Quality of Life + (QL+) is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization created to foster and generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life for those injured in the line of duty. QL+ accepts challenges from wounded active-duty service members and retired military veterans, members of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, first responders and other public servants injured in the line of duty. These challenges become projects at the state-of-the-art QL+ Laboratory, located at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
By harnessing the exceptional creative and engineering skills of students and faculty at Cal Poly, QL+ succeeds in developing innovative solutions that help our nation’s heroes live, work and play. You can read more about the QL+ initiatives and organization at www.qlplus.org. Click here to see a video on the QL+ Program aired by KSBY-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
SAME is collecting contributions for QL+ to enable the organization to continue its important work. Donations may be made using SAME’s secure online form; members wishing to donate via check, may print the contribution form in PDF, complete the form, and mail it with a check to SAME.
Donations raised through SAME pay for materials, Cal Poly instructor time to mentor research teams, and on occasion, student stipends. Your contribution the QL+ efforts supports both Wounded Warriors and the education and mentoring of future engineers—one aspect of the SAME mission.
In 2011, the SAME WWTF recommended two QL+ projects to sponsor for the fall 2011 Cal Poly semester: the Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift; and the Myoelectric Mouse Control. In early 2012, SAME added the Accessible Cab Entry (ACE) Lift Project. SAME’s goal to raise $25,000 for each project was reached and all three projects were fully-funded.
Donations for the Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift and the Myoelectric Mouse Projects were made to QL+ on March 28, 2012, and donations for the Accessible Cab Entry (ACE) Lift Project were made to QL+ on March 27, 2013. Both presentations were made at the Golden Eagle Dinner held in Md.