UATP is a federally-funded program serving individuals with disabilities of all ages in Utah. We provide assistive technology devices and services. We also train university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about AT. Our goal is to increase independence and quality of life for people with disabilities. Learn more at www.uatpat.org.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Utah Assistive Technology Foundation loan secures van, independence and time with family
Roland and his sevice dog, Danny. Roland is on the ramp leading to his cargo van.
Roland Bringhurst’s search for a van that could transport
his wheelchair was a long one, and it hit some roadblocks. But in the end, the
Utah Assistive Technology Foundation was able to help him get a low-interest
loan for a van, fitted with a ramp.
“I never would have been able to secure a loan without the
help of the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation,” he said.
UATF helps Utahns with disabilities secure low-interest
loans, small grants and small business loans, all with the goal of enhancing their physical and financial independence.
The van has two front seats and a cargo area for his
wheelchair. “This is going to do for what I really need, which is to do things
with the family that require a lot of walking,” he said.
His walking without his wheelchair is limited to about half a block, so if the
family wanted to go longer distances without a car, Bringhurst had a hard time
He lives in Logan, but most of his family is outside of
Cache Valley. He used to either rely on his son to take him to family events in
a truck (with the wheelchair riding in back) or else take a shuttle service to
Odgen. “Every once in a while they’d send a van that wasn’t accessible,” he
said. Then he would have to wait for another van to arrive.
Having a van of his own makes it possible for Roland to maintain independence,
do things with friends and see his family—all of which are good for his mental
health. “Being able to see and associate with my family is very important,” he
For more information on the low-interest loans available through
the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation, visit our website.