Technology Full Circle: A Mother Gives Back

"Happy Mother's Day" written on a card, with flowers, a present, and macaroons around it

Over the span of 35 years, we have seen many dedicated volunteers come together to empower people with disabilities. This Mother’s Day, we would like to tell you about Lynne Taylor.

Lynne’s son Robert was only 20 years old when a car accident left him a quadriplegic. Following the accident, the Neil Squire Society helped Robert regain his independence through a device that enabled him to control the electronics around his house by moving his head.

In 2009, nine years after his accident, Robert passed away.

Eight years later, in honour of her son, Lynne signed up to volunteer at our LipSync Buildathon in the Okanagan (opens in a new window). The LipSync (opens in a new window) is a mouth-controlled device that allows a person with limited use of their hands to operate a smartphone or tablet.

Lynne at the buildathon

Lynne (left) building a LipSync; photo via Nicholas Johansen, Castanet (opens in a new window)

“When you’re injured, you lose so much and it’s really wonderful to do something normal again,” said Lynne (opens in a new window). “So because Neil Squire had helped us, I wanted to give back to the society by coming and doing this.”

It is because of the selfless support of individuals like Lynne, as well as the financial support of our donors, that we are able to continue being the Canadian leader in Assistive Technology – from innovation right through to trialing and implementation.

To learn more about our programs, or to get involved by volunteering or donating, please visit www.neilsquire.ca. Thank you for your support.