Assistive Technology for Haitians Effort Launched

February 4, 2010

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs and the Pass It on Center have launched a Haiti Disability Response effort for priority items: which are crutches, walkers, canes, ramps and medical supplies, which should include splints. All sizes are needed, especially for children.

We are supporting the incredible work being done by Portlight Strategies (www.portlight.org) who have already shipped equipment there and have a very strong logistics system in place. They also need funding to help with shipping and purchasing water purification systems. They are shipping out of Atlanta, which will be the destination of all the supplies and equipment.

If your organization would like to get involved and donate items go to the following site http://haiti-disability.ning.com/  and join. I would also strongly urge you to follow us on twitter at haiti_disabi and pass it on far and wide!

If you would like to volunteer, we need help in many areas: fundraising, corporate sponsorship, blogging, php programming etc.. Contact George Heake at gheake@temple.edu, or by cell at 215-589-9261.

Contact:

George A. Heake Jr.

Disaster Management and Response Coordinator

Institute on Disabilities, (UCEDD)              

Temple University

1755 N. 13th Street

Student Activity Center

Suite 411                 

Philadelphia, PA 19122

http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/eprep/

215-204-7177       

gheake@temple.edu

TTY: 1-866-2680579

Director,  Temple VOAD

http://www.templevoad.org