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Help is here for many living with paralysis and it is free. Living with paralysis can be an overwhelming challenge for the millions of people who face it every day. And simple accessibility is the main reason why it is so difficult. For most of us, doing simple tasks such as turning on the lights or adjusting the temperature in our homes comes with very little thought or effort. But for someone who is paralyzed, they can be nearly impossible.

Fortunately, with the development of exciting new technologies which take advantage of artificial intelligence and voice activated technology, paralyzed individuals and caretakers have a new tool allowing them to do many of these tasks for themselves, those day-to-day activities that are so important to living independently.

Properly installed, Google Nest’s Google Home Mini is one such device that has the ability to change the quality of people’s lives for the better. This device is a smart speaker with Google Assistant, an interactive, artificial intelligence program built-in. Using the Google Home Mini allows people living with Paralysis to control a wide range of systems inside their homes using simple voice commands. With it, they can control lighting, temperature, electronic devices, communication, and can access a wide variety of useful information.

Now there is an exciting new development from Google Nest, is partnering with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. In celebration of the July 26, 1990 passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, they will be providing up to 100,000 Google Home Mini devices, free of charge, to people living with paralysis.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be living with a physical disability, mobility challenge, or paralysis, or be a caregiver providing care to such an individual.
  2. Be living in the U.S.

You can follow this link to check your eligibility: and order yours today if you qualify. 


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