By Kim Diggs
The NATA Research & Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization aiming to push the profession forward by providing grants for research projects.
“The money helps us further the advancement of the AT profession,” said NATA Foundation Director Jennifer Yoder. “It helps us facilitate our research and education programs.”
During the course of NATA 2019, there are a few ways attendees can help the NATA Foundation reach its goals.
Attendees can stake their claim on a variety of items, such as a signed Johnny Cash record or a signed “Avengers” poster, by downloading the Handbid app and bidding on the items available. Attendees can look at the items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 and 8 to 11 a.m. June 27, which is when bidding officially ends.
Along with bidding on resources, sports merchandise and collector’s items, attendees can support by snapping photos.
“Something that people can do that doesn’t even cost them a penny is to participate in the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo,” Yoder said.
The Donate a Photo campaign is run through an app, which can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. Once it is downloaded, select the NATA Foundation as the cause to contribute to and take a photo or share one from the photo library. Then, share the photo; one per day is permitted.
“We’re hoping to receive 15,000 photos, which would give us $15,000,” Yoder said.
Because Johnson & Johnson has pledged to donate $1 per photo, the NATA Foundation needs members to share 15,000 photos through the app.
The campaign will continue until Aug. 19.
Lastly, attendees can support the NATA Foundation by purchasing, “It Only Laughs When I Hurt,” a book written by author, and Honorary Member, Steve Moore. The book can be purchased at the registration counter while supplies last until the book signing 10 a.m. June 26. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the sale of his book will be donated to the NATA Foundation.
For more information about the NATA Foundation, visit the website.