Resources

Some resources that might be of help to you.

Ability Awareness

Check out www.imtyler.org This is a 12 minutes YouTube about a high school student and the help he has received to give him a better quality of life.

ABLE National Resource Center

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is excited to announce the launch of its website on March 1, 2016.  With several state-sponsored ABLE programs preparing to open in the next few months, the ANRC website offers important information targeted toward potential beneficiaries and their families, ABLE program administrators, and financial institutions.
Information provided on the ANRC website will include:
  • State-by-state ABLE development statuses;
  • Side-by-side comparisons of ABLE program characteristics;
  • Informational ABLE videos;
  • Archived ABLE webinars;
  • Published ABLE-related research;
  • Summaries of ABLE-related policies, rules, and regulations;
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs);
  • An online portal to submit ABLE-related questions;
  • and ABLE announcements.

To learn more visit the ANRC website www.ablenrc.org

Accessible Resources for Independence

Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc., (ARI) provides support and services to people with disabilities in Anne Arundel and Howard counties in Maryland. Accessible Resources for Independence is a center for independent living (CIL) that is consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, and nonresidential.
Its mission is to maximize the independence of people with disabilities so they enjoy self-directed, productive lives. In carrying out our mission, ARI provides the resources, training, counseling and other assistance needed to enhance independence, productivity and quality of life, strengthen family support systems and assist people with disabilities in becoming integrated into the mainstream of life. 410-636-2274
www.arinow.org

Adapted Art Tools Make & Take

Loudoun County Schools, VA, with a grant from Loudoun Education Foundation, has developed a 47 page document about how to use everyday items to make and adapt art tools. If you would like to receive this please send me an email Amanda@atdiscount.net and I will send you the attachment. All they ask is to acknowledge them on any handouts you produce for others’ use.

Adaptive Living Inc

Provides residential and community living support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
www.adaptiveliving.net 410 730 1289

Alice’s Dream Foundation is a 501(c)3 NonprofitThe mission of Alice’s Dream Foundation is to provide families in need with durable medical equipment to provide greater independence and quality of life for their children.

At Alice’s Dream Foundation – we DREAM to allow families and children to achieve a better life for themselves.
For more information go to their website www.alicesdream.org or email them at alicesdreamfoundation@gmail.com

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association

They accept power mobility equipment that is under 5 years old, in working order, and with working batteries.
Check out their website for other services. Tel: 301-978-9855 or 1-866-348-3257. www.ALSinfo.org

Arc of Howard County

Funds programs, such as job training and respite care, to benefit developmentally disabled citizens of Howard County and their families. 410 730 0638
www.archoward.org

Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3 Center)

The AT3 Center, a program of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is federally-funded to provide technical assistance to the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition, and advocacy to AT devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages.  State and territory AT programs implement efforts to help people access the devices that can help them (e.g. through device demonstrations and short-term equipment loans) and acquire their own (e.g. through state financing or device reutilization). To find your state AT program, go to https://www.at3center.net/stateprogram

Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel 

Specially designed to help IEP teams as they consider the student’s need for assistive technology, the wheel presents valuable information about AT and useful resources in an easy-to-understand format.
Available from Council for Exceptional Children
www.pubs.cec.sped.org

Athelas Institute

Provides vocational training and educational, rehabilitative and residential support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
www.athelasinstitute.org    410 964 1241

Athletes Serving Athletes

Athletes Serving Athletes empowers individuals living with disabilities to train and compete in main stream running and triathlon events so they can experience the THRILL of crossing the finish line.
www.AthletesServingAthletes.org

Baltimore City Dept. of Recreation & Parks 

Baltimore City Dept of Recreation & Parks (Therapeutic Recreation division) provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities in both specialized and inclusive environments.  Upcoming events and programs are listed on our webpage:
http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/therapeuticrecreation

Center for Social Change

Provides residential programs and training for the developmentally disabled. 410 579 6789
www.centerforsocialchange.org

Cerebral Palsy Group 

Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries. They are dedicated to providing information, material, and resources that are available to both families and loved one’s who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Check out their website https://cerebralpalsygroup.com to learn more.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance 

This is a very comprehensive informational site on cerebral palsy and associated conditions, including autism, ADHD and more. Not only do they provide detailed medical information, but have hundreds of pages on lifestyle and sports. You can read more about the evolution of participation and inclusiveness in sports at an so much more at https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/sports

DC FUND$

DC FUND$ is one of the services offered by The Assistive Technology Program for DC(ATPDC). It is a low-interest funding source for District of Columbia residents with disabilities and seniors to purchase assistive technology devices and services.  Many different items are considered assistive technology, including hearing aids, communication devices, computers, specialized software, home modifications and more. DC FUND$ offers a lower interest rates than a traditional bank.  Prior to accepting a loan application, they first provide valuable information about other potential funding resources as well as consumer credit education as necessary.
www.atpdc.org

Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

he Department of Disabilities, working with local jurisdictions and fellow State agencies, has released a comprehensive emergency manager’s toolkit which prioritizes planning for the needs of people with disabilities during preparedness, response, and recovery from a disaster or other emergency.  Planning for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs Toolkit was almost a two year process, but it is receiving national attention as a best practice for incorporating various support needs into one coordinated strategy.

Check out the online version Toolkit LINK

Every Move Counts Clicks and Chats

A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology for individuals with significant sensory motor differences developmental differences and autism. www.everymovecounts.net

Frederick County Special Education Partners for Success Resource Guide

Do not be fooled, even though this resource guide was developed by Susan Douoghue-Rick of Frederick County Partners for Success, there are many useful resources included regardless of where you live.
Frederick County Resources for Families

Grants for Assistive Technology

This informative Grants for assistive technology list of possible grants was developed by Maryland Department of Disabilities.

Howard County Autism Society

Serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities. http://www.howard-autism.org/ 410 290 3466

Howard County Early Beginnings

Part of Howard County public schools, a program for children newborn to age 3 who have developmental delays, handicapping conditions or are at risk for delays.
www.hcpss.org/special-education/early-intervention  410 313 6600

Howard County Loan Closet. Resources for Aging in Place 

The Loan Closet is a Howard County clearinghouse of donated medical equipment for those who cannot afford these items or simply have a short-term need, as well as those who may no longer need their equipment. Residents should call ahead to check equipment availability and schedule an appointment with a specialist to donate or receive equipment. 410 313 0363. The time frame the equipment can be borrowed depends on the equipment and specific individual needs. For more information check out their website.
www.howardcountymd.gov/loancloset

Humanim 

Not-for-profit organization serving children, adolescents, adults and seniors with disabilities through many areas of human services, including mental health, workforce development services, vocational, neuro-rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and services for the deaf.
www.humanim.com 410 381 7171

Imagination Stage

Offers sensory friendly performance of the children’s classic, check out their upcoming shows.
http://imaginationstage.org/shows-tickets/accessibility/
http://patrons.imaginationstage.org/single/PSDetail.aspx…

iOS 11 Switch Control User Guide

The Apple iOS operating system found on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is the most accessible operating system out of the box for switch users. Ablenet has put together a switch Control – The Missing User Guide, to help everyone understand the power of Switch Control and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get it set up.

If you have apps that are critical to the daily use of your iOS device, please check to make sure that the app is compatible with iOS 11 before updating.

To view the guide click here

iPad resources

5 Ways to Get a Free iPad for Your Special Needs Child …

Parker Autism Foundation iPad program 

JAN

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source for free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working towards practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
askjan.org 800 526 7234

Kennedy Center

Change things up with a sensory friendly opera or symphonic orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center!
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/accessibility

You can find some great pre-visit materials in the link below that include social stories and sensory maps of some of their theaters.
http://www.kennedy-center.org/Pages/accessibility/sensory

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Offers pediatric behavioral psychology services in an outpatient clinic for children ages 2 to 18. The clinic helps with sleep difficulties, tantrums, parent-child interaction for typically developing children and those with developmental delays and disabilities. 443 923 9200
Also offers Assistive Technology Services for all ages. 443 923 2600
For more services check out their website.
www.kennedykrieger.org 

LDA Learning Disabilities Association of America 

Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities. www.ldaamerica.org

Linwood Center 

Runs a school and provides residential services for children with emotional disorders, especially autism. Offers residential and employment services for adults with autism.
www.linwoodcenter.org  410 465 1352

LISS Funding 

The Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) program grants eligible applicants up to $2000 for identified services and items to support identified needs. The DDA distributes LISS funding twice during the fiscal year (July 1June 30), in two rounds. For more information http://dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/liss.aspx

Loyola Clinical Center for Speech-Language Pathology Services

Offers hearing, speech and language diagnosis/therapy.
www.loyola.edu/department/clinical-centers  410 617 1210

Makers Club 

Introduces Makers and Assistive Technology (AT) users and give these two communities the tools they need to collaborate. AT users and those who support them desperately need engineers and technologists to help them with everyday tasks. High School STEM and Robotics students, hobbyist & DIY electronics enthusiasts have the skills necessary to create innovative solutions today. To learn more go to ATMakers.org 

Maryland 529
ABLE (Achieving a  Better Life Experience) makes it easier than ever to save money for all of your disability-related needs!
  • Want to learn more about Maryland ABLE?
  •  Would you like a speaker for your event?
  •  Would you like a webinar for your agency or organization?

Contact Lori Markland at 443-769-1057 or lmarkland@maryland529.org to request a presentation or webinar on Maryland ABLE.
To learn more visit their website https://maryland529.com/MDABLE

Maryland Assistive Technology Loan Program

The Assistive Technology Loan Program helps Maryland residents with disabilities and their families qualify for low-interest loans to buy equipment that will help them live, work, and learn more independently. 800-832-4827
www.mdtap.org

Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) 

MATN provides up-to-date information on AT policies, practices, and devices. Visit often to learn about new advances in the field and professional development opportunities.
http://marylandlearninglinks.org/

Maryland Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living teach skills of independence, advocacy training and offer technology resources.  Each Center provides a mix of services dependent on community needs.  Please check for the center that works with your county and contact them for more information.

Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education Inc. (MCIE)

MCIE is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools.  They offer advocacy services for families and workshops on inclusive practices.  Check their website for upcoming events.
http://www.mcie.org

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration. 

My Health Care Notebook and Youth to Young Adult Care Notebook are now being offered for FREE. Keep all your loved one’s health information in one convenient, accessible & portable place. Available in USB drive, paper copy or by email. For more information call 410 767 6730.

Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC)

Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) is the Protection and Advocacy organization in Maryland advocating to improve the lives of Marylanders with disabilities. MDLC is available to provide technical assistance and in some instances direct representation to individuals with Maryland Medical Assistance who need assistive technology and/or the assessments of their need for assistive technology. MDLC can only assist individuals on Maryland Medical Assistance according to our priorities and available resources. 800-233-7201 or 410-727-6352
www.mdlclaw.org

Maryland Equipment Link

An online exchange of A.T. Equipment, this “classified ads” feature connects people with available equipment.  You can advertise items for sale or giveaway and locate items you need.  The Equipment Link Program is designed to facilitate transactions between individuals; it is not for the sale or procurement of equipment by vendors or distributors. Tel: 1 800 832 4827 or 410 554 9230
http://www.equipmentlink.org

Maryland Relay

If you, or a loved one, have difficulty using a standard telephone, Maryland Relay makes it easy to place and received calls. Maryland Relay services are available free. You are responsible for paying your monthly telephone bill to your chosen service provider. Long distance rates may apply.
Get the telecommunications equipment needed to independently make and receive phone calls. The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program, a service of Maryland Relay, offers a wide variety of solutions and tools – from amplified phones to Braille TTY’s – to support day-to-day communications. The MAT program has a solution for virtually anyone who has difficulty using a standard telephone – we can even custom-create a solution for you.
Please visit www.mdrelay.org for more info or call 800-552-7724 or 410-767-6960

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MD-LBPH)

Provides free library services for people who are unable to read standard print because of a visual, physical, or reading disability. MD-LBPH offers books and magazines the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable. Our talking-book players feature large buttons, braille letters beside the controls, a sleep timer, and built-in audio instructions. The BARD Mobile app allows users to quickly and easily download audiobooks directly to iOS and Android devices. To receive an application for service, call 410-230-2443,
email reference.desk@maryland.gov, or visit our website at www.lbph.maryland.gov

Maryland Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project

BALTIMORE, MD- The Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program is excited to announce it has received a high impact innovative technology assistance grant through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to establish a portable ramp loan program. The Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project will be an innovative new program which will operate from four regional centers for independent living throughout the state.  The four regional centers named are 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 provide short term ramp loans.
Marylanders will now be able to borrow a ramp for up to 120 days while additional home and vehicle accessibility solutions are identified. The program has the potential to serve up to 32 people/families at any given time.
For more information on this project, please contact Lori Markland at 1-800-832-4827.   lori.markland@maryland.gov
 
Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP)

The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) is a program run by the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Our mission is to enhance the lives of all Marylanders with disabilities, older Marylanders, and their families by helping support access to assistive technology (AT) devices through AT demonstrations, device loans, trainings, and financing.
http://www.mdtap.org

Maryland Works 

Promotes economic and workforce development strategies to include individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. 410 381 8660
www.mdworks.com 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

They accept power mobility equipment that is under 5 years old, in working order and with working batteries. Check out their website for other information. Tel: 1-888-484-7072 www.mda.org

NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
To contact the Howard County office call 410-772-9300 or go to their website to see all the programs they offer. www.namihowardcounty.org

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology (QIAT) 

The QIAT Consortium is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in School Settings that can be used as a tool to support students.
http://qiat.org

Ramp Guide

This guide was created by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to assist homeowners in designing an ADA-compliant wooden ramp, obtaining a building permit and passing inspections. Please note the permit and inspection information is for DC but hopefully the other information will be useful for planning your ramp whichever state you live in.

https://dcra.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcra/page_content/attachments/Ramp_Guide_DCRA_0.pdf

Resource Connections Inc.

Works with you to secure the services you need to assist you live the life you choose. We receive our referrals from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and work with you as you pursue eligibility determination. We provide services to those on the Waiting List or Resource Coordination and Community Pathways Waiver enrollment. Tel: 301 429 9300 or go to www.resconnect.org

Scanning Wizard

Helps scanning users set up their switch and scanning software to maximize communication rate. The wizard guides you through a series of carefully designed tasks and generates individually-tailored recommendations to meet your needs. www.scanningwizard.com

Sheppard Pratt at Ellicott City 

A private nonprofit health system that offers mental health care for adults, adolescents and people with co-occuring disorders. 443 364 5500
www.sheppardpratt.org 

Single Switch Performance Test SSPT

Is software to facilitate measurement of the ability to activate a single switch. SSPT software measures the average time required to activate or release the switch (following visual and/or audio prompts) and also can measure the speed of repetitive activation. To get a free download go to aacinstitute.org and click on the store tab and scroll down.

Special Olympics Howard County 

Conducts a training and competitive sports program for children and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. 410 740 0500
www.somdhc.org 

The Communication Matrix

Is a free assessment tool created to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing. Go to www.communicationmatrix.org to learn more.

The Gallagher Group LLC

We provide evaluations/supports/therapy in the area of: Speech/Language Assessments and Services for Children and Adults, with specialization in apraxia, oral and written language development, and Augmentative Communication. Assistive Technology Consultation/Assessment in the area of speech and language skill development, articulation, language, voice, pragmatic skills, or access to augmentative communication and the use of various speech generating devices. We support families through the school district IEP meetings via reports, consultation, and/or attendance at the school district IEP meetings. Assistive Technology Consultations are focused on the individual needs in areas related to independence at home and in the community.
www.drbjg.org

The Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center

Provides physical and occupational therapy on horseback to treat a wide range of disabilities. 410 489 5100
www.trrcmd.org 

Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services

Offers integrated sports and arts programs, social groups, summer campus and community outings for those with mental and physical disabilities. 410 313 4628

Unified Community Connections

Unified Community Connections’ Assistive Technology Center provides Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) assessments, therapy and training. Our AAC and AT inventory allows for hands-on trials with various software and hardware devices. The Center is staffed with a speech-language pathologist who can assist with obtaining funding for AAC devices through your health insurance. For more information, please contact Angela Strauch Lane at 443-449-2580 or astrauch@unified.org

V-LINC

V-LINC creates technological solutions to improve the independence and quality of life for people of all ages with disabilities in central Maryland. V-LINC’s volunteer engineers and medical professionals provide one-of-a-kind solutions and devices for a small fee. Examples include: an adaptive device to help a boy with CP and spinal fusion turn over in bed by himself, adaptive bathroom assists: custom calming havens for children in the autism spectrum. Requests can be made on-line at. http://www.v-linc.org

V-LINC also offers an Inclusive Technology & Arts summer day camp for children with and without disabilities (ages 7 to 14) http://www.v-linc.org/summer-camp

Way Station

Operates an outpatient mental health clinic and offers community employment, residential rehabilitation and supported housing programs for people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance abuses addictions. 410 740 1901
www.waystationinc.org