Our mission is to love our neighbors by restoring independence, dignity, and hope through affordable assistive technology solutions.
VisuALS started as a student project at Oklahoma Christian University after recognizing the need for an affordable assistive communication device. The student team entered into Love's Cup, a state-wide business plan competition in Oklahoma, and won first place.
Impacting Real Lives
The impact of what those students created did not truly become evident until they met a man named Carl. Seeing the impact they had on Carl's life, they knew they needed to create a business.
VisuALS is now a fully operating business that is selling their solution for less than $3,000, a fraction of the price of traditional solutions.
In 2014, a student in the Master’s of Engineering program at Oklahoma Christian University, approached the university with an idea to create an affordable AAC device for his friend who had ALS. His friend was a doctor and so he could afford the expensive traditional communication devices that cost $15K – $25K, but he saw the need for an affordable solution. Oklahoma Christian decided to pursue this idea through their senior engineering capstone projects. Over the next two years, two groups of students worked on the project. The first group of students started the work in the Fall of 2015 and the second group of students picked up that work in the Fall of 2016. The students did not realize the potential of what they were creating until they met a man named Carl Phelps, who ended up becoming their first beta tester.
The video below (fast forward to 2:20) is of Oklahoma Christian’s President introducing Carl and the student team at Oklahoma Christian’s alumni dinner. Since then, members of that student team have graduated and started their corporate careers, with a few of them still playing significant roles in the business and others acting as Strategic Advisors. Other team members have been recruited to help build the business and bring VisuALS to market. VisuALS officially launched on September 1st, 2017 and is seeking to live out it’s mission to love it’s neighbors by restoring independence, dignity and hope through affordable assistive technology solutions.