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About Us

About Us

Raising the Floor is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping ensure that everyone has access to information and communication technologies, including those who face barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy or aging.

Mission

Our mission with Morphic is to help make personal computers easier to use.  We believe that everyone, including both those with disabilities as well as those who simply find today’s technology too confusing or difficult, should be able to access the many benefits computers have to offer.

Our mission has taken on new meaning with the coronavirus and the role that computers have taken on in allowing people to stay connected to those around them during this difficult and unprecedented time.  During the pandemic, computers provide many with a connection to friends and family, a way to work from home or attend classes, and can be a critical way to access basic necessities and healthcare benefits that are not available to those who cannot understand or use computers.  Making computers easier so that all people are able to use them, at least for essential tasks, is at the heart of our mission.

Funding

Morphic is the result of the following grants to the University of Maryland Trace Center:

  • Grant # H421A150006 from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S.Dept. of Education
  • Grant # 90RE5027 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Administration on Community Living, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

But Morphic draws from many earlier research projects at the IDRC at OCAD University in Toronto, at the Trace Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and multitude of European partners that were funded by:

  • The U.S. Dept of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, grants H133E080022 & H133E130028
  • The European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), grant 289016 (Cloud4all) and grant 610510 (Prosperity4All).
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • The Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • The Adobe Foundation
  • The Consumer Electronics Association Foundation

Note: Funding agencies do not endorse any results or products of their funding and no endorsement of Morphic or the research leading up to it by the funding agencies should be assumed. 

Some of the many people who contributed to the development of either Morphic or the technologies that led to Morphic include:

Alfredo Matas

Amarja Desai

Anna Szopa

Antranig Basman

Ben Isaacson

Chris Perret

Christopher Walker

Cindy Li

Danail Karadaliev

David Folmar

Dayton Gomez

Denis Anson

Eugene Yang

 

Eva de Lera

Gregg Vanderheiden

Ignacio Peinado

J. Bern Jordan

James Vanderheiden

Jonathan Lazar

Joseph Scheuhammer

Jutta Treviranus

Kasper Markus

Kate Vanderheiden

Kavya Komuru

Kristiyan Yanachkov

Lynn Baumeister

Mark Henderson

Matthew Reyes

Matthew Ryson

Meagan Griffith

Nikolay Furnadzhiev

Rachael Bower

Rachel Wood

Steve Grundell

Tony Atkins

Whitney Quesenbery

Yana Dobreva

Yao Ding