Assistive Technology

Independent Living Assistive Technology

The Independent Living Assistive Technology (ILAT) program assists eligible individuals with significant physical and mental disabilities living in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties to live independently at home in the community. Architectural modifications to a residence of an eligible individual may be authorized to the extent necessary to facilitate entry and exit to the residence, access to bathroom facilities, and access within the residence. Vehicular modifications are limited to removable aids such as Spinner knobs, Hand controls, Wheelchair lifts, and Pedal extenders. Assistive Technology includes: Aids for Daily Living (e.g., bathing and toileting equipment), Environmental Control Units (ECU), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Hearing Aides and other devices the Medicaid or other insurers will not provide.

Individuals may become consumers of the ILAT Program if they meet the following eligibility standards:

  • Are a Anne Arundel or Howard County resident
  • Have a significant disability in any age group
  • Meet a financial needs test and provide a portion of matching funds
  • Seek to live more independently

For more information, contact Betsy Hein at 410-636-2274 or bhein@arinow.org.

Portable Ramp Loan Program

Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program’ Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project (SPRAP) loans out a variety of portable ramps. For ease of consumer access and pick-up, the portable ramps for Howard and Anne Arundel County are housed at Accessible Resources for Independence.

The Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project loans portable ramps of varying lengths and types, including threshold ramps (for small steps in and around a house), modular ramps ranging from 4 to 12 feet, multi-fold van ramps, and more. Marylanders will now be able to borrow a ramp for up to 120 days while additional home and vehicle accessibility solutions are identified.

Consumers will return the ramp after their short-term need is met or once they have identified funding for a permanent structure, and the ramp is loaned out again to another individual.

This project is partially funded by the Reeve Foundation which is committed to supporting organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis.

Ramp loan requests should be directed to Jim McCarthy at 1-800-832-4827 or mdtap@mdtap.org.

Assistive Technology Demonstration Library

Equipment demonstrations are guided by an assistive technology specialist and provide hands on, in depth exploration and discussion of specific devices and features geared to the individual’s identified needs.   Demonstrations are available for people with disabilities as well as family members and service providers so that they learn more about general or specific types of assistive technology.  Demonstrations are provided free of charge.

To set up a time, contact Betsy Hein at 410-636-2274 or bhein@arinow.org.