Newly Formed Foundation to Help Disabled American Veterans By Providing Home Automation Assistance

A newly formed nonprofit organization, the Home Technology Specialists of America Foundation, will be donating automated access and electronic control systems to returning disabled American veterans.

SALT LAKE CITY -September 15, 2010 -A newly formed nonprofit organization, the Home Technology Specialists of America Foundation, will be donating automated access and electronic control systems to returning disabled American veterans. The HTSA Foundation is now accepting nominations from the public to determine possible recipients of these free systems. The nomination forms are available online at http://htsafoundation.org/nominate -a -veteran/.


"For some disabled veterans, simple tasks like flipping a light switch, pulling down a window shade or even opening a door can be daunting challenges," says Jeff Anderson, Director of the HTSA Foundation and CEO of Aurant, a Salt Lake City company that specializes in whole home automation and systems integration. "These heroic men and women often have years of hard work ahead of them to regain their mobility and mastery over their environment. Few have the resources to cover the costs of modifying their home to accommodate their new special needs. Home automation technologies can dramatically improve their quality of life."

Aurant, a member of the HTSA Foundation, will provide the hardware, installation services, user customization, and programming for the initial systems. An Aurant / HTSA remote or customized keypad can allow veterans to control their thermostats, lighting, blinds, security system, telephones, Internet, television, and other systems.

Automating and centralizing control of these tasks makes life simpler and safer. For example, the alarm system can trigger the exterior lights to flash so the home is easy for emergency personnel to find. Specialized systems can also help facilitate communication with case nurses, counselors, therapists and support groups, even simple remote control doors that let veterans and their visitors easily enter and exit their homes can make a big difference.

HTSAF was formed to support independent living among veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The foundation's primary goal is to provide in -home communication and environmental control systems to veterans who are newly challenged by everyday tasks.

Eligible veterans include those with physical disabilities who are lacking the financial resources for home modifications. For more information about HTSAF, please contact Jackie Zima at 610 -228 -2138, 215 -534 -2973 (cell), or write to Jackie@GregoryFCA.com.

ABOUT HTSA FOUNDATION

The HTSA Foundation is a nonprofit formed to support independent living among veterans with disabilities returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) is a leading national association of residential and commercial automation, media integration, and energy management experts located in 37 states. Visit www.HTSA.com for more information.

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