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CEA Foundation Extends Grant to Lighthouse Guild’s Technology Center

The CEA Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), announced it will continue to support Lighthouse Guild with a second annual grant for The Henry A. Grunwald Technology Center. The Center is comprised of a dedicated team of technology professionals who provide instruction, training, demonstrations and forums, both on-site and virtually on the web, utilizing cutting-edge technologies to significantly enhance the lives of people who are visually impaired.

“With new technologies coming to market all the time, there is a strong need for technology instruction across a variety of demographics, especially among seniors and people with vision impairments. The technology center, with this grant, will continue to support the CEA Foundation’s mission by undertaking the challenge of helping individuals utilize the potential and reap the benefits of today’s innovative technologies,” said John Shalam, chairman of the CEA Foundation.

Peer-to-peer training workshops enable successful users of today's most popular devices to serve as role models, share knowledge, and provide encouragement to others. Lighthouse Guild will use this model to work with clients at The Henry A. Grunwald Technology Center to combine technology training with social networking in a supportive, comfortable atmosphere. The grant will also allow The Grunwald Center to implement a Smart Service for people who may need help with accessibility.

“Every day new technologies are developed that can help improve people’s lives by reducing or eliminating the barriers they experience. Thanks to the CEA Foundation, we can provide our clients with hands-on training required to help them use these technologies,” said Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President &CEO, Lighthouse Guild.

The Grunwald Center's professional technology staff and volunteers provide people who are visually impaired with instruction on a variety of assistive equipment and devices. Additionally, instructors tutor clients on basic and advanced uses of cellular phones, electronic tablets and other technologies, all of which help people to better navigate their environments, perform daily activities, remain connected to friends, families and associates, and continue to enjoy doing what they love most.

About CEA Foundation

The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association. It was established with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. The Foundation is focused on strategic support of programs to impact these communities and has launched its first series of grants in 2012. It also serves to facilitate dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders around important issues. For more information on the CEA Foundation please visit CEAFoundation.org.

About Lighthouse Guild

Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization with a long history of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. By integrating vision + healthcare services and expanding access through education and awareness, we help people lead productive, dignified and fulfilling lives. With more than 200 combined years of organizational experience, Lighthouse Guild brings a level of understanding to vision care that is unmatched. For more information, visit lighthouseguild.org.

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