Easter Seals Technology Resource Center in Dayton, Ohio provides
refurbished computers to special education classrooms in 5 Miami Valley counties. They empower people with developmental or acquired disabilities by providing services using assistive technology; including voice recognition, specialized input and output devices, augmentative and alternative communication devices.
The Resource Center offers individuals, families, and professionals a place to learn about and experience assistive communication devices for children and adults who are unable to speak, read, or write. They have been a National Cristina Foundation partner organization since 2002. Their coordinator, Kevin Leonard of the Resource Center recently told us....
From his letter:
The National Cristina Foundation has allowed us to refurbish computers and give them to people with disabilities. We have become a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher and load Windows 2000, learning software and include a 17 inch monitor, mouse and keyboard.
We are also providing free computer classes so that people can receive basic computer skills on how to use their computers. We are giving out 10-15 computers a month. These computers are giving people with disabilities computer skills so that they can become gainfully employed.
We recently gave six computers to individuals at an Habilitation Center so that they can practice the skills they learn during the day on their own computer when they go home in the evening.