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Invest in eNABLE Chapters and Programs for 2019

Support device making, repair & shipping; chapters; testing; kids programs & more

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The Enable Alliance is an extremely active and far reaching resource for everyone in the eNABLE Community, and the only 501(c)3 partnered with

After hosting eNABLE's global conference, tours, workshops and retreats to consider the state of science, technology and our community, we hosted a workshop for participants to review a 2 year plan and offer feedback on the previous year.

This campaign is asking for funding to address specific needs. Please give to our general fund. If any of these causes speaks to your heart, please give and email us to let us know you are giving for a specific use.

$5000 High Stakes Credentialing - Background checks, training, and monitoring with the help of Verified Volunteers,

$4800/Fellowship for students to held leadership roles and specific responsibilities. By allowing them to work on eNABLE projects that support their academic and professional interests, we are able to retain their energy and talent year-round and nurture emerging professionals in our community.

$3700 Camp Enable: youth summer programming and educator training providing leadership training, experiments, and the opportunity to design a device for yourself or someone else.

$4600 Support for clinical trials by traveling to confirm supply lines and printing capacity, coordinating resources and creation of devices for people enrolled in IRB approved studies.

$8000 Chapters support. The Enable Alliance has provided emergency support and travelers assistance for Rochester Enable visitors, Enable Sierra Leone. We have provided printers and tools for Enable Mexico and the clinical trial partners at eNABLE Veracruz and University of West Virginia, Enable Cameroon, Enable Honduras, and for schools in the United States. We have provided assorted filament (flex, conductive, carbon, etc.) to support research and special projects directly addressing a recipient need.


Enable is a process first demonstrated by Ivan Owen: make a prosthetic device that is affordable using common materials and including the user and need knowers in collaborative, rapid cycles of innovation.

Enable is a community of digital humanitarians that has encouraged crowdsourcing support for caring projects since 2011. It galvanized around blogs my Jen Owen, and the site Donations and encouragement from the community led Ivan to explore 3D printing his affordable assistive device to create a hand for a little boy.

Enable is a movement. The community has shared designs and supportive instructional guidance using open source and creative commons licenses. It has applied the process and tapped the energy of the community to create many body powered designs for arms and hands as well as myoelectric designs. It also has a design for a lower leg and feet, two exoskeletons, over 200 tools, over 200 designs for people with vision impairment and tactile learners. It also has helped underserved people around the world to get access to technology and training - formal education and informal learning. Volunteers are applying their workforce skills and 21st century skills to bear on other needs of individuals and the community, including light, clean water, recycling, and addressing other needs at the point of care - 3 D printed microscopes, filters, clips, kits, models, etc.

The Enable Alliance was founded by Ivan Owen, Peter Binkley, Christian Silva, Janet Fofang, Tracye Johnston, Maria Esquela and others (Jen Owen, SUNY Poly's Professor Robert Payne, etc.) to develop and maintain and share resources in the global e-NABLE community, promote scientific practices and lifelong learning that would make it easier for one person to help another and make the community more sustainable and resilient. It was founded to be a fiscal sponsor for groups in the community, offer tax deductible donation and in kind donation, and discounted shipping from a shared inventory tracked at the eNABLE Living Classroom at SUNY Polytechnic.

Our Mission:

Address everyday needs of individuals and communities by building inclusive, collaborative networks of individuals dedicated to humanitarian, project-based learning, boosting access to education, technology and opportunity to develop workforce skills.

What That Looks Like in Action:

The Enable Alliance advocates for students of all ages to learn by doing, using the e-NABLE model of collaboration and innovation to address everyday needs of individuals and communities, particularly in underserved areas. It builds inclusive, collaborative networks of individuals and organizations to support humanitarian, project-based learning. It actively pursues boosting safe access to education, technology and opportunity to develop workforce skills, which also makes e-NABLE a sustainable and resilient ecosystem.

The e-NABLE community is known for designing for upper limbs. It also responds to challenges and individual's requests for tools, assistive devices for people with vision impairments, teaching manipulatives for kinesthetic learners, beaks and legs for animals, creates art rooted in the perspectives of its projects, and addresses mobile power and connectivity solutions for using technology the field, during disaster response, or planning for disaster recovery.

The Enable Alliance gives the e-NABLE Community:

  • Fiscal sponsorship to those who do not have their own tax-exempt status, with 100% of the funds passing through to the designee.
  • Fundraising, purchasing and shipping solutions and resource sharing to decrease the financial burdens on volunteers.
  • Credentialing, including background checks. By creating a program with reciprocity through Verified Volunteers, we can hold down costs for volunteers and still ensure current status data for parents, hospitals, schools, camps and other programs who require credentials to volunteer with vulnerable populations.
  • Development of a shared, transparent, global inventory for a crowdsourced movement through the Living Classroom project at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The committed space allows our community to receive computers, printers, filament, tools, devices in any state of completion and repair. The class as an immersive real-world project allows students to gain experience using enterprise software, and allows the community to track receipt of pledged resources, their distribution and impact. The software allows any individual or group to participate as satellite hubs sharing their inventory. It also supports sharing help desk service with other chapters offering time zone coverage and language support.
  • Outreach to candidates.
  • Follow-up and sharing outcomes and feedback.
  • Collection and review of evidence of processes in service learning, fabrication, research and community development.
  • Brokering collaboration between subject matter experts engaged in design, fabrication and device distribution and including formal and informal education programs using citizen science and project-based learning
  • Distance learning and mentoring experiences using Open Recognitions. Digital recognitions or badges are key to individuals, groups and the community sharing evidence of their activities and testimony about the skills acquired. They can leverage these to create social, educational and employment opportunities, have a free and web based portfolio about their learning and achievements, or even assert identity (The Humanitarian Passport Project).
  • Events coordination to ensure that volunteers' service is focused on creating the devices to medical volunteers who will ensure free fitting, distribution and a point of contact for gathering and sharing user's feedback.
  • Exploration of scalable solutions to support citizen science and open science, including private and secure communication and data collection, an Institutional Review Board for the community serving and collaborating with vulnerable populations, and a credible journal for community science publications.
  • Promotion of open source practices and defense of intellectual property.
  • Exploration and implementation of blockchain solutions for establishing provenance, supply chain management, credentialing, and more.
  • Advocacy for IRB studies of device recipients and the members of the e-NABLE ecosystem, to increase the sharing of information in credible conferences and publications.
  • Support for our community's young scientists engaged in presentations, publications, poster sessions or panels.
  • Collecting, curating and sharing community history through images, drawings, prototypes, ephemera from our history, worn devices and other evidence for study as part of a the community legacy.
  • Development of Open Data projects for discussions about the state of the science and technology used by the community.
  • EA Educators' Exchange, supporting formal and informal educators using Creative Commons Licenses, web-based conferences and resources
  • Organizing and supporting collaborative programming to encourage and further the credibility, conscience and community spirit that goes into e-NABLE projects, including leadership development, teambuilding activities, tours and field experiences, internships, STEM camps, engagement in arts and more.