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Giving Techday: Improving Lives Through Tech


The CTA Foundation – a public, national foundation – was established in 2012 with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities to technologies that enhance their lives. Since then, the Foundation has provided more than $3 million in support of programs to impact these communities. The CTA Foundation also engages industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders around these important issues.

This year, as a new take on Giving Tuesday – a day marked by charity that falls on November 27, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving – the CTA Foundation announced Giving Techday. This campaign, and the associated social media hashtag #GivingTechday, seeks to raise funds to continue to help these organizations dedicated to supporting seniors and people with disabilities. As part of the campaign, the Foundation has been showcasing a number of organizations it has engaged with in the past.

The first of these, Byte Back, is an organization that provides computer education and assistive technologies for people with disabilities and seniors. According to the organization’s website, “Through computer and advanced IT certification classes, Byte Back helps graduates gain invaluable skills, experience higher rates of self-confidence and launch successful new careers.” Read more about the organization, its founders, as well as profiles of a few students on the CTA Foundation’s Facebook page.

The next story focuses on the work of Music & Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. As explained on Music & Memory’s website, “Our approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.”

As we approach Giving Techday, be sure to follow the CTA Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for more stories about the great organizations using tech to improve lives.

To learn how you can join us in supporting their work visit www.SupportCTAF.org.

Mark Chisholm

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