What is Enabling Technologies Associates, Inc (Enabletech)
Enabletech is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to using technology to improve the independence of people with disabilities. Our volunteers are engineers, fabricators, and medical and business professionals who donate their time and expertise. Our services are provided at no cost to our clients.
Our process is to:
- Review the client’s capabilities and needs
- Compare the needs to available technologies
- Design and create adaptations as needed
- Build and test the device
- Ensure that the device meets the individual’s needs
No members, directors or officers of Enabletech receive a salary or benefit materially in any way from our work. Our reward is the satisfaction of seeing our efforts make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. We are supported by public and private donations and grants and in-kind materials from our partners and volunteers.
Enabletech was founded in 2000 in South Carolina by an engineer and program manager retired from a 42-year career at Westinghouse Defense and Electronics in Baltimore, MD. As a charter and still active member of the Volunteers for Medical Engineering, he brings more than 25 years of rehabilitation engineering experience in building and managing the team of volunteer associates.
Our board of directors consists of engineers, physicians, and business and professional leaders in South Carolina. Some of our board members have disabilities.
Enabletech board members:
Edwin E. Keelen, president and chairman of the board
Philip E. Atkinson, founder and president emeritus
D. Keith Appel, vice president and vice chairman of the board
Don Matthews, treasurer
Sharon H. Kelly, secretary
John W. Atkinson
Elizabeth A. Schuler
Debra Jean Appel
John McMurtrie II
Russell J. Turpin