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

Contact Bridges Help Desk


Guides to High-Stakes Testing Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students

ABLE Accounts Explained

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Maryland School for the Blind Virtual Tour

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.