Rick Frame demonstrates Sesame Enable at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, this past March.


I have been a C3-4 quadriplegic for 20 years, and didn’t learn about Sesame Enable’s hands-free phone until five years ago. At that time, Sesame Enable was still developing its hands-free technology.

The thought of making my own phone call was exhilarating. I could call without anyone dialing for me? Without my caregiver having to sit around or be in the next room waiting for me to be done to hang up? I could make a call in privacy to whoever I wanted without anyone knowing? This was what I was longing for!

I was lucky enough to receive a Sesame Phone through the company’s initial donation program. It wasn’t the first smart phone I had, but it was the first one I had control of. I immediately called my mom — some things never change in life — and said, “mom, I’m calling on my own!”

The Open Sesame! App is Easy

With my phone connected to my chair and stationed in front of my face, the app technolo