Segway PT as a mobility device receives top honour by US government

The US Office of the Secretary of Defence has just awarded the Spirit of Hope Award to the Segs4Vets organisation this year. Segs4Vets provides donated Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) to veterans of American wars overseas who have been seriously injured. Most are amputees or have sustained serious spinal or leg injuries.

As reported by DRAFT (Disabilities Rights Advocates For Technology):

“Every year, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Office of the Secretary of Defense each nominate one individual or organisation who…..selflessly contributed an extraordinary amount of time, talent or resources to significantly enhance the quality of life of service members and their families serving around the world, and epitomize the values of Bob Hope.”

Visit the DRAFT website to see videos of interviews with recipients of donated Segway PTs to better understand how this mobility device has transformed their lives.

Last year, the Segway PT was declared a mobility device under regulations pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure there was no doubt that disabled persons electing to use the Segway PTs have the same access rights as those in mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs.

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