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Hoosiers with disabilities need your old electronics

Posted at 5:31 AM, Mar 27, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Those old laptops or tablets you find collecting dust around your home during spring cleaning this year could get a second life helping someone in need.

The INDATA project uses your old devices to help Hoosiers living with disabilities become more independent and build confidence.

Technicians with the INDATA Depot take your hold desktops, laptops and tablets - clear the data - and then provide them for free to people living with disabilities.

"If you're living in the state of Indiana and you have a disability and you need a device, such as a computer, tablet or laptop, you can come to us," Tracy Castillo, technician at the INDATA Depot said. "It's a small application process."

If a laptop can't be used, the project also works with a recycling company that can use some of the raw materials to build and fix other laptops.

Depot volunteer Lora Buchanan has Aphasia, which can affect different functions like speech. She received an iPad and a laptop from the project.

"I'm between jobs, so I need to conserve funds," Buchanan said." Going out and buying an iPad or laptop is expensive."

At the moment, the INDATA Depot is in serious need of tablets to help more than 100 people who are on their waiting lists.

If you have equipment you'd like to donate contact Alvin Alviar at aalviar@eastersealscrossroads.org or call 317-466-2013.