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I would like to thank you so very much for your recent efforts on my behalf. The bar that you constructed for my wheelchair has been a complete success. I realize that a simple metal bar will not change the world but it has made my wanderings in it a lot easier."

Tetra client Pamela Read
(Hamilton, ON volunteers fabricated a shopping bag holder between her wheelchair footrests)









Columbus Chapter


Contact: Russ Weir
Telephone: 1-877-688-8762
Email: weir.russ.linda@att.net


The Columbus Chapter was formed in 1996 by Russ Weir. Originally from Canada, Weir relocated through his engineering employment to Westerville, Ohio –acommunity close to Columbus, OH.

Having previously started the Sarnia, Ontario Chapter while in Canada, Russ formed the Columbus Chapter in the USAand has remained as a volunteer in this chapter ever since.

Presently the chapter coordination activities are performed by National Program Coordinator Pat Tweedie in head office, while Russ leads projects and activities for Columbus's local area which is anywhere close enough for a daily drive including parts of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Michigan.

Columbus has helped other Tetra chapters in both the US and Canada to solve unique design problems, and hasprovided technical drawings of projects which have become popular since Tetra began promoting their solutions online. Such projects as the van steps, folding access steps to fit into a van or minivan; the fishing device, an electric sip n’ puff mouth-operated fishing devicemountable on a wheelchair for C4 Quadrapalegic use; and a children's ride-on vehicle, adapted with an electric joystick control system for operation by children with muscular and motor-control disabilities.

The chapter has performed many other unique solutions for local clients, such as designing an officechair for a 450 pound resident to allow him to work in an office environment; repairingand modifyinga mouth-control stick for a local resident when their old one wore out and could not be replaced; came up with a simple solution to help a local resident to be able to pull up their socks when they could not bend over to do so, designed a trombone chest support vest to allow a local child in a school band with limited muscle strength to keep playing her instrument in the band, as well as many more projects.



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Help support the dedicated volunteers of Tetra’s Columbus chapter who give their time and expertise to make assistive devices for people with disabilities in the community. Your contribution will pay for the materials needed to design and build a custom assistive device. Donate now.