Ella’s new assistive technology switches #AssistiveTechnology @at_makers

Ms. Ella Hunt is long time recipient of assistance from ATMakers, a group who help provide technology to people who need assistive technology. (video)

Recently Ella had a horrible experience with spinal fusion surgery. Thankfully, the blood loss and hypoxia didn’t impact her mind, but it did rob her of the two switches she used to control her world.

Bill from ATMakers reached out to the wonderful Makers, Engineers and Occupational Therapists in their group and they were able to come up with new solutions for her based on infrared sensors, strain gauges and lots of custom software.

If you wonder “how can I help”, the best answer right now is to help the Hunts with the new $600/month non-covered medical costs for catheterization (yes, it’s infuriating).  Her aunt has setup a valid GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/princess-ellas-out-of-pocket-catheter-supplies.

You can read more on Facebook and Twitter – Well done, Bill!


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