Henry Evans became quadriplegic and mute after a stroke-like attack caused by a hidden birth defect. Rather than letting these obstacles hold him back, Evans now works with Robots for Humanity, pioneering adaptive robotic technology to help him, and others like him, navigate the world.

“If you want something, you look for options. If you don’t want it, you look for excuses.”At the age of 40, Evans was left without the ability to speak or move, but after years of therapy he is now able to move his head and use a finger.

This huge milestone now allows Evans to use a head-tracking device to communicate with others via a computer using experimental interfaces.
Evans continues to use his knowledge and experience to collaborate with robotics teams in the development of tools to help the severely disabled navigate their lives. He collaborates with Georgia Tech professor Charlie Kemp on using the PR2 robot as a surrogate, as well as Chad Jenkins’ at Brown on quadrotors for expanding range of motion.Evans joins us for the first time at the the 2015 No Barriers Summit. Unlike any other speaker, hear from Evans very own robot on how that one moment hasn’t stopped him from living his life.