Learn all you can about Assistive Technology services available
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) provides tools to help Marylanders with disabilities and seniors enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. These tools are called “assistive technology” or “AT”. Assistive Technology (AT) is any item needed to live, work or learn more independently. The program provides a streamlined service of product information, consultation, and resource assistance in order to make assistive technology more available, affordable and usable for Marylanders with disabilities and seniors.
This program provides discounted purchasing and training opportunities to schools, agencies, organizations, and families. With initial funding and support from the Maryland Technology Assistance Program (Maryland Department of Disabilities), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services), and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) the Co-op uses the combined purchasing power of Maryland’s schools to make A.T. more affordable. Training is also provided. Workshops vary from hands-on lab environments, to lecture/demo presentations as well as round-table discussions on specific products, implementation, and product comparisons.
Established by Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (CTE), the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) provides assistive technology specialists information on the most up-to-date AT policies, practices, and devices. CTE offers professional development opportunities to MATN members through its semi-annual institutes with nationally acclaimed leaders in assistive technology, regional meetings, and the MATN Online Web site. MATN membership is free and open to all Maryland educators, including: special educators, general educators, speech language pathologists, assistive technology specialists, occupational therapists, vision specialists, state administrators, district administrators, physical therapists, and hearing specialists.
Provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to explore adaptive technology, computer systems, software, and the internet. Individual consultation, software and equipment lending library, open lab, and assistive technology training are available throughout Maryland and surrounding states.
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) offers a wide range of assistive technology resources for disability organizations, AT providers, educators and families of children with disabilities.
For additional Assistive Technology resources, see Assistive Technology providers and Assistive Technology Assessment and Consultation providers in our Providers and Services database.