|INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2022) — Easterseals Crossroads, a local nonprofit organization providing disability services, has been awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal for the Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program. The grant will help build a digital skills and employment training program for transition-age youth with disabilities.
The Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program is for any young adult ages 18-24 with a diagnosed disability who is preparing to work in a competitive work environment. The project focuses on delivering targeted digital skills curriculum in the classroom combined with an internship that will allow each participant to demonstrate what they are learning in a real work setting.
“Digital literacy is critical for young adults with disabilities to maximize their full potential in school, at home and at work as they transition into the adult world,” said Easterseals Crossroads Vice President Bruce Schnaith. “Understanding how to use web browsers, search engines, email, text and blogs are essential skills to thrive in today’s digital world. Easterseals Crossroads is pleased to partner with national Easterseals and affiliates in Washington State and Massachusetts by sharing resources and best practices in offering digital learning opportunities for young adults with disabilities in our community.”
“To seriously address bridging the digital divide and ensure that everyone has access to the internet, it’s important to take away barriers that might prohibit technology use,” said Tim Collins, Comcast’s regional senior vice president in the Heartland Region, which includes Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. “By providing accessibility tools, training and technology to the clients of Easterseals Crossroads, we are helping to eliminate the obstacles associated with digital adoption and, thereby, enabling a sense of independence and fostering personal growth.”
Digital literacy and access to technology are two areas of strategic investment at Comcast NBCUniversal that empower people and create opportunities for those who need it most. Easterseals and affiliates throughout the country have been chosen by Comcast NBCUniversal for many grants and programs throughout the years.
Visit eastersealscrossroads.org for more about the services offered through Easterseals Crossroads.