Com­cast Foundation gives $10,000 to Arc Baltimore

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - — Sarah Gantz

The Com­cast Foundation has do­nated $10,000 to sup­port as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy train­ing at The Arc Baltimore, which works with chil­dren and adults with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Arc Baltimore will use the money to hold a dozen lab­o­ra­to­ries over six months to teach at least 120 adults with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and the staff mem­bers who work with them how to use as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy de­vices to gain more in­de­pen­dence.

For ex­am­ple, voice recog­ni­tion or screen en­large­ment com­puter pro­grams could help peo­ple with hear­ing and vi­sion im­pair­ments bet­ter use com­put­ers.

The de­vices and soft­ware can also help with eat­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, mem­ory and stay­ing safe at home.

The grant is part of a national part­ner­ship be­tween Com­cast NBCUniver­sal and The Arc, the Baltimore or­ga­ni­za­tion’s national af­fil­i­ate, through which Com­cast will put $200,000 to­ward ex­pand­ing tech­nol­ogy re­sources for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

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