Limited Mobility receives Microsoft award

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CRYSTAL FALLS/IRON RIVER — Three years ago, Bill and Deb Weis met Robbie Ivey, a local young man who was diagnosed with the neuromuscular disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy as a child.
    At the time, the Weises were volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The couple had been heavily involved in the MDA in the Milwaukee area, where they lived and worked. In the preparations for the inaugural MDA “Toast to Life” event in the U.P., the couple met Robbie and his mother Carrie.
    During their interactions, Carrie asked Bill, a retired Microsoft employee, about the possibility of voice-activating Robbie’s bed because he was unable to use his remote any longer.
    And so began Limited Mobility Solutions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company whose goal is to “leverage existing home automation devices that are compatible with Google and Amazon smart speakers to help people who have lost their independence due to debilitating disease or injury so they can regain some of that independence.”
    The company also explores how extending home automation to areas not currently available, like beds, recliners or door openers.

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