Assistive technology is not one-size-fits-all. V-LINC’s Volunteers for Medical Engineering service provides customized assistive technology that makes it easier for people with disabilities to live, work, and play more independently. Our volunteers design and build both high-tech and low-tech solutions to meet needs large and small.
Our volunteers are engineers, carpenters, machinists, engineering students, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists who work together to create technology that increases our clients’ independence. In some cases they invent a new product and in other cases they modify an existing one. Check out examples of some of our past projects here.
If we find a product that already exists that will meet our client’s need, though, we will refer him or her to that commercially available solution. In these cases, we will not build an entirely new product. Visit our Resources page to explore available commercial solutions.
We serve clients of all ages with varied disabilities and abilities, and there are no income qualifications to receive Volunteers for Medical Engineering services. We only ask for a donation of $100, but this can be discussed if that would cause a financial burden.
If you think you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please contact us, submit your request electronically or download a pdf version of our request form. We’ll review your request and call you for additional information. If we have the skills to safely accomplish your request, we will! You may also want to view our answers to frequently asked questions.
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