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Employees of the Therapy Center of the hospital hosting the site chartered a local chapter of AMBUCS in October 2008 in order to raise funds as a 501c3 organization.
The resources and information needed for chartering a local AMBUCS chapter and developing a demonstration site were readily available on the AMBUCS web site (National AMBUCS, 2009).
Suggestions were also presented on the AMBUCS web site for budget items and fundraising.
The National AMBUCS organization provided 10 matching AmTrykes[R] and another chapter in Alabama provided startup matching funds to assist with the establishment of the River Region Chapter.
A workshop to introduce area physical therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapy students to the AmTryke[R] was a collaborative effort between the National AMBUCS organization, the local AMBUCS chapter and the Demonstration Site.
Montgomery River Region AMBUCS was chartered in October 2008 with the first AmTryke[R] presentations at an open house December 2008.
The AMBUCS chapter formed alliances with other community service organizations which contributed to the continued growth of the project.
According to Francis Tuttle, after initiating the project in 1995, AMBUCS found the distribution process for the free upgraded computers to be a little cumbersome, so Sooner AMBUCS representative Richard Oglesby approached Francis Tuttle Network Technology Instructor Gary Bell to find a better way.
Many students have now volunteered their time as part of this project and hope to serve as the national model in teaming with the national AMBUCS organization to make donated computers available regionally.
Since its inception in 1995, the AMBUCS ASK project has repaired, reconfigured and donated more than 3,400 computers to people with disabilities in Oklahoma and neighboring states.