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Entries filed under 'Digital Connections'

    10 Million Pledges and Why It Matters

    August 23, 2016 10:07 AM by Beth Shiroishi

    It happens at least once a day. I’m sitting at a traffic light, idling for more than a minute, and temptation hits.

    One little swipe, just this one time, can’t hurt. 

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    Access and Aging: Leveling the Tech Playing Field

    July 7, 2016 1:21 PM by ROMAN SMITH

    Recently the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) met in Washington, D.C. for a semi-annual meeting to discuss needs and trends in the accessibility and aging community with guest speakers and corporate advisors. AAPAA is a group of 15 different organizations that have a vast network of constituencies looking to AT&T to bring innovative technology to the market that allows individuals in accessibility and aging communities to lead fulfilling lives. Like prior gatherings, I had the honor of joining and participating. Over the course of two days, we had the opportunity to hear from both internal AT&T organizations and external speakers on how we are working together to meet the evolving needs of the accessibility and aging communities.

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    Lucy and the #CyberSenior Revolution

    June 30, 2016 9:56 AM by Lauren Crooks

    Although I often take it for granted, there is no doubt I’ve benefitted from growing up in the digital age. I’ve been swiping and tapping since I was at least 10. But our community and family members in older generations have not had this luxury. For many, using a smartphone is as foreign to them as using a typewriter is to me.

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    Schools Learn how AT&T Solutions Support Technology-Rich Education

    June 22, 2016 2:17 PM by John Irwin

    It’s that time of year again. Students look forward to recharging over summer break.

    It’s also the time when school administrators look forward to retooling in preparation for the next school year.

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    Connecting People with Disabilities to their World Through Technology

    May 24, 2016 10:15 AM by Kendra Ragsdale

    AT&T is dedicated to connecting people, regardless of technology experience or capability, with their world. That’s why we created Digital You, a resource for parents, seniors, job seekers, and people with disabilities to help them navigate technology with confidence. In order to further meet the needs of our customers with disabilities, AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office and the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center developed Wireless Independence Now (WIN) Workshops to teach people with disabilities how to use accessibility features installed on their phones and tablets.

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    Help Wanted: Older Adults Keep up with Newer Technology

    May 18, 2016 11:17 AM by Amy VanDeVelde

    “I don’t even know how to turn this thing on.”

    It’s not unusual to hear comments like that from some of the people we work with at OASIS. They are just beginning to learn about the benefits of online activities. It might be hard to believe, but a recent study by Pew Research concluded that 33% of Americans don’t currently have internet at home. Thirty nine percent of these non-adopters are over the age of 65. 

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    AT&T Setting out to Connect More U.S. Residents to the Internet

    April 22, 2016 12:20 PM by AT&T

    “Access from AT&T” is an Affordable Wireline Home Internet Option For Low-Income Households

    DALLAS, April 22, 2016 — AT&T1 is making wireline home Internet service more affordable for low-income households starting today through Access from AT&T, a new program designed to help bridge the digital divide.

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    Improving Communications for the Hard of Hearing through HD Voice

    April 18, 2016 7:15 AM by Susan Diegelman

    For people with disabilities, it is rare that there is a single solution that meets everyone’s accessibility needs. Different circumstances and environments often require different solutions and this is certainly true for people who are hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss. Hearing aids have become smaller, more comfortable and more powerful in recent years. They can make it possible to undertake activities that were previously more challenging – but they also have their limitations. The development of Hearing Aid Compatibility technologies that improve the ability of hearing aids to amplify mobile devices has greatly enhanced the experience for people with hearing loss, but it isn’t always the best solution for everyone.

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    Digital You Evolving to Enhance Online Experience

    March 10, 2016 9:46 AM by Andrea Brands

    Over the years, many of us at AT&T have been involved in efforts to help people learn more about how to get the most out of technology, whether it is training older adults to use their first smartphone or teaching students how to handle cyberbullying. Last year, we had the exciting opportunity to launch Digital You, a new, comprehensive AT&T program that offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.

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    A Whole Lotta Connecting Going on

    December 17, 2015 12:00 PM by Andrea Brands

    Ever hear the expression “dig your way to China”? It was pretty common when I was a girl. My friends and I thought that if we dug hard enough, we would arrive on the other side of the world in a new land with a different culture and loads of potential BFFs. Geographical accuracy aside (from the U.S. we would actually dig our way into the Indian Ocean), the concept that we are all connected was well taken.

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