Computer skills and online access are increasingly essential for so many aspects of our lives and well-being.
Through the City’s SF Connected program and the SF Tech Council, CLC works together with the Department of Aging and Adult Services and other community agencies to close the digital divide, ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities don’t get left behind.
SF Connected Computer Labs
Our trainers offer free classes and one-on-one tutoring in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian at senior centers, adult day health centers, and other community sites as part of the city’s SF Connected Program.
Drop by the 4th floor at 1360 Mission Street on Mondays for free one-on-one computer training and hands-on presentations in a friendly environment. We open the lab at 9am, and are usually there until 3pm. Or see our calendar for a full list of current lab times and locations throughout San Francisco.
Whether you’re just getting started or are looking for a new challenge, we have classes for you. Start with a class on something interesting to you such as social media, photography, or genealogy, and pick up computer basics as you need them. To find out about available topics, bring classes to your neighborhood, or to learn about upcoming presentations, view our calendar or contact Judy Auda at 415-821-1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to labs open to the public, CLC works with adult day services centers across the city to teach computing skills to their participants. As part of our program, we introduces participants to accessible technologies that can increase communication options for people with vision, hearing and other disabilities.
Videographers In Production
A dedicated group of seniors and people with disabilities are learning how to use video to share stories about their neighbors. Working in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition, they are producing short videos and working on a longer program for public access television. To learn more or join the group, contact Judy Auda at (415) 821-1003 or email@example.com.
Low Cost Internet Access and Computers
The keys to digital inclusion are access, equipment and training. Many of the seniors and people with disabilities work with don’t have the resources to afford internet access or devices at home. While not enough, there are some resources that can help. Community Living Campaign, along with other organizations, businesses, and government agencies on the SF Tech Council continue to work to increase resources for digital inclusion.
Other SF Connected Sites
As part of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services’ SF Connected Program, Community Technology Network, Self-Help for the Elderly and Conard House also have computer training and specialty classes. To see a calendar of all free classes or for more information, go to www.sfconnected.org or call (415) 355-3555.
In addition, the San Francisco Public Library has expanded the number of computers in its branches and you can book time to use computers or to get help accessing information on-line. For a list of branch libraries with computer access, go to the San Francisco Public Library web site.