For Immediate Release

Easterseals MA awarded $100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal grant

Worcester, MA, February 21, 2022

Media Contact:
Charlene Leith

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2022

Easterseals Massachusetts to empower young adults with disabilities for future job opportunities with $100,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal

WORCESTER, Mass. – Easterseals Massachusetts was awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal for the Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program. The goal of this program is to build a digital literacy and employment training program for young adults with disabilities that will result in skill building and a paid internship for participants.

Easterseals Massachusetts is one of three Easterseals affiliates across the country selected to participate in the program, each sharing a portion of the $368,000 grant. Along with National Easterseals, Easterseals Massachusetts is partnering with affiliates in Washington State and Indiana by sharing resources and best practices in offering digital learning opportunities.

“Digital literacy is critical for many young adults with disabilities to maximize their full potential at school, home, and at work, as they transition into the adult world,” said Kelly Penrod, Easterseals Massachusetts pre-employment manager and job developer.

The Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program is for any young adult ages 18-24 with a diagnosed disability and has the ability to work independently in a competitive work environment. The project focuses on delivering targeted digital literacy curriculum in the classroom combined with an internship that will allow each participant to demonstrate what they are learning in a real work setting. The program is available to participants in central and western Massachusetts.

Participants will join in remote workshops that focus on digital literacy, digital safety, job readiness, and financial literacy. Additionally, these young adults will be placed in a paid 50-hour internship in an area of their interest and within their communities, to gain real world employment experience and build social skills for a work environment.

Digital literacy and access to technology are two areas of strategic investment at Comcast NBCUniversal that empower people and create opportunities for those who need it most. Easterseals and affiliates throughout the country have been chosen by Comcast NBCUniversal for many grants and programs throughout the years. In 2020, Easterseals Massachusetts was awarded $40,000 for its important work in providing assistive technology to children and adults, including veterans, living with disabilities.

“Once again, we thank Comcast NBCUniversal for its continued support of Easterseals and people with disabilities,” said Paul Medeiros, Easterseals Massachusetts president and CEO.

“This grant will help students with disabilities access their first work experience, which will remove a major barrier to employment when they are adults.”

Community members and businesses seeking information about how to sign up for the program should contact Kelly Penrod at


About Easterseals Massachusetts

Easterseals is leading the way to full equity, inclusion, and access through life-changing disability and community services.

For more than 75 years, Easterseals Massachusetts has worked tirelessly with their partners to enhance quality of life and expand local access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities. And they won’t rest until every one of us is valued, respected, and accepted. 

Each year, Easterseals Massachusetts provides 22,000 essential services to more than 10,000 individuals throughout the state, and is well-known for expertise in rehabilitation, assistive technology, youth services, Veteran’s services, employment and transition services, and disability advocacy. They pride themselves on empowering people with disabilities to live full and independent lives and be equal participants in society. More information is available at and by following @EastersealsMA on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


About Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information.

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