To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Jim Mullen. On October 16, 1996, I was shot in the face while on duty as a Chicago police officer. I have been paralyzed from the neck down ever since. Since my injury, I have set up The Jim Mullen Foundation to provide computers for people with disabilities or special needs. Ironically, even though I was able to facilitate the donation of hundreds of computer systems to the disabled, because of my injury, I was unable to use a computer myself.
Today, I have discovered the Tracer donated to me from GiveTech. This amazing piece of equipment allows me to access the computer with movements of my head. Now, I can send email, surf the web, write letters – anything anyone else can do on a computer, I can do too. There is no discrimination or disabilities on the Internet, and the ability to access a computer has opened up an entirely new world to me.
Not only does the Tracer allow me to access a computer and all that goes with it, but I can use it in conjunction with other equipment to help me control my environment independently. For example, with the Tracer, I could turn on the light when I enter a room and control the television without help.
GiveTech, the non-profit organization that gave me the Tracer, asked me to write this letter to let people know how beneficial their generous donation has been for me. However, there is still much to do. GiveTech has identified literally thousands of people who are currently unable to use a computer because of severe physical disability but lack the financial resources to purchase the needed specialized equipment without assistance.
I hope you will help GiveTech close the digital divide for these people, so that they will know the joy of being able to independently learn, communicate, and connect as I have.