Helping people with disabilities, their families and seniors connect and access community and assistive technology.
UCP is breaking down the Digital Divide. The goals for this program are to increase access to technology and connectivity to help people access their community and tele-health. This in turn improves healthcare outcomes. The program also increases the wellbeing of older adults (60 and older) and people with disabilities (18 and older) by reducing social isolation and connecting them to vital community resources. This program is a collaboration between the Department of Aging & Disability Services (ADS) State Unit on Aging & the CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP).
Services to individuals
- Increase access to technology & technology use
- Provide tech support, troubleshooting, & teach built in device accessibility features
- Increase access to the community, virtual programming & tele-health to reduce social isolation
- Connect Individuals to community resources for ongoing supports
- Provide tablet technology (with or without hotspot) to individuals 60 & older, if eligible
Why connect with a Digital Divide Coordinator (DDC)?
If you or an individual you work with has technology but struggles to use it and would benefit from some training & support, such as
- Connecting to their Wi Fi
- Learning to use social media to connect to family and friends
- Learning to use virtual platforms like Zoom, Teams or virtual community services
- Learning how to use built in accessibility features in their devices – speech to text, magnification, text to speech, etc.
- And more …
Services to Organizations
- Provide training to entities, such as staff at senior and community centers, libraries, and others who serve the same population, to help them provide access and tech support to their participants.
Why connect your agency to a Digital Divide Coordinator?
If your organization serves adults with disabilities or individuals 60 and older and you/your staff could benefit from training to be able to support your clients, such as:
- Learn how to set up built in accessibility features on your technology or your clients’ technology
- Learn how to set your client’s up with virtual platforms or your virtual services
- Help clients use social media or other internet activities (i.e., online grocery shopping, accessing eBooks, connecting with friends & family etc.)
The Connecticut Bridging the Digital Divide program is funded by the federal Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Expanding the Public Health Workforce within the Disability Network.
- Adults aged 60 and older
- Adults with a disability over the age of 18
- The families, support providers, network staff and volunteers of the above
- Living in Southwestern, South Central, Southeastern CT
- Note: No referral is necessary but there is an intake process if you qualify
- In-home Or Virtual
- Community resource centers like libraries, senior centers, assisted living, community centers
- UCP’s Quaker Hill/Norwich or Stratford locations