Comcast grant to support computer program for people with disabilities

Groton — Comcast is giving a $10,000 grant to The Arc New London County to purchase computers for a digital literacy program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   

At 1 p.m. Monday The Arc and Comcast will host a special event at 52 Sacred Heart Drive in Groton to announce the award.

The funds will be used for an eight-week course that will provide participants with critical computer tools for success and will focus on developing basic computer skills, using email, gaining social media proficiency, and the importance of personal online security. 

Kathleen Stauffer, the chief executive officer of The Arc, will be joined by Marian K. Galbraith, mayor of the City Groton; Deb Hinchey, the mayor of Norwich; Kristen Roberts, vice president of public relations and community investment at Comcast; and elected officials at the event.

The Arc New London County is a full-service provider offering residential, employment and day services as well as in-home supports and recreational opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Their Community Life & Advocacy program is the oldest such program in southeastern Connecticut and is funded solely by public donations and United Way.

The program provides life enhancement options ranging from Special Olympics to providing opportunities for support groups to self-presentation skills for professional advancement.

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