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Pittsburgh's Harvey Schoenman Featured in NY Times Article

Friday, July 5, 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Mark Gilfand

(Editor's Note:  This article is from the June 2013 Region 18 Newsletter)

In an article in the New York Times titled "Helping Seniors Learn New Technology" by Paula Span, Harvey Schoenman, of the Pittsburgh Chapter, is featured and talks about teaching senior citizens about computer technology. Harvey works with a program called The Connections program, which was developed by the nonprofit Oasis Institute. Bolstered by grants from AT&T, it offers classes in 23 metro areas — including suburban Pittsburgh. Harvey, retired after a long tech career, teaches his peers at the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

His students, Harvey finds, often suffer from computer anxiety. "But they've heard about Facebook; their grandchildren are on it, and they want to be a part of it,” he told me. "They want to learn how to get junk out of their houses and sell it on eBay. They want to be better able to function in today's world.”

The article goes on to state that in Manhattan, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) just opened a snazzy 2,700-foot Senior Planet Exploration Center in Chelsea, the country's first tech center specifically for those over 60.

OATS also teaches a range of senior-tailored courses in 70 locations across the city (libraries, public schools, senior centers and senior housing developments). Now it's thinking big, planning to tackle other cities.

"We have a lot of infrastructure that wasn't there before,” said the executive director, Tom Kamber, noting that federal stimulus funds had helped build 3,000 computer labs around the country. "We're right on the cusp of creating a powerful national program that will reach hundreds of thousands of seniors a year.”

Congrats Harvey!


Michael L. Welch says...
Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Congrats to Harvey....great to see a fellow AITP'er with gray hair (I can relate), getting some fame in the NY Times. Also appreciate your volunteering your skils and expertise in sharing with the seniors! I enjoy you FB posts too.

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