Recently, the city that became the latest Washington city to place charging stations to power wheelchairs in key locations all over the town is the city of Bellevue.
If there is any wheelchair user near the city and finds out that their battery is running low, there are six charging stations where they can easily plug into the charging ports on power wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
The head of the project is the Bellevue’s ADA/Title VI Administrator, Blayne Amson. According to the accessibility advocate Amson, the idea of installing charging stations will be very beneficial for power wheelchair users in daily situations.
The powerchair user Amson said, “Imagine leaving your house without charging your phone and how much that would affect your day, Now imagine if that meant you couldn’t move.”
If someday any Bellevue-based powerchair user didn't charge his chair fully and has to work till late night and have to go for some evening meetings or just for a dinner in a restaurant, by the help of this technology they can charge the chair and do their work. The device gives them the freedom to do that at a moment’s notice and further engage with the community, Amson added.
According to Amson, the ongoing discussion of starting wheelchair charging stations has been begun from early summer. The charging locations are available at Crossroads Community Center, North Bellevue Community Center, City Hall, Highland Community Center, Northwest Arts Center and South Bellevue Community Center.
The wheelchair chargers come with a 24-volt, 5-amp standard charger by which the users can charge scooters and wheelchair. The users have to get their adapter cables so that they can easily connect their power wheelchair to the standard charging station cables, Amson added.
For normal people, there is a separate USB port in which they can connect their smartphones and tablets while the station is charging a chair or scooter.
The power wheelchair user said, to install or purchase one charging station's the price is less than $600, the device can be purchased for any kind of urgent situation.
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