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Use your Makers Skills to Help People with Disabilities

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Disability Professionals and Makers: This exciting project innovates the way we deliver assistive technology.

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Makers Making Change is an innovative community based initiative that connects makers to people with disabilities to create affordable open source assistive technologies.

Makers Making Change utilizes emerging technology (Arduino microcontrollers, 3D printing, laser cutting for example) and integrates the culture and movements that surround them (the open source movement, the maker movement and the crowdsourcing movement).

Makers Making Change hosts an open source assistive device Project Library  as well as a matchmaking service for people with disabilities to request device from volunteer makers. Makers donate their skills and time, people with disabilities pay only the cost of supplies and shipping(if applicable)

Guess What?

We are starting an NYC Chapter of Makers Making Change!

Meet out Chapter Leaders

Loreto Dumitrescu is an occupational therapist and tinkerer with a driven interest in unlocking the ways technology can help bring out the best in each student. She is a graduate from Adelphi University with a Masters in Educational Technology. Her OT practice focuses on assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning. She is also the founder of ZeroDay Camp, whose mission is to broaden the reach of computing education by offering classes for kids and professional development for educators. Zero Day Camp also designs and disseminate software, tools, and curricula for computer science and robotics education.

Farrukh Zia is a Professor of Computer Engineering at CUNY CityTech. Farrukh earned his Master's and PhD in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 1988 and 1996, respectively. Farrukh's PhD research work was related to the applications of neural networks and fuzzy logic in controlling non-linear dynamic systems. In addition to his technical expertise, Farrukh has a passion for social justice projects and facilitates several meetup groups engaging CUNYTech students including Maker Fairies and Girls Who Code

Together, Loreto and Farrukh have a wide range of maker and disability related knowledge and are looking for others who share their passions!

Who can get involved and what does that mean?

Are you a Maker?

  • Volunteer your skills in 3D printing, 3D modelling, laser cutting, designing, soldering, problem solving, event planning, community organizing
  • Attend a build event!
  • Submit your own assistive device designs to our open source library
  • Explore new skills/possible career paths and make for a purpose

Are you a Person with a Disability?

  • Request a device for only the cost of materials(and shipping)
  • Make connections to people who care in your community

Are you a Disability Professional?

  • Review our devices to help innovate the way we deliver and create AT
  • Learn how Assitive Tech is made.

Are you an Educator?

  • Learn about our free curriculum
  • Learn about how students can help people with disabilities in their school, families and community.

Makers Making Change is an innovative community based initiative that connects makers to people with disabilities to create affordable open source assistive technologies.

Makers Making Change utilizes emerging technology (Arduino microcontrollers, 3D printing, laser cutting for example) and integrates the culture and movements that surround them (the open source movement, the maker movement and the crowdsourcing movement).

Guess What?

We are starting an NYC Chapter of Makers Making Change!

Meet out Chapter Leaders

Loreto Dumitrescu is an occupational therapist and tinkerer with a driven interest in unlocking the ways technology can help bring out the best in each student. She is a graduate from Adelphi University with a Masters in Educational Technology. Her OT practice focuses on assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning. She is also the founder of ZeroDay Camp, whose mission is to broaden the reach of computing education by offering classes for kids and professional development for educators. Zero Day Camp also designs and disseminate software, tools, and curricula for computer science and robotics education.

Farrukh Zia is a Professor of Computer Engineering at CUNY CityTech. Farrukh earned his Master's and PhD in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 1988 and 1996, respectively. Farrukh's PhD research work was related to the applications of neural networks and fuzzy logic in controlling non-linear dynamic systems. In addition to his technical expertise, Farrukh has a passion for social justice projects and facilitates several meetup groups engaging CUNYTech students including Maker Fairies and Girls Who Code

Together, Loreto and Farrukh have a wide range of maker and disability related knowledge and are looking for others who share their passions!

Who can get involved and what does that mean?

Are you a Maker?

  • Volunteer your skills in 3D printing, 3D modelling, laser cutting, designing, soldering, problem solving, event planning, community organizing
  • Attend a build event!
  • Submit your own assistive device designs to our open source library
  • Explore new skills/possible career paths and make for a purpose

Are you a Person with a Disability?

  • Request a device for only the cost of materials(and shipping)
  • Make connections to people who care in your community

Are you a Disability Professional?

  • Review our devices to help innovate the way we deliver and create AT
  • Learn how Assitive Tech is made.

Are you an Educator?

  • Learn about our free curriculum
  • Learn about how students can help people with disabilities in their school, families and community.

If this is you, SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT !!

To learn more about this project watch the videos below and sign up at www.makersmakingchange.com

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