NEC Foundation of America Announces Grants

Grants sustain exclusive focus on technology for human potential

Islandia, NY, May 16, 2005— NEC Foundation of America today announced grants totaling $115,000 to three organizations that advance technology for people with disabilities on both an individual and societal level.

“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
Washington, DC
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
Boston, MA
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

For more information about NEC Foundation of America, including application guidelines, please call 631.232.2212, or visit www.necfoundation.org. NEC Foundation of America was established in 1991 and endowed at $10 million by NEC Corporation and its United States subsidiaries. Income generated by the endowment is donated to nonprofit organizations in the United States in support of programs with national reach and impact in the arena of assistive technology for people with disabilities. Through its grants, NEC Foundation of America underscores its philosophy of advancing society through technology and enabling individuals to realize their full potential.

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