OUR MISSION: educate, provide, set up and train those interested in how assistive technologies can provide greater independence
Our vision of the future is one where every person with a mobility impairment has the opportunity to achieve their full potential using assistive technologies to regain their independence.
The TSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to bringing assistive technologies into people’s lives, focusing on people with mobility issues.
We have donated new assistive technologies and services expertise to the people who have a direct need for these technologies as well and have consulted with hospitals, school districts and educators around the world. You can apply if any of these fit your need… Just reach out with our Contact Form and let us know you are interested in assistive technologies and increasing independence.
WHAT INDEPENDENCE LOOKS LIKE
A young lady with cerebral palsy looking to communicate with her family.
A gentleman with an SCI no longer needing to be pushed around in a manual wheelchair.
The TSF is dedicated to making sure that as many people as possible have access to technology, allowing them to do what they need to do - independently.
what is assistive technology?
Assistive technology is used by disabled individuals to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. This can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals for accessing computers and the like. These can be off-the-shelf consumer products such as, Amazon Echo, Harmony Hub, Xbox One, and so on. For example, the TSF 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 so on.
The TSF focuses on using these technologies to help individuals with limited mobility. Occasionally the TSF will make exceptions for individuals who do not fit the limited to no arm movement group.
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!
"Tyler - Thank you and The TSF. My world has expanded and it feels wonderful to have more independence than before."
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 said:
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. Today, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive products.
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.