Touch the Future, Inc. (TTF) began in 1989 as the first Georgia statewide Assistive Technology (AT) conference. In 1994, we incorporated and became a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The Nonprofit incorporation was and is overseen by a board consisting of professionals throughout various industries with a majority of members having disabilities or who have family members with a disability. From the training and assistive technology expertise roots, programs began to expand.
In 1997, Touch the Future's ReBoot™ -Computer & AT Reutilization Project was created and piloted the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program. ReBoot™ has grown into a nationally trademarked, copy righted and bench marked program with over 10,000 computers issued to individuals with disabilities, seniors, Veterans and individuals who are disadvantaged. And since October 2007 over 200 tons of e-waste has been kept out of landfills through our process.
In 1999, the Microsoft sponsored Lifelong-Learning-Lab established a state-of-the-art lab for demonstrations and training in AT software applications and computer literacy for all ages.
In 2002, ReBoot™ was trademarked and nationally recognized as reuse best practice.
In 2007, RSA’s STAR Network Grant designated TTF as a STAR Network Depot to administer, develop policies and procedures, provide training and set up various donation and distribution sites around the Southeast US. This is now the TTF AT ReUse & Recyling Partnership program TTF Distribution Network.
2007-2012, 87% of GA and 47% of SC counties were served plus areas in NC, AL, MS, FL and more.
In 2009, we opened TTF SC in Anderson, SC. serving the greater Upstate SC, Bordering GA and NC and serving all Anderson zip codes. TTF SC Branch utilizes not only the programs already established at TTF GA and the TTF Distribution Network but also a developed community based network of partners to better serve individuals with Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans and Disadvantaged Individuals and Communities in the Greater Anderson Area, Upstate SC and Georgia & North Carolina Border Counties.
In 2009, TTF became an official United Way funded partner.
In 2010, TTF SC moved into its new home through a partnership with Anderson County in the Historic McCants School at 101 South Fant Street, Suite B-020, Anderson, SC.
In 2010- present, Touch the Future partnered with Anderson County to host the Tour de LaFrance cycling & handcycling events.
In 2010, Regained Mobility (formerly a separate nonprofit founded By Amanda Adams in Greenville, SC) became Touch the Future's durable medical equipment and assistive technology reuse program.
In 2010-2012, TTF assisted 7 Eagle Scout projects to completion including the first accessible park area and dock in Anderson SC on Cater Lake and an ADA accessible fishing platform on the Saluda River in Pelzer, SC.
In 2011, TTF became a National Alliance Partner of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).
In 2012, TTF South Carolina became an official Paralympic Sport Club-SC Golden Corner and home of the Miracle League of Anderson. TTF also secured the contract to help develop and build the new Anderson County Greenpond Landing ADA compliant Mega Boating & Entertainment Complex with Seamon Whiteside & Associates.
In 2012, TTF helped Anderson County install and launch the first ADA compliant kayak launch in South Carolina at the Saluda River Rally.
In 2012, TTF GA moved to 1456 McLendon Drive, Suite A, Decatur, GA 30033 in order to provide better access to the clients we serve and TTF SC added a new location at 1655 East Greenville Street, Medicus Building 2, Anderson, SC 29621 and began developing the original TTF SC office in the Historic McCants School as the Paralympic Sports Club & Miracle League of Anderson Office and Accessible Fitness & Training Center.
In 2013, TTF SC is scheduled to open the Paralympic Sports Club & Miracle League of Anderson Office complete with a wheelchair accessible fitness center that will be open to program participants. This will be located at 101 South Fant Street, Suite B-020, Anderson, SC 20624 in the Historic McCants School--Anderson County's Community & Cultural Center.