The Engineering Accessibility Solutions project is raising $25,000 this Tiger Giving Day to expand technologies for those with accessibility needs.
Their first project will enable Auburn faculty and graduate students to build a bike for Gary Godfrey.
Gary, a 1986 industrial engineering graduate, was diagnosed with ALS in 2019. The bike the faculty and students are building will allow Gary to participate in the 2022 Bo Bikes Bama event. Although Gary can no longer walk or talk, when asked why he wanted to participate in the event, the text-to-speech cursor he can move with his eyes spelled, “I want to feel the wind in my face.”
The funds from Tiger Giving Day will also help Auburn Engineering faculty tackle other accessibility challenges. In addition to the bike for Gary, faculty and students are creating a special suit for a child who has a rare disease that does not permit him to be exposed to the elements. The suit, designed by Auburn engineers, will allow him to play outside.
These projects are just the beginning. The funds from Tiger Giving Day will jumpstart these accessibility projects and open the door for other engineering technologies.