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CTA Foundation Promotes Accessibility at CES 2018

Stevie Wonder and Sendero Group Founder Michael May at #AccessibleOlli

Accessible technologies helping people of all abilities were  found everywhere at CES 2018. From hearables to robotic  caregivers, CES was the launch pad for innovations that  change the world. The CTA Foundation is proud to support innovative technologies that improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities.

The CTA Foundation was involved  in numerous accessible technology initiatives at CES including hosting the winners of the Eureka Park Accessibility Contest: Lili Smart, Project Ray, SignAll, Sofihub and Unaliwear. At last year’s show, the Foundation announced a partnership with IBM and Local Motors to crowdsource ideas for the #AccessibleOlli, the world’s most user-friendly self-driving vehicle. After the yearlong initiative, the #AccessibleOlli took a prominent spot in the Grand Lobby of the LVCC, even attracting the attention  of Grammy award-winning artist Stevie Wonder. 

The programming around accessible technology was another highlight  of the show. The CTA Foundation was proud to engage with innovative companies such as Google, Lyft, AARP and  Comcast among countless other companies. Panels and interviews covered the technology spectrum from the smart home to self- driving tech and the resulting benefits for  people of all abilities. 

Accessible technology products and  services is a growing segment of the CES show floor. The CTA Foundation is committed to furthering the dialogue necessary to make technology accessible  to all. We are proud to connect  the industry with disability advocates, academic institutions and other key stakeholders.

Panasonic Supports CTAF

A huge announcement at CES was Panasonic’s $100,000  donation to the CTA Foundation. This donation was given in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary and on behalf of all of their clients. Panasonic’s support  will be used for technology education, research, and support  for organizations to improve the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.

“We are incredibly grateful  to Panasonic for their support  of our mission. We believe technology is an important tool in enabling older adults and people with disabilities to live healthier,  more independent and socially connected lives,” says Steve Ewell, executive director  of the CTA Foundation. “This commitment  highlights the power our industry has to  make a difference through the support of  life changing programs.” 

2018 CTA Events

  • CES Asia: June 13-15, Shanghai New International  Expo Center Shanghai, China

  • CEO Summit: June 24-27,  Barcelona, Spain

  • Innovate Celebrate: October 15-17 Boston, MA

  • CT Hall of Fame Dinner: November 7, New York, NY

  • CES Unveiled:  New York November 8, New York, NY

  • CES® 2019: January 8-11, Las Vegas, NV 


Anthony Maestri