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Today, I have something equally important to discuss with you. I'm battling my disability in a couple of ways. CCSVI treatment is an attempt to slow or stop the progression of the disease. But I also need to compensate for some of the permanent losses I've already suffered. My iBot wheelchair is the most potent weapon I have in my arsenal for overcoming mobility issues. As you may know, the iBot is no longer being manufactured. This is due to a complex set of circumstances generally having to do with too much government red tape and a pervasive attitude that disabled people do not deserve to live highly engaged lives – getting them from bedroom to bathroom to kitchen should be sufficient.
I've previously mentioned a Facebook group called Save the iBot. The group’s founder, Max Burt, with very little help from the rest of us in the organization, launched a top-notch website, located at www.SavetheiBot.org. Please visit, learn about the iBot, and sign the petition.
Game-changing technological advances which significantly improve the lives of disabled people should not simply fade away because of correctable bureaucratic flaws. For those of us benefiting from this wonderful device, allowing the iBot to become extinct would be like over-regulating and under-supporting insulin pumps or prosthetic hips until they were simply no longer available. Would America let that happen? I don’t think so.