Arc of New London County receives grant

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — People with intellectual and developmental disabilities could soon find it easier to surf the web.

The Arc of New London County has received a $10,000 grant from Comcast to buy computers and provide training for its clients. Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Stauffer says less than half of those with these disabilities have access to computers.

She also says her clients need proper training to stay safe. 68 percent of the women have been sexually abused as well as 30 percent of the men.

“If we’re going to give people the computer skills they need to connect and live to their fullest and best life, then we have to make sure the people have tools to be safe. They know how to use that equipment and they know how to stay safe when they’re using it,” said Stauffer.

The money will provide three computer classes a year for these clients who have also become talented cooks. They prepared the appetizers and desserts for Monday’s event.

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