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ABC Life Literacy Canada adds online communications program for seniors

Toronto-based non-profit organization ABC Life Literacy Canada has begun a new initiative intended to help older adults cope with physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new resources are part of the organization’s Youth Teaching Adults program via which youth volunteer tutors help increase the digital literacy skills of adults. They focus on ways people can connect with friends and family online, including Skype, Zoom, Google Duo and FaceTime. The goal is to reduce the psychological repercussions of extended isolation that may be experienced by those most at-risk to the disease.

“We know that digital literacy is an important skill that Canadians need, especially with 84% of jobs currently requiring computer and technical skills,” said Mack Rogers, executive director of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “We are pleased to offer programming to help our Canadian seniors, who need these skills now more than ever. Digital literacy plays a huge role in maintaining social relationships, and our hope is that seniors will access these free lesson plans on our website and equip themselves with the know-how to use these important tools.”

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