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Video series plugs Umbarger’s invention

Published on October 28, 2017 12:01AM

Darrin Umbarger, director of Clearview Mediation and Disability Resource Center in Pendleton, was recently recognized for his inventing efforts by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

A partnership with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, Lakeshore Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disability and Health Branch highlighted Umbarger’s wheelchair charging station project along with other programs that assist people with disabilities.

It’s featured in “Promoting Activity and Inclusive Healthy Communities Series,” a collection of videos showcasing the work of 10 communities in five states to improve access to healthier lifestyle choices for people living with disabilities. Umbarger created 10 wheelchair charging stations that have been installed in local parks and at the Oregon state capital. Sen. Bill Hansell, R- Athena, helped champion the effort. The project enables people who use power wheelchairs to spend more time enjoying the outdoors and to become more involved with their local government.

The CDC Disability and Health Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities granted each participating community $22,800 to explore targeted interventions for increasing access and opportunity for physical activity, healthy eating and general accessibility at the local level, said Karma Harris, one of NACDD’s disability inclusion experts.

“From hiking path signs for people with a visual impairment to adapted bikes in school systems, we were impressed with how participating communities leveraged their grants to improve inclusion in treasured community resources like parks, farmer’s markets, and playgrounds,” Harris said.

Since 1988, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and its members have worked to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control across the nation. For more information, contact Paige Rohe at prohe@chronicdisease.org, 470-809-0589 or visit www.chronicdisease.org.


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