Category Archives: People With Disabilities

Voices From the Lab: Bridging the Digital Divide Requires More Than Just Technology

Austin Free-Net’s ever-expanding reach has grown to a total of 168 computers in 26 sites around Austin, but simply providing technology to the community is only the beginning. To empower our clients to bridge the digital divide, we also rely … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Find What You Need at Austin Free-Net

John, a visually disabled Vietnam War veteran, came to the Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood center with basic computer skills.  He had worked in the early 80s on computer systems which used numbers and symbols only.  But, he had the basics down  … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Shelecia’s Busy Broadband Across Texas Week

From a Program Specialist Perspective Broadband Across Texas Week brings youth, unique needs to centers By Shelecia, program specialist for Technology For All On Monday, July 30th, South Union Community Development Center celebrated “Broadband Across Texas ‘Push Week’ Kick-off Celebration” … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: A Trainer’s Story

Rebecca, a Texas Connects Coalition trainer at our Eastside University Village Community Learning Center (ESUVCLC), brought us a story. Rebecca’s center is located in one of Houston’s most under-resourced neighborhoods, but ESUVCLC offers accredited courses for free. Meet one of … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Digital Divide – How Do YOU Define It?

What exactly is the Digital Divide? According to the World English Dictionary (www.dictionary.com) it is a noun and it is “the gap between those people who have Internet access and those who do not.” Seems like a simple definition for … Continue reading

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New Computers Bring “Night and Day” Difference to Navasota Library

New computers at the Navasota Public Library are making a “night and day” difference in customer experiences and increasing the number of patrons using the library, according to Library Director Cheryl Franklin.

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Voices From the Lab: Phenita’s recovery

Phenita attended college and worked as a computer programmer. But in 2006, twelve days after her birthday, she had a stress-related stroke that lost much of her short-term memory. She went to TIRR, Memorial Hermann’s rehabilitation facility, for a year … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: The amazing world of computers

Anita (not her real name) heard about Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center’s public computer center from a friend. “But I didn’t want to come because my hands tremor and my head shakes.” But Anita’s tremors also kept her from her art. … Continue reading

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Daniel Acosta – Crossing the Digital Divide in a Power Chair

Daniel Acosta is a trainer at nonprofit Austin Free-Net where he teaches computer basics.  He also has Cerebral Palsy (CP) and uses a motorized wheelchair. Shortly after his birth on August 13, 1985 in Fresno, California, Daniel’s mother became concerned … Continue reading

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