Sunday, November 11, 2018

Welcome!

This is the official website for Scott Darnell. Thank you for visiting!


Since 2003, Scott Darnell has been creating customized mobility solutions for himself and other wheelchair users. After debuting a show-stopping proprietary system at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, three years later at the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association Annual Conference in Daytona Beach, he earned the NMEDA and Adaptive Driving Alliance New Technology Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology for the physically challenged. Scott's experience and expertise can help you get back on the road in style.

Please stay-tuned here and on Facebook for news on developments we hope you'll find to be of interest... as Changing Stares, its partners and friends help others find and create the perfect solutions.

Veterans thank veterans



In 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior produced this presentation where 11 veterans honor all other veterans. For yours truly, it is a profound honor to lend my voice to theirs in expressing appreciation to all of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces:
Thank you.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Join us for Greenville's Bicentennial Celebration


Hi friends!

We'll have more news to share soon so please stay tuned. We are taking part this weekend in the city of Greenville's Bicentennial Celebration. As part of that, we will have some other fundraisers happening at our shared booth with Terra Mater on the north side of the square.

* Changing Stares T-shirts will be available - half of the profits will go to the Bond County Humane Society.

Gift Baskets will be raffled from the following:
. A Wine Basket donated by Tony & Tammy Gan of The Family Wine LLC
. A Toy Basket donated by Sherry Sutton of German Plumbing
. A Wine & Pasta Basket donated by Peggy Maupin
. A Bowl, Kitchen Towel & Fish Breading donated by Ellen & Tim Moore of Fezziwigs
. A Comets Basket donated by Janice McFarland of Sports Memories by Jan
. An Essential Oil Basket donated by Laura Weiss of Tranquil Touch

*Changing Stares T-shirts include drawings of my two characters – Vince & Able, from the word invincible - in situations that we enjoyed prior to our injuries, but now they are in their wheelchairs under the premise of, “Dream a little dream…” The first release has Able waterskiing - there are more to come!

Don't forget to register your e-mail here to keep tabs on our Indiegogo funding initiative to provide Free Ability Reports! Thanks so much to everyone who has made this weekend possible

PLEASE NOTE Baskets may be picked up immediately - or available at the Tranquil Touch, located at 110 E. Main St, Greenville, IL 62246 - 618-664-3909. If winners have not claimed within two business days, baskets will be awarded to second place finishers, and if not claimed within two more business days, baskets will go to third place finishers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Solutions

Thank you very much for visiting the official website of Changing Stares, Inc., the consulting practice of mobility solutions provider Scott Darnell.

Since experiencing a life-altering spinal injury in 1991 at the age of 27, Scott has risen as a nationally recognized expert on the mobility needs of wheelchair users. A highly resourceful, ambitious, independent C-5/6 quadriplegic, he has counseled medical professionals, others with spinal injuries and their families, transforming his experiences and dreams into numerous inventions aimed at helping create important new mobility options for others in chairs.


Scott has earned recognition for innovation, ambition and passion, having designed successful, stylish and award-winning custom mobility solutions for himself and other drivers in wheelchairs. In the recent past, his support for others has been especially hands-on, interfacing directly with U.S. regional and national government officials to ensure his and his partners’ custom solutions gain all necessary permits and approvals.

Building on these experiences, Scott’s counsel continues to grow more impactful. Constantly at work on original product ideas and consulting on custom projects, he values friends new and old, and looks forward to helping everyone succeed.

Please contact Scott to discuss your situation today. He looks forward to hearing from you and helping you find the perfect solution.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honor military veterans



Today is Veterans Day here in America, a day of honor and celebration that has its roots in "the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918, when Germany signed the Armistice to end World War I. I have written before about what this day means to me. My military service took place during the relatively peaceful era of 1985 to 1990, but it still wasn't all that easy. I know firsthand about the dread of boot camp, and the difficulty of enduring even basic training... but to me, my motivation was clear: I wanted to serve my country.
Through those experiences and others, I came to have ultimate respect for those who have gone far beyond "basic training" to become the Marines, the SEALS, and other elite members of our special forces... whose bravery and daily commitments are seemingly made of granite. It is nearly impossible to duly honor them and express the appreciation they deserve.
Below, I am very proud to share the touching personal message I received from my cousin, whose son graduated around this time in 2011 as a Navy SEAL. Throughout the ordeal of her son's training, we received updates of the harrowing experiences -- one after the other -- that this young man, and others like him, were willingly facing in order to serve our country. He was literally knocked back time and again, and each time, he stepped back up with even more determination; he never gave up, and today, his dream of being one of America's finest and best trained specialists is a reality. And like everyone who wears a military uniform, ultimately, he did all of this to serve us.

As you read this and otherwise participate in Veterans Day in your chosen ways, please think of those young people who have dedicated their lives to the military, and consider reaching out somehow to let them know you appreciate them. Also, I invite you to learn more about the Wounded Warriors Project, and consider making a donation. Thank you!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

2012 Community Awards



The Women's Club Community Awards were presented on Oct. 6, 2012, as part of the Apple Day celebration in Greenville, Illinois. For 2012, Women's Club Awards Chair Jerri Davenport and her colleagues honored Scott Darnell with the Presidential Award for his work in designing handicapped vehicles. Among many dear friends, other honorees included lifelong family friend Gerald "Speed" Jenner, who was presented with the Service Award for his many years of outstanding community service. More information here via WGEL.com.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Travel Report: Greenville, Illinois, to Loyalty Mobile Innovations, Gallatin, Tennessee

Driver: Scott Darnell, C-5/6 Quad
Vehicle: 2008 1500 2WD Chevrolet Silverado equipped with award-winning Further OPTIONS DMS mobility system.
Date: July 26, 2012
Distance: 630 miles round trip


I would like to thank Sherry Schaefer for introducing me to Joe Loy - owner of Loyalty Mobile Innovations in Gallatin, Tennessee. Thank you for taking such good care of us yesterday… your personnel / facilities / capabilities are incredible, and I cannot wait to work with you!

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Loyalty Mobile Command Vehicles, Custom Coaches and Motorhomes

Loyalty Mobile Innovations is the leading manufacturer of high caliber mobile outreach and command facilities, luxury motorhomes, luxury buses, custom coaches, luxury RVs and conversion buses. We stand apart from our competitors by combining cutting edge technology with an old school approach to actual customer service - an approach that begins and ends with LOYALTY and INNOVATION. INNOVATIONS are our means to an end. No two of our conversions are alike. Joe Loy (CEO) himself interfaces with each customer to design and build custom conversions that consistently exceed client expectations and industry standards.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab 2500HD 4x4

EVERYTHING is new! New company, new lift, etc. Much to report, we will get it up as soon as we can. In the meantime, here is the latest.

Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab 2500HD 4x4
- 3" body lift/56" of floor-to-ceiling-height
- Users chair: Bounder Plus "H" Frame (user plus chair = +560lbs.)
- The new DDS Lift has 32" of stroke

 All buttoned up!

...doors open from the back...

 ...doors open from the front…

...lift in the "driving" position *this client had not yet had his wheelchair 
synced up to the truck - so the aluminum "forks" are especially long…

...lift in the "all the way up" position straight on...

…"all the way up" from the side…

…lift all the way down in the "load / unload " position straight on...

..."load / unload " from the side (forks have been modified for user in this picture)...
The DDS lift has 32 inches of stroke - it is 28 1/2 inches on this truck from the lower door rubber to the ground.

...manual backup switch-box wired directly to hydraulic pump...

Emergency Situation - Step one (electrical and hydraulic pump failure)
*the power door system operates on air - when doors close, they operate just as from factory - grab the factory door handles and open the doors

Step two

Step three

...backseat from the passenger side...

...front portion of the drivers compartment...

...drivers compartment floor...

...rear portion of the drivers compartment...

...center section...

Stay tuned...more to come!