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Gallaudet’s first TOM Fellows aim to harness campus creativity to invent products for people with disabilities

Sep 08, 2023
By Victoria Hallett

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Yasmeen Holguin, ’23, and Alison Nana are searching for “Need-Knowers.” That is the term used by Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) for people with firsthand experience living with a disability. TOM — a global venture that began in Israel in 2014 — wants to identify what overlooked challenges Need-Knowers are up against, design affordable products to address these problems, and then distribute them as widely as possible.

Alison Nana (far left) stands next to Yasmeen Holguin during an event for TOM Fellows in Atlanta. Their group built a Toddler Mobility Trainer for a child who is too young to use a wheelchair.

And Holguin and Nana, graduate students in Gallaudet’s Accessible Human-Centered Computing program, have been selected as 2023-2024 TOM Fellows. “We have the responsibility of setting up a TOM community of makers and innovators,” [...]

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