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We’ve launched a brand new Equipment Link website! It’s easier than ever to navigate, search and post items.

Some newest items include: 

Knee Scooter – $200 or Best Offer

Chair Topper – Available for donation

Gel Mattress – Available for donation 

Fire Safety

Contributed by Provi Sharpe, Director of Emergency Management and Equipment Reuse, MDTAP

People are at greater risk for fire in the winter season when they use unsafe heat sources. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, 905 people die in winter home fires each year, 67 percent of winter fires occur in one-and two-family homes, cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires and 5pm to 8pm is the most common time for winter home fires.

Here are some important things to remember about house fires – In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. Heat is more threatening than flames. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.

The National Fire Protection Association offers valuable safety tips to people with disabilities. They offer emergency evacuation planning guides, free educational materials and a free quarterly newsletter.   These materials are available as downloads in both English and Spanish.

Empty Table Headers

When marking up data tables, avoid empty table headers (<th> element). Empty headers can cause confusion for screen reader users because there is no information to be read for a data row or column, or they may cause the screen reader to associate a header to an incorrect column or row. Pay particular attention to the first cell, in the upper-left corner. While this cell is usually a column header(<th scope=”col”>), it can also be a row header(<th scope=”row”>), or left empty. If a header is empty, identify it as a table data cell (<td></td>), not a table header.

AT news is off-the-hook this week! I kid you not – there’s a lot of it and it covers all sorts of topics, like 3-D prosthetics, hand-free smartphones, smaller & sleeker hearing aids, and much more. Check it all out right here – AT in the news for the week of 2/9 thru 2/13.

3D goggles are not just for video games

Project ENABLE’s New Site Extends Information to More Librarians

MODX Makes Noble Move Towards True Accessibility

Wireless brain device may provide more independence to ppl w/paralysis

Teen can play guitar thanks to a 3D-printed prosthetic hand

Robot Safely Feeds People with Disabilities

The Hearing Aid Of The Future Might Be A Retainer

Focus on Disability: Reaching patients with smartphones

Vibrating glove uses ultrasonic echolocation to help the blind

Making Images Accessible to the Blind

It’s Time to Ditch the PDF

Donate your old iPod to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s

Disability and gadgets: using technology for accessibility

New Wearable Device Smartstones® Touch™: Humanizing Technology; Sensorial Communication

How a driverless car will benefit you

This Clever Smartphone For The Paralyzed Could Have Mass Appeal

Wearable tech is redefining disability

MTA denies quadriplegic Marine’s request for Mobility service

Assistive Technology Makes Shakespeare Accessible

New tracking device could help children with autism

Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently

Providing Meaningful Access to U.S. Currency

Hands-free Sesame smartphone opening worlds for physically disabled

Families with disabilities get new plan for assets

What My Hearing Aid Taught Me About the Future of Wearables

High school students with disabilities are invited to attend A College Prep Forum on February 28, 2015, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Everything you wanted to know about college but didn’t know to ask! Hear from college students and young professionals with disabilities and other experts about:
•Financial aid
•Requesting disability accommodations
•Independent living and travel
•And how to survive college!
This is a free event but registration is required. Register here – https://mdcollegeforum.wordpress.com/


Mouse Hover

Many interactive elements on the web require the user to hover the mouse over a page element – drop-down or fly-out menus, tooltips, etc. Mouse hover functionality is usually not accessible to keyboard-only users (note that the functionality can sometimes be programmed to respond to keyboard focus or pressing Enter in addition to mouse hover). Perhaps more significant, hover functionality is not generally available on touch screen devices where only tap/click events are recognized. Because of these compatibility and accessibility issues, functionality should be programmed to not rely on mouse hover interactions.

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