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Beit Issie Shapiro | TOM

Beit Issie Shapiro and TOM are creating a template for Makeathon-in-a-box, which connects makers with people with disabilities to develop new accessibility solutions.

Problem

There is such a wide range of accessibility challenges that it’s nearly impossible to build cost-effective, customized solutions for each—meaning many challenges often go unaddressed. Meanwhile, a growing army of makers is interested in helping their community, but don’t know where to start.

Project

With a $700,000 grant from Google.org, TOM is creating Makeathon-in-a-box, a template for community-powered Makeathons around the world that bring makers and people with disabilities together to prototype new solutions for “orphan” accessibility challenges.

Impact

Prototypes that come from the Makeathons will be open source, and featured solutions will be available for purchase on TOM’s site, inspiring innovation in the accessibility sector and making much-needed products available—and affordable—to people with disabilities.