The Enable Community Foundation advances and extends e-NABLE, a fast-growing global network of digital humanitarians using technology to design, fabricate, and disseminate free prosthetic-like hand and arm to those who need them.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 in 2000 live births each year involve upper-limb reductions. In the United States, the CDC estimates that about 1,500 children are born with congenital upper-limb deficiencies each year. Additionally, more than 32,500 children in the United States have experienced a major amputation due to trauma, tumor, or other disease.
In contrast to traditional prostheses that are expensive and often impractical for growing children, e-NABLE hands and arms are innovative, inexpensive, and kid-friendly. “Superhero hands” developed in partnership with recipients and their families can turn a potential disability into a a life-affirming opportunity for personal growth and innovation, for recipients as well as for makers, world wide.
The Enable Community Foundation aims to implement and validate a scalable high-tech infrastructure that matches recipients with volunteers who create open-sourced assistive technologies…for free or minimal costs. It supports educational materials and program to recruit and develop more digital humanitarians. And it is developing partnerships and programs to bring these inspirational new methods and solutions to the entire world.
In the long run, crowd-sourced digital humanitarians can address many kinds of unmet needs. In the near term, we are “changing the world, one hand at a time.”