Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Good, Bad, and Disappointing News

As some of you readers know, I use an iBOT 4000 to navigate daily live. The iBOT is the predecessor of the Segway Personal Transporter (PT); I've been following the PT for use by disabled veterans on this blog for years. The "good" news is that my iBOT and the PT are tools that free humans living with a disability to be and do more in their daily lives. The "bad" news is that disabled persons find themselves having to fight to aquire and use these transformational devices. The "disappointing" news is that, "Independence Technology L.L.C. is no longer selling and marketing the iBOT® Mobility System." After 2013 I won't even be able to repair my iBOT (Pictured: There I am with my sister Karen and her friend Geri with horse).

More "good" news is that when people work together they can move mountains. Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT) provides "advocacy and education services as an advocate for the adoption of Universally Designed Technology Solutions." The organization has been able to help on a number of fronts through its advocacy and their "Segs4Vets" program, which has awarded more than 250 Segways to veterans and active duty members of the United States military through 2008. If you're a veteran that would benefit...check them out.

iBOT owners; unite!

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