Microsoft, National Council on the Aging Grants Will Expand Computer Access for Disadvantaged Seniors
WASHINGTON, May 12, 1998 — In an effort to expand computer access and enhance the employability of disadvantaged older adults, Microsoft Corp. and The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) today announced a nationwide competition that would award grants totaling more than $400,000 worth of hardware and software to organizations working with disadvantaged seniors. Products will include 150 Sony VAIO computers and a variety of Microsoft® software and training materials.
“We view this initiative as a chance to encourage our nation’s elders, especially those who are low-income, minorities or with disabilities, to learn to become computer- and Internet-literate,”
said James Firman, president of NCOA.
“We applaud Microsoft’s commitment to providing all people, regardless of age, with access to the valuable tools that computers can provide.”
“With the convergence of aging and technology, this is an excellent opportunity for organizations that serve mature Americans to empower them with PC and Internet skills training,”
said Craig Spiezle, director of emerging markets at Microsoft.
“There has never been a better time for older adults to explore their options with computers. Not only are PCs and software easier than ever to use, but the Internet has become an ideal place to communicate, find information and keep on top of the news.”
These grants will be awarded to organizations around the country that demonstrate a commitment to providing computer training to older adults. Eligible organizations will be 501(c)(3)-certified, work closely with disadvantaged older adults, and demonstrate a commitment to computer skills training and technological know-how. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. EDT June 8, 1998. Interested organizations are encouraged to visit the NCOA Web site at (http://www.ncoa.org/pcempowerment/) or call (202) 479-6677 for a complete application brochure. Winners will be announced at a press conference scheduled to be held at the end of July.
The National Council on the Aging is a center of leadership, innovation and nationwide expertise in the issues of aging. A nonprofit association located in Washington, D.C., NCOA is committed to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and contributions of older people and to enhancing the field of aging through research, service, education and advocacy.
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