A Celebration of What You Can Do!
Meet with the MobilityWorks Staff from Our Van Nuys and Pasadena California Stores for a Chance to Win a Flat Screen TV
For more than 30 years, the Abilities Expo has joined the Community of people with disabilities to explore new technologies and solutions that can change a person’s life. Here you can discover ability-enhancing products and services, find out about adaptive sports, attend informative workshops and meet new friends.
At the Abilities Expo, there are products, services and technologies for ALL disabilities. A Retail Pavilion provides visitors the opportunity to test drive cutting-edge devices and new ingenious, low-cost inventions.
The Expo also features informative sessions focused on travel, home modifications, finance, dating, physical therapy, finding the correct mobility device and much, more. There’s sports, dance, music, assistance dogs, therapy horses, and face painting for kids. And it's all FREE.
Join us in the Fun!
Stop by the MobilityWorks booth and meet with our Certified Mobility Consultants to learn about our wheelchair vans, scooter lifts, hand controls and more. While you're there, register to win our Abilities Expo Grand Prize Flat Screen TV!
Expo Dates and Times
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A – Admission is FREE!
Friday, Feb 28, 11 AM - 5 PM
Sat, March 1, 11 AM - 5 PM
Sun, March 2, 11 AM - 4 PM
Click here to pre-register and for more Los Angeles Abilities Expo information.
On December 9th, 2013, Sue Volpe of Howell, NJ discovered that her newly purchased 2008 Hyundai Elantra, along with her wheelchair in the trunk, had been stolen from the parking lot of the bowling lanes where she had taken her son for his school bowling league.
Sue has been coping with rheumatoid arthritis since she was a toddler. She underwent her first hip replacement at the age of 19 and her second hip replacement at the age of 21. Shen then had both hips replaced again at ages 29 and 31---and two years ago; she had both of her knees replaced.
Sue is also an insulin-dependent diabetic, as well as a mother of two teenage children.
The walk from her car into the bowling lanes was short, so Sue had not taken her wheelchair in that day. Sue’s wheelchair was extremely helpful to her in other situations though, so its theft, along with that of her vehicle, were devastating. Yet despite her medical conditions, and the stolen wheelchair and vehicle incident, Sue has maintained a very strong sense of faith, as well as a very positive view on life.
After the Asbury Park Press Newspaper covered the story, a local car dealership came forward to help her in obtaining a new vehicle.
MobilityWorks of Farmingdale then stepped forward to donate their time, as well as a Joey® vehicle lift, so that Sue can load her power wheelchair into her vehicle.
We are so glad that Sue and her family will now be able to carry on as they were before.
To learn more about the Joey®, visit our Bruno web page here.
Experts emphasize that proper equipment selection and installation are critical to stress-free use with transporting mobility devices.
From compact cars to minivans, trucks and SUVs, transport solutions for light and heavy-duty assistive devices are now providing many more options for those with a physical disability or health condition. But having the wrong lift added to a vehicle, not designed for the type of scooter or wheelchair, can have costly consequences.
“Our biggest fear is that someone will buy a used or improper lift off the internet and it ends up causing major damage to the mobility device or the vehicle or both,” said Guy Hanford, Director of Marketing for MobilityWorks.
“Everyone in this industry has either heard of, or seen first-hand, horror stories of bad decisions and backyard mechanic installations. I’ve heard of hitches breaking, cars bottoming out, wheelchairs falling off the back and so on. Your heart goes out to people because they’re just trying to save a little money, but in the end it costs them much more than doing it right the first time.”
Doug Curtis is the Director of National Sales for MobilityWorks and has over 25 years of experience with the sales and service of stowage lifts. According to Mr. Curtis, having a Certified Mobility Consultant to help with the selection of the lift — and having a manufacturer approved technician do the installation is critical:
“There’s an old saying: you get what you pay for — and unfortunately that’s especially true for scooter lifts. First, they are not all built with the same quality design and materials. A quality lift will last longer and be safer on the road. Second, they absolutely need to be matched to the vehicle and the chair or scooter being transported… for weight, size, and functionality. And then finally, each device has to be installed by an experienced, trained technician that's been certified by the manufacturer.”
Peace of Mind and Safety Considerations
To get the right stowage lift for your vehicle and mobility device, contact a Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) at a quality mobility dealer. Having a lift installed to the manufacturer's specifications provides peace-of-mind and a longer lasting solution. You will enjoy your freedom and independence more knowing that your mobility device and vehicle are safe to travel... no matter when or where you want to go.
In addition to the 30 MobilityWorks locations in 12 states found here, you can also find a reputable mobility dealer by contacting the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). Look for a NMEDA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealer that adheres to the highest level of product quality, service and technician training practices in our industry.
To learn more about the transport devices available for your vehicle, check out our Scooter Lifts page here.
Local Hero Essay and Video Entries Being Accepted Feb 25th
Bringing Awareness to Everyone
Now in its third year, the entire nation will celebrate National Mobility Awareness Month this coming May. And also for the third year, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association will be giving away vans to local heroes. Over the past two years MobilityWorks has shared many of its clients stories — of heartache, courage and determination. They are of all ages and have many different types of physical challenges. Once again, we want to promote those clients who wish to participate in the Awareness Month Contest by helping them to get as many votes as possible... on our blog and with our Facebook family (now at 6,500+). One of the MobilityWorks client winners last year was Steve Herbst, of Paletine IL. In 2012 we had two winners: The Davert family of Bay City, MI and Ron Miner from Frankfort, IL.
National media coverage on the giveaways brought light to the need of thousands of individuals and families needing wheelchair accessible vehicles.
How Do I Enter?
If you are interested in writing a story about yourself or a loved one, or want to produce a video, go the Awareness Month FAQ page for instructions.
Promote, Promote, Promote...
If you've entered the contest, please let your local MobilityWorks Certified Mobility Consultant know so that we can promote your entry throughout our 30 stores and on Social Media, including: Facebook, Twitter, the Mobility Post blog and on Pinterest. You should also write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to let your friends, family and local organization know as well so they can vote for you.
Good luck to all!
Important National Mobility Awareness Month Dates:
• NMEDA will begin accepting Local Hero entries on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
• Voting for Local Heroes begins on March 11, 2014
• Local Hero entries and voting ends on May 9, 2014
Referene Links to Stories About Our Previous Winners:
Steve Herbst – Winner in 2013
Davert Family – Winners in 2012
Ron Miner – Winner in 2012 (Driver Training Video)
Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in March 2012, Madeline Kennedy shares her experience and passion for helping other People with ALS (PALS). The rare disease strikes 2 out of 100,000 people and affects people of all races and ethnicity.
Prior to be diagnosed with ALS, Madeline Kennedy was a psychiatric nurse at Four Winds in Saratoga Springs NY. She as also a clinical instructor at Russell Sage College in Troy. Her symptoms began in early 2012 with the weakening of her leg muscles. Having a medical background, she had her suspicions that it might be something neurological. After six MRI’s and a battery of other tests, there was only the elimination of all other possibilities. She had ALS and there was no cure. Not yet.
Since then, Madeline has been working hard to help counsel and inform others. She built a website to share her experience and to provide useful information for patients and caregivers. Madeline openly writes about her fate — in honest, heart-wrenching terms.
“I do what I can to try to have some control over an uncontrollable situation”, Madeline was quoted in a recent article published in Capital Region Living Magazine.
Determined to Keep Fighting
Madeline’s mission is to increase research for ALS and to keep its crippling affects in front of the public. She is also an advocate for the National ALS Registry, which is used to gather research about the disease and to encourage funding of clinical trials. But it is her counseling of others that is so inspiring. She is determined to keep fighting and to keep others going. The average person lives 3 to 5 years after being diagnosed with ALS. About 5,600 new cases are documented each year – and about just as many people also die from it.
We hope that everyone here visits Madeline's website ConquerALS.com and shares her inspiring story with those who have been affected by this terrible disease. Despite her own medical problems, Madeline continues to volunteer at the military courtesy room located in the Albany International Airport, where armed services members can rest between flights. Her son Jeffrey is in the Army and has had three deployments. She has also been golfing in Florida with the use of a Centennial SoloRider golf cart. She continues to fight... and to live the best that she can.
A Message From Madeline:
I am Madeline Kennedy, and I am a Person with ALS (PALS.) My website serves as a resource for people new to ALS, those who are newly diagnosed, those who love someone with ALS, or simply other caring individuals. It is not a definitive resource, but a collection of thoughts, experiences and referrals to other sites that I have found useful. Through increased awareness, we can build advocacy and make progress towards a cure. I invite you to share my story.
Please visit ConquerALS.com