STATE OF TENNESSEE

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

CITIZENS PLAZA BUILDING

400 DEADERICK STREET

NASHVILLE, TN 37248

Telephone 615-313-4700 Fax 615-741-4165

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Ladd, (615) 313-4707

 

COMPUTERS GET NEW LIFE; SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY

NASHVILLE- Three hundred computers are getting a new lease on life, thanks to cooperative efforts from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Children’s Services (DCS). The donation is being made at no cost to state taxpayers.

When DCS recently upgraded some of its computers, it offered the surplus units to DHS for use at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Smyrna and the 17 Tennessee Vocational-Technical Centers across the state. Students in TRC’s electronics class will refurbish and make any necessary repairs to the computers, with assistance from the center’s staff. The Compaq Prolinea models will then be distributed to create computer training labs in each of the centers. Officials at TRC anticipate having the computers ready by the end of summer with training classes to begin in January 2002. The DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services has had a significant increase in the number of high school students with disabilities being referred for service.

"We appreciate DCS giving us these computers," said Carl Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services. "They’ll be put to good use in the electronics classes, and will then be used by students to learn entry-level skills so they can enter or re-enter the workplace. These young people will benefit greatly by having this opportunity."

Brown added that basic computer knowledge is a necessity for almost everyone in today’s workplace, and Tennesseans who live with disabilities are no exception. "No matter what kind of work you do, you’ve got to have some minimal keyboard abilities. Thanks to DCS and the students and teachers at Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, all of our students will have an opportunity to learn these basic but valuable skills."

Anyone with a disability who thinks he or she might be eligible for training at TRC or one of the TVTC facilities should contact their county DHS office for referral information.

The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center is the state’s only comprehensive residential vocational rehabilitation facility, and offers vocational training to people with all disabilities. Tennessee Vocational Training Centers provide non-residential rehabilitation services to people who live with disabilities throughout the State.

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