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Independence Now is pleased to announce the launch of our new Online Resource Directory for the disability community in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and surrounding areas.

The directory offers consumers the ability to browse resources by location or service-type. Users can also use the search function to find specific organizations and services.

Independence Now is proud to offer consumers this additional resource to support their goals for independence. In addition to the Resource Directory, Independence Now staff are always available to provide direct assistance to help you find the support and resources you need. You can contact us at 301-277-2839 (TDD: Use Maryland Relay: 711) or email info@innow.org.

To request changes or additions to the Resource Directory, please email marketing@innow.org.

Independence Now is hosting a vaccine clinic with the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, April 28, from 12-3pm. Please see registration infomation below.  It is important that everyone who signs up actually attends, as these vaccines are precious! Once the first shot is given, the recipient will receive an email to sign up for the second dose, which will be given at the Independence Now offices on May 26th at the same time of day. Everyone needs to bring their government-issued ID card to the clinic.
Questions? Call Shannon Minnick 240-426-7504 or email: sminnick@innow.org
4/28/21 Registration Link for 12pm-3pm: https://www.marylandvax.org//reg/2697044109
FYI-When you register have your insurance card handy!
Independence Now
12301 Old Columbia Pike, #101, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Independence Now is a resource and advocacy center that promotes independent living and equal access for people of all ages with all types of disabilities residing in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a public notice inviting comment on whether any updates are needed to the rules implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

Most of these rules have been in effect for many years, and many of them have not been revisited recently, some since initial adoption. Given changes in technology and industry practices, as well as taking into account consumer experiences, the Commission seeks comment on whether there is a need to update these rules.

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference GN Docket No. 21-140.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

Comment Deadline: May 24, 2021

Reply Comment Deadline: Jun 21, 2021

For general information about the CVAA, visit  https://www.fcc.gov/general/twenty-first-century-communications-and-video-accessibility-act-0.  

A.T. Awareness Day
April 14th

Thank you Senator Casey and Representative Thompson for your support.

We invite you to view their video messages commemorating A.T. Awareness Day and thank them for sharing their words of support.
View Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson’s Message Here
Contact Representative Thompson
View Senator Bob Casey’s Message Here
Contact Senator Casey

“What I Wish” is an annual campaign where parents, caregivers, teachers, and/or relatives submit custom device “wishes” for children with developmental or cognitive challenges (ages 2-21).  Requests are accepted in early spring through April 30.   Once requests are approved for scope and safety, 1-3 families receive their requests, at no charge – Yes, no charge!  For all other requests, families can still have their wishes granted for a small project fee – far below market price.  For families with income challenges, we work with the families to achieve their goals.  So, submit your request

Apply by April 30, 5pm – Don’t miss this chance to dream up the best AT for your child! 

April 29, 2021 @ 1pm
The Assistive Technology devices you use now may not transfer with you: middle school to high school, high school to after graduation, hospital or assisted living to home. This training will give you options on how to acquire AT after various life transitions.

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