*****Author’s Note: The following post was published on July 8, 2018 and has not been updated since its initial publication. As this post was written as part of a bigger, older project that has already ended, I do not intend on updating this post with new information about the organizations featured in it. This means some or all of the information in this or other posts in this series may be outdated by the time you read this post.
If you need the latest information on these organizations, it is your responsibility to conduct that research on your own. These posts can be used as a jumping off point for that research, but it is still your responsibility to look up these organizations on your own to verify whether or not their services still exist or will actually work for your needs.
***This blog post is part of a weekly series titled #SignalBoostSunday. This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***
We’re back to our regular #SignalBoostSunday format this week and our theme is: Technology.
This week we’re looking at two Atlanta organizations that support Georgians with technology -related resources.
Essentially, TechBridge is a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits further their charitable missions by providing information technology services for these organizations.
Some of the support services they offer include: performance measurement, database management and creating custom apps and software for nonprofit organizations.
While TechBridge’s main focus is helping other nonprofits with their information technology needs, the organization also has its own notable charitable initiative: The TechBridge Technology Career Program. The program is a free technology and business education program intended to teach the skills necessary to get an entry-level technology job, usually with an employer that is partnered with TechBridge.
The program itself is 16 weeks long and also includes a laptop that students get to keep, an internet stipend, nonprofit and support services during the program and after graduation and access to mentorship and career planning for up to a year after graduation.
Georgia Tech’s Tools for Life Program is an initiative that works towards providing access and training for the use of assistive technology devices and services for Georgia’s disabled residents.
Some of the services they offer include: loaning out assistive technology devices and equipment on a trial basis (so those who need them can test them out before purchasing their own), device training sessions for groups or individuals and published guides on subjects such as how fund an assistive technology purchase and the official federal accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities.