What is TetraNation?
Tetra Nation is a light-hearted competition aimed to celebrate the amazing one-of-a-kind custom devices that our volunteer-led community can create to help people with disabilities in their everyday lives. We believe people with disabilities should be able to take part in the activities that everyone else enjoys, whether it be work, rest or play!
We do this by inventing gizmos that overcome barriers. Sometimes it’s modifications to existing equipment, sometimes we invent something unique. We’re hands-on – engineers, technicians and skilled tradespeople. We look at mobility, recreational, and vocational barriers and see solutions.
In order to showcase these gadgets, we ask volunteers to submit short videos of their creations to share online to garner “likes”. We hope to foster community, engagement, and work together to improve the lives of those around us.
This competition stems from the Tetra Society of North America, a charity formed in Vancouver, BC in 1987 by a man who wanted to do more with his life. Sam Sullivan, a tetraplegic following a skiing accident at age 19, wanted to be able to wash, dress and feed himself so he would be able to get out of his apartment and find work. An engineer volunteered to devise simple modifications, which revolutionized Sam’s life. He decided to share this empowerment with others across North America by forming Tetra.