carole at eskimo.com
Thu Apr 25 17:13:20 PDT 1996
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>Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 09:15:09 -0800
>From: Dave Jaffe <jaffe at roses.Stanford.EDU>
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> | '//||\\` Project dERE Inc. |
> | ''`` (614) 478-dERE (3373) |
> | http://users1.ee.net/coldir/dere.htm |
> The disABLED Electronic Resource Exchange Project Inc. Project dERE Inc.
> Mark J. Tokarz - mtokarz at freenet.columbus.oh.us
> dERE~Net! BBS: 614-478-dERE 300-14,400 8,1,N 24/7
> Office Phone: 614-478-9940 answering machine (Leave address for more info)
> Main Interest Group: disABLED, Care Givers, teachers, etc.
> Offerings: Virtual Support Groups (VSG's), File Libraries, Online Games
> Cost: Sliding scale membership fee.
>Project dERE Inc. is a newly established non-profit organization dedicated to
>"providing the technology and knowledge for the disABLED to master the power
>of electronic communication." dERE stands for the disABLED Electronic
>Resource Exchange Project, Inc.
>Project dERE was started in June of 1993 by Mark Torkaz, (himself a person
>with a neurological disorder called Hereditary Ataxia) to provide support to
>disABLED persons, giving them the means and knowledge necessary to travel the
>Information Superhighway. Mark noted, through his participation in a medical
>support bulletin board on PRODIGY, that many individuals were using the
>electronic systems as their primary means of communicating sort of a Virtual
>Support Group (VSG), with other people and organizations. He found that many
>disABLED persons were using computers and modems to carry on productive lives
>as engineers, programmers, accountants, etc., from their homes.
>Unfortunately, he also found that many disABLED persons, due to their current
>financial situation, have been unable to take advantage of technology due to
>the high cost of equipment, long distance communications, and even a lack of
>awareness of the boundless horizons that technology is bringing to the world
>of the disABLED person.
>Mark has established an electronic Bulletin Board System, the dERE~Net! BBS.
>He has begun to help disABLED persons with donations of used and overstocked
>equipment from individuals and corporations. It should be pointed out that
>Project dERE can only supply what we get in as donations, currently most of
>our systems are 286's and a few 386's sx s. However these systems are useful
>and can be used by many disABLED for all the same things that that the more
>powerful systems can be used for, including the World Wide Web (WWW) useing
>LYNX a text based browser.
>Project dERE provides systems and or system components to qualified
>applicants, supports the 24 hour bulletin board, provides on-line-on-call
>(OLOC) expert technological advice, and a quarterly hardcopy newsletter for
>members. Membership in Project dERE is through payment of dues; or FREE for
>those who are unable to afford the fee.
>More free systems and equipment will be provided as more items are received
>from donors for refurbishment. If you would like to make a donation of
>"outmoded" or "not in use" PC(s), PC compatible modems, printers, etc., we
>will be glad to receive them!
>Please contact Project dERE Offices at 614-478-9940 and leave a message or
>write us at:
> Project dERE Inc.
> 4311 Portobello Dr.
> Gahanna, OH 43230
>for more information about receiving equipment, donating equipment, or
>joining Project dERE Inc. One of dERE's staff members will return your call,
>(usually within 72 hours). If you would just like more information mailed to
>you, leave your (snail) mail address.
>To find Project dERE on the Internet, gopher to Columbus freenet, choose no.
>6 "Social and Community", then pick Project dERE Inc., or check out the World
>Wide Web at: http://users1.ee.net/coldir/dere.htm
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