Shane Burcaw - Independence restored via the Power Mount! (Video)
Shane Burcaw is a writer and activist who has written about living with the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Due to his limited use of his upper extremities, Shane and his girlfriend Hannah, recently came to our office to have a custom Pow!r mount fitted to his chair. With it, he can raise and lower his joystick with the push of a button, allowing him to access his laptop or joystick whenever he pleases instead of having someone move it for him.
"Last night, for the first time in 10+ years, when I was done working at my laptop for the night, I pushed my computer onto the table, pressed my new button to lower my joystick into position, lifted my hand onto the joystick, and drove into the living room where Hannah was watching TV. I can’t adequately describe the elation I felt having that independence restored. Hannah’s look of excitement (and shock) at me entering the room by myself was a beautiful thing.
Thank you so much for creating this product and working to make it available for people. Life-changing is an understatement." - Shane
Shane’s humorous and optimistic outlook on his condition has earned him a huge following on social media. His YouTube video blog, called Squirmy and Grubs, receives hundreds of thousands of views. He has written a children’s book, a memoir, and recently published another memoir in his third book. His kindred spirit is driven by a bigger purpose reflected in his non-profit organization, Laughing at My Nightmare. He travels to schools and businesses across the country to teach methods for overcoming adversity and speaking about how people can live happier lives. His organization also provides equipment grants to those living with muscular dystrophy.
Watch Shane move his joystick and show how the POWER of assistive technology can change a life and provide independence: