Comcast partners with American Association of People with Disabilities to help close digital divide

Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 10:45 CET | News

Comcast announced a series of initiatives designed to help address the digital divide for low-income Americans with disabilities through the 'Internet Essentials' internet adoption programme for low-income households. The largest of these was a grant from the company to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The Comcast grant will help fund the creation and delivery of digital literacy training programmes specifically designed to address the needs of low-income people in the disability community. Once developed, the programmes will be delivered at 10 AAPD affiliates across the country, as well as shared online for anyone to access.

The grant follows last month’s announcement that, since 2011, the Internet Essentials programme 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, the company made the most significant eligibility change in the programme’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.

In addition, Comcast held events across the Washington, DC area to raise awareness of the digital divide with special guests Paralympic Gold Medalist and Purple Heart Recipient Rico Roman, and Olympic Gold Medalists from the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando.

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Companies: Comcast
Countries: World
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