Many people in New Mexico have limited or no access to technology. In addition, the IT field lacks diversity, though having people from different backgrounds would benefit the development of software, hardware, and applications.
Adelante is working at extending the many employment opportunities offered in the field of technology to people with disabilities, people of color, and other populations that are too often excluded from IT.
Through pipeline training, repairs, mentorships, and more DiverseIT is addressing these issues as a community resource of Adelante.
Click here to request or donate equipment.
Adelante DiverseIT provides on-the-job information technology training to populations who have been traditionally under-represented, including people with disabilities, women, and people of color. Each intern works cooperatively with the DiverseIT team while working on their own individual training plans and pursuing a variety of IT certifications. We teach soft skills like customer service and good communication in addition to technical skills. We offer mentor experiences, as well.
Participants gain real-world experience and build a resume, which means they will be more likely to find success in securing good paying IT jobs in the community.
We also offer training to the public including Comcast’s Digital Literacy classes.
Recycling & Re-Use of Computers
Technology changes quickly, but your system, four years old or newer, can still benefit our community. DiverseIT interns refurbish donated computers and provide IT support services to individuals and organizations as part of the DiverseIT training program.
Refurbished computers are donated to people with qualifying disabilities or seniors who cannot otherwise afford them. Computers can help people return to work or pursue educational goals.
DiverseIT also provides computers to social service nonprofit organizations, as a community resource – setting up offices or computer learning centers. Over a hundred New Mexico nonprofits have benefited from DiverseIT support and services.
DiverseIT Computer Repair & Training - Coming Soon!
DiverseIT offers computer repairs for a great price. Just bring your computer to Adelante’s El Centro location, 3900 Osuna Rd NE in Albuquerque and the DiverseIT team will look at it for a modest fee. If there are additional costs, we will call you and let you know your options so you can decide what you’d like repaired. We are not in the business of selling new computers, so we can offer an opinion and advice without that worry.
Learn more and get involved: DiverseIT Computer Repair & Training
Businesses and individuals can hire Adelante DiverseIT to repair or upgrade their computers. The DiverseIT team can help set up your network or printers, handle system updates, back-up data and more, at a reasonable cost that benefits both your organization and Adelante DiverseIT.
Interested in getting a computer through DiverseIT?
DiverseIT refurbishes and gives computers away, but to do so, we ask that you could provide proof of your disability.
Proof of disability can include your being a client of an agency such as DVR, GCD, ILRC, etc. Just have your counselor or case manager confirm with DiverseIT.
It can also include your Social Security Disability Income Notice of Benefits, or a letter from your physician. DiverseIT can also accept your most recent, complete Individualized Education Program (for adults, last IEP if less than 4 years old).
Taking a picture of your proof of disability, as well as a picture of the proof of disability form for submission is recommended. You can also scan your documents
and submit them that way. The form of proof must clearly indicate your condition.
Please send them to DiverseIT@GoAdelante.org, with an e-mail subject of Computer Request.