In the last blog post we spoke about the Laureate Global Fellowship and the amazing things I experienced during the trip in Spain - what I didn’t tell you was how I found the accessibility in Dubai and Spain; especially for someone who uses an electric wheelchair. So here it is!.
In October we ran our very first crowdfunding campaign which was a crazy roller-coaster ride - everything happened at once! Here are some tips from our learnings if you are planning to run your own crowdfunding campaign.
As mum to Eve, who you may remember from the crowdfunding campaign video and who is the subject of the first trial, I thought I would take this opportunity to update you personally on the progress that has been made possible through your support of time, expertise and generous donations to AbilityMate.
AbilityMate is growing, and we now need to register a legal entity.
Usually this is pretty straight forward but in our case it turns out to be a bit more complicated. We have spent many weeks researching, getting advice from various legal and commercial advisors, and discussing this with anyone willing to listen.
We are bringing together people with disabilities and makers to work on two projects. Both projects are things used by people with disabilities all over the world, so if we can create an open-source design for these you have the opportunity to have a big, worldwide positive impact.
These switches are used widely by people with disabilities to access computers, iPads and other communication devices. Unfortunately they are ridiculously expensive - $100 and upwards for a simple switch!