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Initiatives

The CEA Foundation's mission is 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. 

Seniors

The CEA Foundation is committed to supporting innovative programs that utilize consumer electronics to improve the lives of seniors. In 2010 there were more than 40 million people age 65 or older who were living in the United States, and this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million – representing 20 percent of the population – by 2050. By improving the quality of life of seniors through greater independence and social interaction, we will have a positive impact on the lives of many while also reducing the costs of care.

For more information regarding this program see the grants portion of our site.

People with Disabilities

The CEA Foundation recognizes the incredible impact that consumer electronics have on the independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to supporting programs that continue to innovate on accessibility and create awareness about features that meet the needs of these communities.  In addition to supporting nonprofits we have hosted roundtable discussion to create understanding between industry and disability organizations. 


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 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 http://www.ce.org/Foundation/Please-Support-the-CEA-Foundation.aspx

Among the groups the CEA Foundation has supported with grants or donations in 2014 are:
John Shalam and VSC participant Shirley
 Tom Kamber Speaks at OATS

Announcements

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 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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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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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 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 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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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 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 www.cesweb.org/ 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 WebAble.tv.  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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Grants

Selfhelp Community Services

The CEA Foundation announced on June 27, 2012 that their first grant would go towards the Selfhelp Community Services Virtual Senior Center. This support has been used to reach additional seniors in New York as well as expand their program to San Diego, Chicago and Baltimore. 

This innovative program enhances the lives of homebound seniors by utilizing computer, video and Internet technology. The interactive experience of participants, whether homebound or at a senior center, reduces social isolation, promotes wellness, and provides better access to community services as well as enhances independent living. Learn more. 

See all CEA Foundation Grants.