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American Association of People with Disabilities Partners with Comcast to Help Close the Digital Divide

October 1, 2019
Source: American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

At the Newseum on September 10, 2019, Comcast announced a series of initiatives designed to help address the digital divide for low-income Americans with disabilities through the Internet Essentials program, the nation’s most comprehensive Internet adoption program for low-income households.

The largest of these initiatives was a $150,000 grant from the company to the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD). This grant will help fund the creation and delivery of digital literacy training programs specifically designed to address the needs of low-income people in the disability community. Once developed, the programs will be delivered at 10 sites across the country, as well as shared online for anyone to access.

The grant to AAPD follows last month’s announcement that, since 2011, the Internet Essentials program has connected more than eight million low-income Americans to the Internet at home, including nearly 210,000 in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area, 90 percent of whom were not connected to the Internet at home until they signed up through Internet Essentials. In addition, Comcast made the most significant eligibility change in the program’s history, expanding eligibility to all low-income households residing in the Comcast service area, including all low-income seniors, adults, and people with disabilities.

“The Internet is an incredible resource so long as you have the skills and the tools to use it,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast Corporation. “By partnering with AAPD and working with the disability community, we want to address and break down the barriers to broadband adoption that are unique to this population. The first step is to address digital literacy issues and facilitate digital skills development. So, we’re going to create relevant training programs and then fund their delivery at locations across the country.”

“Having an Internet connection at home is absolutely vital for low-income people living with disabilities,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association for People with Disabilities. “I commend Comcast for extending its Internet Essentials program to people with disabilities because it will help us advance our mission to provide equal access, integration, and full inclusion for Americans with disabilities.”

This morning’s announcement was followed by a series of events that focused on further engagement with the disability community and connecting low-income communities to technology.

More information: Comcast and AAPD to Increase Internet Access for Low-Income People with Disabilities
Source: Forbes
Web: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahkim/2019/09/17/comcast-and-aapd-to-increase-internet-access-for-low-income-people-with-disabilities/#781b729f1f13

Link: Go to website for News Source
https://www.aapd.com/press-releases/close-the-digital-divide/


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