This year has been a mess for everyone… and we get that many (maybe most) of you aren’t in as good a financial position as you were last year. However, that’s also true for all of the A.T. Users we support, as well as all the Robotics teams & Makers who are having to re-invent themselves this year – we are handling more requests for help then ever before!
So, if you are considering making a charitable donation this year, here’s a few reasons to consider adding ATMakers.org to the causes you support.
- 100% of all donated funds go directly to our program participants. Our founder (and the generous folks at his company, LessonPix.com) cover all of ATMakers’ overhead including our physical location, insurance, IT infrastructure, salaries, etc. Donations are applied to raw materials to make devices and costs associated directly with activities we sponsor – we will waste none of your generous gift.
- You can earmark your donation if you wish: simply tell us where you’d like your money applied in the “Special Instructions” field or shoot us an email. Current programs are our Accessible Gaming program (including the FreedomWing), our IntelliKeys Rescue program, our Robotics Outreach work or our work in building and deploying Custom AT Solutions that help Digitize the Intent of our users.
- We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity (see this IRS page) so your donations may be deductible from your income taxes. This year, the CARES act also allows a $300 deduction even if you are taking the standard deduction (obviously check with your accountant).
Not to mention, we’ve built a community of over 3,000 users where AT Users seek and find help every day. Engineers, Makers, and students find meaningful engagement and are able to further their skills while helping others – it’s awesome!
So please consider making a donation here or consider starting a fund-raiser on Facebook. We’d really appreciate the help!
Thank you, and stay safe!
Bill Binko & Your Friends at ATMakers.org
Join us Tuesday at 7:30 EDT for a showcase of our high school robotics teams’ Assistive Technology efforts!
Continue reading ATMakers Robotics Team Showcase
ATMakers Gaming for All Project #SoEveryoneCanGame
With the addition last year of the XBox Adaptive Controller, followed by the recent release of the Adaptive Gaming Kit from Logitech G, it is increasingly possible to sharing Gaming with Everyone. In fact, for many switch users over five or six, an accessible XBox setup may be one of the best gifts possible this year.
Continue reading ATMakers Gaming for Everyone Project
This summer, we’re trying something new! We’ve worked with LessonPix Custom Learning Materials and Minor Achievements Learning Center to create a camp where every kid has access to a basic AAC device. We have two types of devices: an Android-based tablet running CoughDrop, and a custom device built on the Adafruit PyPortal intelligent screen.
Continue reading Flooding the Zone w/AAC Devices
This year’s Christmas Adapt-A-Thon was a fantastic success for the children of Florida who use switches to control their toys and devices!
Continue reading Adapt-A-Thon 2018 was a Huge Success!
It’s official: this year’s Adapt-A-Thon will be a on November 25th at the fabulous Launch Site building at Orange Technical College in Orlando!
Continue reading 2018 Adapt-A-Thon is Coming! We Need Your Help!
How do you switch-adapt over 100 toys for kids in a single day? Over 40 volunteers working over 8 hours of controlled chaos certainly helps!
Thank you to our two FRC Teams (Roaring Riptide #4118 & GRA-V #5816), FACTUR for the use of their event space & equipment, U.F. Engineering’s B.O.T.S. team, LessonPix.com for financial support (and Pizza!) and everyone who gave their Sunday to help out the kids F.A.A.S.T. serves!
Continue reading Christmas Toy Adapt-A-Thon for F.A.A.S.T.