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Join us for Maryland ABLE Program Listening Sessions

 

More sessions announced!

  • Understand the basics of the Maryland ABLE Program 
  • Learn more about where Maryland is in the implementation process 
  • Understand how federal policies affect Maryland ABLE
  • Provide feedback on your needs to ensure a responsive and successful program
  • Bring your questions for the implementation team

  

Baltimore Session: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm 
Workforce Technology Center 2301 
Argonne Drive Baltimore, MD 21218 
Register to attend the Baltimore session here 

 
Salisbury Session: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm 
Dove Pointe 
1225 Mt. Hermon Rd 
Salisbury, MD 21804
Register to attend the Salisbury session here 

 
Beltsville Session: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30pm
Compass, Inc. 
12400 Kiln Court, Suite-A 
Beltsville, MD 20705
Register to attend the Beltsville session here  
 
La Plata Session: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 
6:30-8:00 pm 
Spring Dell 
6040 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Register the La Plata session here   
 
Frederick Session: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
4:00pm-5:30pm 
The Arc Frederick County 
555 South Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Register to attend the Frederick session here 

 
Please email accommodation requests to Carrie McGraw at carrie.mcgraw@maryland.gov or call 410.767.3660 at least seven days prior to scheduled session.  You can also attend virtually! The Baltimore town hall will be live streamed on social media with an opportunity to email questions and feedback after the event.  No registration required for this option. More information to come!

ABLE National Resource Center Publishes Accomplishments and Outcomes Report 

As we embark on the 2nd anniversary of the signing on the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous amount of work that has been dedicated to the implementation of this transformative law and of the contributions made by the Center and its supporters.

With the aim of providing individuals with disabilities, their families and all other ABLE-related stakeholders with objective information and reliable technical assistance, the Center was developed just weeks after the ABLE Act was signed into law. Led by National Disability Institute (NDI), and supported by more than 25 of the country’s most prominent national disability-related advocacy organizations, the Center quickly established its expertise by convening the greater disability community, federal agencies, financial institutions and potential ABLE program administrators.

Over these past two years, the Center has led conversations with federal regulators, including the Department of Treasury, to assist in the development of their proposed rules and regulations; worked with individual states across the country to pass more than 45 ABLE-related pieces of legislation; held monthly ANRC meetings among the disability community; launched the country’s most comprehensive and interactive ABLE-related website; reached thousands through its bi-monthly webinars; presented at various national conferences about the benefits of the ABLE Act; and much more.

With 2016 marking the launch of the nation’s first ABLE programs, and 2017 promising to significantly increase the number of options for beneficiaries, the Center could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for people with disabilities, and their families, in their ability to save for a brighter future.

The Center is extremely grateful to our generous financial supporters: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, First National Bank and Intuition ABLE Solutions, and looks forward to another successful year.

Additionally, the Center would like to thank both Catherine and Natalie Beck and Alex Ghenis for sharing their experience as ABLE account owners.

We invite you to read more about the Center’s accomplishments, many of which you have all contributed to, by reading our Accomplishments and Outcomes Report.

For information on how to be more involved with the Center, please contact Chris Rodriguez at crodriguez@ndi-inc.org.

The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce, with support from the Maryland Department of Disabilities through a Non-Visual Access Initiative Grant, is pleased to offer the following Accessibility Boutiques (introductions to accessibility) free of charge and open to the public. The boutiques are held in person at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Amazon Accessibility

Thursday, March 9, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Amazon ecosystem is ever increasing its sway, but how accessible are all these various connected devices? This session will cover the various Kindles and Amazon’s living room devices (Echo, Fire TV) and will cover the improvements, standouts and gaps in accessibility.

If you are interested in attending any of these boutiques, please RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org. Space is limited.

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place Baltimore, MD 21230 United States

Recycling AT, 2/7/17

Guest post contributed by Erich Lawson

Recycling of Assistive Technology Devices – A boon for millions!

Millions of people are affected by some kind of disability, the world over. Many are citizens of developing countries. With such huge numbers of lives depending on supportive devices for their survival, Assistive Technology is a revolutionary technological advancement. Assistive Technology (AT) is a collective term comprising assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with various disabilities. It is also inclusive of the process used in selecting, locating and using the aforementioned devices.

 

The Role of AT devices

AT equipment is designed to improve the user’s quality of life, increase confidence and promote independence. Wheelchair, ambulatory aids such as canes, crutches and walkers, hearing aids, seating products that help people to seat comfortably and safely, etc. There are numerous AT devices which help people with disabilities move around, see, communicate, eat and do much more, in a better and more independent way.

 

Recycling/Reuse programs for AT devices

There are statewide Assistive Technology programs established under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). Multiple programs are in place to help individuals access relevant AT devices at low or no cost. The various kinds of recycle/reuse programs are device recycling, exchange, reassignment/redistribution, refurbish and also remanufacturing.

Recycling of Assistive Technology – a boon for the disabled

More and more companies today, are investing heavily in R&D for AT. From wheelchairs to the latest collection of high-tech tools, AT is blooming with more advanced breakthroughs.

However, the demand for such devices is ever increasing while many of these devices remain highly expensive. Hence, affordability is generally an issue with many people with limited income. This is precisely why recycling of AT equipment can be a boon for many.

Recycled or reused AT equipment is quite inexpensive as compared to many new devices. And because AT is rarely covered by medical insurance, many people have to pay from their own pockets. The reused AT equipment can also be bought as surplus for convenience, or as temporary access while individuals wait for their new equipment. They are also useful as a backup system, if the primary AT devices are undergoing repair.

Recycling AT devices is also an important factor when it comes to children with disabilities. As children grow out of their clothes within just a few months, similarly they tend to outgrow their assistive devices, and quickly. In such cases, the outgrown devices are left as is. It would do good to remember here that the device outgrown by your child may be of much use to another. So do not forget to donate. There are many equipment pools which take in AT devices and recycle them.

Apart from benefiting the end-user in multiple ways, recycling AT devices also yields some additional advantages. The much-in-demand AT devices gain an increased lifespan when recycled. And recycling reduces the amount of waste being sent to the landfills, thus reducing the environmental impact of the AT devices. So it’s definitely a win-win on all levels.

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Author Bio

Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog.

 

 

The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce, with support from the Maryland Department of Disabilities through a Non-Visual Access Initiative Grant, is pleased to offer the following Accessibility Boutiques (introductions to accessibility) free of charge and open to the public. The boutiques are held in person at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

 

Tactile Graphics

Monday, February 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Images are often replaced by text for those who can’t see them, but there is a whole world out there of techniques and technologies that can convey that information in much higher impact, effective ways that can benefit a variety of users. From the simplest techniques to the most sophisticated, this boutique will help you find your best tool for communicating maps, graphs, and other information that is typically visual.

If you are interested in attending any of these boutiques, please RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org. Space is limited.

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place Baltimore, MD 21230 United States

This week, it’s the products that take front seat. Smart eyeglasses, exosuits, cloud-based software and more. Assistive technology is in the fabric of who we are and what we do! AT in the news for the week of January 30 thru February 3.

New Exosuit Fabric Could Boost Mobility in People with Disabilities

Personal Cargo Robot Could be Major Help for Disabled

Smart Eyeglasses Help You See Clearly Without the Need to Change Proscriptions

SpeechStream – cloud based, language and literacy support toolbar for publishers and platform providers

Blind People Get Improved Photo Description from Facebook

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