With over 300 attendees from across Maryland, Intersect, the celebration of the American’s with Disabilities Act 26th anniversary, exceeded expectations as a day for community learning and idea sharing for the residents of our state. The technology fair exhibitors showcased the innovative opportunities currently available for those with disabilities and their families right here in Maryland. We saw the power of 3D printing; the use of technology for artistic self expression; and the impact of assistive technology on communication parity.
We heard from state leaders during the Intersect program pushing Maryland forward as a leader in universally designed technology. Haben Girma, the keynote speaker, challenged us all to consider accessibility at every step of innovation allowing differing needs to drive creativity and lasting change. During lunch, Marian Vessels reminded us how far we have come as a community and to never stop evolving as we continue to break down both physical and virtual barriers for the disability community. Our day ended with a free community workshop brought to us by the Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP). Lori Markland, Director of Communications for MDTAP, provided tips and advice to ensure social media is an accessible communication tool for all users.