Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director|
Date: December 20, 2004
For Immediate Release
Verizon Foundation Awards Grant to Enhance Access Technology
Harrisburg, PA -- Tri-County Association for the Blind is the recipient of a $25,000 grant awarded by the Verzion Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to purchase additional assistive technology equipment for the agency's Access Technology area. The Access Technology area provides high quality, individualized training in the use of computers and available access technology equipment for blind and visually impaired individuals. The main purpose of the Access Technology program is to teach computer skills that will help a blind or visually impaired person to build or enhance employment skills. By learning computer skills and how to use assistive technology equipment, a blind or visually impaired individual will be more capable of successfully competing for employment opportunities and will gain the skills necessary to achieve personal and social independence.
The Verizon Foundation grant will allow the agency to purchase equipment including electronic notetakers, Braille displays and Braille printers adding to the existing line of hardware and software options. The equipment will be available at the agency office for evaluation, demonstration and training purposes. This equipment will greatly expand and enhance the choices available for people who are blind or visually impaired.
"We hope many more businesses and organizations will recognize there are capable blind and visually impaired people who are looking for employment. What stand between them and obtaining employment is the ability to use some type of assistive equipment," states Danette Blank, Executive Director. The agency will be hosting an open house event in the first quarter of 2005 to show case the equipment to the public.
The Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private non-profit organization that works to provide opportunities to help blind and visually impaired individuals flourish within and enrich our communities. The association, which services Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties provides the following services: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Social Services, Harrisburg Area Radio Reading Service, Low Vision Services, Carpeting & Janitorial Department, and a Production Facility. For more information on the Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531; visit our web site at www.cartmann.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.