by Lisa Tome
Cecil's newest "library" isn't doling out books.
Instead, the items for loan are designed to make life easier for those with disabilities.
The Disability Resources Center will offer all types of aids for those with vision or hearing deficits. There are hearing amplification devices, magnifiers, special neon computer keyboards and more. These items can be purchased from a catalog, be loaned on a temporary basis, or may be purchased with grant funding depending on the need.
David Trolio, Director of Cecil's Senior Services and Community Transit Department, explained to members of the Cecil County Council last week, that Senior Services is now expanding its role. The department will also serve the disabled population. This expansion is part of the grant funded Maryland Access Point program.
"Grant money means expansion of services," said Trolio. The goal of the Maryland Access Point is to keep seniors and the disabled at home as an alternative to the more costly institutionalization in nursing homes. Seniors and the disabled are also provided with resources in an expedited manner.
Maryland Access Point offers information and referrals, advocacy, outreach to close gaps in services, and development of services in remote areas. So far, with the new system, Cecil County offered 244 people help this past July. In the same time a year prior, 114 people were aided.
New positions have also been added through the Maryland Access Point (MAP). There is now an information and assistance specialist, caregiver program specialist, aging and disability resource manager, and information and assistance specialist. The county has also developed expanded partnerships with Perry Point VA, Union Hospital, and others as part of MAP.
The ribbon cutting for the resource library, which is located inside the Elkton Senior Center, will be held November 5.