Project Endeavor's contact center concluded its operations at the end of 2012. We are no longer accepting applciations to purchase discounted broadband equipment. Thank you for your interest and participation!
High-speed Internet has been a boon to the Deaf and hard of hearing community, providing greater access to communication, job opportunities, education and networking.
But for those who are unemployed or underemployed, broadband access can be a costly proposition, even though every day without broadband represents another day of lost opportunities. Project Endeavor seeks to provide low-income Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with access to broadband or high speed Internet through discounted service plans and devices.
Through the $15M Broadband Technology Opportunities Program — or BTOP — CSD was able to create 60 new job opportunities for individuals proficient in sign language at its contact center in South Dakota in addition to other support roles such as Outreach.
CSD employees have reached 12,000 new broadband subscribers through the program with its “Deaf-to-Deaf” service model. CSD has used the program to provide discounted equipment and services, video-enabled broadband training and support and technology and jobs skills training.
While Project Endeavor’s Broadband Stimulation program has concluded, training videos that cover areas such as Technology, Employment, and Health in American Sign Language will remain permanently available. Anyone can view these videos at Project Endeavor’s website: www.projectendeavor.com