Advanced Materials Provide a Smoother Transition, Improved Maneuverability and Cleanup
Without proper maintenance, prolonged use of heavier power wheelchairs and scooters can begin taking their toll on a minivan's carpeted flooring materials. Road salt is also a major concern in cold-weather areas, with salt residue increasing the potential for carpet deterioration. These issues can lead to problems with lifting, carpet tears and general cleanup. For newer van owners, however, those concerns are becoming a thing of the past. In many of our 2013 models, and now almost all new 2014 side entry make and model conversions, rubberized flooring has become one of the more popular options being asked about.
Over the last few years, wheelchair minivan conversion companies, such as Braun and VMI, have been experimenting with alternatives to carpeted flooring. New advanced, longer-lasting rubberized materials have been introduced in most of the newer vans – with great success and appreciation. The response from our clients to this improved feature has been extremely positive. Our repeat van buyers immediately notice the new rubber flooring and recognize its many benefits. With rubberized flooring, L-track for wheelchair tie-downs are also pre-installed for improved durability and a smoother floor. Removable front seat-bases are also more easily rolled in and out of the vehicles. And cleaning the floor is now a breeze.
Rubberized floors are now available (as an option) in 90% of the brand new side-entry and rear-entry accessible minivans being sold at MobilityWorks. Anticipating its popularity, many of our pre-ordered stock units available for sale at our showrooms already have them installed. With newer features and improvements being added every year, including step-up flares (below the front doors), reduced noise, and fold-down foot rests for the rear bench, people with a disability and their families are able to enjoy a more enhanced, perfected vehicle.
If you haven't seen the newer vans lately, stop in at one of our 30 locations for a demonstration. Even if you're just looking and want to ask questions, we'd love to have you come in and meet with a member of our team. Call us toll-free at 1-877-275-4907 to schedule a demonstration and test ride.
Got Any Improvement Ideas? Get a Free Gift!
Let us know your ideas on improving vehicle conversions so that we can make them better for everyone. Write your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and address so that we can send you progress notes on your suggestion. The first 10 people with realistic suggestions will get a FREE copy of Ralph Braun’s 200-page biographical hard-cover story called “Rise Above”. Ralph Braun (1940-2013) started The Braun Corporation creating wheelchair lifts and van solutions for his own mobility needs after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at a very young age. He was a pioneer in the mobility industry and his story is an inspiration to all Americans, with or without disabilities.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the confidence and loyalty you have shown in us. We truly have the best, most caring, and grateful clients that anyone could ever ask for. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
To our friends of Jewish faith who are also celebrating the Festival of Lights, we also want to extend our special wishes to you and your family. May the light shine brightly in your homes as you celebrate this special time of the year. The Festival of Lights will last from sundown on Wednesday, November 27 until sundown on Thursday, December 5th.
Did you know?
The alignment of the two holidays (Thanksgiving and Hanukkah) converging together won't happen again for another 70,000 years.
“We are a rugged breed, we quads. If we weren't, we wouldn't be around today.” ~ Brian Swift
Guest Article by Brian Swift
An average person has an estimated that 50,000 thoughts per day depending on how ‘deep’ a thinker you are (other estimates run as high as 60,000/day).
As for your life, what’s disturbing about these 50,000 thoughts per day is that the vast majority of them are pure nonsense. We often dwell in the past or the future, obsessing about mistakes we might have made, battling guilt, planning ahead or worrying. We are constantly drifting into fantasy, fiction and negativity.
Consequently, an absolute minuscule number of our thoughts are actually focused on what is truly important and real: the present moment. The moment is all that is. Everything else is elusive and illusory, particularly as our subjective awareness and feelings are concerned.
Some people have estimated that upwards of 70-80% of our daily thoughts are negative. That’s very sad if true. The human mind, it would seem, is wired for neuroticism. A healthy first step to alleviate this problem, therefore, would be to increase one’s awareness of these negative and bogus thoughts.
You’d be surprised how much control you can have over your thought processes and your ability to control your emotional responses. Even if they number 50,000 a day.
Thirty-four years ago, Chicagoan Brian Swift’s neck was broken while playing football with his friends on the sunny, chilly day after Christmas, 1979, at the age of seventeen. As he found the courage and strength to recover, graduate from high school, earn his college degree, and earn his Juris Doctor degree as a quadriplegic, he also found his purpose: to achieve more than expected, and to aspire to the best he can be.
The father of three adopted children and a husband of over 24 years, Brian developed his strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude. Brian’s insight will leave you invigorated to face your own struggles with hope, faith, and purpose!
Up: Getting Up is the Key to Life is the first book by Brian P. Swift. He instructs that recovery consists of healing the mind, not just the body and that recovery is a journey, not destination. For more than 34 years, Brian P. Swift has lived as a C6 quadriplegic and was nominated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation as one of the Top Ten Dads on Wheels in 2013
Ordering UP: Getting Up is the Key to Life
Books are available at http://www.brianpswift.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine book stores in print and as an eBook.
Join Us at the Abilities Expo — November 22-24!
We couldn't resist borrowing our title from the 1968 classic by Dionne Warwick, who won a Grammy that year for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose". It sold over a million copies! Back then, most songs were sold as 45 rpm vinyl records and played on AM stations. Can you imagine not having any iTunes, Sirius Satellite, XM Radio, CDs or MTV?
MobilityWorks will be on hand at the Abilities Expo in San Jose this coming Friday through Sunday at the San Jose Convention Center. Meet with our local team members to discuss your vehicle needs, talk about adaptive equipment, or just stop and say hello. While you're there, don't forget to pick up one of our free, 24-page color Product Guides. For more information, go to the San Jose Abilities Expo web page here. We hope to see you there!
2013 San Jose Abilities Expo Hours:
Friday, Nov 22
11 AM - 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 23
11AM - 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 24
11 AM - 4 PM
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Can't Make the Expo?
Stop in and see us at any one of our Central California Stores, including: Chico, Fresno, Burlingame, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Clara. Click here to find a location near you.
Residents from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and many other states were on watch all evening last night as tornado and severe weather warnings were issued across the entire Midwest.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by last night's storms, especially those in the Peoria IL area, where entire neighborhoods were destroyed and several deaths were reported. Tens of thousands in the area are without electricity this morning, just as cold winds have started moving in. The Red Cross has sent in its volunters to set up shelters and distribute water and food.