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NaviLens is an interesting new take on a wayfinding app. Built for those with visual impairments, the NaviLens app can detect specific wayfinding codes (placed strategically at different areas of a public building, bus station, museum, etc.) to provide navigational, informative information, such as where the entrance door is, or which bus stop you’re closest to. By just scanning with a mobile camera, the user can get the necessary information contextualized. The codes are distinctly different from a QR code, can be detected from far distances, and can identify a Navi code in high light and unfocused situations. The NaviLens code allows users to interact more easily and accessibly within their environment. 


2Gether-International (2GI), with support from Capital One and funded (in part) through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is launching its first DMV Cohort (DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia) focused on business owners with disabilities of early-stage, high-growth startups.

Selected startups will receive tailored mentorship and support from relevant mentors to address business, marketing, technical, and machine learning challenges. The accelerator includes 1:1 mentorship and workshops focused on product design, business growth, customer acquisition, and leadership development.

Apply today for the upcoming 2GI DMV Cohort! Applications close on Monday, May 2, 2022.

CLICK HERE to learn more and apply!

Apply for the DMV Cohort

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Have you wondered more about Braille and how it is produced? Learn about the use of this versatile system for reading and writing in our education, employment, entertainment, and other aspects of life. Join the National Federation of the Blind Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Accessibility on Tuesday, April 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time when they’ll cover the basics about Braille. Topics include:

  • Braille—how it works, how it is used
  • Steps for producing Braille documents
  • Introduction to BrailleBlaster, free Braille translation software

         … and more.

This accessibility boutique is great for teachers, parents of blind children, higher education professionals, librarians, and those who work with printed text that needs to be prepared for Braille production.

Take advantage of this free opportunity. Register for the Braille for Beginners boutique.


Do you have a child who is 13 or 14 years old? Do you want to learn more about transition to adulthood for your child with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs? Apply now for May training!

A mandatory orientation session will take place on April 25th, and then the two weekend training sessions will be on May 14th and May 21st. All sessions are virtual through Zoom!

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The Parents’ Place of Maryland Virtual Guiding the Journey 14: Preparing for Life After High School

Apply now for our Guiding the Journey 14 (GTJ-14) virtual training program. The transition from school to adulthood for youth with disabilities and special healthcare needs can be challenging. It can be difficult to know where to begin or what the priorities should be. This FREE virtual training, which includes Charting the LifeCourse tools, will help parents navigate this process and develop a vision and transition action plan with their youth.

This training is for parents or guardians of youth age 14 (or turning 14 soon) who have an IEP or 504 plan.

During this training parents will…

  • Gain an understanding of their changing role;
  • Complete homework individualized to their youth;
  • Develop a customized Vision and Action Plan.

Important Dates

  • April 25, 2022 – Mandatory Orientation – 12 pm or 7 pm

Dates of Training

  • May 14, 2022 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • May 21, 2022 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Participants must commit to attending all mandatory sessions plus an orientation.

Apply here!

Some aspects of moving will always be tough, but migrating smart home tech could stand to be a little easier.

By Roger Fingas, April 10, 2022


A close-up of the Blink Video Doorbell

Moving has always been my most dreaded chore, and the move my wife, son, and I are embarking on this year will probably be the biggest in our lifetimes. We’re relocating from the US to my native Canada ― and as if immigration, selling the house, and packing up regular possessions weren’t enough, we’re also coping with the sheer number of smart home accessories I’ve accumulated over years of tech journalism.

That’s brought a recurring issue to the foreground. It seems like accessory makers work on the assumption that you’ll live in the same space forever: There’s little to no mention of moving in their marketing, and barely any thought of it in their design. Let me explain some of the problems you can encounter, as well as a few ways to ease the pain.


Full text here: https://www.androidauthority.com/moving-smart-home-3148226/

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