Program will support digital equity for people with disabilities through increased access to technology
NASHVILLE (May 21, 2021) — Empower Tennessee is pleased to announce it has been awarded $50,000 from Amerigroup to enhance its Technology and Access Program. The Technology and Access Program provides solutions for Tennesseans with disabilities who may benefit from expanded access to technology services, equipment, training, and support.
Accessing the internet and navigating it successfully can be a distressing barrier to those who are already on limited incomes, need unique accessibility tools, or require additional training on how to use laptops or mobile devices. The donation from Amerigroup will help provide vital technology resources for people with disabilities and encourage independent living for those who need it.
“We are grateful to Amerigroup for its partnership to help us close the digital equity gap for our consumers. This funding will help us begin to close that divide, provide individual freedom, and empower people with disabilities to succeed in their long-term goals for independent living,” said Brandon Brown, Empower Tennessee Executive Director. “This collaboration is a vital first step in our work to connect Tennesseans with disabilities with the services they need, the people they love, and the everyday activities they deserve.”
The funding will also support providing person-centered technology solutions to empower independence. These may include affordable hotspots, adaptive devices, keyboards and mice, accessibility software, training, and maintenance support.
“Technology tools and resources improve mental, emotional, and social health, all of which contribute to improved community health,” said Chad Pendleton, plan president, Amerigroup Tennessee. “We are grateful to partner with Empower Tennessee to create and deliver innovative technology solutions for people with disabilities as they strive to maintain their independence.”
Those interested in Empower Tennessee’s Technology and Access Program can visit the agency’s website at empowertn.org to learn more and begin the process with an Independent Living Specialist.
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About Amerigroup Tennessee
Amerigroup Tennessee, Inc. helps improve healthcare access and quality for more than 460,000 Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s various Medicaid programs. Amerigroup serves Tennesseans by developing and delivering innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Tennessee members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their healthcare. For more information about Amerigroup, please visit our website at www.myamerigroup.com/tn.
About Empower Tennessee
Empower Tennessee is a cross-disability, non-residential, consumer-controlled, non-profit Center for Independent Living serving Middle Tennessee. Its mission is to empower people with disabilities with opportunities for inclusion, choice, and independence. The agency provides five core services: information and referral, peer support, advocacy, skills training, and transition to community living. The ultimate impact of Empower Tennessee’s work is a community where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.