Digital Divide Pilot Project

Are you (or someone you care for) a person with an intellectual and developmental disability [IDD] who would like to access the internet, but don’t have a computer of your own?

In June 2020, the City of Portland was awarded $3.5 million in CARES Act funding to bridge what’s commonly called the “digital divide.” This divide happens when vulnerable groups like people experiencing IDD, low-income families, and/or people of color face a lack of reliable internet access, devices, and digital literacy skills. (For more info on the City of Portland’s efforts to bridge the digital divide, click here.)

The Arc Portland Metro was selected to distribute 50 iPad kits to Portlanders experiencing disability by the end of December 2020. We are grateful to CareOregon for supporting the initial development of this project, and to the City of Portland for making it possible for us to expand it to reach more people.

iPad Request Form

All iPads have been distributed!