Windsor, CT – July 20, 2022: Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT held an event today to announce two Comcast grants totaling $25,000. The grants support Easterseals’ Veterans Rally Point Digital Media Skills Program and helped to fund a kitchen renovation at Easterseals’ Windsor location. The event was attended by representatives and clients of Easter Seals, Comcast executives, State Senator Douglas McCrory and State Representative Maryam Khan.
In addition, Comcast employees presented laptops and tablets to Easterseals and held a training session for Easterseals’ clients on digital basics including how to use the Internet, connect with others and be safe online.
“Staying active and learning new digital skills is important for our clients and so is online safety,” said Robin Sharp, President & CEO, Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT. “We are grateful to Comcast for partnering with us to help people stay connected. Connection via the Internet has become even more important during the pandemic to help people feel less isolated.”
“At Comcast, we are committed to our veterans and to enhancing digital literacy for all, no matter a person’s ability,” said Dan Glanville, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Impact for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is based in Berlin. “We are thrilled to partner with Easterseals and support their mission of achieving greater equity, inclusion, and adoption of the Internet.”
“We have numerous apps and online services at our fingertips to stay in touch with friends and family, along with other important people in our community circles like health providers,” said State Senator Douglas McCrory. “Having more ways to socialize and access resources is a big support to both mental and physical health. But we want to make sure that people have the latest tips on how to remain safe online and avoid scams. I’m glad that we could hold today’s conversation to spread the word on staying safe when using your phone or surfing the Internet.”
“In today’s digital age it is imperative that people of all abilities have access to the best information and resources in the safest manner possible,” added State Representative Maryam Khan (D-Windsor). “I applaud Comcast and Easterseals for working to deliver both today in my district.”
The Veterans Rally Point Digital Media Skills Program serves the unique needs of approximately 50 active military, National Guard, Reservists, and their families by providing technology tools including a computer/media lab with new desktop computers, web cameras and software, as well as both formal and informal guidance to navigate Veteran Benefit resources, employment opportunities, professional development, and more.
Easterseals is proud to serve clients in our community with comprehensive medical rehabilitation programs including behavioral health, OT, PT, and speech therapy, and is one of the largest neuropsychological practices in the state providing assessments through all stages of life from autism spectrum disorder through dementia.
Easterseals values the whole person, and impacts people where they need us most–school, work, home or in the community. Services include: Autism & Dementia services through our leading neuropsychological practice; Expanded Medical Rehabilitation services including behavioral health, occupational therapy, physical therapy & speech therapy; Award winning Vocational Rehabilitation & supported education & employment programs; Compassionate Adult Day support services with employment opportunities; Social Enterprises providing high quality janitorial services & secure document/ electronic destruction services while employing those with disabilities, Easterseals Veterans Rally Point Center of Excellence–programs for Active Military, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans and their families.
Pictured left to right: State Senator Douglas McCrory; Josh Perry, Comcast Supervisor of Technical Operations; Robin Sharp, President & CEO, Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT; State Representative Maryam Khan; Brad Palazzo, Comcast Director of Community Impact; and Dave Henchey, Comcast Senior Manager of Construction.
About Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
Overview of our life-changing 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization: For more than 70 years, award-winning and CARF-accredited Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut has been serving children, seniors, veterans and adults with disability and other special needs. Through its unique Easterseals Veterans Rally Point services as well as its other services including Medical & Vocational Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology, Dementia Clinic, Supported Education, Adult Day Support and Social Enterprise Businesses, Easterseals is leading the way to 100% equity inclusion and access for people with disabilities, families, and communities. All Abilities. Limitless Possibilities. Visit www.easterseals.com/Hartford and www.veteransrallypoint.com to learn more.
For more than 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and their families. Together, our 68 Affiliates in communities nationwide serve 1.5 million people annually through high-quality programs including autism services, early intervention, workforce development, adult day care and more. In schools, workplaces, and communities, we are fostering environments where everyone is included and valued —making a real and positive impact on us all. Join us in ensuring that everyone – regardless of age or ability – is 100% included and 100% empowered. Learn more at www.easterseals.com
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.