Bridges Helpdesk

Help Desk. A suspension bridge over water. High School to start, College and Jobs at the end.

Free Statewide Helpdesk for Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators in Maryland

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Upcoming Events

Tricks and Treats Student Roundtable

Join the Bridges Helpdesk on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 PM via Zoom for Tricks and Treats, a relaxed roundtable discussion for high school and college students. We will discuss nonvisual techniques for all things visual in the classroom: presenting PowerPoints, getting visual information off of the board or slide show, viewing videos and graphics, and much more!

We also welcome your questions and topics of interest. This Roundtable belongs to you: blind/low vision transition-age students in Maryland. Please join Bridges and one another Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Please note all Maryland blind/low vision students who attend (and provide us their mailing address) will receive a thank you gift marking our appreciation for your participation.

If you can, please complete the Tricks and Treats pre-registration form.

Even if you don’t pre-register, please join our Tricks and Treats Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 p..m.

Meeting ID: 839 7251 3211; Passcode: 579731; One tap mobile: +13017158592,,83972513211#

We hope to see you there!

Next Steps November Educator Roundtable

Join us for our upcoming Maryland Bridges Transition Helpdesk Educator Roundtable: Next Steps November, on November 4 at 3:30 p.m.!

Next Steps November is a relaxed roundtable discussion for educators of blind/low vision high school and college students.

We will discuss what matters to you: supporting your students, interacting with other educators, administrators, and parents, and work-life balance. We also welcome your questions and topics of interest. This Roundtable belongs to you: educators of blind/low vision transition-age students in Maryland. Please join Bridges and one another Thursday, November 4 at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Please note all educators of Maryland blind/low vision students who attend (and provide us their mailing address) will receive a thank you gift marking our appreciation for your participation.

If you can, please complete our Next Steps November registration form.

Even if you don’t pre-register, please join our Next Steps November Zoom meeting via this link.

Next Steps November Bridges Student Roundtable, Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 3:30 PM

Meeting ID: 869 1949 4126; Passcode: 471741; One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86919494126#

About the Bridges Helpdesk

Bridges Blog

A collection of our Transition Tips for students, their families, and their educators.

What can the Bridges Helpdesk do for me?

  • Individual support
  • Timely information
  • Relevant resources

It’s never been easy to navigate the journey through high school to adulthood, and blind/low vision students often encounter more obstacles on this journey. Lack of accessible tools and instruction and low expectations make the path more difficult and force you to spend time and energy on breaking down these unnecessary barriers. Even high achievement in high school does not guarantee success in college and careers when you are encountering so many impediments in all facets of life.

The Free Bridges Helpdesk is here to help you overcome those obstacles and build your own bridges to success. We will provide you ready access to accurate and up-to-date information tailored to your needs. We provide individual support as well as relevant resources and guidance to help you decide which bridges you need and how you want to build them.

What is transition?

Life after high school:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Living independently or with assistance

When you contact the Free Bridges Helpdesk, you will have dedicated blind adults and blindness education experts at your service. We are prepared to answer a wide variety of questions, and we are eager to invest the time to ensure that you get thorough and helpful answers.

The Free Bridges Helpdesk is also here to support families and educators of blind/low vision students anywhere in Maryland. Building bridges takes time, resources, and support, but great bridges allow blind/low vision students to choose their pathways and live the lives they want.

Support for Bridges

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.