Press Release: OATS Invites Residents to Participate in Town Hall on Digital Inclusion

Organization is committed to bringing one million American seniors online by 2022

SAN ANTONIO (August 24, 2021) – Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP is hosting a live, interactive telephone town hall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday, August 25, to discuss digital inclusion, prioritizing funding for services for older adults and the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

This is the second of three tele-town halls designed to engage and inform the community on the inequities of digital access for older adults and the work happening at Senior Planet from AARP in San Antonio to keep older adults active and connected.

The pandemic has made it clear that digital access is a necessity—not a luxury. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a federal program which helps income-constrained people and families access broadband internet service.

EBB presents a unique opportunity to improve the lives of San Antonio families by connecting them to loved ones, COVID-19 resources, local community services, combating social isolation and more.

The August 25th town hall speakers include:

  • Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, San Antonio City Council, District 4
  • Jane Paccione, managing director of collective impact, San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Pat Whitty, community coordinator, Senior Planet from AARP in San Antonio
  • Darryl Greer, program lead, Senior Planet from AARP in San Antonio


Anyone is welcome to participate in the town hall via phone or online at oats.org/sa-town-hall. The event will be streamed online in English and Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions live on the call and participate in poll questions.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register at oats.org/sa-town-hall to receive a phone call shortly before the event starts. Registration closes 24 hours before the event. Participants also can call (833) 946-1519 for English and (833) 946-1527 for Spanish at the start of the event.

Senior Planet from AARP is the flagship program of OATS from AARP and offers programming for older adults to achieve measurable change in one or more areas of their lives: health and wellness; social engagement; financial security; civic participation and creative expression.


About OATS from AARP

OATS from AARP helps older adults learn to use and leverage technology to transform their lives and their communities. Through its flagship program, Senior Planet, OATS works closely with older adults to create extraordinary experiences in-person and online. As one of AARP’s charitable affiliates, the mission of OATS from AARP is “to harness the power of technology to change the way we age.” To learn more, visit www.oats.org or follow @OlderAdultsTech on social media.

About Senior Planet from AARP

Senior Planet from AARP is a community of people 60 and older who are learning to thrive in the digital world. Senior Planet programs are offered free of charge online and in-person at six Senior Planet locations across the country to help older adults build technology skills to allow them to improve their health, make new friendships, save money, and advocate in their communities. Senior Planet curriculum includes nearly 100 multi-week courses, lectures, and workshops. To learn more, visit www.seniorplanet.org or follow @SeniorPlanet on social media.

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