Bay Area Center for Independent Living promotes access to community resources and support for people with disabilities and their families through programs which offer choices, preserve dignity and increase independence for an improved quality of life across the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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New Funding Will Allow Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to “Think College”

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND (May 15, 2017) – Maryland, in partnership with the University of Maryland, has received a $25,000 grant from the Think College National Coordinating Center to enhance postsecondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  The grant follows an additional $250,000 funding commitment from Governor Larry Hogan during the 2017 General Assembly to be included in the state health department’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) budget and an additional set-aside from the state education agency to expand postsecondary opportunities for students transitioning from Maryland schools.

“Our administration is committed to ensuring all Marylanders have the opportunity to live, work, and thrive in our state,” said Governor Hogan. “Providing options for students with intellectual disabilities to continue their education with the goal of employment is essential to their future and our vision.”

​Maryland’s Think College collaborative will coordinate the efforts of State agencies, institutes of higher education, parents, and advocacy organizations to expand the quality and capacity of programs at four-year and two-year institutions for students who might otherwise not be able to gain access. Partners include​ the ​Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Maryland State Department of Education Divisions of Special Education/Early Intervention Services and Rehabilitation Services, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, and University of Maryland College of Education. A series of capacity building institutes with state partners begins this spring to identify best practices and provide a coordinated effort throughout Maryland.

Think College is part of the Institute for Community Inclusion​ at the University of Massachusetts, Boston​ and is funded by the US Department of Education to provide support, coordination, training, and evaluation services for transition and postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

For more information: http://MDOD@info.maryland.gov



The Maryland529 program is set to launch the Maryland ABLE program by October 2017!

What is the ABLE program?

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is a program that will make it easier to save money for all of your disability-related needs.

This means, more independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life. MD ABLE accounts are a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses without jeopardizing federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid.

For more information on this upcoming program, please contact:

Lori Markland, Community Relations Administrator
Maryland 529/Maryland ABLE


When?  Every day! Our Assistive & Vocational Technology Lab is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.   If you are seeking help for a Friday time slot, please call ahead to see if our Assistive/Vocational specialist will be there on a Friday!

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Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc. Takes Part in the Nation’s First Deaf Business Summit.  “Deaf Ecosystem: Maryland’s Open for Business”

This event was the first time that a Governor has hosted an event exclusively for Deaf and Hard of Hearing business owners, supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship among the Deaf and hard of hearing business community.

We are excited that Jane Hager, our Vocational Specialist, was able to participate in this historic event on behalf of Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.

The meeting gave valuable information about establishing small businesses, networking and resources and made public officials aware of the work that still needs to be done to give true equal access.  It is important for others to understand and know how to utilize an interpreter, providing interpreters for seminars, workshops and meetings, providing access through captioning to meetings otherwise streamed to the hearing public, and the challenges in gaining the status of a minority business owner.

Per Governor Hogan, “The Deaf Business Summit is another example of our administration’s commitment to create greater economic opportunity for all Marylanders,”  further, “We are excited to partner with companies owned by Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to create jobs in our communities and make meaningful progress in improving our economy.”

For further information on this exciting opportunity for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, follow this link; odhh.maryland.gov/deaf-business-summit/.


Jane Hager, Vocational Specialist

Thank you to Jane Hager, our Vocational Specialist, for representing our agency at this historic event.

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Assistive Technology Lab Hours

Monday Through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M

Assistive Technology is:  Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Our mission at Bay Area Center for Independent Living is to assist individuals with any form of disability, of any age to identify technology and assistive/adaptive devices that can help increase quality of life and keep individuals to stay independent in the community.

We can assist individuals with this mission in three different ways.

  • Loan Program: Devices in our demonstration lab can be loaned to individuals to try out in their homes for up to 3 weeks.
  • Computer Lab and Training: Use of computers and training is available to individuals with disabilities who wish to gain knowledge on using a computer.  Training is also provided on adaptive computer software.
  • Assistive Technology Assessment: Staff assists individuals with a disability and/or their families to determine which device or technology will fit their needs.

Please contact Bay Area Center for Independent Living for more information about the free services of our Assistive Technology Lab.

Ph. 443-260-0822 




909 Progress Circle, Suite 300, Salisbury, Maryland 21804

443-260-0822 – 877-511-0744 Video Ph: 410-202-0208

(Serving Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties of Maryland.)

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