'I'm Able to Work' Project (public site)
This page contains summaries of various aspects of the project, appended and updated regularly.
The room at SCC used for computer-based instruction is quite adequate. It is around 300 square feet, 12 feet wide by 25 feet deep, approximately. Tables line both walls, and have a mixture of old and newer computer workstations on them; there is some table space for non-computer activities. One corner of the room has a wall mounted mirror and grooming instruments, and is used as a grooming station.
Currently, the room has a telephone extension but not a dedicated Internet connection. A case would need to be made in terms of the benefit of a separate dial up or high-speed Internet connection, which would probably represent significant installation and ongoing costs. Nancy Fueyo is currently investigating the possibility of a charitable contribution or discount on the part Internet Service Providers (ISP).
1.6 MHz; 128 RAM; 20 gigabytes HD; CD Rom, 17 inch monitor; speakers; network (Ethernet port) (no internal modem); Microsoft Windows XP Professional; HP DeskJet 845C printer; MS Office XP Pro.
There is also some adaptive interface equipment, including an IntelliKey sign board from IntelliTools (www.intellitools.com). A large, easy to use, one-button, preferably optical and wireless mouse would be beneficial for most, and will be researched for purchase; we are currently researching other input devices for those with the most limited manual dexterity.
Initial on-hand materials include the following:
Sunrise refers to the people it serves as its "consumers". Adults ranging in age from late teens to over sixty, they are challenged by various conditions: autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain damage, tremors, for example. Many have multiple physical and cognitive disabilities. Yet despite these challenges, most have demonstrated ability and potential beyond their own and others' expectations. A fundamental goal of this project is to help and encourage these consumers to function at their full potential, by raising expectations among themselves, their families, their caregivers, their service providers, their communities and their potential employers.