Ian Mackay's Letter
I'd like to sincerely thank the TSF for its generous donation that allowed me to purchase various pieces of adaptive technology for my new home. As a C2 quadriplegic, my independence is often dictated by the technology available. Unfortunately, this technology can be quite expensive and be out of reach for people like myself with limited incomes. The TSF's donation has made it possible for me to live alone in my own home with the confidence and independence to be a happy, successful paralyzed man.
Specifically, I was able to purchase all of the adaptive light switches in my home as well as voice controlled shades for my bedroom. The light switches may seem like a simple thing but when you don't have use of your arms and you come into a dark house you need control of those lights. Also, a big part of being a homeowner is being able to manage your home. Without the use of these switches I would not have that control. The shades are also incredibly useful. I love natural light and prefer to have my windows unobstructed whenever possible. However, transferring naked to and from a shower chair daily calls for a little bit of privacy. That is exactly what these shades provide. It's one less thing that has to be done for me, and makes me feel so much more independent, the king of my castle if you will.
I feel very fortunate that the TSF helped me to acquire these assistive technology devices. I hope to pay it forward in any way I can. I hope to share my newfound knowledge of adaptive technology with others who have mobility impairments and also work with these companies that make the technology to better improve their products. My life has certainly been changed by these devices and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the TSF. Thank you tons!