Written by staff of Office on the Aging (OOA), San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services
On July 10, 2013, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) celebrated the success of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at Eastern Park Seniors Apartments. Anne Hinton, Executive Director of DAAS thanked the volunteers and partners for their contributions to the program. BTOP is currently funded by NTIA through Department of Technology (DT). but the funding will end on September 28. Director Hinton was pleased to announce that the Mayor has included funding for this program from October, 2013 to June, 2015. The new program is called SF-Connected Program.
Free computer classes will continue, to help seniors and adults with disabilities to learn computer skills and the use of broadband technology. Although there is limited funding, Director Hinton is confident with the hard work of DAAS staff and community partners, program goals will be met in the next 1 and 3/4 years. Seniors and adults with disabilities will be able to learn and use the skills and knowledge learned from the specialized training, to benefit their health, economic security, or increase social and cultural engagements.
Posted above is a video of the event. The video takes about 7 minutes, including some speeches which were not very well captured by an iPhone. If readers want to look at a shorter version with a different choice of music, here’s the 2-minutes version. The event ended with fun, laughter, recognition, and a Thank You cake! If you are a volunteer or program partner, but could not turn up for the event, we hope you will enjoy the video, and be excited about the future program.
To find out the class schedule and locations, please call 415-355-3555 or check out the website: www.sfconnected.org