Help Deaf People ‘Feel’ an Orchestra

How can technology remove barriers for people with disability?  

A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Where does a student with dyslexia find accessible Boy Scouts Manuals? Bookshare

UL scientists to help build ‘smart clothing’ of the future

This Groundbreaking Exo-Glove Promises Independence For Its Disabled Users

FREE Stanford Course Explores the Design, Development, and Use of Assistive Technology

“There’s an app for that:” Using Technology to Improve Geriatric Care

By Their Side’s Annual Meeting of Families

Date:      Saturday,
November 5, 2016

Time:     11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place:     Hellas Restaurant 
8498 Veterans Highway
Millersville, Maryland 

Cost:      $20.00 per person includes Buffet Lunch

The Program:  “Changes and Opportunities”

Introduction to ABLE  Accounts
ABLE Accounts will offer important new savings options for Marylanders with disabilities.  Learn how this resource can benefit  your relative, complement a Special Needs Trust, and be accessed now.  

Speaker:  Brian Cox, Executive Director,  Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

The Future of Maryland’s Center-Based Vocational Services
Over the next few years, the Developmental Disabilities Administration is moving away from center-based vocational service in favor of supported employment, supported volunteer work, and community based activities.  Hear what’s coming, how one agency already made this transition, and how you can help plan.

Speakers:   Nicole Hazel, Director of Vocational Services and Toni Webster, HR Director, Arc Northern Chesapeake Region with a special guest to discuss DDA Plans
RSVP by October 31, 2016 with payment.

Technology Solutions for Early Childhood Conference
November 29, 2016
8:30am – 2:00pm 
Join thought leaders in early childhood development and assistive technology (AT) at this CTD symposium for policy makers, national association staff, researchers, family advocates, and others. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), participants will learn about evidence-based practices, interesting research being conducted, and ways in which families are successfully using technology to support the developmental and learning needs of their children.
Join the CTD at the site-based symposium in Washington, DC or via the event’s live streaming. There is no registration fee! More information online!


The symposium will be keynoted by Bill Klein of the TLC television program, The Little Couple.  Three panels – Research, Research-to-Practice, and Family Perspectives – will address issues that are key to successful use of technology with young children with disabilities or at risk of developing disabilities. Throughout the day on-site participants will have hands-on activities, while remote participants will receive instructions on how they might create their own activities.  Following an informal lunch, participants will have the opportunity to network with each other and with panelists and to look at assistive technology devices more closely.

MDTAP is pleased to have issued six AT Toolkits housed at six Centers for Independent Living throughout the state. Each toolkit will include a variety of devices available for demonstration to constituents in their communities.
To find out what assistive technology will be included in your local AT Toolkit and how to access the devices for demonstration, contact your local Center for Independent Living.

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