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General Information

V-Linc
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 554-9134 (Local)
(410) 261-2907 (Fax)
http://www.v-linc.org/

Brief Description

V-LINC is a non-profit computer resource center that provides technological solutions to improve the independence and quality of life for individuals of all ages with disabilities in Maryland by providing opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, professionals, and members of the business community to explore adaptive technology, computer systems, software, and the Internet.

V-LINC does this by helping people learn about and use existing assistive technology devices and software for computer access and by creating one-of-a-kind, customized assistive technology. V-LINC aims to use technology to help people with disabilities meet their educational, vocational, and independent-living goals. V-LINC’s services fall into two general categories: computer-technology and customized assistive technology.

Geographic area served: Services are available to individuals throughout Maryland and surrounding states.
Publications: Connections (newsletter)

Staff

Theo Pinette, Executive Director, tpinette@v-linc.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • An Assistive Technology (AT) Consultation is a starting point for locating technology that may help a client become more skillful and independent at home, school, or work. It is not a formal assessment or evaluation. Instead, it is a one-on-one session where clients can try out specially adapted computers, specialized hardware and software with one of our AT Specialists. Infants and toddlers are evaluated as well as children and adults. Even young children can benefit from technology whether it is lo-tech solutions or computer software. We evaluate each person’s unique situation and needs to identify technology that will help meet his or her goals. Customized Assistive Technology Services: We design and build customized assistive technology (AT)—or modify existing technology—to enable you or your family member/client/employee/student to live, work, and play more independently. Assistive technology is not one-size-fits-all. When commercially available assistive technology does not meet one’s needs or when the technology needed does not exist, V-LINC creates it. Our volunteer engineers, carpenters, machinists, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists work together to invent technology that increases our clients’ independence.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • V-LINC is familiar with a wide range of Assistive Technology (AT) Applications, including hardware and software for computer access and educational needs. Our Assistive Technology Specialists are able to provide comprehensive training on these applications and devices in real-world, task based approaches to ensure you are able to functionally utilize the AT you have. Training can be provided on equipment identified through our consultation process or that you have acquired on your own.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Computer Arts Summer Camp is a week-long, inclusive, full day camp for children with and without disabilities, ages 7-14. This year we are offering two camps, July 11-15, 2011 (Session 1) and July 18-22, 2011 (Session 2) at our office. It features computer-based activities that teach creativity, independent thinking, presentation skills, and literacy in a friendly and structured environment. Campers will also be able to explore their creativity through painting, drawing, and other arts and crafts activities. In addition, each day children have an opportunity to work at their own individual computer station programmed and configured for their specific needs, document the days’ activities using digital cameras, camcorders, and take part in various field trips.

Events

V-LINC Summer camp 2012

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