Empowering Lives Through Technology
It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), founded in 1999, is dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. iN2L integrates the various hardware, software, media, ergonomic, and adaptive components necessary to allow virtually any person with any interest in using a computer—regardless of background, physical or intellectual abilities—to do so pleasurably, engagingly, and with minimal frustration. The system is built on a picture-based, touch-screen interface that allows users to simply “touch” their way to find engaging, educational, spiritual, and personalized content that is appropriate to their level of cognitive and physical ability. From using e-mail and web cams to connect with family and friends, to enjoying mind-stimulating activities, to improving hand-eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program, elders with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, most of whom have never used a computer, are now enjoying technology using systems adapted especially for them.
iN2L’s scalable systems are currently installed in more than 1200 senior living communities in 49 states and 4 countries. A focus for the company has been developing engagement tools for older adults dealing with dementia and other cognitive disorders. The customer base for the company is split between nursing homes, assisted living communities and adult day programs. They have strategic relationships with organizations dedicated to changing the culture of nursing homes, specifically the Eden Alternative and the Pioneer Network. Their work has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, National Public Radio and dozens of smaller media outlets. Today this type of technology is innovative, tomorrow it will be demanded.
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