NEC Foundation of America Announces Grants
Grants sustain exclusive focus on technology for human potential
“We are confident that the impact of these projects will be significant for many years to come,” noted Hisashi Kaneko, president of NEC Foundation of America. “Two of the grants equip teachers and youth with practical skills to improve educational and career opportunities for people with disabilities, while the third grant will ease access by people with disabilities to today’s mainstream media.”
Organizations receiving support are:
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind - $25,000
Toward expansion of Camp Lighthouse Technology Camp (CLTC)to five additional communities across the country. This two-week, non-residential experience for low-income middle- and high school students who are blind or visually impaired is a combination of hands-on learning and field trips. Communities will be recruited to develop their own local versions of a CLTCthat has been offered free to this target audience in the DC area since 1000, and includes topics such as using technology to advance mobility and independent living, choosing a career, mastering PowerPoint and the Internet, politics and policymakers, accessible entertainment, trouble-shooting computer problems, and accessibility and online communications. www.clb.org
WGBH National Center for Accessible Media - $70,000
For Broadband Media Project, an initiative that will substantially improve and accelerate the accessibility of broadband media for deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers. In cooperation with AOL and Yahoo! NCAM will deploy and document the use of access tools and procedures that enable the creation of captions, and re-use of previously created captions, for currently inaccessible online content. The resulting White Paper will inform a national dialogue among technology companies, media providers, advocates, consumers and policy developers on how to chart a course for future accessibility. http://ncam.wgbh.org
WestEd - $20,000
San Francisco, CA
To further develop and nationally disseminate Technology Tools for Teaching Diverse Learners, a set of online tools and training materials that will increase the successful use of technology by students with disabilities in grades 4-7, particularly with literacy and math. The project will promote the use of existing product features, freeware, and shareware, along with strategies that increase access and utility for students with disabilities. www.WestEd.org
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