SOURCE: Believe Ability, Inc.

July 13, 2007 20:50 ET

Los Angeles Company Restores Hope to Injured Returning Soldiers

Wounded Service Members Receive Life-Changing Technology From Believe Ability

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Believe Ability, Inc. has been contracted by the Computer/Electronics Accommodation Program (CAP) -- a Department of Defense program -- created to provide hands-on training to wounded troops on assistive technology products and software. Believe Ability's Assistive Technology Specialists are changing the lives of our returning troops despite tremendous physical and cognitive disabilities such as blindness/low vision, traumatic brain injury, deafness/hard of hearing, and dexterity issues.

"This program is changing the expectations and restoring the dreams of wounded troops who now have to fight to have a normal life, be an active family member or find a new job," says Jason Hilkey, ATP, Assistive Technology Consultant and President of Believe Ability, Inc. "We're honored to be able to work with and support our troops in this way."

Men and women who are in harm's way while serving their Country in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot spots are surviving catastrophic events at a higher rate than ever; surviving blasts and assaults that used to kill a soldier in previous wars. The increasing survival rate, while clearly a positive development, has created a new problem for the more than 34,600 troops returning with casualties resulting from the Iraq War.

Often, these casualties result in a variety of disabling conditions that present tremendous challenges to accessibility, quality of life and job satisfaction, leaving many with little to no hope of returning to a regular life.

U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Kenneth Haley returned from service in Iraq with multiple physical and mental disabilities. Yet because of Believe Ability's individual support, Sgt. Haley is overcoming the insurmountable pressure of returning to civilian life. "The program helped me in so many ways," says Sgt. Haley. "Not only did they provide assistive technology to help me with my daily disabilities but they spent time training me on how to use it affectively." (Below is a partial list of the technologies.)

For the first time, there is a new opportunity for these servicemen and women to get real help for their real-world, day-to-day problems.

USMC Sgt. Haley's technologies include:

--  PDA with adapted software to support him with his scheduling needs
--  Software that scans printed text (book, magazine, letter) and reads it
    back to him
--  Speech recognition software turning his speech into typed words
--  Computer mouse adapted to his unique constraints
--  Handheld 'pen' that reads aloud text that it passes over
--  Amplified hearing device
    
About Believe Ability

An innovative company based in Torrance, CA offers mobile assistive technology services for schools, agencies, and private individuals throughout Los Angeles and the Southern California area. Believe Ability, Inc. provides therapy services for children and adults with disabilities. For more information on Believe Ability, Inc. visit www.believeability.com

About the Computer/Electronics Accommodation Program

For more information about CAP visit www.tricare.mil/cap/wsm

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Therese Hall
    310-295-1024, x701