Thanks WishX for emailing us. The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, announced a joint initiative this week between Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD) and Microsoft Australia to enable people with disabilities to access today's technology.
TAD is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Australian people with disabilities and those caring for them through the application of technology. The partnership with Microsoft Australia will enable TAD's Computer Loan Service to provide PCs in the homes of people with disabilities and access to on-line services, education and social interaction. Microsoft support will allow TAD to customize donated PCs with CD-ROMS, sound cards, modems and additional memory to ensure they operate at optimum levels, allowing people with disabilities access to the best technology.
According to Sancha Donald, CEO of TAD in New South Wales, "Microsoft's ongoing support enables TAD's Computer Loan Service to provide PCs to people who would otherwise be isolated and without access to many services which other Australians take for granted.
"Technology is a part of everyday life but the disadvantaged in our community are at risk of being left behind. Microsoft's support helps TAD and our volunteers meet increasing demand," said Donald.