PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Becomes First Tech State


August 15, 2022

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PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Becomes First Tech State

Baltimore, MD—The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today hosted a kick-off event highlighting Governor Larry Hogan from August 15, 2022 proclamation making Maryland a technology priority state. Maryland becomes the eighth US state to launch the initiative, which aims to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by expanding access to technology to improve the quality of their lives.

As part of the Technology First initiative, the DDA convened a task force comprised of state agencies, provider organizations, advocacy groups, stakeholders and families to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with IDD. “Making Maryland a Technology-First State means that whenever we encounter an obstacle to living an independent, productive, and community-based life here in our state, we make sure that the use of technology is considered in the discussion. support options,” DDA said. Assistant Secretary Bernard Simons. “We know this won’t replace traditional services, but it will help people have better access to their communities, get jobs and get accessible housing.

Maryland Department of Persons with Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty and DDA Deputy Secretary Bernard Simons Mark the Launch of Maryland’s Technology First State Initiative by Presenting Governor Larry Hogan’s Proclamation to 125 Guests at The Meeting House in Columbia, Maryland.

At the kickoff, attendees were invited to meet with 18 vendors and several state agencies offering technology solutions to create accessible housing, transportation, health devices and other services designed to increase independence. and quality of life. Due to the volume of requests from the public to attend the invitation-only event, organizers have opened a special session for families to visit the vendor showroom from 1 to 3 p.m.

Maryland resident Kimberly Blocker tries the Thrive With Artie app at the first kick-off of MDH’s technology.

Support technology is generally classified as remote support or assistive technology. Remote assistance offers a person direct assistance from a provider through real-time means of communication such as remote sensors or video chat. Assistive technology includes products and services that help a person gain personal independence, such as smartphones with accessibility features, voice-activated artificial intelligence assistants, smart smoke detectors, and video doorbells .

“We are pleased to declare Maryland a Technology Priority State,” Assistant Secretary Simons added. “We believe in building awareness, access and empowerment for all of our citizens so that existing barriers to communication and support will eventually be eradicated in our state.”

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