Newest CTA Foundation Grant Recipients are Enhancing Lives With Technology

Various programs include identifying accessibility apps, delivering
smart home technology

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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

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
  • 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

  • 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

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

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


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