Our Computer Training & Access program helps people connect with family members, manage their health, learn new skills, and more.
Coronavirus Update: All in-person training is suspended. Check our calendar for virtual tech help sessions and a range of classes introducing things you can do online. Our computer trainers are also reaching out to students through WeChat, email, and phone to help keep people connected. Please use this Stay Healthy & Connected survey to share your contact information and preferences to stay in touch.
Digital access is so important during the current physical isolation restrictions. While libraries and computer labs are now closed, Comcast Internet Essentials and Sonic are offering several months of free access to new users. Comcast has also made its Xfinity WiFi hotspots free during the Coronavirus outbreak.
We offer dozens of free computer classes and tutoring each month at senior, community, and adult day services centers throughout San Francisco – in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi. This includes classes to help people use accessible technologies for people with vision, hearing, and other disabilities. We also now have our own drop-in computer lab.
SF Connected Computer Labs
Our trainers offer free classes and one-on-one tutoring in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian at senior centers, adult day health centers, and other community sites as part of the city’s SF Connected Program.
Drop by the 5th floor at 1663 Mission Street on Mondays or Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm for free one-on-one computer training and hands-on presentations in a friendly environment. Or see our calendar for a full list of current lab times and locations throughout San Francisco.
Whether you’re just getting started or are looking for a new challenge, we have classes for you. Start with a class on something interesting to you such as social media, photography, or genealogy, and pick up computer basics as you need them. To find out about available topics, bring classes to your neighborhood, or to learn about upcoming presentations, view our calendar or contact Estelle Schneider at 415-821-1003, ext. 108 or email@example.com.
In addition to labs open to the public, CLC works with adult day services centers across the city to teach computing skills to their participants. As part of our program, we introduces participants to accessible technologies that can increase communication options for people with vision, hearing and other disabilities.
Videographers In Production
A dedicated group of seniors and people with disabilities are learning how to use video to share stories about their neighbors. Working in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition, they are producing short videos and working on a longer program for public access television. To learn more or join the group, contact us at 415-821-1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low Cost Internet Access and Computers
The keys to digital inclusion are access, equipment and training. Many of the seniors and people with disabilities work with don’t have the resources to afford internet access or devices at home. While not enough, there are some resources that can help. Community Living Campaign, along with other organizations, businesses, and government agencies on the SF Tech Council continue to work to increase resources for digital inclusion.
Other SF Connected Sites
As part of the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services’ SF Connected Program, Community Tech Network, Self-Help for the Elderly and Conard House also have computer training and specialty classes. For more information on free classes, call (415) 355-3555, visit the SF Connected map, or see the SF Connected class schedule.
In addition, the San Francisco Public Library has expanded the number of computers in its branches and you can book time to use computers or to get help accessing information on-line. For a list of branch libraries with computer access, go to the San Francisco Public Library web site and search for Senior Computer Classes on the SFPL events page.