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Terrific Tools for Transitioning Denise Barton Schuler, MS, ATP Maryland Technology Assistance Program
About MDTAP Maryland TAP makes disability-related technology more available, affordable, and usable for Maryland residents with disabilities. “To build a better life, you need the right tools.”
What is Assistive Technology? “Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off-the-shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”
The Bottom Line: “For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” IBM Training Manual - 1991
Built-in Accessibility for Vision Access iDevices VoiceOver Siri (iPhone 4s only) Zoom White on Black Speak selection Tactile buttons Large text Audible, Visible and Vibrating alerts Assignable ringtones
Built-in Accessibility for Auditory Access - iDevices FaceTime Closed Captioning iMessage Mono Audio Visual and Vibrating Alerts Visual Voicemail TTY Support
Criteria for Evaluating Apps What do you want the app to accomplish? By using the app, will the person be able to successfully complete his/her job and/or task? Does the app “back up” to a computer? Is there additional support needed? Is there technical or user support from the developer? Does the user require additional training to learn how to use the app? Is the app user-friendly?
Criteria for Evaluating Apps Does the user have the ability to use the app? Consider cognitive, visual, hearing and physical access Visual accessibility for someone with vision loss Is the app compatible with voice over? Will the user require any “add-on” technologies to access the app? Stylus? Case? Speakers?
Criteria for Evaluating Apps Will the app need to sync with other technology(s)….computer, phone, internet, etc. Will the app require a data plan or internet service? Is the technology compatible with the app? (some apps only work on iPad2 and the user has an iPhone) App is only available for android and the user has an iPhone
Information & Referral Helps identify potential products and solutions Links with sources for assessment or evaluation Refers to vendors Connects with funding sources
Equipment Loan & Demonstration Lets people observe and try out devices before buying Lends devices to individuals or professionals for 4 weeks to try out or cover short-term gaps (e.g., when devices are being repaired) Centers in Baltimore, Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore Reuse AT: Equipment Link – www.equipmentlink.org
Maryland AT Coop Provides discounts on assistive technology purchase from a wide variety of vendors and manufacturers Free membership to agencies and individuals No obligation to purchase through the Co-op For more information, contact: (410) 792-9901 (voice/fax) www.matcoop.org www.matcoop.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org@matcoop.org
AT Loan Program Provides low-interest loans to Maryland residents with disabilities or their families to buy assistive technology Covers all types of AT, including vehicles, computers, home modifications Loan amounts - $500 - $50,000 Interest rates usually one point below prime Approves many loans that would be turned down by conventional lenders Telework Loan - Provides low-interest loans to enable people with disabilities to buy equipment needed to telecommute or start small businesses
Contact Us Central Office Maryland Technology Assistance Program 2301 Argonne Drive, T-17 Baltimore, MD 21218 (800) 832-4827 (voice) (866) 881-7488 (TTY) (410) 554-9237 (fax) email@example.com@mdtap.org (e-mail) www.mdtap.orgwww.mdtap.org (web)
Contact Us Holly Community, Inc. 821 E. Williams St. P. O. Box 1489 Salisbury, MD 21802 (877) 511-0744 (voice) (443) 260-0833 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org@hollycommunity.org (e-mail) www.hollycommunity.orgwww.hollycommunity.org (web)