Ability Connection Colorado is dedicated to Closing the Digital Divide through a new campaign, PROJECT CONNECT. COVID-19 did not create the digital divide, it simply widened the gap.
In years past, we have had the opportunity to help narrow the digital divide gap by providing IPads to individuals in need. Often these have been of assistance using adaptive programs that allowed children to gain equal footing in their education as well as access to other web-based tools.
We now are working again to continue closing that gap as students and families find themselves in need of technology to keep up with the new world their education faces. This includes devices like Kindles, Chromebooks and laptops. There is also an ever-increasing need for Internet access from home as so many students face full or part time remote school.
This campaign relies solely on community donations in order to purchase these critical items.
Without your help, students may not have access to an education that will prepare them to tackle an uncertain future; young people with disabilities who are currently involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, may not have pathways to success in education, career choices and life; families may have to make a daily choice about who gets to attend online school or work from home; households may remain isolated from the world of education and resources due to the lack of internet access.
How can you help? ACCO has received a generous pledge of $25,000 dollars from Bill and Liz Stenzel to launch our PROJECT CONNECT campaign during Wine in the Pines with the hopes of raising a matching amount (or more) from the community. This campaign will run through December.
With your help, we can reach $50,000.