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Photo Release: Maryland Becomes Tech-First State


August 15, 2022

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Photo Release: Maryland Becomes Tech-First State

Baltimore, Maryland—The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) hosted a kickoff event today, Governor Larry Hogan August 15, 2022 declaration Make Maryland a tech-first state. Maryland launches initiative aimed at benefiting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by expanding access to technology to improve quality of life became the eighth state.

Under its Technology First initiative, the DDA will work with fellow state agencies, provider organizations, advocacy groups and interests to ensure that technology is considered part of all service and support plans for people with IDD. A task force made up of stakeholders and family members was formed. “Making Maryland a technology-first state means that whenever we encounter barriers to living an independent, productive, and community-based life in the state, the use of technology is encouraged in discussions of support options. It means being taken into consideration,” said the DDA. Deputy Commissioner Bernard Simmons. “We know it won’t replace traditional services, but it will help people improve access to their communities, gain employment and secure accessible housing.”

Maryland Department of Disability Commissioner Carol Beatty and DDA Deputy Commissioner Bernard Simmons announce Governor Larry Hogan’s Proclamation in front of 125 guests at a meeting house in Columbia, Maryland, marking Maryland’s Technology First State Initiative celebrated the launch of

During kickoff, participants will provide technology-based solutions for creating accessible housing, transportation, medical equipment, and other services designed to improve independence and quality of life18 vendors and several state agencies. Due to many requests from the public to attend the invitation-only event, organizers launched a special session for families to visit the vendor’s exhibit room from 1:00 p.m. to her 3:00 p.m.

Maryland resident Kimberly Blocker tries Thrive With Artie App At MDH’s Technology First Kickoff.

Assistive technologies are generally classified as either remote support or assistive technologies. Remote support provides support directly from the provider through real-time communication methods such as remote sensors and video chat. Assistive technologies include products and services that help individuals become independent, such as smartphones with accessibility features, voice-controlled artificial intelligence assistants, smart smoke detectors, and video doorbells.

“We are excited to declare Maryland a Technology First State,” added Deputy Commissioner Simmons. “We believe that we will bring awareness, access and autonomy to all citizens and that existing barriers to communication and support will eventually be eradicated in our state.”



The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality control, and community engagement.

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