Disability Rights Advocates for Technology

aka Segs4Vets   |   SAINT LOUIS, MO   |  www.segs4vets.ngo

Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for permanently disabled veterans and first responders through the application of new technologies. We focus on the successful reintegration of veterans and first responders into their families and communities by creating customized mobility devices (Segways and ALLY Chairs) and technology-based workforce development solutions that create a sense of purpose and independence for our nation’s heroes.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Gerald Kerr

Main address

500 FOX RIDGE RD

SAINT LOUIS, MO 63131 USA

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EIN

55-0877645

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Segs4Vets serves veterans and active duty members of the United States military who sustained severe injuries or illnesses that resulted in permanent disability while serving our country. For the 48,000 servicemen and women who were injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, coming home means adapting to physical changes, relearning behaviors and daily tasks, and accepting a new normal that didn’t exist when they first left home. These veterans must learn to reintegrate into family life, the workplace and society as a whole, often requiring dedicated help to overcome the daily challenges of their injuries—costs of war borne also by spouses, children, and parents. The Segs4Vets program awards Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways, universally designed mobility devices, which are solving many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial.

Our programs

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Segs4Vets

The Segs4Vets program awards universally designed mobility devices, Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways, which do not draw attention to the recipient’s physical disability. While the program’s historical and primary focus has been on those who have served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, it has since been able to broaden its support to other disabled veterans who meet specific criteria. These unique devices are solving many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial, promoting greater independence and the successful reintegration into their communities resulting in greater opportunities for them to live purpose filled, independent, joyful lives.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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To solve many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial, promoting greater independence and the successful reintegration into their communities resulting in greater opportunities for them to live independent, joyful, purpose filled lives.

The Segs4Vets program provides assessment, training, device selection and customization of ALLY Chair adapted Segways and Segways to meet the individual needs of newly selected recipients of the Segs4Vets program. In addition to individual assessment and training throughout the United States the program has since 2006 maintained ongoing assessment and training programs at the three major military medical centers providing rehabilitative care to our severely injured military members, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, San Antonio Area Military Medical Center and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

In addition, through a partnership with Caterpillar, Inc., Segs4Vets is developing technology that allows disabled veterans and first responders to operate heavy machinery remotely. This revolutionary program will provide new employment opportunities for disabled veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. For example, a disabled first responder can discover a renewed sense of purpose as he operates a CAT Dozer 8 in Missouri, and helps build a new waste management facility in Arizona—using the latest remote technology.

Beginning in 2005, Segs4Vets has developed over the last 14 years, protocols and systems to assess the potential of and train people with disabilities in the utilization of universally designed mobility devices to enhance their independence and improve their overall quality of life. The overall expertise of the program is unmatched anywhere in the world.  Volunteerism is the foundation of the Segs4Vets program which consists of a core group of volunteers numbering more than 30 including people with disabilities, retired members of the United States military
including those from the military medical community, physical therapists, disabled veterans, and successful members of the business community throughout the United States.

The Segs4Vets program maintains four continuing assessment and training programs. Three of those are located at military medical rehabilitation facilities, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland, San Antonio Area Military Medical Center at the Center for the Intrepid in the San Antonio Texas and at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego California. The fourth facility, operated by Segs4Vets staff, is located in St. Louis Missouri.

We have awarded more than 2000 recipients and annually provide support services to more than 400 prior recipients and their families. Through training, mentoring and collaborating with our recipients, these unique devices are solving many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial, promoting greater independence and the successful reintegration into their communities, resulting in greater opportunities for them to live purpose-filled, independent, joyful lives. The Segs4Vets program has awarded more than 2000 universally designed mobility devices, Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways, which do not draw attention to the recipient’s physical disability. While the program’s historical and primary focus has been on those who have served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, we have has since been able to broaden our support to other disabled veterans who meet specific criteria. The program not only awards new devices but also provides ongoing support services such as battery replacement, key fob programming and replacement, maintenance and warranty services, use and access counseling, advocacy services and ongoing device appropriateness assessment to the more than 2,000 military families since 2005. We recognize the continuing maintenance needs from those who have benefited from the use of Segways and ALLY Chair adapted Segways. As the fleet of devices ages awarded to our earlier recipients, the support services component of the Segs4Vets program will consume an increasingly significant portion of our available resources impacting the number of new devices we can issue each year.

Looking forward, in 2019, Segs4Vets began a collaboration with Caterpillar, Inc.’s (CAT) Autonomy and Automation Construction Digital & Technology Division to assess and develop career opportunities for our disabled veterans that were previously not accessible. Members of our Warrior Board experienced this technology firsthand by operating a D8 dozer in Tucson, Arizona via real-time remote control from a command trailer in St. Louis, Missouri. Ultimately, this program could lead to an extraordinary, untapped workforce of disabled American veterans operating heavy equipment around the globe remotely from the command facilities near their homes. We are working to rapidly expand this program to serve more disabled veterans to provide our American heroes with workforce training, job placement, and high paying jobs—providing them with a purpose-filled life, and creating a pipeline for the rapidly growing waste management and mining industries.

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Disability Rights Advocates for Technology

Board of directors
as of 01/21/2020
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Board chair

Gerald Kerr

Gerald Kerr

President

Hal Hornburg

Vice President

Alan Maccini

Vice President

Al Kisler

Vice President