NEW YORK CITY, (October 8, 2015) – As part of its ongoing initiative to provide New Yorkers with access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers, Time Warner Cable today opened its newest Learning Lab at Easter Seals New York, located at 42 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. A $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable funded Easter Seals New York with new desktop computers, laptops, smart boards and iPads. Time Warner Cable Business Class enhanced the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with Easter Seals New York and support its mission of helping New Yorkers, especially veterans of our country’s armed forces,” said Gregg Cory, Time Warner Cable’s area vice president of operations for Southern Manhattan. “Through Learning Labs like this one, Time Warner Cable is providing state-of-the-art technologies to help bridge the digital divide for New Yorkers in today’s rapidly changing world.”
“Easter Seals New York is very grateful to Time Warner Cable for providing a Learning Lab in the Vocational Service office,” said Rita Stella, Senior Director of Vocational Services for Easter Seals New York. “These additional resources will empower the mature workers and military veterans Easter Seals serves to gain competitive technological skills that will lead to success in the workplace and increased, sustainable self-sufficiency.”
"Access to computers and other technology is increasingly critical," said State Senator Daniel Squadron. "Increased access at Easter Seals is great news for the communities they serve. Thank you to Time Warner Cable for the Learning Labs initiative."
Easter Seals New York was founded in 1922 as one of the first organizations to aid people with disabilities by providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs as well as their families. For the last 80 years, Easter Seals has been producing programs that enable those with special needs to achieve equality, dignity, and independence in their own communities. Because the program participants are low-income, often homeless individuals, they do not have personal access to a computer or broadband services on a regular basis. Many participants do not have experience using a personal computer or a tablet, let alone the programs and software available to assist them with resume writing and job searching.
Time Warner Cable committed in 2011 to open 40 Learning Labs in New York City by 2020 — providing low income communities with access to computers and high-speed Internet. Time Warner Cable’s total investment to equip these 40 facilities is anticipated to exceed $2 million, plus additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as Easter Seals New York, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies for the people they serve.
Time Warner Cable has now opened 18 Learning Labs in neighborhoods throughout New York City. In Manhattan, labs previously opened are located at the LGBT Center on 13th Street, YWCA on W. 56th Street, Chinese-American Planning Council in Chinatown, in Harlem at the Police Athletic League Center, the James Weldon Johnson Community Center, the Ali Forney Center and Penn South Social Services. In Brooklyn, labs are located at the Red Hook Initiative, Good Shepard Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge. In Queens, labs are located at Woodside on the Move, Sunnyside Community Services and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, and Korean Community Services, Inc. Staten Island is presently home to a lab at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About Easter Seals New York
Easter Seals New York was founded in 1922 as one of the first organizations to aid people with disabilities by providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs as well as their families. For the last 80 years, Easter Seals has been producing programs that enable those with special needs to achieve equality, dignity, and independence in their own communities.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.