Nov 19th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
It’s Wounded Warrior Month at V-Linc. That means that they’re seeking requests from vets with disabilities (or their families) who want help to be more independent and to do some of the things that they used to. Have a need that isn’t met with equipment off the shelf? Send your request to V-Linc and let them identify a team of volunteer engineers & medical professionals to design a solution. Requests are due by December 2nd. Visit them online, FB or call at 410-554-9134 for more information.
Nov 18th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Got an Android? Like free apps? Then we’ve got you covered. Especially if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, FREE currency identifier. Google recently released the IDEAL Currency Identifier with support from NIDRR, the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, and others. Available for identifying U.S. currency for anyone with vision impairments, the IDEAL ID’er app requires that text-to-speech be installed on your phone and requires no internet connectivity to work. Go get it!
Nov 14th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about all those wonderful holiday presents, especially all the goodies that we can buy for the children in our lives. But for many families that have children with disabilities, simply affording necessary medical equipment can be a challenge – things like adapted strollers, pediatric gait trainers, therapy equipment, communication devices and more. The financial burden and sacrifices that these families make often make it hard to afford other luxuries. However, for families in Maryland, two wonderful organizations exist to help fill the need for gently used equipment for children. Check out these organizations, contact them, support them, and thank them for the work they do to make a difference in the lives of so many children and their families.
Equipment Connections for Children – Equipment Connections For Children connects families for the purposes of reusing adaptive equipment and by doing so, support each other.
Lollipop Kids Foundation – The Lollipop Kids Equipment closet contains durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, gait trainers, prone boards, adapted chairs, adaptive bicycles, portable ramps, cushions and adaptive bathroom equipment donated to children in need.
Nov 13th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
In some cases images are used to convey a mood, feeling, or non-literal content – something to make the page more friendly, personable, or visually pleasing. It is often difficult to convey meaningful alternative text for such images in a way that is useful for someone that cannot see the image. Of course if the image conveys important content or has a function, it must have alternative text. But for many of these more decorative images, it is often best to give them empty or null alternative text (alt=”") rather than try to convey the mood, feeling, or visual subtleties in alternative text.
Nov 12th, 2013 by MDTAP Blog
Odin Mobile – Mobile Phone service for the blind and visually impaired
Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP
At MDTAP, we are frequently asked about cellphones which are accessible to the visually impaired. While the iPhone and even many Android phones are accessible, the high cost and complexity of smart phones, can, in some instances, make this an undesirable option. Odin Mobile has several models of accessible phones which are much easier to use and cost far less for both initial costs and for monthly plans.
All features of the Odin phone are accessible through text-to-speech. A user can place calls, manage a contacts list and even send and receive text messages. A plan for an Odin phone costs as little as $10 per month.
While MDTAP is not able to lend these phones, they will soon be available for demonstration. If eligible, we will also assist you in obtaining the Odin Mobile phone through MAT, the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications Program. Previously, the only phone available to visually impaired MAT clients was the Jitterbug, which is a large button phone with operator assistance. The Odin phones are a welcome addition to the MAT service.
A simple and accessible mobile phone has not been easily available for some time. We congratulate Odin Mobile for filling this important niche. To learn more about Odin Phones, visit them online at www.odinmobile.com.