|SeniorNet Receives Susan G. Hadden Pioneer Award, February 2007|
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2007 – SeniorNet, the nation’s leading technology educator of older adults, was honored Friday, February 9, 2007 by the Alliance for Public Technology (APT) as a recipient of its Susan G. Hadden Pioneer Award. The Hadden Award honors individuals and organizations, which like the award’s namesake, advocate for widespread public access to advanced telecommunications.
Award Presenter Sally Marietta of IBM (left) with SeniorNet supporter Michele Williams, Executive Director Kristin Fabos, Board Chairman Leslie Smith and Board Member Langley Spurlock. Photo, courtesy of APT.
“SeniorNet distinguishes itself as a leading advocate for accessibility in technology by acting as a resource and providing education to the older adult community on access to computer technologies,” said Kenneth Peres, Ph.D., president of the Alliance for Public Technology.
Also honored this year were Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Charles Benton, chairman and trustee of the Benton Foundation. Previous recipients of the Susan G. Hadden Award have included: former FCC Chairman William E. Kennard, Congressman Silvestre Reyes and former Communications Workers of America President Morton Bahr.
“SeniorNet is very honored to be recognized for its 20-year commitment to empowering older adults with technology,” said Kristin Fabos, executive director of SeniorNet. “In the organization’s next 20 years, we will continue work to broaden SeniorNet’s reach beyond our 200 learning centers in 38 states and to add the voices of underserved older adults to SeniorNet’s dynamic community of computer-using seniors.” See more photos of the event.
The Alliance for Public Technology is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, D.C., which was founded in 1989 to foster public policies that ensure access to advanced telecommunications technologies for all Americans.
SeniorNet has been on the leading edge in technology education and civic engagement for older adults for the past 20 years. Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing older adults 50+ with access to and education on computer technology and the Internet. SeniorNet supports over 200 Computer Learning Centers and a vibrant online community at www.seniornet.org. In the next 20 years, SeniorNet will work to educate the 65 percent of older adults not currently online, and will also offer more advanced technology education for the aging Boomer population.
Most importantly however, SeniorNet will bring computer access and education to older adults in underserved communities. Thanks to sponsors partnering with us in this effort, we will open SeniorNet Learning Centers on five Native American Reservations and in several underserved communities nationwide.
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