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EmpowerTech Launches Emergency Fundraising Appeal

EmpowerTech Launches Emergency Fundraising Appeal

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2009

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities, today launched an emergency fundraising drive to stave off possible closure later this summer. EmpowerTech needs $ 100,000 to fund its programs, and will seek $ 100 donations from 1,000 individual donors.

EmpowerTech is the only Assistive Technology center serving the 1.8 million people living with disabilities in Los Angeles County. According to a Public Policy Institute of California study, people with disabilities have disproportionately low incomes, are underemployed and have access to fewer mainstream resources. As the state of California threatens budget cuts towards disability aid and programs, the mission and action of EmpowerTech has even greater importance to their lives, education, and development.

Joan Anderson, EmpowerTech Executive Director commented, "For more than 20 years, EmpowerTech has served the community by providing the skills and access to technology that persons living with disabilities need to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives. Now we are asking the community for help. For $ 100--27 cents a day--an individual donor can help keep this invaluable resource operating in our community. We've all read and heard a lot lately about companies deemed "too big to fail," but EmpowerTech is simply "too important to fail".

Through its T.R.A.D.E, low vision/Blind, pre-school, and Open Access programs, EmpowerTech provides computer training and assistive technology to anyone who needs it, from blind/low-vision adults to disabled children. For these members of our community, basic tasks that most people take for granted such as accessing and using the Internet, creating and reading documents, or simply learning and communicating through online and computer-based resources, hold the key to independence, and achieving educational and employment goals

Anderson stated, "EmpowerTech does not receive state or federal grants, and the recession has virtually eliminated the corporate and foundation grants that we have relied upon to complete our work. If this fundraising appeal is not successful, we will have to shut our doors, eliminating social, developmental, employment, and educational opportunities for the students who depend on us."

To learn more about EmpowerTech and its success stories, please visit http: or call (310)-338-1597. To make a secure donation online, please visit:

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