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DC and Maryland Area Agencies

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Adaptive (and other) Technology

  • The ABLEDATA web site provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.

  • AccessibleTech.org is a web site that helps businesses ensure that the electronic information technology they use is accessible to their employees, customers, and prospects, and helps manufacturers of electronic IT ensure that their products are accessible.

  • AccessWorld® is a monthly on-line magazine highlighting developments in assistive technology.

  • Aira is a service that can connect a visually impaired customer to a trained sighted agent for assistance, using either the camera of the customer's smartphone (IOS or Android) or a custom headworn device purchased from Aira.  subscription plans let the customer purchase a fixed number of support minutes per month; some businesses and events sponsor free Aira access on their premises.  As of August 2019, Aira no longer charges for the first five minutes of any call to their service, so that brief requests are free.

  • Amazon.com accessibility pages

  • The American Foundation for the Blind "Technology resources" pages include a variety of information on using technology.  Be sure to note the links to subcategories on the right side of the main page.

  • The Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC) has been committed to improving the lives of DC residents with disabilities for over 20 years.

  • Atlantic Low Vision
    Phillip Linz, Co-Founder and Relationship Manager
    Direct (703) 888-7134
    Fax (703) 636-7749

  • Be My Eyes uses the Apple iPhone or iPad or an Android-based smartphone to connect blind or visually impaired people to sighted volunteers for help with small tasks requiring eyesight.  An app connects the requestor to the volunteer through a video chat session for immediate help.  (Since the volunteer will probably be a stranger to you, you should be careful about using this service to read sensitive information such as a bank statement.)

  • BridgingApps.org is a program of Easter Seals greater Houston that focuses on the use of touch-based mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) to assist people with disabilities.  The web site includes a data base of available apps, some of which have been professionally reviewed by BridgingApps.

  • Computers for the Blind

  • The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind of the NFB in Baltimore has a large selection of adaptive technology you can try out.  For more information from NFB about technology, including a link to the Access Technology blog,see nfb.org/access-technology.

  • The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) in Baltimore sponsors monthly Technology User Group (TUG) meetings, where technology of potential interest to the visually impaired is discussed.  You can download audio recordings of previous meetings from the TUG archive on the LBPH web site at https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20Group.aspx.

  • The Maryland Technology Assistance Program, part of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, provides several free services to help disabled Marylanders obtain and learn to use assistive technology.

  • MATER (Maryland Assistive Technology Equipment Reuse) is a Facebook group which provides a "want ad" style exchange where individuals in Maryland and nearby areas can list used assistive technology items they wish to sell, lend, or donate.  You must first have a Facebook account and then join the group before you can use this service.  MATER is administered by the Maryland Technology Assistance Program.

  • Mystic Access, a technology training firm, provides some free audio downloads from their web site on an assortment of technology-related topics.

  • Enchroma provides color-filter eyewear to help with color blindness.

  • Freedom Scientific (formerly Henter-Joyce, now a part of Vispero), maker of JAWS, MAGIC, and other low-vision aids.

  • HumanWare, offering assistive technologies for people with visual and learning disabilities

  • iCanConnect.org is the web site of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which funds state programs to help low-income deaf-blind individuals acquire and use communications technology.  The program can also be reached by calling 1-800-825-4595.  The web site includes an equipment gallery listing many products which those with low vision might find helpful, even if they have normal hearing.

  • The Microsoft Accessibility Site and the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk provide information for people with varius impairments who want to use computers with Microsoft software.  Their Guide for People who are Blind or Low vision includes step-by-step guides for using the accessibility features built into Microsoft products.

  • Mystic Access provides technology training for the blind and visually impaired.  Besides selling audio courses and other training, they also produce a free podcast series and occasional free courses and downloads.

  • Dolphin Computer Access, offering a range of computer and cell phone software to assist the visually impaired.

  • SSB BART Group

  • Envision Technology, with an office in Bethesda, demonstrates and sells assistive technology solutions and training for individuals with learning difficulties and visual impairments.

  • Enhanced Vision, now a part of Vispero, develops products designed specifically for people with macular degeneration and other low vision conditions.

  • Vision Support demonstrates and sells video magnification systems and computer software solutions.
       Scott Holden
       1701 Kiva Road
       Silver Spring, MD 20905
       Phone: 301-388-2040

  • WebbIE provides free computer software, including the WebbIE web browser and PDF reader, designed to present their output in plain text particularly suited to screen reader software.

  • Ocutech, Inc. manufactures a line of bioptic telescopes for persons with low vision.  Ocutech telescopes mount on special eyeglass frames, include built-in corrective lenses, and should be prescribed and fitted by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist.

  • Ash Technologies, distributor of portable products for people with low vision

  • Serotek, maker of the System Access screen reader and other products.

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Other Resources

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