Low Cost Internet Access
Being connected to online information and technology is increasingly essential for so many aspects of our lives and well-being. Yet San Francisco seniors and people with disabilities are less likely than other residents to have Internet access at home. The price of internet service is one of the reasons residents cite.
- Comcast Internet Essentials Senior Pilot
- Comcast Internet Essentials for Families & People with Housing Assistance
- Access from AT&T
- PCs for People
- San Francisco Low Cost Internet Options (PDF)
Low Cost Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones
As documented in Digital Inclusion: Closing The Digital Divide, a report issued by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation in February 2016, the keys to digital inclusion are access, equipment and literacy. Even as prices have fallen, the cost of devices remains out of reach for lower-income residents.
- PCs for People Refurbished Laptops & Desktops
- Low Cost Computer with Comcast Internet Essentials
- Reviews for Best Budget Laptops 2018
- Reviews for Best Budget Tablets 2018
Technology Training and Access
The third piece of closing the digital divide is ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities can get the training they need. A 2014 Pew research study found 77% of seniors 65 or older want someone to help them use a new digital device, and 56% want someone to help them learn how to use social networking sites. Helping participants over these hurdles can be extremely effective. The same study found that many seniors who do learn how to use their devices and go online became regular Internet users, with 71% going online almost every day, and 11% going online three to five times a week.
- Passport to the Digital World – San Francisco Online Learning Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- Community Living Campaign Classes and Open Labs – classes and open labs at 1663 Mission Street and other locations
- 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.
- San Francisco Public Library Computer Classes– – computer classes and much, much more!
Adaptive technology offers many ways to empower and increase access for people with disabilities. Yet residents need to be aware of the options, have access to adaptive devices, and receive the training they need to use these technologies effectively.
- Ability Net: My Computer My Way
- Windows Computer Accessibility Features
- Apple Computer Accessibility Features
- Android Tablet Accessibility Features
- Apple Tablet Accessibility Features
- Low Vision Apps
- Apps for Hearing Loss
- Independent Living Resource Center
- LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California