Programs that pay for or provide personal computers, computer software and/or necessary peripherals.
Programs that are designed to make the public aware of the steps that people, especially parents, can take to assure the safety and well-being of their children when they use the Internet. The programs generally provide information about the educational benefits of the Internet; discuss child friendly search engines and service providers; introduce participants to filtering software and other technological solutions that can supplement adult supervision; and warn parents about violent or pornographic websites, unsolicited e-mail, and the dangers of pedophiles, abusers, and other menacing individuals lurking in Internet chat rooms. All Internet safety programs stress the cardinal rule that children/adolescents should never give out personal information, send their picture to people they meet on the Internet or agree to meet strangers in person, however benign they appear to be.
Programs that pay for or provide hardware and software products that enable individuals with disabilities to access, interact with and use computers at home, at work or in school. Access aids include scanners partnered with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software which converts handwritten or printed text to an electronic document that can be read by a screen reader; Braille translation software combined with Braille printers for translating text to Braille cells; keyboards driven by a head pointer, mouth stick, Sip-and-Puff, Joystick or eye-gaze tracking systems; large monitors; text-to-speech software which allows users to hear what is written in print; speech recognition software to convert a use's spoken words to printed text; screen magnification software for zoom capabilities; and smart home technology software which controls the home environment (turning lights or the on/off or unlocking doors through a mobile device or voice command).
Programs that provide instruction for individuals of all ages who want to learn about or perfect their skills in operating, programming and/or utilizing computers and computer-related hardware for specific home and business applications including word processing, spreadsheet development, presentation development, database management, electronic publishing, image processing and Internet access. Included are introductory classes for people unfamiliar with computers and the Internet that help participants develop basic computer literacy skills and courses that focus on the knowledge and skills needed to use particular software applications or accomplish other computer-related tasks. Also included are programs that provide instruction in the use of related technology such as PDA's and smartphones; and those that help participants understand and take full advantage of Internet tools broadly known as "social media" that enable people to create and share on the Internet content which may include text, images, video, audio and multimedia communications or other emerging applications that can be accessed via the computer. Classes may focus on publishing tools such as blogs, video logs (vlogs), photo sharing, podcasting (audio stories broadcast from the Web or downloaded to a computer or portable media players) or wikis (collaboratively edited web pages); or introduce participants to social media in general.
Programs that help nonprofit organizations, small businesses and other groups (and, in some cases, individuals) evaluate their information technology needs, develop an information technology plan and obtain the hardware, software, telecommunication systems, Internet access, website development, network management, and maintenance and support services they require to support the mission and goals of their agency.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.