What a fantastic year it has been. We started off with the Access Makeathon (opens in a new window), a 48-hour challenge where Makers worked together to create innovative assistive technologies for people with disabilities. And then we spent the entire year hopping around North America to meet dedicated Makers and build devices.
Above: Timothy, a 10-year-old with an anoxic brain injury, tests out an accessible Wii controller that a team built for him at the Access Makeathon
We hosted or co-hosted 17 events, of which five were in the United States. With the help of many bright Makers, students, engineers, and tinkerers, we built 320 LipSyncs this year!
Above: Jim, who has a spinal cord injury, tests out a LipSync that students made for him at a Burnaby School District Makeathon (opens in a new window)
Above: Google and Neil Squire Society staff at Google headquarters for a buildathon during Accessibility Week (opens in a new window)
Thank you to everyone for their skills, enthusiasm, and dedication towards making this happen. If you want to help in other ways, please consider making a donation (opens in a new window) this holiday season to support people with disabilities. Happy holidays and a wonderful new year!