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Innovative Solutions for People
       Living With Physical Disabilities

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IN THE NEWS

Former Monkey Helper Company In Allston Raising Funds After Flood Damage

ALLSTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An organization that houses dozens of capuchin monkeys is asking for the public’s help after a recent flooding. Envisioning Access, formerly known as Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers, used to train and provide service monkeys to people living with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and ALS.

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PUBLICATIONS

Flood at the Monkey Living Center

Our office has been struck by a devastating flood, rendering it not only uninhabitable but also unsafe for both the animals and humans we serve and work alongside. This flood has caused extensive damage to our infrastructure, equipment, and supplies, crippling our ability to effectively carry out our vital mission.

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PUBLICATIONS

Monkey Business – April 2024

In This Issue: Greetings from the Executive Director, Envisioning Access in the News, Welcome Serjio Brereda, CNP, Disability Corner, Government Relations with Amir Ameli, Save the Date for the NASCAR Day Giveathon, Birthday Round-up

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IN THE NEWS

Philanthropy in Phocus – Empowering Adults with Physical Disabilities

Executive Director Diane Nahabedian joins Tommy DiMisa on Philanthropy in Phocus to discuss the work of Envisioning Access, a Boston-based 501c3 that is developing, in conjunction with tech start-ups and universities, innovative technologies like AR/VR, robotics, AI for those living with physical disabilities. Started in 1979, the organization has recently undergone a dynamic transformation from a service animal model to establishing an Innovative Technology Initiative.

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IN THE NEWS

Opinion: AI is powering the next generation of assistive technology

At Envisioning Access, we are dedicated to working with individuals living with physical disabilities. Throughout our forty-five-year history, we have seen assistive technology for the disability community adapt and improve as technology and innovation advance. We value the work of the robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, and AI industries in these efforts. We are excited to work alongside them to develop new technologies to help individuals with physical disabilities live more independent and engaged lives.

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Dani wearing the VISORS prototype while typing on a laptop
IN THE NEWS

Boston nonprofit is replacing service monkeys with tech for disabled adults

At Envisioning Access Inc., a Boston, MA based 501 C3 nonprofit organization founded in 1979, we know that the best person to influence the development of new medical products coming on the market are the individuals who will use them. Envisioning Access, formerly known as Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers, was founded originally to assist those living with physical disabilities by providing trained capuchin monkeys as service animals to assist with daily living needs. We ceased training and placing the capuchin in homes as of 2021 due to regulatory, market, and technology changes.

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PUBLICATIONS

Monkey Business – November 2023

In This Issue: Greetings from the Executive Director, The musicians with disabilities embracing virtual reality, Monkey Week is Coming, Birthday Round-up, Buy your Calendar

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PUBLICATIONS

Monkey Business – October 2023

In This Issue: Greetings from the Executive Director, What is XXR and Why is it Important for Disabled People, Meet Halley Gmeiner, Remembering Siggy, Birthday Round-up, Buy your Calendar

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Melanie and Friend
PUBLICATIONS

Monkey Business – September 2023

In This Issue: Greetings from the Executive Director, AI-Driven Features for Monday Night Football, Melanie’s Story, Meet Amir Ameili and Jenni-Rose DiCecco, Birthday Round-up

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