THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT UNVEIL ON-LINE NETWORK FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS
... I challenge the private sector tonight to start by connecting every children's hospital as soon as possible, so that a child in bed can stay in touch with school, family and friends. A sick child need no longer be a child alone.
Today, President Clinton and Vice President Gore unveiled and demonstrated Starbright World, an on-line computer network that enables seriously ill children to meet, play and communicate with one another. Starbright World meets the President's State of the Union challenge to the private sector to help connect seriously ill children in hospitals across the country. As the Vice President said today, "the Starbright Foundation ... reflects the very best in our country. And it also reflects the commitment that thousands of Americans made at the President's summit on service in Philadelphia six months ago, that we must marshal the resources of every sector of society to help our children."
The President and Vice President were joined in launching this program by Starbright Chairman Steven Spielberg and Starbright Capital Campaign Chairman General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Thanks to the Starbright Foundation, 100 children's hospitals will be connected to the Internet in 1998, giving thousands of children the tools they need to keep their spirits up and better cope with the often painful realities of hospital stays. The Starbright Foundation's long-term goal is to expand to homes and schools allowing sick children to keep in touch with their old and new-found friends even after they leave the hospital.
Promoting Information and Communications Technologies -- Networks for People: President Clinton and Vice President Gore have made promoting the Internet and other information and communications technologies a top priority. They believe that the Internet is an engine of economic growth and job creation, and a powerful tool for educating our children and expanding access to health care. Below are just a few of their accomplishments:
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