Evelyn Conklin is a Snyder County resident in her late 70’s who used to be active in her church and with her grand-children and great-grandchildren. Today she suffers from severe arthritis in her hips and back. Evelyn has undergone back surgery twice. While she is able to walk short distances with the aid of a cane, she often has days when the pain is too great for her to walk at all.
After she was unable to make the trek down her polling place to vote on Primary Day 2008, Evelyn contacted Changing Hands to inquire about the possibility of a folding manual wheelchair that she could use for small trips. One of the concerns she and her husband Floyd, then 83, had was the weight of a standard wheelchair. They needed a chair that was light enough for him to easily get in and out of the car.
After a brief search of her Changing Hands on-site inventory, Assistive Technology Specialist Jackie Wardle located a lightweight transport chair that had been donated to the program.
On Election Day, Floyd and I woke up early, hoping to beat the crowds to the polling place. He put the wheelchair in the car for me and we were off. We were both so thankful that I was again able to do something that I had taken for granted before: exercise my right to vote.
Read Evelyn's full story in the Winter/Spring 2009 Issue of Life Without Limits
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