Communities Foundation of Texas awarded a substantial grant from the Reading Resource Fund to Computers for the Blind to support over 650 clients with the purchase of an accessible computer. This grant will allow for a $60 discount on a desktop or laptop for any person who is blind or has reduced vision and who is on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In addition, any student who receives vision services through the school system is eligible to receive the discount with a letter of recommendation from their vision teacher.
Addressing factors such as lack of connectivity, reliable devices, and training continues to be crucial in bridging the digital divide for people who have no or reduced vision”, reports Christy Householter (Executive Director at Computers for the Blind). “With this grant, we can provide a reliable computer that is affordable and accessible to our clients.” This grant will support the continued mission of providing computers so that each person who is visually impaired may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner.
Communities Foundation of Texas works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives. The Reading Resource Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas was established in to continue promoting the mission of Reading & Radio Resource, a nonprofit that provided audio access to printed material for those with blindness and for individuals with barriers to reading. Their transition to the Reading Resource Fund has enabled them to remain committed to leveraging technology to enhance the lives, education and careers of individuals who experience barriers to reading.
Anyone who has a visual impairment and receives SSI or SSDI should contact Computers for the Blind for more information on eligibility for this grant that will reduce the price of a laptop or desktop computer by $60.00.
For more information on computers specifications, please see the Fact Sheet:
This grant is available immediately and will be continued until all funds are spent.
Please share this with all vision professionals, rehabilitation counselors, consumers, consumer organizations and veteran/military connections throughout United States.
(Dallas, TX) March 2021