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Comcast Grant to Help Easter Seals Expand Technology Program for People with Autism in Massachusetts

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Individuals with autism and their families will have greater access to life-changing assistive technology, thanks to a grant to Easter Seals Massachusetts from the Comcast Foundation.

The $26,000 grant will enable Easter Seals to set up workshops where people with autism can learn about the iPad and other tablet devices that can increase their independence at home, school, work and in the community.  Easter Seals also will loan the devices for people to try out before purchasing.

The Easter Seals Massachusetts Assistive Technology Program is nationally recognized as a pioneer in using technology to create equal opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to live, learn, work and play.  The program celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013.

“The number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has increased dramatically in recent years,” Easter Seals President Kirk Joslin said.  “Our goal is to match people who have disabilities, including autism, with technology that can improve the quality of their lives.  The right assistive technology can empower them to reach their full potential.”

The Easter Seals workshops will be held in the upcoming months in Natick, Dedham, Westwood and Danvers.  They are being offered in conjunction with the Metro Boston Regional Autism Support Centers, which are funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. 

Details about the location and time of the workshops will be announced at a later date. 

The Massachusetts funds are part of a $250,000 grant that Comcast Foundation made to seven Easter Seals programs nationwide.  In New England, a program in Hartford CT also received funding. 

Easter Seals Massachusetts provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.  Nonprofit and nonsectarian, Easter Seals offers technological assistance, employment and training services, recreational activities, youth transition and leadership programs, veterans’ services, rehabilitation services and public awareness programs.  For more information, call 800 244-2756 or go to www.EasterSealsMa.org.



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