Abby Stokes is a self-made entrepreneur, a teacher, an advocate, and a motivator with tireless energy and enthusiasm to bring the wonders and, in these fast-paced times, the necessity of computer literacy to people – mostly seniors – across the United States and in other countries. She has spent nearly twenty years focusing on how to bridge the technical divide for people who did not grow up with, or have access to, computers.
From individual tutoring to classroom instruction, Abby has developed a meaningful and compassionate dialogue with her students. Her unique approach has led to the publication of two computer books that are like having her sitting next to you and are complemented with a easy to use web site, AbbyandMe – which is exactly how you feel … like she is a friend helping … and emails from her readers are full of appreciation for her friendly style and encouragement.
Once you find her, you can’t forget her! Gracious, funny, engaging, and empathetic, Abby has helped untold thousands of people feel better about using technology and better about themselves. I cannot think of anyone who has been so determined and yet so modest about their long-lasting impact on others, and, ultimately, their friends and families.
In typical Abby fashion, her view of life and helping others is epitomized by one of her Facebook posts about a recent computer presentation: March 16, 2012: Yesterday only 3 people showed at a teeny library in DC. At the end of my talk the oldest and most reluctant of the 3 checked out “Is This Thing On?” and told the librarian that he’d be back over the weekend to use the complimentary computers. TOTALLY WORTH THE TRIP!
Abby Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming (Workman 2012), has single-handedly demystified computers for over 180,000 people, mostly seniors, in the course of the past 18 years. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,”
Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet. Her first book, It’s Never Too Late to Love a Computer, (Workman) was published in 2001. Abby is on the Board of OATS (Older Adult Technology Services) and on the Advisory Board for Age-Friendly New York.
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