Assistive Technology Reutilization Success Stories

From Pacolet to Branchville...

In July of 2011, Janet Jendron of SCATP noticed a request for a power scooter on the AT Exchange. One such scooter was in a lot of equipment that the Disability Action Center (DAC) had received from a woman in Pacolet earlier that year. Janet got the scooter and, along with with DAC Director Kimberly Tissot, drove to Branchville to deliver it. Betty Wells, the elderly woman who had requested it, was overjoyed. Beforehand she was unable to do simple tasks like go to the grocery store or pharmacist or to even walk her dog. Upon receiving the scooter, however, her quality of life dramatically improved.

Kimberly Tissot and Janet Jendron posing with Betty Wells in her new scooter.
Kimberly Tissot and Janet Jendron posing with Betty Wells in her new scooter.

The story of how the generous equipment donation eventually helped a home-bound woman was covered in an interview done by Dawndee Mercer of WIS News Columbia. You can watch the video of the interview with Janet Jendron and Brooke Everhart of DAC on WIS' website or you can read a transcript of the interview.

Janet Jendron in an interview with WIS TV.
Janet Jendron in an interview with WIS TV.

The scooter was one piece of a much larger donation the Disability Action Center had received from Julie Bentley of Pacolet, SC. Her mother, Anne Hill, had passed away some months prior and Bentley was left with some $25,000 worth of medical equipment. Knowing the financial strain that such equipment can put people under, she wanted to give it away to others who were in need of it. The Disability Action Center was only too happy to oblige.

The full story was covered by the news crew of CBS affiliate WSPA in Greenville. The video of the story can be viewed on the WSPA website, with a transcript of the story below the video for the deaf or hard of hearing.

DAC staff with donated equipment
DAC staff with donated equipment.

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