Recent technological advances have dramatically improved the lives of many people, but the cost of acquiring such technology is often prohibitive. Luckily, there are a number of technology grants that can help people acquire computers and other electronic items.
Various state and local organizations offer technology grants to help low income families obtain computers to be used for their children’s schoolwork. These computers are typically either new or refurbished models that are equipped with the necessary educational software. In some cases, these programs also provide recipients with printers, scanners, and other accessories.
Because online resources are an important part of the educational experience, organizations such as Computers for Youth also provide Internet access to technology grant recipients. In addition, technical training to develop skills such as word processing, web page design, and desktop publishing is also provided by various state and local organizations. Some of these programs focus on helping children develop computer skills, while others involve the whole family in the process.
In districts that serve primarily low income students, schools can receive technology grants that provide digital cameras, wireless laptops, and other devices. These items can then be used in the classroom, assigned to specific students for the duration of the academic year, or loaned to students on a short-term basis. HP’s Science Leadership Initiative is one example of this type of program.
Technology grants can also be used to provide disabled Americans with the tools they need to enjoy their lives. For example, the Association of Blind Citizens has established the Assistive Technology Fund to cover 50 percent of the retail price of adaptive devices or software for the visually impaired. Also, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Brighter Tomorrow Grant Program provides technology grants for exercise equipment, assistive technology, and home modifications that can help improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.
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