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“Without the IDA program, it would have taken me years to get where I’m going.”
Robert Plummer is a designer, inventor and active member of the community. Bob has been a participant in the Washington Access Fund’s Assistive Technology Individual Development Account (IDA) Program since it began. Despite the obstacles that Bob encounters on a daily basis, he is determined to defy the odds and get ahead.
The Washington Access Fund’s IDA Program for assistive technology is a special matched savings account that allows individuals with disabilities to save for and receive matching grant money (up to $4,000), to purchase assistive technology. Through the IDA program, Bob has been able to purchase a large monitor and a desktop computer system with a drafting table for his home estimating business. He also hopes to save up for a down payment on an adapted vehicle before the pilot program ends in June 2011.
Being part of the IDA Program has provided support for Bob’s estimating and design business for lumber companies. With his new computer, he can now provide estimates at, as he notes, “lightning speed.”
“Without the Access Fund, I don’t think I could have been able to purchase the items I needed. Although the building market is slow, I am able to bring in new software to make my business grow stronger. Once I purchase a newer van, with the help of the Access Fund, I will be able to have much more freedom.”
Working with Bob has been a delight; he has been a big help as we continue to develop the matched savings program. The Assistive Technology IDA is part of a collaborative with United Way of King County, the agency that administers the matching funds. Bob has identified changes in the purchasing process that would enhance the program – ideas that we have been able to incorporate into our new IDA pilot for small business clients. For more information on the Access Fund’s IDA programs , you can visit the following link: Access Fund IDA's.
“I like the fact that the Access Fund is out there for us, the IDA is an awesome program!”
You can find Bob riding the “Two-Fun,” an adapted bicycle that he created, on trails near Seattle. Bob and his invention were featured in a Komo News article! Check out the following link to read more: Bob on Komo 4 News!
Bob was featured in the Access Fund's March 2011 eNewsletter, check it out to learn more about the EverGREEN AT Exchange!
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