what we do
The Tyler Schrenk Foundation is a Washington based 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to improving lives through the promotion and distribution of assistive technologies (AT).
The world assistive technologies (AT) can be overwhelming and unfamiliar. We help people in need navigate this world by:
Hosting 1:1 consultations to people who could benefit from assistive technologies
Providing two grants for those unable to afford these life changing technologies
Collaborating on projects in the assistive technology field.
In addition to this work, TSF also consults for hospitals, school districts, and companies globally.
We are needed
There is an immense need for assistive technologies. The Christopher Reeve Foundation estimates there are approximately 5.4 million people living with paralysis in the United States (Christopher Reeves Foundation 2013). While not all of these people are paralyzed from the neck down and are in the greatest need there is no shortage of people who could use our help.
The World Health Organization said:
Assistive technology enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives… to participate in education, the labor market, in civic life. Without assistive technology, people are often excluded, isolated, and locked into poverty… Today, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive products.
The Tyler Schrenk Foundation is dedicated to closing this immense gap by focusing not only people who reach out but by actively searching for those that could use our assistance.
what is assistive technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that helps people work around their challenges.
Done right, it enables these users to perform difficult functions that might otherwise be impossible. While mobility devices might come to mind, there are also off-the-shelf consumer products that make a huge difference such as voice assistants and compatible smart devices.
The Tyler Schrenk Foundation has purchased and setup individuals with these technologies in order to control a television by voice, open and close doors by voice, turn lights on and off by voice, control room temperature by voice, and much more. We also offer targeted instructional content for those unfamiliar with the technology.
We have provided our services to 10 different states and four different countries including Germany, Mexico and Romania . We use Skype to communicate with educators, professionals, companies and individuals around the world. We can easily set up Skype calls to educate how assistive technologies can increase independence. Using Skype we can also set up individuals with assistive technologies to help increase their independence. Since many of these technologies are off-the-shelf consumer products, such as the Amazon echo, they can easily be shipped and set up. These off-the-shelf technologies may be used for convenience for most but they can be customized to increase the independence and quality-of-life for anyone in need!