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You came and assessed the problem and went away to work on it. You returned twice to test different solutions and decided that the connection needed soldering. I appreciated that you made a point to leave me with the connection working so that I would not suffer any inconvenience until you could provide the solution.”

Tetra client Claire Firth, of Burnaby, BC, to Vancouver volunteer Peter Newell.








Tetra enables people with disabilities to transition to further and higher education, and then on to employment.

Our assistive devices and adaptations can make education accessible, empowering people of any age to attend college and university.

This includes getting to class, being involved in lectures, labs and tutorials, handling books and other course materials, moving around the college campus and various ways to enable people to study more effectively.

However, assistive devices don’t have to be study related. Daily living aids can, for example, enable people to move away from their parents’ homes and live on campus. Our gizmos can also enable leisure pursuits and the other social interactions that make up college life.

Together, Tetra can help enable clients to progress through school and into the workplace to achieve their full potential.

Overcoming barriers

Identify a challenge you want to overcome, and use the Request For Assistance (RFA) form.

The Tetra “Youth in Transition” project involves students at nine colleges and universities in the Greater Toronto Area. In this case, Tetra clubs will work closely with engineering departments to build projects on-site. (At all other locations, please try to find your local Tetra chapter or talk directly to head office.)

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What is possible

Our volunteer engineers and technicians work one-on-one with students to give them the opportunity to succeed. These volunteers invent ‘gizmos’ that overcome barriers.

As an example of what’s possible, previous Tetra projects that directly relate to education include:

  • Desk adaptations: to better fit a wheelchair
  • Book holders: to keep study materials open
  • Easels: to enable painting, drawing and drafting
  • Wheelchair trays: for organizing notebooks, books and laptop
  • Wheelchair cell phone mounts: communication on the go!

In addition, any project that can aid a person’s daily living needs – from self-care to leisure – will free up additional time for study, and help with the practicality of getting to and from classes.