CANnect, a national alliance of 2 schools and organizations for the blind, including the Carroll Center, has been notified by the Lodestar Foundation that they have been named an award semi-finalist for their collaboration in making technology training through distance learning accessible and available by blind students and adults throughout the country.
The Lodestar Foundation (www.lodestarfoundation.org), founded in 1999 and based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a national and international grant making organization devoted to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy by leveraging philanthropic resources through alliances and collaboration. The Collaboration Prize, a cash award of $250,000 will be presented to the most successful collaboration in the nonprofit world.
As one of 30 semi-finalists, CANnect has been recognized for creating a partnership of blindness organizations throughout the country working towards developing distance learning programs for blind youth and adults. The Carroll Center has played a significant role in the CANnect development by creating a technology training curriculum for blind adults to take technology classes from their home or community. Carroll Center President, Rachel E. Rosenbaum said, “Since we have been in the forefront of accessible technology training for blind persons for the past 25 years, we look forward to sharing our experiences with blind persons throughout the country.”
Eight finalists are currently being chosen from the 30, and the prize winner will be chosen by a Final Selection Panel of leaders from the nonprofit and business worlds.
The Carroll Center’s distance learning program can be found on the web at www.carrolltech.org