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.
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.
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: