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The CEA Foundation's mission is to link seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives. The programs listed on this site highlight some of the examples of areas where we have been able to assist innovative nonprofits to make a difference. 

CEA Foundation Video Highlights

See highlights from our support of BridgingApps, Gallaudet University, and San Diego Futures Foundation:

See highlights from our support of Lighthouse International, Older Adults Technology Services, and Selfhelp Community Services:

For information on all of the CEA Foundation's grants visit our grants page.

2014 Highlights

We are proud of the accomplishments of the programs that the CEA Foundation supports. 

Here are just a few examples of lives impacted through our support:

  • “You’ve empowered me.  I was shut off, forgotten.  Now I have a voice again.  I can’t say thank you enough.” Jamy (Selfhelp Virtual Senior Center Participant)
  •  “I used to read 5 papers a day, 10 magazines a week, and for pleasure I’d read 30-40 books a year.  That all stopped.  I couldn’t read anything.  And all of a sudden I can do all those things again thanks to technological devices.  Very very exciting and very liberating.” Bernie (Lighthouse Guild Participant)
  • “After a stroke, and because of cognitive challenges, you can use Facetime to talk to children that move to college and it’s like being there.  It’s important for me” Lincoln (BridgingApps Participant)
  • One Senior Planet member, formerly facing eviction from her apartment, reported: "This week I was awarded my 100th Elance job! I have retained my five-star average, and now have six repeat clients, and my latest ranking as of last week is No. 76 out of the 239,000 writers registered with the site worldwide. Prior to my OATS training, I had never even heard of Elance, but through your classes I gained the skills and confidence to give it a try. So I want to thank you both for the big role that OATS has played in my success and showing me that Seniors can still be productive. I hope your program can continue to help many other older adults the way it has helped me."
To learn about all of our grant programs, visit our grants page

To join the growing list of individuals and companies that have supported the CEA Foundation as we change lives with programs like those listed here, please visit our Support page.

John Shalam and VSC participant Shirley

In addition to our grants, the CEA Foundation has supported other organizations with donations in 2014 including:


2015 CES Innovations Award Winners Announced!

The CEA Foundation congratulates all of the winners of the CES Innovations Awards!  There any many incredible products in categories including Accessibility and Tech for a Better World. These products highlight the power of innovative technology!

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Praises CEA Foundation Work

During his one-on-one interview with Gary Shapiro (President and CEO of CEA) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler praised the work of the CEA Foundation.  See the full interview for this and the many topics that they discussed.

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CEA Foundation Congratulates Winners of FCC Awards

The CEA Foundation congratulates all of the winners of the FCC Chairman's fourth annual Awards for Advancement in Accessibility which were presented during the M-Enabling Summit.

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CEA Foundation Interviewed on CESLive

CEA Foundation Executive Director Steve Ewell was interviewed by iMore's Rene Ritche and Serenity Caldwell on Geekbeat.  In addition to seeing the video, you can also learn about iMore's work on accessibility at

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CEA Foundation Congratulates OATS on launch of Senior Planet Digital Entrepreneurship Institute

The CEA Foundation congratulates Older Adults Technology Services on the launch of the Digital Entrepreneurship Institute to help enterprising seniors harness the power of technology to start, manage and grow business and social ventures.

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CEA Foundation Congratulates CE Hall of Famers

The CEA Foundation congratulates the 2014 inductees into the CE Hall of Fame, including CEA Foundation Trustee Loyd Ivey!

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Consumer Electronics Can Change the World

Come see the CEA Foundation's panel session at the 2014 International CES called "Consumer electronics can change the world." Join the CEA Foundation for a session discussing the impact of the consumer electronics industry on philanthropy.  Find out how philanthropy can benefit your company and career while also doing good for your community.  CE supports numerous philanthropic efforts including education, environmental issues, and improving the lives of vulnerable populations.  Learn more about the efforts of leading organizations in our industry and the power of doing good.

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CEA Foundation Congratulates 2014 Digital Patriots

Congratulations to CEA Foundation Chairman John Shalam on his selection as a 2014 Digital Patriot. John will be honored along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rob Portman (R-OH) at a dinner on April 29 in Washington, DC. Proceeds from this dinner will support the CEA Foundation.

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CEA Foundation Congratulates Trustee Bruce Borenstein on Innovation Entrepreneur Award

The CEA Foundation would like to congratulate Board of Trustees member Bruce Borenstein for receiving the CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Award for Small Business Executive of the Year. 

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CEA Foundation Congratulates inaugural eCycling Leadership Award Recipients

The CEA Foundation congratulates Best Buy, Dell, HP and Samsung for receiving the inaugural eCycling Leadership Awards.  In particular we would like to recognize CEA Foundation Board of Trustee member John Godfrey who accepted the award on behalf of Samsung.

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CEA Foundation at 2014 International CES

Learn more about the CEA Foundation at the Experience CEA Booth in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center during 2014 International CES.  Visit for information on everything happening at 2014 International CES!

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Accessibility: A Driver for Innovation Panel

Video from the Accessibility, A Driver for Innovation panel which occured at the mEnabling Conference is now available on  This panel features CEA Foundation Board of Trustees member Bruce Borenstein (President and CEO of AfterShokz), John Kuzin (Senior Director, Regulatory, Qualcomm), Peter Mahoney (Chief Marketing officer, Nuance Communications), Greg Rhoades (Director of Marketing, Leviton Security and Automation) and is moderated by CEA Foundation Executive Director Steve Ewell.

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CEA Foundation announcing 2013 Grants

The CEA Foundation has begun announcing our 2013 grant recipients.  Keep an eye on our Media Room for the latest releases.

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CES Innovations Awards Add an Accessibility Category

CES Innovations Awards added a category for Accessible and Universal Design this year for products that have innovative features that enable ease of use by anyone, including, but not limited to, accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities.

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CEA Foundation: White House Conference on Aging

Steve Ewell, Executive Director of the CEA Foundation, sat down with Nora Super, Executive Director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to discuss the White House Conference on Aging that took place on July 13th.

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CEA Foundation attends Politico's Outside, In: Aging in a Tech World event

The CEA Foundation recently attended Politico's Outside, In: Aging in a Tech World event in Washington, DC. The event focused on emerging healthcare technologies and the role technology plays in today's aging population. Current advancements in healthcare technology are transforming how older adults' manage and treat health concerns. Politico gathered a panel of experts to discuss these technologies and the inherent pros and cons of their impact.

Panelist included:

Jeannine English, President, AARP
David Lindeman, Director, Center for Technology and Aging; Director, CITRIS Health, University of California
Dr. Reena Pande, Chief Medical Officer, AbilTo
Nora Super, Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging

Attached is a link to a recording of the event.

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The CEA Foundation supports the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University, in a grant to teach consumer with hearing loss about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies. With this CEA Foundation grant, Gallaudet plans to produce eight instructional videos during the course of the upcoming year-long project. This program will support the CEA Foundation's mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives. Learn more.

See all Foundation Grants.