What independence can look like:
Whether it be helping a young lady with cerebral palsy use technology to communicate with her family or purchasing and transporting a power wheelchair to a gentleman in Romania whose independence previously was being pushed around in a manual wheelchair the TSF is dedicated to making sure that as many people as possible have access to technology that will allow them to be more independent.
The need for assistive technologies for people with mobility issues is great. 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 cited "Assistive technology enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lights, and to participate in education, the labor market in civic life. Without assistive technology, people are often excluded, isolated, and locked into poverty, thereby increasing the impact of disease and disability on a person, their family in society." Also" Today, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive products." (World Health Organization 2016) This shows how important and necessary introduction to assistive technologies can be.
The groups targeted for outreach through our projects are men and women with a mobility impairment focusing on people without arm movement. Also, focusing on not only people who reach out to the foundation but actively searching for people with mobility issues that could use assistance.
My projects will be helping people who would not have access or the education to assistive technologies without our outreach and also those who can continue to grow with increased access and education to assistive technologies.
5.4 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARALYSIS IN THE us
Christopher Reeves Foundation 2013
1 / 10 PEOPLE in NEED have access to ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGy products
World Health Organization 2016