Games are Much More than a Wheelchair Sports Program
Registration is now open for the 35th NVWG being held in Dallas this June 21-26, 2015. Volunteers needed.
Co-Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Veterans from all over the country will be traveling to Dallas to compete in 18 different team and individual wheelchair sporting events. Team sports include: softball, basketball, quad rugby, and power soccer.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is much more than just a wheelchair sports program. It is also a rehabilitation program that empowers our Veterans to be more active – and brings the entire community together for emotional support. Experienced veteran athletes educate newly disabled Veterans on what is possible and that many limitations are only a state of mind. Adaptive sports are often used with rehabilitation programs to help get patients active and involved in doing something they enjoy. For beginners, there are smaller local events and different levels of competition so that everyone can enjoy the games, regardless of the standings.
Any Veteran with a Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputation or other neurological injury that uses a wheelchair for sport is eligible to participate.
For more information about the NVWG and all that they do for our heroes, please go to http://wheelchairgames.org/. Athlete registration is due by April 15, 2015.
For a truly rewarding experience, volunteers interested in helping out at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas can learn more at http://wheelchairgames.org/volunteers/.
Revolutionary flooring product offered by MobilityWorks now available for Ram ProMaster and Ford Transit commercial van platforms.
Whenever someone sees the Transit Works SmartFloor™ product for the first time and begins to grasp the benefits of being able to quickly rearrange the seating, or remove them altogether, there’s always an ‘aha’ moment.
Inside most of the newer MobilityWorks commercial fleet vehicles, the SmartFloor that’s being installed will provide its new owner/operator with more flexibility than they’ve ever had before. That flexibility will result in operational savings and better service to the customer.
Instead of having all of the seating permanently bolted to the floor, a transportation company or fleet owner now has the option to quickly rearrange the interior layout and re-purpose the vehicle for a different function in literally a matter of minutes.
In the case of a wheelchair transportation provider (such as an assisted living center), there may only be a few occasions every week where they need to have two wheelchair positions available, while the remaining passengers typically being transported need bench seating. If given notice that a second wheelchair passenger is being picked up, they can easily remove the necessary bench seats and re-install them when the trip is completed. This reduces the number of total trips being made. For the wheelchair community, that means better service because providers will be able to quickly adapt to changing needs.
With this type of flexibility, the SmartFloor installed on the Ram ProMaster or the Ford Transit really is a smart decision. The SmartFloor is a patented product available exclusively in North America from Transit-Works and its certified bus, OEM and mobility dealers across America.
For more information on the SmarFloor for Commercial Vans, call Transit Works at 1-855-337-9543.
Venues throughout Los Angeles, including USC and UCLA, to host 25 different sporting competitions.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games are being held this summer in Los Angeles, California July 25-Aug 2nd. 7,000 Special Olympic athletes will be competing in 25 different events ranging from beach volleyball to tennis! Go to 2015 Special Olympics in LA for details.
Three cheers to Kaiser Permanente for dedicating their Rose Bowl Parade float in Pasadena this year to honor the Special Olympics World Games and its athletes!
The committee is looking for volunteers. Thousands of volunteers support the athletes in creating a memorable and unique experience at the games. Enthusiastic and committed volunteers will be recruited to serve in many capacities.
Please go to http://www.la2015.org/volunteer for more information if you are interested in this rewarding experience.
Jobs for Transportation Coordinators and Managers
The Special Olympics Committee is currently advertising for a Transportation Coordinator, Transportation Manager of Special Events, and Manager of Transportation Scheduling. If you have a professional background in this area, go to http://www.la2015.org/jobs/ to apply.
Step Up Productions Presents HANDICAP THIS!
January 21 – 25, 2015 at Stage 773
Join us at a special one-week engagement of the touching and humorous two-man show HANDICAP THIS! – part comedy, part storytelling and part insight on living with disabilities.
Written and performed by nationally acclaimed duo Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach, HANDICAP THIS! is inspired by the original script by Molly Mulcrone and directed by Denis Berkson. This special collaboration will play January 21 – 25, 2015 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
Comedic duo Mike Berkson (born with cerebral palsy) and Tim Wambach (his one-time aide) tap the power of laughter for an unconventional evening of storytelling. The unique journey of their friendship over the past 13 years celebrates the power of diversity and inclusion – and provides new insight on people living with disabilities.
Partial Proceeds to Benefit Keep on Keeping On Foundation
Partial proceeds from HANDICAP THIS! will benefit the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, assisting those living with severe physical disabilities and educating and empowering others to make a difference in their community. For additional information, visit www.keeponkeepingon.org. As part of its mission, Step Up Productions donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations in and around Chicago that support issues often highlighted in its productions.