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UBCO - STAR and School of Engineering Buildathon

On September 23, we went into the BC Interior to UBC Okanagan for a Buildathon. We met and reconnected with a lot of great people, and have built another 14 LipSyncs. But it’s the stories of the people impacted – both volunteer and people with disabilities – that really touched us.

Lynne Taylor looks on at the room of volunteers building an accessibility device, the LipSync
Above: Lynne Taylor looks on at the room of volunteers building an accessibility device, the LipSync.

“It is so fulfilling and so joyful to a person who’s had so much lost that it’s just a very important thing to help people get this independence back,” says Lynne Taylor, pictured above, who took part in the event after her son became a quadriplegic after a car accident.

“This is really good to open people’s minds and show people that there is a device out there that will allow them to continue on in life and it’s great for me to watch somebody use the device for the first time and go, ‘holy crap, now I can text again’,” says Ean Price, pictured below.

Ean Price in Wheelchair shares how accessible technology including the Lipsync empowers people with disabilities
Above: Ean Price, in wheelchair, shares how accessible technology including the Lipsync empowers people with disabilities.

Read the event wrap-up and watch a video in the Kelowna Capital News, and have a look at our Facebook event page for more media coverage.