New Program Gets Tech to People Who Need It

April 2020

TechOWL, the Assistive Technology Program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has launched a new initiative, "Connect With Tech."

Connect With Tech collects unused technology such as iPads and tablets, from donors and in turn, sends them to people with disabilities across Pennsylvania to help them communicate with others.

Kim Singleton, director of TechOWL, developed this program at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent social distancing.

"Many people are isolated and are unable to see or communicate with friends and family," Ms. Singleton said.

"We want to help people handle the anxiety that is so prevalent right now. Keeping in close contact with others, while still social distancing, is a key part of a coping strategy."

—Kim Singleton

Here's how it works: Anyone who has an unused device such as an iPad, tablet or Kindle, can send it to Connect With Tech. The Connect With Tech staff ensures it is functioning and ready for a new owner.

"Pennsylvanians with disabilities can apply for a device and if available, we will ship a device to them at no charge. We hope, especially during this time, that we can get the right technology to the people who need it."

To learn more about how to donate or apply for technology, go to the Connect with Tech website.

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