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The Good Group: Customized Solutions for People With Disabilities

ANTONIS TSAPATAKIS

yoocan is excited to announce our partnership with The Good Group. We will be a  production partner for some of the projects executed by The Good Group. 


Who Is The Good Group?

The Good Group is a group of MAKERS that use technology to create customized solutions to everyday problems of people with disabilities.  They believe in people, collaboration, and teamwork, and so we work with Maker groups, around the world, as a network.   

How Can You Help?
Their makers devote their time and knowledge as good will at no charge. Having said that - technology has a cost. That of the products and materials, and the occasional use of special machinery, so that every individual will get the solution they deserve. Each solution costs approximately $5,000 which covers materials, tools and direct expenses of the teams. Their funding goal will enable them to support 40 projects, which means 40 individuals around the world that they hope will have improved lives!

It’s not Science Fiction! It is a story of technology, community, and overcoming life’s challenges.  Some of the projects will be featured in a web series. Each episode will follow one project. You can support and fund an episode!

Click here to donate today:

https://www.drove.com/action/5a69a83381b0b50006c95e48

Join a Maker's Team:

http://www.thegood.group/


The Good Group's Mission
Their mission is to make assistive technology available for anyone in the world, regardless of geography or money. They aim to do this by bringing together MAKERS, dedicated to their cause, throughout different countries around the world. They're currently in their pilot stage. 


Current MAKER teams onboard:
1. "E-Nable" - 3D printed prosthetics for children and underserved populations in Rochester, N.Y.
2. "Kadima Dynamics" - Bringing together technology innovators and people living with disabilities in Calgary, Canada
3. "Haifa3D" - No-cost prosthetic hands for children and adults in Haifa, Israel
4. "IdanTech" - Community maker-space and innovation center in Emeq Hammayanot, Israel


How does it work?
The Good Team starts by meeting a person with a disability that has a specific challenge or need. Sometimes they’ll work with the person's caregiver or family member if they can’t describe their need themselves. Either way, they refer to the individual describing the challenge as the “NEED-KNOWER” - they know what they need, they’re the experts. 


NEED-KNOWER joins the MAKERS
The NEED-KNOWER joins a team of MAKERS -unstoppable problem solvers who lend their unique abilities to help with the challenge at hand. Together they come up with a solution and bring it to life. MAKER teams are equipped with 3D printers, laser-cutters, machining tools and electronics. As MAKERS do, our MAKERS also work in workshops, fablabs, innovation spaces and other makerspaces.


Who are the MAKERS?
Makers are people who create things: designers, engineers, developers, woodworkers, blacksmiths and other craftspeople. Makers can be hobbyists, students or professionals. Being a Maker means using creativity and skills to address challenges faced by people living with disabilities, challenges that have yet to be resolved. 


How are teams formed?
The Good Team collaborates with existing MAKER Teams (TOM, E-Nable related teams, independent teams from Fablabs and other student teams like EnableTech for example). They also support new teams! New teams/individuals interested in setting up a team in their community, school or maker space are more then welcome. Organically formed maker teams from around the world will have access to the network and can apply for funding from the funds raised. 

 

 

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