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An education in assistive technology

The need for 24 volts and 3-5 amps does not appear to be a big ask. But require it, day in day out, for continuous mobility then it can be an important issue.

The charger for my chair ceased to function. Given that it has had a hard, demanding life, and has been self repaired at least a dozen times, I was not really perturbed when it went "on the blink" ~ even after the routine shaking and thumping. I had, at best, a partial charge before it was back to my manual wheel chair.

Replacements take time and considerable outlay ~ my object was to source a used replacement to keep me mobile. Detective work and considerable luck were the order of the day.

People who know people produced serendipitous results. In my case it led to Zachary at CReATE ~ a place where Utahns can get or donate used mobility assistive technology (devices used to enhance independence and improve quality of life). What a workshop of creative people, with great aims and ideals.

CReATE defines a challenge and comes up with a solution with the user in mind. Whether it is a rebuild, or an innovation, it is all covered. My personal feeling is that it is a quiet oasis of hope for many who as yet may know little of its existence.

In a short time, Zachary had remedied my challenges, introduced me to researchers in related fields, including farm machinery adaptation, and started a dream-building exercise of what might be. From a user's point of view I have found a gold mine, one which is deserving of my continued support and promotion.

CReATE (Judy Ann Buffmire Building)

1595 West 500 South

Salt Lake City UT 84104

801 887 9398











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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Larry, it sounds like Create is a wonderful group.  I'm glad you're back to being mobile again and I hope Create helps many more people. 

Jun 30, 2011 04:03 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Larry.  CReATE sounds like a great organization.  I'm so glad they were able to get you mobile again.

Jun 30, 2011 04:16 AM #2
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

"My personal feeling is that it is a quiet oasis of hope for many who as yet may know little of its existence." ~ this is my favorite line from your blog.  I for one, knew nothing of CREATE. I hope you are able to help them, just as they have helped you : )  Have a great day! ~ Jennifer the IHI Home Inspections Office Girl

Jun 30, 2011 05:05 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wow, what a great organization! Never heard of it before. Does it exist beyond Utah? Now that you are "assisted" mobile again, truly "Enjoy the day."

Jul 01, 2011 12:38 AM #4
Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

you are doing your part and getting the word out and blogging is helping if someone searches for it. Hope all is well........... and you are ok too.

Jul 04, 2011 08:08 PM #5
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

All - CReATE is well placed, with great people to do a wonderful job in this community. I certainly appreciate their existence, and shall be proactive in heralding their being. CReATE is a Utah organization ~ perhaps having counterparts in other places. Watch for more information as I delve deeper.

Jul 05, 2011 03:46 AM #6
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