Low Cost Internet Access
Being connected to online information and technology is increasingly essential for so many aspects of our lives and well-being. Yet San Francisco seniors and people with disabilities are less likely than other residents to have Internet access at home. The price of internet service is one of the reasons residents cite.
- Comcast Internet Essentials Senior Pilot
- Comcast Internet Essentials for Students
- Access from AT&T
- PCs for People
- San Francisco Low Cost Internet Options (PDF)
Low Cost Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones
As documented in Digital Inclusion: Closing The Digital Divide, a report issued by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation in February 2016, the keys to digital inclusion are access, equipment and literacy. Even as prices have fallen, the cost of devices remains out of reach for lower-income residents.
- Reliatech Refurbished Laptops & Desktops
- PCs for People Refurbished Laptops & Desktops
- CNET: Reviews for Best Budget Tablets 2016
Technology Training and Access
The third piece of closing the digital divide is ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities can get the training they need. A 2014 Pew research study found 77% of seniors 65 or older want someone to help them use a new digital device, and 56% want someone to help them learn how to use social networking sites. Helping participants over these hurdles can be extremely effective. The same study found that many seniors who do learn how to use their devices and go online became regular Internet users, with 71% going online almost every day, and 11% going online three to five times a week.
Adaptive technology offers many ways to empower and increase access for people with disabilities. Yet residents need to be aware of the options, have access to adaptive devices, and receive the training they need to use these technologies effectively.
- Independent Living Resource Center
- LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
- Directory of Resources for Assistance With Vision and Hearing Disabilities (PDF)
SF Connected Calendar – more computer classes and tutoring by CLC and our partners in the SF Connected Program. Funded by the Department of Aging and Adult Services.
San Francisco Public Library Calendar – computer classes and much, much more!