Assistive Technology (AT) is any item needed to live, work or get around your home or community more independently. Generally the most commonly used technology falls into three major categories: vision, hearing, or mobility. Items that help with mobility (getting around) include walkers, wheel chairs, and motorized scooters as well as fixed devices such as elevators, stairway chair lifts, and vehicle lifts. Other ways to improve mobility include home modifications such as ramps, grab bars, or lowered countertop work spaces. Visual and hearing tools that help people to perform daily activities include telephone headsets, adaptable computer keyboards, and blindness/low vision aids that can convert written text into large type or spoken words.
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program through the Maryland Department of Disabilities provides product information, consultation, and assistance in order to make AT more available, affordable, and usable for Marylanders with disabilities and seniors. http://www.mdod.state.md.us/MTAP%20Home.aspx
FCC Lifeline Program - Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up America are two programs that provide discounts on basic monthly telephone service and initial installation or activation fees for telephones for individuals who qualify. Link-Up America helps eligible consumers initiate telephone service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) administers the programs with the help of individual states. Here are some frequently asked questions about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs. For more information about these programs go to: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/lllu.html.
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