The Share Foundation is continuing its mission to use technology to improve the lives of those severely disabled members of society.

During its 39-year history, the foundation has helped dozens of people improve their ability to communicate with others through the use of computer technology.

The Share Foundation started in 1982 with UMass Dartmouth professors Les Corey and Philip Vial creating a mechanism that enabled a local woman who could not speak to form sentences on a computer and communicate with others.

The Share Foundation and Professor Corey received national recognition from the Reagan Administration in 1985.

The foundation often engaged engineering students in helping to create machines to help people communicate, but that all changed in 2019 when Corey decided to retire, and the University closed its Center for Rehabilitative Engineering.

Vial said this week that the Share Foundation relocated to the DeMello International Center in Downtown New Bedford and is continuing its important work.

Courtesy Share Foundation

Vial said the pandemic did slow down production at the Share Foundation, but now the work has ramped up again, and requests for assistance are being met.

The Share Foundation is funded mainly through donations, so Vial is sharing details about three upcoming fundraisers in August and September. His Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

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