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Entrepreneur Mick Ebeling talks about a project he and a team of collaborators embarked on to make it possible for someone with ALS to create art. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nerve disease often fatal.

After meeting TEMPT, a graffiti artist with ALS who is paralyzed from head to toe, Ebeling began developing his project. TEMPT has mastered the ability to communicate by blinking and has full eye movement, which provided Ebeling his starting point.

Ebeling and his team built The Eyewriter, an open-source invention that allows for artists like TEMPT to create art.


Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Foundation, a nonprofit organization that believes “in the collective good for the collective gain” (NIF: Who We Are). They build creative solutions for problems other may find “impossible”, they have a vision and stick to viewing problems and their solutions as “not impossible”.

Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist

Find your answers to his questions:

  • “If not now, then when?
  • If not me, then who?”