On behalf of Nigel Livingston at the University of Victoria, we are sharing with our SCI community the following message.
My name is Nigel Livingston and I have the pleasure of directing a project whose primary focus is to develop photography systems specifically for persons who live with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The goal being that users, regardless of the physical challenges they face, will have the ability to independently position their cameras, as well as having full and complete creative control of the camera operation.
My team, based at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, has received very generous support from the, US-based Craig H Neilsen Foundation. Our plan is to not only to develop and perfect camera control and positioning technology, but also to create an informational resource and “meeting place” for SCI users (and, other users who face physical challenges) to exchange ideas and to share and celebrate their passion for photography.
We have already established a website that provides an outline of our project and includes a questionnaire for us to secure feedback from potential users of our technology and resources. The website can be found at: https://www.empoweredphoto.com We really want to hear from users so that we can gain a complete understanding of their photographic needs.
By way of this email, I ask that you forward its contents to any persons or organizations you might think would be interested in our project, and, in particular, using our technology. Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like more information or if you have any comments or questions.
Thank you so much for your help.
Nigel Livingston | Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy | University of Victoria