Maryland Inclusive Housing (MIH) has announced the addition of the Assistive Technology Navigator to its website. This resource is presented in conjunction with the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The online resource will help Marylanders with disabilities and those who support them navigate the world of assistive technology services in the state.
On Aug. 15, 2022, Maryland became a “Technology First” state through a proclamation signed by the Governor. The state is committed to empowering all Marylanders with disabilities to have access to technology that will help them live, work and play in their communities.
The “AT Navigator” is a featured section of MIH’s “information clearinghouse” on its website, which is intended to be a one-stop shop for any information that Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities would be looking for while searching for independent and inclusive housing.
“MIH is pleased to collaborate with the DDA to promote its work as a Technology First State,” said MIH Executive Director Tim Wiens. “It is our vision that the AT Navigator will assist Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities access and navigate the many resources in the state available to them.”
“MIH and DDA recognize that assistive technology can be truly life-changing,” said Daphni Steffin, MIH Board Member and AT Navigator lead contributor. “While there are many devices and services available right here in Maryland, many people just don’t know where to start or what’s available to them. We’re hoping to change that. The Maryland Assistive Technology Navigator takes the person down a very clear path of what they need to do to get the AT they may benefit from.”
The Maryland AT Navigator provides examples of low to high-tech assistive technology in different areas of a person’s life and then jumps into what services they may be eligible for and what resources in Maryland can help with everything from assessments, device trials, funding and training.
“I am hopeful that this resource will strengthen Maryland in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” added Steffin. “As a Technology First state, this will further our state’s commitment to empowering all Marylanders with disabilities to have access to technology that will help them live, work and play in their communities.”