Google Nest Partners with Reeve Foundation, Donates 100,000 Smart Speakers
Google Nest has partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to support individuals who are living with paralysis. In celebration of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Google Nest donated some 100,000 Google Home Minis for the foundation to distribute amongst members of the paralysis community.
"We live in a world where technology has unlocked unforeseen possibilities for individuals living with paralysis. However, even the best ideas can gather dust unless the right partners—community and industry—work together to bring them to life. We are grateful to Google Nest for their commitment to work with the Reeve Foundation and restore independence for people living with paralysis," said Rebecca Laming, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "It's fitting that today—the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act—we are announcing an extraordinary partnership that extends the impact of this landmark legislation to achieve greater freedom and inclusion for individuals living with paralysis."
The Google Home Mini is the ideal companion to foster independent living since the device operates though voice-enabled technology. With just a few simple commands, users can search Google, play music from YouTube, adjust the thermostat and lights, and even see who is at the front door – all tasks that might otherwise pose a challenge for those living with paralysis.
"For many of the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis, home can be a reminder of what was lost following an injury or disability. However, technology like Google Home Mini can completely transform what it means to live independently, and, to caregivers, it offers much-needed reprieve and support. Together, the Reeve Foundation and Google Nest are giving back the comfort of what a home should be for families impacted by paralysis," said Laming.
All U.S. members of the Reeve Foundation can obtain a free Google Home Mini while supplies lasts by visiting Googlenest.reevefoundation.org.