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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. 


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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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 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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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 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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Older Adults Technology Services

The CEA Foundation announced its support of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) with a grant to help open the nation's first tech-themed center for older adults. The Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York features classes, workshops, talks, and social and cultural events focused around technology.
The funding provided by the Foundation has gone a long way, leading to media attention from USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Today Show and CNBC to name a few. OATS is dedicated to linking seniors with technology with the intention of engaging them with education and social activity. Learn more.

See all CEA Foundation Grants.