New Star Receives $10,000 Technology Grant

Through a grant from the Comcast Foundation, in collaboration with The Arc of the United States, New Star is implementing a pilot project that will expand our current computer lab and instruction to include mobile technology. The $10,000 grant will allow New Star clients to learn how to integrate iPads and iPods into their daily routines, particularly when it comes to getting and keeping jobs within the community.

The New Star lab expansion is part of a 2014 national partnership between Comcast NBCUniversal and The Arc, which advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The partnership enables Comcast NBCUniversal and The Arc to achieve their shared goals of expanding technology resources for people with I/DD to ensure everyone has the tools to reach his or her greatest potential.

“We are grateful to The Arc of the United States and Comcast NBCUniversal for funding this exciting initiative,” said Dan Strick, New Star President and CEO. “Using mobile technology opens up a world of new opportunities for the people we serve when it comes to coordinating accessible transportation, achieving long-term employment within the community, and staying connected with their peers.”

The pilot program will last throughout the fall. New Star staff have begun vetting apps that are most appropriate for the project’s employment-related goals. iMovie, Master Task, and iModeling enable New Star clients to create instructional videos that will serve as a virtual job coach for individuals working in the community. These apps break down job tasks, provide visual examples, and offer task-related verbal prompts.

For more information regarding this pilot program, please contact Jennifer Wojcikowski, Chief Development and Communications Officer at (708) 841-1071 x232.

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