Coler-Goldwater resident Teresa Garcia uses one of the special computers.
Coler-Goldwater residents and patients who found it difficult to use computers or were not able to use them at all because of their disabilities will now be able to do so, thanks to the generosity of Hank Carter, Chairman and Founder of Wheelchairs Charities Inc. (WCI). Carter presented the patients and residents of the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility with a $100,000 donation of 65 new Dell computers equipped with the latest in assistive technology that helps make life easier for people with disabilities. The computers have voice recognition, zoom-text, and a pointer device to facilitate use by quadriplegic individuals.
Over the last 40 years, Hank Carter and WCI’s supporters have raised $20 million dollars worth of equipment for patients and residents of Coler-Goldwater, including more than 1,000 state-of-the-art computers. The new, high-tech computers will open up new avenues of communication for the patients and residents of the facility on Roosevelt Island, as well as enhance the therapeutic work of the staff, who will now be able to use the computers to enrich the lives and rehabilitative work of even the most severely disabled individuals.