Magazine article Techniques

Partnership Makes Free Computers Available for Persons with Disabilities

Magazine article Techniques

Partnership Makes Free Computers Available for Persons with Disabilities

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As part of the AMBUCS Sooner Chapter's ASK project (AMBUCS Share-for-Life Komputers), AMBUCS and Oklahoma's Francis Tuttle Technology Center are partnering on a community project that makes free computers available to persons with disabilities.

According to Francis Tuttle, after initiating the project in 1995, AMBUCS found the distribution process for the free upgraded computers to be a little cumbersome, so Sooner AMBUCS representative Richard Oglesby approached Francis Tuttle Network Technology Instructor Gary Bell to find a better way. Bell, who also serves as Francis Tuttle's SkillsUSA adviser, suggested that SkillsUSA might have a solution, since students in the national career and technical student organization learn to diagnose, repair and reconfigure computers.

Many students have now volunteered their time as part of this project and hope to serve as the national model in teaming with the national AMBUCS organization to make donated computers available regionally.

In a March 31 news release, Francis Turtle announced that more than 100 computers have been upgraded and would be available for persons with disabilities at an event that was to be held April 16 at the technology center's Portland campus. …

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