A collaboration between the Department of Aging & Disability Services (ADS) State Unit on Aging & the CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP).
This 2-year pilot program allows us to have a full-time Digital Divide Coordinator (DDC) at two of our community AT Partner agencies: the NEAT Center at Oak Hill & UCP of Eastern CT.
Our goal is to help bridge the digital divide by providing one-on-one or group services to adults with disabilities (18 and older) and aging adults (60 and older).
Services to individuals includes:
- Increased access to technology & technology use
- Providing tech support, troubleshooting, & teaching the use of built-in device accessibility features
- Increasing access to the community, virtual programming & telehealth, reducing social isolation
- Connecting Individuals to community resources for ongoing supports
- Providing tablet technology (with or without hotspot) to individuals 60 & older, if eligible
Why connect with a DDC?
If you or an individual you work with has availability to technology, but struggles to use it and would benefit from some training & support, such as:
- Connecting to their Wi-Fi
- Learning to use social media to connect to family and friends
- Learning to use virtual platforms like Zoom, Teams or virtual community services
- Learning how to use built-in accessibility features in their devices – speech to text, magnification, text to speech, etc.
- And more …
Services to Organizations includes:
- Providing training to entities, such as staff at senior and community centers, libraries, and others who serve the same population, helping them provide access and tech support to their participants.
Why connect your agency to a DDC?
If your organization serves adults with disabilities or individuals 60 and older and you/your staff could benefit from training to be able to support your clients, such as:
- Learning how to set up built-in accessibility features on your technology or your clients’ technology
- Learning how to set your clients up with virtual platforms or your virtual services
- Helping your clients use social media or other internet activities (i.e. online grocery shopping, accessing eBooks, connecting with friends & family etc.)
Contact the CT Tech Act Project for more information by sending an email via our website or by calling 860-803-0588. You can contact a DDC directly at the following:
NEAT Center – serving northwest, northeast and north central CT: call 860-286-3119 or email William.Seaman@oakhillct.org
UCP of Eastern CT – serving southwest, southeast and south central CT: call 860-288-9520 or email DDC@ucpect.org
The Connecticut Bridging the Digital Divide program is funded by the federal Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Expanding the Public Health Workforce within the Disability Network.