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Newest CTA Foundation Grant Recipients are Enhancing Lives With Technology

Today the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM Foundation announced it will award more than $500,000 in grant funding to 10 organizations that help link seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives. The recipients include groups that work with accessibility apps, develop digital entrepreneurship among seniors and bring smart home technology to residential living centers.

“Whether it’s helping to deliver the on-demand immediacy of app-based services to people with disabilities or exploring the latest innovations in remote care of our loved ones, these organizations recognize the technology sector is changing our lives for the better – regardless of our age or independence,” said Steve Ewell, executive director of the CTA Foundation. “The CTA Foundation is pleased to continue our support of programs across the country that leverage technology to promote greater independence, communication and a sense of community for everyone.”

The CTA Foundation – a public, national foundation – will continue its previous support of the following five groups:

  • BridgingApps: A program of the Easter Seals of Greater Houston, BridgingApps will expand upon its project to identify accessibility apps that improve the physical, cognitive and social health of seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Lighthouse Guild: At the Grunwald Technology Center, clients receive instruction in everyday consumer technologies, along with instruction available on various adaptive and assistive technology training;
  • Oasis Institute: The group will build upon last year’s successful Mobile Accessibility Guide, distribute free tools such as tutorial videos and downloadable tip sheets, and offer accessibility classes for older adults;
  • OATS: After developing a digital entrepreneurship institute geared toward older adult artists and artisans, the new OATS program will focus on developing new content to train older adults in emerging technologies in creative expression;
  • Selfhelp Community: The organization’s Virtual Senior Center is an innovative technology solution helping address social isolation among vulnerable homebound seniors.

Additionally, the CTA Foundation will initiate support for these five organizations:

  • Beneficent Technology: The creator of Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible print materials, will expand use of its library to the state of Texas giving seniors access to e-books, periodicals and other reading materials;
  • Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA): JCA’s tech training centers offer computer and technology courses for adults 50 and older, focusing on digital literacy to stay connected to family and friends, and manage finances and health care;
  • Meritan: The organization is outfitting two of its residential living centers with Smart Home technology, allowing for an increased level of care, real-time data availability, faster reaction to health issues and improved efficiency for direct support staff;
  • Research to Prevent Blindness: The group supports early-stage research aimed at developing new assistive technology for persons with low vision, particularly using smartphones and tablets;
  • Fellow Program: This new fellows program will engage academia in advancing knowledge to promote healthy, independent, socially-connected lives for older adults and people with disabilities.

For more information about the CTA Foundation, please visit www.ctafoundation.tech.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

About the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation

The CTA Foundation, a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, was launched in 2012 with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. The foundation strategically supports programs that affect these communities and facilitates dialog between industry, consumers, government, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders. For more information visit CTAFoundation.tech.


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