NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. was the grateful recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Will County and the Rink Family Grant Fund for the purchase of new assistive technology for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness who Trinity serves.
The grant was formally presented Oct. 5 at a ceremony at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville. Other recipients of the CFWC’s Community Partner Grants were in attendance, as well.
At Trinity, the $15,000 will fund the purchase of 15 4G iPads and cases for the iPads; 15 touch screen monitors; 10 adapted computer keyboards; 15 sets of wireless headphones; and other hardware and applications that can be used independent of or alongside the equipment.
Assistive technology can help adults with disabilities learn new skills, communicate — sometimes for the first time in their lives — and complete tasks that would otherwise be difficult without the technology. Both assistive technology and information technology are used in all of Trinity’s Adult Learning Programs.
Daily life, fitness, woodworking and gardening skills are some of the focuses these different forms of technology can help users learn or more easily complete. Through technology acquired through the grant, Trinity aims to help people acquire new skills, improve communication and learn new forms of communication, and acquire new roles or deepen commitments in current roles.
It is an important goal of Trinity Services to continue to expand its technology offerings to the people it serves so that, eventually, every person served has daily access to equipment and applications that help them advance their health, levels of activity and independence.
To view a video about some of the ways technology is used at Trinity Services, visit www.trinity-services.org/newsroom. The video is entitled “Touch To Begin.”
Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.
Pictured are Michael Trench, executive director of the Community Foundation of Will County; Kathy Cawley, trustee and Grant Committee chairwoman of the CFWC; Thane Dykstra, chief operating officer of Trinity Services, Inc.; and Michael Rittof, board chairman of the CFWC.
Trinity Services Chief Operating Officer Thane Dykstra speaks at the Community Foundation of Will County’s grant presentation ceremony Oct. 5 at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville.
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