Ability Now Receives Generous Donation of Adaptive Spoons for Participants
Many of the participants at Ability Now have Cerebral Palsy or another disability that makes holding a spoon or fork difficult, therefore making eating challenging. Some readers may remember that engineers from Verily (the life science division of Google) were working with participants to test a new spoon, the Liftware Level, for people with disabilities. After almost a year of testing, the spoon is now available for purchase. After attending one of our Discovering Abilities tours, a generous anonymous donor has purchased and donated 24 of the Liftware Level spoons to our participants that will benefit the most from them.
On Friday January 27th, Verily research assistant Michael Magdaleno, who has been working with our participants for several months, surprised Tyrone Cobb with one of the spoons. Tyrone has been working with the engineers since they first came to Ability Now to observe the difficulties some of our participants have while eating. Testing of the spoon was vital in the design of the final product. The presentation made the cover of the East Bay Times. You can read the full story here.