Boozman, Cotton, Westerman Announce Funding for Small Business Working to Help Visually Impaired in Rural Areas
May 13 2015
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with Congressman Bruce Westerman today announced that Fauxsee Innovations—a Magnolia, Arkansas-based small business—has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to facilitate safe and efficient rural transportation for the blind.
Fauxsee Innovations is an assistive device company that has committed its time and resources to bringing technology to the people with sight impairment.
The grant comes from USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, which helps small businesses conduct high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture in rural development.
“As an optometrist by trade, I understand the need to meet the challenges facing the visually impaired. Those living in rural areas often face greater hurdles. The work done in Magnolia by Fauxsee Innovations will help support their needs and improve the lives of visually impaired Americans,” Boozman said.
“This grant is great news for Arkansas. It will rightly help make our transportation infrastructure more accessible to all Arkansans and while fostering growth among our small businesses,” Cotton said.
“I am proud to see a local business researching and innovating to improve life for individuals with visual impairment. Their work is inspiring and it is my hope that this funding helps Fauxsee Innovations continue to innovate and improve the lives of not just visually impaired Arkansans, but visually impaired individuals across the country,” Westerman said.