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3Jul/110

Funding Shortage Continues To Threaten EmpowerTech

Funding Shortage Continues To Threaten EmpowerTech










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2009

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities, reported progress today in the first month of its emergency fundraising drive. However, the organization cautioned that, unless more funds are raised, it could be forced to close its doors, leaving the men, women and children living with disabilities who depend on EmpowerTech with no place to turn for instruction and support.

On June 12, EmpowerTech launched its "1,000 Empowering Moments" campaign in which it sought $ 100 donations from 1,000 individual donors. More than $ 15,000 has been raised in the first month of the appeal, but more support is desperately needed to save the one of a kind non-profit organization.

Joan Anderson, EmpowerTech Executive Director commented, "Words cannot express my gratitude to the many individuals who responded to our appeal during the initial weeks of the campaign. Their support has allowed us to continue to providing a unique, invaluable service to dozens of men, women and children with disabilities in Los Angeles. But we need more help. For only $ 100--27 cents a day--an individual donor to help us move a step closer to preserving this one of a kind community resource."

Through its T.R.A.D.E, Blind/Low Vision, 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, "I am encouraged by the breadth of support EmpowerTech has received to date. We are 15% of the way toward our goal in only four weeks, but it is absolutely critical that we maintain this momentum and continue to raise funds for our programs. For our students, we are their only option. If we fall short of our target, EmpowerTech will not be able to continue. The community needs us--but we need the community. I encourage everyone to do what they can to help."

To learn more about EmpowerTech and its success stories, please visit http:http://www.empowertech.org or call (310)-338-1597. To make a secure donation online, please visit: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/EmpowerTech/OnlineDonation.html.

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30Apr/110

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:http://www.empowertech.org or call (310)-338-1597. To make a secure donation online, please visit: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/EmpowerTech/OnlineDonation.html

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28Mar/110

EmpowerTech Luncheon to Highlight Labor & Employment Issues For Persons With Disabilities

EmpowerTech Luncheon to Highlight Labor & Employment Issues For Persons With Disabilities










Los Angeles (PRWEB) May 6, 2009

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities will hold a working luncheon on June 23, 2009 from 11:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m. at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. Participants will have an opportunity to experience hands-on Assistive Technology demonstrations, and will learn about legal and human resources issues related to the employment of individuals with disabilities.

EmpowerTech Executive Director Joan Anderson commented, "Everything we do at EmpowerTech is geared toward helping individuals living with disabilities become more independent, and preparing them to succeed in the workforce. An important part of that mission involves educating potential employers and about the positive impact our program graduates can have on their companies. By addressing fundamental labor and employment issues, we believe we can help create opportunities for our graduates and for all individuals with disabilities."

Labor and employment attorney Alfred Klein, who has been named as a SuperLawyer in his field since 2004, and is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Rodi Pollock Pettker Christian & Pramov, will lead the program which will dispel some of the misconceptions about labor issues pertaining to the employment of individuals with disabilities.

Tickets for the luncheon are $ 50 per person and may be purchased through EmpowerTech by calling (310) 338-1597. EmpowerTech has applied for certification for HR and MCLE from the California state bar.

Founded in 1986 as the "Computer Access Center" by a group of concerned parents and professionals, EmpowerTech today uses modern Assistive Technology to help persons with disability obtain the skills and the confidence to perform important computing tasks that many take for granted such as accessing and using the Internet and creating and reading documents. From programs for blind/low-vision adults to classes for disabled children, EmpowerTech uses state of the art Assistive Technology to help individual with disabilities experience the freedom and fulfillment of self-sufficiency.

EmpowerTech is funded entirely through grants and individual donations. To learn more about EmpowerTech and to view some of its many, many success stories, please visit: http://www.empowertech.org/success.html.

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21Feb/110

EmpowerTech Appoints New Director of Blind & Low Vision Services

EmpowerTech Appoints New Director of Blind & Low Vision Services










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2011

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities, announced the appointment of Nicolas M. Crisosto as Director of Blind and Low Vision Services.

Mr. Crisosto has been a Lecturer in Computer Science at California State University Channel Islands, an instructor at The Society for the Blind in Sacramento, CA, and is a former chapter president and California State Treasurer for the National Federation for the Blind. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Mathematics, and is an alumnus of the Colorado Center for the Blind's Independence Training Program.

EmpowerTech Executive Director Joan Anderson commented, "I am excited to welcome Nicolas Crisosto to the EmpowerTech team. Our Blind and Low Vision programs require a Director with experience, expertise, and a passion for helping others. Nicolas is the complete package. When it comes to learning intricate computer technologies, he has sat on both sides of the desk--as a teacher and a student--and he knows firsthand the challenges and the rewards of mastering non-visual techniques. The positive impact that I expect Nicolas will make on our students and on our organization is difficult to overstate."

After an initial evaluation of EmpowerTech's Blind and Low Vision service offerings, Mr. Crisosto plans to enhance the agency's core curriculum to include instruction in basic computer software applications and more advanced Assistive Technology programs. In addition to his collegiate-level instructional experience in basic computer literacy involving the full suite of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer, Mr. Crisosto also is proficient in a broad variety of Assistive Technologies including including JAWS, OpenBook, VoiceOver, WindowEyes, Guide, Duxbury, JulietPro Embossers, scanners, BrailleNote, and LaTeX.

Mr. Crisoto commented, "When I was given the opportunity to join EmpowerTech in a leadership capacity, I leapt at the chance. Giving people the freedom and independence to manage their lives through technology that so many take for granted, is a rare opportunity. I am excited to work with my new colleagues to enhance EmpowerTech's existing programs and to make an even greater impact on the community we already serve so well."

EmpowerTech is the only Assistive Technology center serving the 1.8 million people living with disabilities in Los Angeles County. To learn more about EmpowerTech and its success stories, please visit http://www.empowertech.org or call (310)-338-1597.

To make a secure donation online, please visit: http://www.empowertech.org/Involved_Donate.html

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