V-LINC INC

aka V-LINC, LINC or VME (Volunteers for Medical Engineering & Learning Indepence Through Computers merger)   |   Baltimore, MD   |  http://www.v-linc.org

Mission

To help people with disabilities fulfill their potential for a productive, independent life through the use of technology, at school, in the workplace, at home and in the community. V-LINC provides services without regard to economic circumstances, age, severity or type of disability.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director & CEO

Ms. Norma Theo Pinette

Main address

2301 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

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Formerly known as

Learning Independence Through Computers, Inc.

Volunteers for Medical Engineering

EIN

52-1690790

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People who live with disabilities typically have lower incomes and unique barriers that keep them from living and working at their fullest potential. They can buy many commercial solutions to help them be more independent, yet very often people's needs are not fully addressed by commercial solutions. When one size doesn't fit you and you need help, there are very few places to turn. V-LINC is one of the few organizations that can help you if a product is not available to meet your unique needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Custom Assistive Technology (solutions for special needs)

V-LINC recruits Volunteer engineers and medical professionals to develop customized solutions for the unique needs each person with a disability brings to us. Volunteers, including engineering students, create a device (when there is no commercial solution) or adapt existing equipment so each person can skills to be more independent and to enjoy life to the fullest.

Population(s) Served

Each summer The Mary Salkever Inclusive camp offers children with disabilities a camp experience with field trips, use of technology (iPads now), speakers, crafts and a welcoming atmosphere with respect for all. Typically developed siblings and others are also welcome. There is a very high staff to camper ration (1:2 often) depending on the individual needs of the campers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Technology Access 1995

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A more inclusive world with opportunities for all to succeed and to enjoy life. We aim to serve people with disabilities of any type and all ages who reside in central Maryland and need a custom device or modification to overcome a barrier to independence. To help people who live with disabilities to become more included in their communities. Our work with children and youth who live with disabilities has demonstrated to V-LINC that every family member who becomes more independent improves life for the family as a whole.

V-LINC employs technology, specifically engineering skills, to meet needs when commercial solutions are not available. We recruit volunteers who are engineers through companies like Northrop Grumman, and med8cal professionals by visiting clinics where occupational and physical therapists work. We pair a medical professional with an engineer to visit anyone making a request to assess the situation (safety concerns, products already available? etc.) If the requested project is safe and doable by our volunteers and student engineering teams we approve it and match the adult of family with a volunteer team. The project's progress is reviewed periodically by V-LINC's Project Review & Approval Committee (PRAC) and is delivered for testing and then acceptance by the client after PRAC approves it. V-LINC also runs a summer day camp that is inclusive. Camp provides learning opportunities as well as fun and opportunities to improve social skills.

V-LINC recruits volunteer medical professionals and engineers to screen and satisfy requests for custom solutions from those with disabilities. We typically have 60 to 80 volunteers who are active with our organization. They meet, assess, design and create a unique solution for each person who needs our help. We also have a fund that provides a small budget to the volunteers and secondary school teams who work with us to create unique solutions. Almost all of our volunteers are either trained professionals, students in engineering classes or other professionals in medical fields. We also use some volunteers who can do carpentry, sewing or other useful skills. Our staff is small but we dedicate one full time position to managing our volunteer services and handling requests for our help. We also employ an executive director and part-time clerical assistant. All client services are provided by the volunteers. V-LINC also has an active board of directors and good relations with other organizations that serve people with disabilities in our area.

Over the past 35 years, Volunteers for Medical Engineering, now V-LINC, has accepted requests from people with disabilities and has created hundreds of solutions. Unfortunately, old records are not all available to quantify the total number. One hundred and fifty-five projects have been completed since 2007 and we expect to complete at least 37 in 2017.All of these have been visited by volunteers (OTs, engineers etc) to assess safety issues and the specific needs of the client. Those accepted were assigned to a volunteer engineer or a high school or college engineering class for a custom design. Each was monitored by a review board of volunteer engineers including at least one medical professional.The Mary Salkever Summer Camp begun by LINC (Learning Independence Through Computers) now V-LINC, in 1992 as the first Maryland inclusive camp, has continued to provide a high-quality day camp experience for children with any disability. The camp operates for two weeks each summer and now serves 7 to 14-year-olds during one week and youth from 15 to 21 years old during the second week. An average of 20 campers participate in the camp's supportive learning environment and participate at their highest level. They visit museums and work on a movie related to the theme of the week which might be the Maryland crab or dinosaurs. The older group of youth includes a focus on Transitioning to adulthood and employment for those who are ready to participate. Parents and campers evaluate this camp highly and contribute suggestions for subsequent years. Many have been with us for several years of camp, becoming junior counselors later.

Financials

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Operations

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V-LINC INC

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Darek Bushnaq

Venable

Term: 2014 - 2016

Darek Bushnaq

Venable

John Staehlin

VME Founder, Retired Northrop Grumman

David Li

The Johns Hopkins Health System

Matthew Hutchinson

Booz Allen Hamilton

Laura Bouyea

Venable LLP

Anthony Bridges

Johns Hopkins Institutions

Ben Hannon

Information for Decision Makers (i4DM)

John Haug

US Army Reserve, Retired

Brenda Isennock

Workforce & Technology Center

Kenneth Johnson

Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Leslie Margolis

Maryland Disability Law Center

Neil Rothman

Mechanical Engineers, University of MD, Baltimore County

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No