Consumer Technology Assistance
WANTED: Laptops in working order. Got an old
laptop that is probably only good for email... and that's just about
it? Let us know!
We believe that Knowledge = Power and to survive
HIV/AIDS we must do all that we can to educate ourselves and others.
The Technology Assistance Program (TAP)
helps consumers 'tap' into the wealth of online resources that
potentially could help save lives.
technology assistance program was initially started by David Mensah in
1998. He was the directory of the Connecticut AIDS Residence
Program (CARP) which is now Liberty Community Services.
David knew how important it was for consumers to communicate and
have access to information technology for their own purposes as well
as advocating for their needs. His vision is still carried on
today whenever we have used equipment, or receive special donations
for such purposes.
Providing computer equipment and essential software to personís
living with HIV/AIDS that are disabled, and could not otherwise afford
such equipment, to research the possibilities for healthcare
treatment, side effects, communication with health care providers and
service organizations, and advocate for better treatments and public
policy concerning people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Some recipients have used this equipment to help learn the skills
they need to return to work, go back to school, and participate in
local consortia and planning bodies.
Priority will be given to those actively participating in local
HIV/AIDS planning bodies so that they can fully participate in online
discussions, email notifications, and communications to facilitate the
planning body's objectives.
Examples of HIV/AIDS Planning bodies are:
|Ryan White Planning Councils|
|Statewide HIV Consortia|
|Local consortia and collaboratives|
|HIV/AIDS Task Forces|
|Consumer Advisory Boards|
|Community Advisory Boards|
How you can help:
If you have any used equipment (ie; computer, monitor, printer,
keyboard, mouse, scanner, fax machine...) and it is (or was) in
good working condition, please consider making a tax-deductible
equipment donation to The Guardian Health Association. Please email us to let us know
what you have.
We also accept restricted cash donations
for our Consumer Technology Assistance Program to help repair used
Samples of Equipment:
Plain Paper Fax
The IntelliFAX-1270 is a full featured plain paper Fax with a
20-page automatic document feed, 200-sheet paper cassette,
450-page print cartridge and Quick Scan memory transmission.
Its 20 page memory, broadcasting and convenience copying features
make it well suited to handle demanding business applications.
This full featured fax is both Caller ID and Distinctive Ring
Detection ready for customers subscribing to these services.
|Donated by: CARC
||Compaq IJ750 Color Ink Jet Printer.
Used, in good working
Needs Ink Cartridges
Software and drivers available from
|Donated by: John Weant
||Gateway 2000 Pentium I, MMX 180, 80mg RAM, 2g hard
disk, tape backup, 17" Vivitron Screen, Altec Lansing Speakers
with subwoofer, microphone, Epson Color Stylus 800 Inkjet Printer
Used, in good working
Printer Needs Ink Cartridges
|Donated by: Guardian Health
Because people who are online have an advantage to apply for
equipment, we are implementing the following priorities to apply in
cases where more than one consumer applies for the same available
All qualified applicants must be HIV affected and unable to afford
the item otherwise. Priority will be given to:
- Residents of Connecticut
- Members of an HIV planning body, council, committee, campaign
- Lack of any other access to similar equipment
- New applicants (i.e., those who have not received any donations)
- Those who are able to pick equipment up (we don't ship)
Our Technology Assistance Program is currently on hold due to lack
of donations and funding to repair PCs. Used equipment is
refurbished with updated PC parts, operating systems, drivers, and
devices to make them workable for today's software.
Unfortunately, despite appeals, this program has not been successful
in securing funding to continue these operations.
Want to get involved?
If you would like to make a donation, either financial or used equipment, please go to our on line donations
CT Statewide HIV Community