Digital education

Rep. Martin LaLonde attended the Feb. 25 presentation of a digital education grant at the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. From left, John Thomas, VABVI development coordinator; Tom Frank, VABVI iOS trainer and former board president; Rep. LaLonde; George Katz, iOS client; Susan Coscione, Charter Communications/Spectrum sr. manager government and community; Dan Norris, VABVI director of adult services; and VABVI executive director Steve Pouliot.

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) received a digital education grant of $10,000 from Spectrum to help support an iOS training program. The grant will teach VABVI clients how to use technology to connect with family and friends on devices such as iPads, iPhones, tablets, and smart phones.

“We are so grateful to Spectrum for generously supporting our technology training in iOS devices,” said Steve Pouliot, VABVI executive director. “The results from this training significantly improves the quality of life for our clients in assessing information that many of us take for granted.”

“I am impressed with the services that VABVI provides to its clients,” said Rep. Martin LaLonde. “In particular, its iOS technology training program not only helps to keep individuals who are visually impaired engaged and connected through the use of smartphones and tablets, it also helps them remain independent and contributing members of our community.”

“In our increasingly technology-driven world, the importance of digital education and access to digital resources cannot be overstated,” said Paul S. Schonewolf, Charter Communications area vice president, field operations. Spectrum is a business brand of Charter, a broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States.

VABVI is one of 23 nonprofit organizations, out of 170 applicants, that were chosen to be a recipient of a Spectrum Digital Education Grant. The initiative is part of an overall $1 million commitment by Spectrum to provide digital education in the communities it serves.

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