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Getting Vaccinated!

Close up of a COVID-19 Vaccine vial being opened. Photo: Ericha Fitzgerald, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons The State of Maryland opened a mass vaccination site at the Baltimore City Convention Center. Find locations and providers through the State’s vaccine locator tool.  If you are over 65 and you live in Baltimore City, you can…

Teen and Young Adult Programs May Newsletter

News from IMAGE Teen and Young Adult Programs May 2022HighlightsCongratulations to our 2022 Student of the Year Ciara GentryIMAGE: Student of the Year Ciara Gentry speaking into a microphone alongside IMAGE Staff Amanda Taylor on stage during the Solutions Celebration. Congratulations to Ms. Ciara Gentry for her acceptance of the 2022 Student of the Year…

Blind/Low Vision Consumer Groups — ACB and NFB Statewide

With summer nearly upon us, we invite you to join us as we explore the two largest blindness/low vision groups in the United States throughout the month of May. Regardless of whether you plan to participate in a convention this summer, we will cover the ins and outs of these organizations and how they can…

Now Accepting Submissions for “What I Wish For My Child” Campaign

The IMAGE Center of Maryland’s Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME) program is now accepting requests for its annual What I Wish for My Child campaign. The campaign provides custom-made devices for children with developmental or cognitive challenges so they can live and play more independently. 

Family members, caregivers, and educators are invited to submit a “wish” for a child between the ages of 2 and 21 with special needs. Once approved, a team of expert volunteers including professional engineers and student engineers from 11 colleges and universities, and medical professionals work together to design and build a custom device, making their wish a reality.

Three families will be selected to participate in the program free of charge. Additional families may be invited to participate for a minimal cost. Projects completed in the What I Wish for My Child campaign qualify for assistance under the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Program.

“This year, our engineers are looking for a challenge and to build something really unique,” said Mike Bullis, Executive Director of The IMAGE Center. “Our volunteers put their heart and soul into each design to allow kids to enjoy life more fully and with more independence.”

What I Wish For My Child 2022” YouTube Video

Parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, nurses, and others can apply to participate in the What I Wish for My Child campaign.

Submissions can include requests for devices such as:

  • Swings
  • Wheelchair Customizations
  • Wearable Technology
  • Desks
  • Beds
  • Scooters
  • Outdoor Recreation Equipment
  • Electronic Devices
  • Sports Equipment
  • Daily/Independent Living Aids

The deadline to submit a request to the campaign is Friday, June 3, 2022. Submissions can be made online at imagemd.org/what-i-wish-for-my-child/. For more information, contact Angela Tyler at (443) 320-4007 or atyler@imagemd.org.

About The IMAGE Center

The IMAGE Center serves all people with disabilities in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County.  We are a nonresidential Center for Independent Living, and our staff are primarily people with disabilities living independent lives and teaching these skills to others. Visit imagemd.org to learn more and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.  Executive Director:  Michael Bullis – 501c3 organization – EIN – 27-2774275

About Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME)

Founded in 1982, Volunteers for Medical Engineering is a program of The IMAGE Center that teams up volunteer engineers, student engineers from 12 schools and universities, and medical professionals to find creative, innovative solutions to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities throughout Maryland and soon-to-launch, Washington, DC. The teams design devices that are tailored to meet the unique needs and requests of individual clients by either fabricating them from the ground up or modifying existing devices. Follow VME on Facebook.

Blind/Low Vision Consumer Groups— ACB and NFB 2022 National Conventions

With summer nearly upon us, we invite you to join us as we explore the two largest blindness/low vision groups in the United States throughout the month of May. Regardless of whether you plan to participate in a convention this summer, we will cover the ins and outs of these organizations and how they can…

Blind/Low Vision Consumer Groups—About the ACB and NFB

With summer nearly upon us, we invite you to join us as we explore the two largest blindness/low vision groups in the United States throughout the month of May. Regardless of whether you plan to participate in a convention this summer, we will cover the ins and outs of these organizations and how they can…

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