ALS TLC is a technology loan closet for individuals who have been diagnosed with ALS and other rare neuro-muscular disorders. ALS TLC was created by The Warren Family, who know first hand the challenges of families living with ALS. ALS TLC is a program of Touch the Future Inc. (www.touchthefuture.us)
How it all began…
Katelyn Warren was an occupational therapy (OT) student at Brenau University and Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L, Executive Director of Touch the Future, provided an opportunity for the OT students to come for a hands on assistive technology lab experience. It is through this opportunity that Katelyn learned about the many technologies available for individuals with disabilities and the services provided by Touch the Future.
This information was valuable not only for Katelyn’s future career as an occupational therapist but also because Katelyn’s father had recently been diagnosed with ALS. Shortly after meeting, the Warren Family went to Touch the Future and was able to take home needed durable medical equipment and other technology and information. Their relationship continued to grow and Touch the Future was able to be an ongoing resource for options to help maintain independence and over all quality of life. As the Warren Family began to experience increased challenges as the ALS progressed and as they met more families struggling with similar circumstances, they grew frustrated with the lack of access and available funding to get the technology they all desperately needed. So working with Touch the Future, the Warren Family began to develop the ALS Technology Loan Closet (ALS TLC) in order to meet the urgent needs of those with ALS.
ALS TLC’s goal is to raise the necessary funds and acquire technology that will improve independence and the overall quality of life of those in need. We are building a loan closet through partnerships, fundraising, financial donations and donated technologies. All donations are tax deductible.
Individuals will be able to request to check out technology for loan from the ALS TLC for a small fee. Each check out is for 90 days but can be renewed for additional periods. All technology checked out is required to be returned to the ALS TLC so that others may benefit from this life changing assistive technology.
ALS TLC is also building a scholarship fund to help with the purchase of technology, home modification expenses or medical bills. Please check back for more details and when this service will be available.
ALS TLC is also excited to offer crowd funding opportunities through www.touchthefuture-onthespot.us. You can setup your own project to help raise the critical funds you need. All projects will support the ALS TLC scholarship fund.
Touch the Future is honored to host the ALS Technology Loan Closet as one of its specialized programs and to provide the needed support to help grow the Warren Family’s legacy to ensure that all those battling ALS can live the best life possible. We thank you for your support and hope we will become a service to all those in need.