September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

The month of September has been designated by the U.S. Senate as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

Did you know…

  • Every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.
  • An estimated 1,275,000 individuals in the United States live with a spinal cord injury and millions of people worldwide are living with paralysis. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries.
  • An estimated 100,000 of those individuals living with a spinal cord injury are veterans who suffered the injury while serving as members of the United States Armed Forces.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month resolution was sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in order to educate people on the state of health care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries. In addition, it serves to highlight advances in spinal cord injury research and honor those living with such an injuries.

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19 Year-Old Paralympic Athlete Mary Kate Callahan Competing in Chicago Triathlon

paralympic athletes
Mary Kate recently posted the fastest time ever for a female Para 1 (wheelchair athlete) in a half Ironman event .

“Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

Never give up. That’s the message Mary Kate Callahan continues to preach. The inspiring 19 year old, T8-T10 paraplegic is on a quest and has made training for and competing in Triathlon and Ironman events her life’s passion.

A La Grange, IL native, Mary Kate has been paralyzed since being an infant due to a virus that settled in her spinal cord (known as transverse myelitis). Today, she is a University of Arizona psychology student competing at the highest levels of athletic endurance and doing what she loves: racing! She represented the United States as the youngest member of Team USA at the 2012 & 2014 World Triathlon Championships. Her recent sporting travels have taken her to Mexico (winning a Silver Medal) and to London, where she won a Gold Medal at the London ITU World Triathlon.

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Prices on Most Used Handicap Vans Now Available

This 2004 Chrysler Town & Country with a BraunAbility automatic foldout ramp and kneeling system recently sold for less than $23k. MobilityWorks has the largest online inventory of any dealer in the country, offering more options to find the right used vehicle for your family needs.

Finding the right used handicap van within your budget just got a little easier with MobilityWorks new online  inventory. Pricing is now being shown for most used handicap vans for sale, across all of our 35 store locations.  In addition to hundreds of brand new vehicles show, there are currently 184 pre-owned wheelchair accessible minivans to sort through with market prices, in addition to 12 full-size vans equipped with a lift, and two pickup trucks.  Many of these vehicle have low mileage and may still carry the original manufacturer’s powertrain warranty. Contact us to schedule a free needs analysis at any one of our location.

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Toys “R” Us Releases the 2015 Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

Toys R Us 2015 Guide

You Can Participate in a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, August 26th

Toys “R” Us has announced the release of their 2015 Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Toys “R”Us has a long history of supporting the special needs community. For over 20 years, they have published their annual guide as an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities.

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MobilityWorks Merger with Ride Away and Mobility Freedom Combines Ownership of 57 Dealer Locations in 21 States

MobilityWorks acquires hasco's ride away and mobility freedom

MobilityWorks made a stunning announcement last Friday with the revelation that they were going to merge with HASCO, the parent company of Ride Away and Mobility Freedom wheelchair van dealerships. The move significantly increases MobilityWorks’ presence along the East Coast where Ride Away has most of its locations, including the states of CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, PA, TX, VA, and VT. Mobility Freedom has six locations, all in the state of Florida.

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