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Henry Evans    

Founder of Robots for Humanity; Advocate for the Use of Robotics in Disability & Healthcare

Imagine being aware of your environment, including feeling every sensation on your skin and being completely unable to interact with it because you’re trapped in your own body. Henry Evans knows this feeling.

At age 40, Evans was left mute and quadriplegic after a stroke-like attack caused by a hidden birth defect. Years of therapy helped him learn to move his head and use a finger - which allows him to use a head-tracking device to communicate with a computer using experimental interfaces.

Evans sought out robotics to promote his independence in his activities of daily living and to help make the life of his wife and caregiver, Jane, easier. He has become an experienced robotic user striving to help people with disabilities be more independent. By leveraging their work with some of the top minds in robotics, Evans and his wife have become tireless advocates for the disabled, openly sharing their research and experience via their organization, Robots for Humanity.

Speech Topics

Evaluating Assistive Devices

This is the most popular lecture, originally given at Caltech, and subsequently given at universities all over the U.S.

Electronic Accessibility Goals for the ADA

Teletourism & Telepresence Technology

Robots for Humanity


Inspiring People: Henry Evans And His Robots
Necessity is the mother of invention, indeed. Check out what Henry Evans is up to. His necessity is driving the inventions of some pretty nifty robots.
A Silicon Valley visionary gives a TED talk with a robot’s help
I did a Q&A recently in the Mercury News with Henry Evans, a Stanford MBA and former chief financial officer at a Silicon Valley software startup who in 2002 suffered a debilitating stroke-like event that left him mute and quadriplegic.
A Stroke, A Coma, A Revelation: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot
After a paralyzing stroke, Henry Evans went from feeling suicidal to full of optimism with help from his caregiver wife, Jane, and from power of technology to help him live a better life.
Q&A with Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and robotics pioneer
Henry Evans’ kids in the back seat noticed it first. Their father, a Stanford MBA and the chief financial officer at a Silicon Valley software startup, was slurring his words as he drove the children to school along Page Mill Road.
Robots for humanity: how technology is changing the life of one Bay Area man
Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads with steep switchback turns. On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school.

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