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Seven Wheelchair Stations Installed in Scott County at Several Facilities
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Seven Wheelchair Stations Installed in Scott County at Several Facilities

Thanks in part to a state grant promoting healthy lifestyles and disability inclusiveness. Now the people who use battery-powered wheelchairs or scooters can easily recharge them at the charging stations in Scott County.

To make the country facilities more accessible, in September they installed seven wheelchair charging stations across the country. They are installed at Scott County Administrative Center, Scott County Courthouse, Buffalo Shore Campground, West Lake Park, and Scott County Park. There are Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, accessible campgrounds at the parks among the sites.

The community transformation consultant for the county's health department, Christina McDonough said, "the project was the result of a $4,000 in Disability Inclusive 5-2-1-0 funding recently awarded by the Iowa Department of Health. But she has hoped to bring the equipment to Scott County ever since seeing a presentation on wheelchair charging stations at public buildings a few years ago".

McDonough who is the heads of the Community Transformation Program, the goal is to make lives easier and healthy by giving them free technical assistance and information to make improvements in the community and at the workplace.

The stations feature a basic power source for onboard chargers, three-stage battery charger at 24V 5A, alongside with wheelchairs and scooters the users can also charger their smartphones and tablets with a dual USB charging ports, there is no need to carry a chord since the station also make them available for users.

There are some charging stations by the Scott County Conservation installed at facilities operated, they have visitors using wheelchairs and they provide services for a healthy lifestyle and there are outdoor physical activities.

Roger Kean, who is the Director Executive of Scott County Conservation said, there are wheelchair charging stations at ADA accessible campgrounds and their pool, this becomes like a support system to Conservation so that they can be more accessible for wheelchair users and encouraging differently-abled citizens to take part in outdoor recreation. At the outdoor facilities year-round each charging stations are weather-resistant.

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