Diversity & Inclusion
DEI / Digital access

Here’s what you’ll find at the Comcast Digital Literacy Lab in Northeast Philly

SPIN (Special People in the Northeast) put that initial $10,000 grant to good use.

At the Comcast Digital Literacy Lab. (Courtesy photo)
Full disclosure: Comcast was the title sponsor of Philly Tech Week 2016, which was organized by Technical.ly.

Hats off to Technical.ly contributor Maggie Heffernan, who first reported on that $10,000 grant from Comcast to a disability and education nonprofit called SPIN (Special People in the Northeast). Last week, the nonprofit unveiled the results of the investment: the Comcast Digital Literacy Lab, housed inside SPIN’s Norcom Community Center.
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The lab is focused on giving some high school students and adults with disabilities the digital skills they need to lead more independent, SPIN CEO Kathy Brown McHale said in a press release.
At the ceremony, teens and adults with disabilities showcased the use of assistive technology and apps, assisted speech devices and eye-controlled gear. The lab houses 20 computers and five tablets equipped with accessibility apps.
Comcast gave the nonprofit an extension of the original grant for a total investment of $20,000. There was also a $3,000 donation through Gwynedd Mercy University’s Special Education Club 5K, in memory of Alex Valeno.

The tablets are equipped with accesibility tools. (Courtesy photo)

The tablets are equipped with accesibility tools. (Courtesy photo)


“The digital divide can impact families in many ways and Comcast is committed to help closing it by offering Internet Essentials and partnering with organizations such as SPIN to help people get the skills they need to take advantage of all the resources the internet has to offer,” said Comcast Regional Vice President of Community Investment Robert Smith.
Users can have access to assisted speech tools. (Courtesy photo)

Users can have access to assisted speech tools. (Courtesy photo)


People interested in contacting the nonprofit’s digital literacy program for people with disabilities can contact the Norcom Community Center through its website or by calling 215-613-1070.

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