SF Connected is a City and County of San Francisco initiative providing free computer tutoring and support to seniors and adults with disabilities.
San Francisco was awarded a 7.9 million dollar Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to promote the use of broadband technologies and close the digital divide for San Francisco’s underserved communities. Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) received half of the grant to catalyze a digital literacy initiative for the aging and adults with disabilities population. Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors understood the need for the program and created SF Connected to continue the initiative set forth by BTOP. SF Connected is a partnership between DAAS, Department of Technology and 26 community-based service organizations all collaborating to provide computer access, training, and support for seniors and adults with disabilities
The program seeks to increase broadband adoption by teaching computer and internet skills and demonstrating the value of broadband based technologies, such as social media and video communication. The program focuses on the City’s seniors and adults with disabilities because they can most benefit from expanded access. Click here to see the video overview.
Free computer classes are offered in 5 languages:
The goal of SF Connected is to stimulate usage and adoption of broadband services through programs designated to help seniors and adults with disabilities whose current adoption rate is 42% compared with more than 80% in other population groups. In addition to basic computer and internet skills adapted for their special needs, training will be provided to address other barriers such as the use of social media tools to help individuals overcome social isolation. Participants will also learn skills to access resources for health promotion and healthy aging, managements of personal finance or on-line job search.
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