The Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) Center provides accessible technology and digital literacy assistance to people with disabilities in the Center Park community of Seattle, Washington. Its mission is to empower people of widely varying abilities and disabilities to use computers, the Internet, and assistive technology. The center offers voice recognition software, special keyboards, Braille translators, mouse alternatives, and other useful hardware and software tools.
STAR Center’s “Rite of Passage” program provides technical training for people with disabilities in transition. The program offers instruction on basic Internet and software usage, publication design, job readiness skills, and civic engagement skills. Each program volunteer helps train future volunteers through “peer-to-peer support” in order to sustain the program.