Ability Tech Introduces new piece of adaptive equipment that helps expand bowling to all abilities

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“They did a survey on what activities people in the community liked and needed to be more accessible, and bowling was one of them,” Rhodes said. So they got to work right away, asking for more feedback to make sure the new tool would work. “We asked around on Facebook and other bowling groups and found out what a lot of people didn’t like about the current ramp, and a lot of them were shaky,” Rhodes said.

“Individuals have two options: They can push the button here that activates the device, or they can attach their own switch,” said Dustin Rhodes, owner and founder of Ability Tech. Dustin Rhodes, owner of local company Ability Tech, has been working on the project since July. The idea stems from a study conducted by the All Abilities Health and Wellness Coalition, part of the Siouxland District Health Department.

The goal? For everyone to come together and enjoy the joy of bowling. “I hope it brings them together more, brings more people together and mixes more. Now it’s not just a special event for these people. They can come regularly or put together a good team and then stay longer,” Rhodes said.

“One thing I’ve really noticed in the 60 years I’ve been bowling is the smiles the sport of bowling gives to everyone out there, regardless of their special needs. You can have a ramp, a hinge, five-finger bowling balls, light equipment, guardrails, it’s fun for everyone. Why not include the whole world in that fun?” said Brian Atchison, owner of Plaza Bowl. It’s all made possible by funding from the Siouxland District Health Department, which received a grant from the county and city health departments.

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