Spring 2013 Systers Pass-It-On Award Winners
The “Tech-Abled” project. Empowering disabled women through technology.
The “Tech Abled” project is an information awareness project that focuses on women with spinal cord injuries and particularly women living with quadriplegia. This project was inspired after Casey was involved in a road crash close to 10 years ago that left her quadriplegic, on a wheelchair and paralyzed from the shoulders down. Not being able to use her hands, she learned how to use voice-activated software and through that was able to learn different computer packages and skills.
After rehabilitation and living in a developing country, Casey discovered through several challenges the enormous burden women with disabilities face in the country, not just by being a woman but a disabled woman. She then founded the Chariots of Destiny Organization whose aim also includes empowering especially women living with spinal cord injuries. Casey started the Tech Abled project to teach them how to use voice-activated software to enable them to use computers independently despite their lack of mobility. Majority that cannot use their hands due to injury will also learn different skills that will enable them to sustain themselves economically and provide a social forum where they will interact and learn from others with the same condition.