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Competitors, artists, and makers take the cake this week in the world of assistive technology. Don’t miss out on this weeks AT in the news for 9/12 thru 9/16.

Future of AT for people with disabilities? Brain-Sensing Implant Lets Monkeys Transcribe Shakespeare

This standing ‘wheelchair’ may change the lives of the disabled

Helping workers with disabilities: How technology can make all the difference

Essentials of Digital Accessibility — Campus Technology

4 Online Accessibility Trends in Higher Ed [VIDEO]

PAVE looks like a great tool for PDF accessibility remediation

Denmark’s ‘House Of Memories’ Re-Creates 1950s For Alzheimer’s Patients

World’s first bionic Olympics turns spotlight on tech & disability with brain-powered computer games

Building a Nation of Makers

Exoskeletons allow disabled veterans to stand and walk

Disabilities haven’t hindered these talented artists

iOS upgrade available Tuesday offers more features for people with disabilities

Assistive Technology Users Free Upgrade Still Available for Windows 10

[Video] DIY kits for muscular dystrophy mods to Xbox controllers!

Employers looking to diversify your workforce, we want to hear from you

Reeve Newsletter – Make it an accessible beach day

Capti Narrator is an assistive technology app that allows users to browse the web and add content to a playlist

Create accessible Word documents, Excel workbooks, and more from the Office Accessibility Center

Gov Hogan Announces New Tablet Program for Low-Income Marylanders with Disabilities

Can disabled athletes outcompete able-bodied athletes?

Videos from Research & Training Center on Independent Living

World of Possibilities 2016 Expo is coming to Rockville, MD on October 1, 2016 from 11:00am – 4pm @ Hilton Washington DC/ Rockville .

Get you free passes online, and don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn about the many resources available for Marylanders with disabilities!
http://expo.caringcommunities.org/passport.php

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Accessible Documents

September 20, 2016 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST | Online | Registration

During this webinar hosted by the Institute on Disability, participants will learn the steps for creating an accessible document and the importance of having content accessible. Areas to be explored include the use of alternative tags, styles, headings, hyperlink texts, and video descriptions. Pitfalls for creating accessible materials will be explored and elements to be avoided will also be analyzed. By the end of the session participants will have the knowledge to make every document moving forward accessible.

Learn More & Register >

The Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program Launches Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project

Baltimore, MD – Effective September 12th, the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program is set to launch the Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project (SPRAP). Established with a grant totaling $43,560 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the SPRAP will begin loaning out a variety of portable ramps immediately. For ease of consumer access and pick-up, the portable ramps will be housed at four regional sites throughout the state- The Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Accessible Resources for Independence, Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living, and Resources for Independence.
The Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project will loan portable ramps of varying lengths and types, including threshold ramps (for small steps in and around a house), modular ramps ranging from 4 to 12 feet, multifold van ramps, and more. Marylanders will now be able to borrow a ramp for up to 120 days while additional home and vehicle accessibility solutions are identified. Consumers will return the ramp after their short-term need is met or once they have identified funding for a permanent structure, and the ramp is loaned out again to another individual. With the establishment of this seed funding, the program will remain self-sustaining and has the potential to serve up to 32 individials/families at any given time.
The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. In this inaugural grant cycle, they have awarded over $342,483 to five nonprofit organizations in the United States that focus on accessibility and assistive technology to improve quality of life for families and individuals living with disabilities.
Ramp loan requests should be directed to Lori Markland at 1-800-832-4827 or mdtap@mdtap.org.

Employment First Conference- October 19, 2016 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hosted by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration

When – Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

Where – The Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045

Come hear subject matter experts as they give practical tips on increasing competitive integrated employment outcomes for job seekers. There will be two tracks during this conference to ensure the information is relevant for all stakeholder groups.

View the flyer online, or contact Donna Will at donna.will@maryland.gov, 410-234-8262 for more information.

Uber, Lyft, and The Internet of Things. Words that are part of our vernacular, concepts that make the world go round, and advancements that make it possible for people with disabilities to have access to the same advantages as everyone else. Yay technology!!!  AT in the news for the week of 9/5 thru 9/9

Microsoft takes a different approach to interviewing candidates w/autism

Montblanc unveils a $725 ‘Augmented Paper’ and smart pen set

Please don’t treat my wheelchair like oversized luggage

Ring helps people ‘see’, thanks to grant

Digital tools help students with learning disabilities communicate & gain confidence

A year later, how Microsoft’s jobs program for people with autism is working

Blind man Uber-ing: One man’s quest to get visually impaired a tech job

Interested in trying the Hearing AI app for iOS? Details

This translation earpiece allows you to have a conversation with someone speaking a language you don’t understand

Find the BEST apps for children and adults with disabilities using Bridging Apps

[Video] More about trigger modifications for gamers with physical disabilities 

Metro eyes up to $6M a year in savings from partnership with Uber, Lyft for MetroAccess

How the Internet of Things Is Redefining Healthcare

Pôle-Ergo Creates Universal Wireless Switch to Improve Computer Access for the Disabled

NYU Improving Disability Tech

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