V-LINC is now part of the IMAGE Center!
VME Custom assistive Technology Program
Honoring our past. Ensuring our future.
A Message From the Executive Director:
In the past thirty-six years, VME and V-LINC have change the lives of countless people with disabilities. That mission and success now become a part of the IMAGE Center for People with Disabilities, a strong nonprofit Center for Independent Living. This move allows us to more cost effectively continue VME and V-LINC programs while impacting even more members of the community with our custom assistive technology program, school partnerships, and technology education services. Through the merger, both programs show-case technology solutions at the IMAGE Center headquarters in Towson. We will soon have an open-house and invite our community to visit.
Custom assistive technology services are expanding under the IMAGE Center and will revert to the original name, the VME Custom Assistive Technology Program. Angela Tyler continues her role as Volunteer Services Manager and remains the primary contact for clients, schools, and volunteer services. Our school partner teams and review committees (PRAC and CST) continue to operate as always with the increased support of a larger administrative team and a direct pipeline of clients from the existing assistive technology and community living programs at the IMAGE Center. We are hosting at least three bike clinics in 2019 as we streamline and broaden this important outreach initiative.
The Mary Salkever Inclusive Summer Camp has served children with and without disabilities in Baltimore since the 1990s. Through the merger, camp services will broaden their reach by joining with several non-profit organizations in the area to host the Youth Leadership Forum held each summer at Towson University. The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a unique career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities, young people with disabilities cultivate leadership, citizenship, and advocacy skills. The addition of the Mary Salkever Summer Camp will provide needed access to technology training and resources required to succeed in today’s climate. YLF will incorporate these services by unveiling The Tamara Salkever Technology Program as part of the summer intensive beginning in 2019. The program is renamed for Mary Salkever’s daughter who is an advocate with disabilities and the inspiration for the original summer camp program.
The IMAGE Center is primarily managed and staffed by professionals with disabilities. The center currently offers services to support independent living training for teens and adults; helps people remain in their own homes after disability rather than moving to nursing facilities; provides resource counseling; and serves veterans wishing to remain independent as they age. Disability, once seen as the end of a life well lived, is now the beginning of a new life of possibilities and the addition of VME creates a one-stop opportunity for independence.”
Disability success is a partnership. We cannot do it alone. We need you and your support. Please continue to give as we continue to change the meaning of disability for everyone.
Mike Bullis, Executive Director
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The IMAGE Center is a philanthropic, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.