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Seeking MATR Volunteers 
Refreshable braille display

Our High-tech AT Reuse Center (MATR) accepts donations of gently used assistive technologies such as adapted keyboards, CCTV’s, eye gaze systems, and more. We’re in need of volunteers to help us clean, repair, and prep donated electronics. 

If you have technical or mechanical experience and would like to volunteer either at our Columbia location or from home, please send us an email – MDTAP.AT-Reuse@maryland.gov

Looking for Free AT? 
MD High-tech Assistive Technology Reuse Center

Our High-tech AT Reuse Center (MATR) is open by appointment for pick up of refurbished AT equipment. From eye gaze systems to desktop magnifiers, we can help. 

Right now, you can find more than 80 items listed for FREE on the MATR site including: 
Trackball Roller II mouse 
Dynavox VMax

For consultations or device requests, email 

March 25, 2021 @ 1pm
This session will focus on how to utilize different accessibility features in Google’s Chrome OS and an introduction to their practical utilization. We’ll also cover helpful Chrome Extensions that can support better access for individuals with disabilities. 

Contributed by Stephen Polacek, IT Accessibility Evaluator

A recent push by hearing health advocates, along with a public petition, has led to Zoom promising to provide closed captioning to all free accounts by the fall of 2021.  With the ongoing pandemic, services such as Zoom have come to the forefront of both work and home life.  One of the main challenges though was captioning services were only available to paid accounts.  The petition had pushed Microsoft and Google to switch their automatic captioning services to free use but Zoom wasn’t making the transition until now.

While Zoom won’t roll out the feature until the fall, they have created a form that can be used to request captioning for those with hearing disabilities.  That form is available through their press announcement: https://blog.zoom.us/update-on-live-transcription-for-free-accounts/.  The Google form is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccQQ2W-K8naaltkBIbuv6BfJvisy0NZS2qWIKd0gSMUWGGpQ/viewform

To enable closed captioning, first check your account settings.  In the “In Meeting (Advanced)” section, there will be an option to enable Closed Captioning.  Under it will be the checkbox for Live Transcription, which is the free automated version.

The Live Transcript checkbox is directly below the Enable Closed Captioning toggle option

Live Transcript checkbox under Closed Captioning

Once it’s been enabled, any meeting you start should have the option enabled on the bottom menu.  Simply click it and select LiveTranscript and your captions should be enabled.  For a more step-by-step guide, please check Zoom’s Help Center – Closed Captioning Article: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207279736-Closed-captioning-and-live-transcription.

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Are you a new app developer who wants to make your app available to as many people as possible? Or maybe you’re an established developer who wants to break into a new market. Both Google and Apple provide resources for developers to utilize the accessibility features of Android and iOS to ensure their apps are usable by everyone. The National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility, in partnership with Apple and Google, will be hosting two app development workshops. Google will present on Monday, March 15, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET andApple will present on Wednesday, March 31, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. Topics to be covered:

  • How to develop accessible applications
  • Accessibility features on each platform
  • How to test your application for accessibility

Additionally, there will be limited opportunities to get feedback on your application directly from Google (Android) or Apple (iOS) engineers. Take advantage of this free opportunity, register for the mobile application development seminars today!

Accessibility boutiques and seminars are workshops presented by our access technology experts that provide introductions to accessibility best practices and the latest trends in access tech.

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