ELIA Life Technology
We are a social impact company based in Brooklyn, New York. We measure our success on our ability to effect positive change in the rates of literacy, education, employment and independence among people who are blind or have a visual impairment. Those goals are societal. They may require patience and perseverance over the course of decades. Or we may be at a tipping point. Regardless, our stakeholders are an atypical group of people and institutions that share our long-term goals, and help us achieve our short and medium term successes. Sometimes there is nothing in it for them, other than that it is the right thing to do.
Our work is informed by research data, with an aim towards understanding, and adding to, the critical data from the field of visual impairment. We are constantly asking questions - “How can we make tactile learning and reading more intuitive? What are the core problems and their dynamics? What are the daily needs of people who have a visual impairment and what technology could help tackle each one of those needs? What mainstream technology can be re-investigated and applied to our field to bring about positive change? What new technology could help us leapfrog over inefficient, older technology? What current tools in the toolbox would be more useful, except for the lack of complementary technology?” More generally we ask “What is the scaffolding of products and services that are needed to reach a tipping point of a core societal challenge?” And we ask social science research questions - “Once a new platform technology is available, what other resources would make it more useful?” We are of the belief that there must be a better way to approach the challenges.
We welcome all collaboration from individuals, corporations, educators and not-for-profits to achieve the shared goals.
A description of the ELIA Team's ongoing research can be found here.
The ELIA Idea Team
The ELIA Idea team is a dedicated group of creative designers, engineers, rehabilitation professionals, operations professionals, researchers, and investors. We collaborate across all disciplines. Each of the members of our team have worked for large organizations, where they learned best practices in their profession. They joined The ELIA Idea for the shared purpose, to do work that is meaningful, and with the belief that at this unique point in time, they can make a difference in the lives of perhaps millions of people.