Are you looking to change careers and start in a new direction? If you like to help people and have the right experience and skillsets, MobilityWorks may be the place you are looking for. Posted on our employment opportunities page are several current job postings – and they are always being updated when new positions become available.
MobilityWorks is a national retailer of wheelchair vans and vehicle related equipment, now in 24 locations, that provides transportation solutions serving the disabled community. We offer accessible vehicles for sale, hand controls, mechanical service and rental programs. Our goal is to improve the lives of our customers with increased mobility and independence through accessible transportation.
Current opportunities at MobilityWorks include GENERAL MANAGER positions in California, requiring at least 5 years of management experience (preferably in an automotive dealership environment); a SERVICE TECHNICIAN position in California, requiring automotive dealership experience and ASE Certification; and CERTIFIED MOBILITY CONSULTANTS, requiring at least 3-5 years of professional sales experience, preferably to consumers. In all cases, experience with assisting people having specialized transportation needs or having worked with physically challenged individuals is always a plus.
Working at MobilityWorks requires having patience and being able to build rapport with our clients. Customer satisfaction and core principals are a significant part of our corporate philosophy. We call it LOVE IT! Listen, Ownership, Value, Excitement, Integrity and Team. For more information about our current opportunities – or if you would like us to keep your name on file for future consideration, you can send your resume to Charla Givens, MobilityWorks Human Resources Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is ALS Awareness Month
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. Although it can occur at a younger age, most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 75. There is no cure.
The ALS Awareness Month campaign, led by The ALS Association, is designed to make a collective impact on the public and lawmakers regarding important issues facing people with the disease. The theme of this year’s ALS Awareness month is “Create a World Without ALS. Speak Up Now to Give Hope.”
Sharing Your Story
Whether you're a person living with ALS, a family member, friend, or concerned individual, they want to hear from you. In the words of The ALS Association, “visitors to our website understand more about the impact of Lou Gehrig's Disease.” They are encouraging others to write (and read) about the disease to educate policymakers, the media and the public.
Note: When you submit your story to their website, you agree that they can use, share, and make public your story, using only your first name, last initial, city and state. They won’t share or make public your last name, address, phone number, or email address without permission to do so.
For more information about submitting your story, go to: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/2013-aam/
ALS Information Resources
ALS.org Facts You Should Know
Packard Center ALS Facts and Statistics
To go where you to go, when you want to go is a gift of independence that most able-bodied people don’t think about very often. We just get in our cars, turn the key and go. That’s not so easy for those who have entered the National Mobility Awareness Month van giveaway contest – needing desperately the use of a wheelchair accessible van. One of the many messages of Awareness Month is that none of us should ever take our freedom to travel for granted.
Over the past two months, MobilityWorks has shared several of its client's stories — of heartache, courage and determination. They are of all ages, but sadly most are in their younger years. As one mother wrote: "Heroes aren’t always big brawny guys who save the day." They are also families with more than one member of a household struggling to get by, hoping for an easier life. Beside their dreams of having better health, the ability to travel is often the most wished upon goal. For doctor's appointments and phyiscal therapy sessions, it is an absolute necessity. We wish every one of them the independence and happiness they all deserve.
Today Officially Ends the Voting Period for the NMEDA Van Giveaway Contest
May 10th is the final day for voting, ending at midnight tonight. Potential Winners will be notified by phone on or about May 31, 2013. To find your local hero, go to www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/local-heroes/.
Our Local Heroes
Below are links to our local hero stories. Vote for all of them today!
Four year old Maya Vasquez was born with a rare developmental disorder. She is unable to walk or perform daily living skills without 24/7 help…
Jennifer Gill and her teenage son Connor, who was born with arthrogryposis…
Lee Krizka living with a rare spinal cord malformation since she was 14 years old…
Curtney Kestner, now 16 years old, who was born in 1996 with Cerebral Palsy…
The Schultz family, with several family members having some type of physical challenge…
The Ferris family, with two boys 27 and 21 years old, both having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy…
17 year old Casey Miller suffered a broken blood vessel in his spine when he was 13 that left him paralyzed…
7 year old Kyla Hartigan was born 12 weeks premature and later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy…
Isabelle Brya was only teo years old when suddenly collapsed from a life threatening brain aneurism that caused a severe hemorrhagic stroke…
Steve Herbst was paralyzed in 1980 after being tackled in a high school football game. He went on to graduate with honors from the University of Illinois…
Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, Ballroom Dancer, Teacher and Amputee Gets Invite from Dancing with the Stars
Adrianne Haslet-Davis Vows to Dance Again
When the first bomb went off, Adrianne was far enough away from the blast to not be injured. Jolted by the sound wave and smoke, she remembers thinking there could be more than one. She held on to her husband standing next to her. A few seconds later, the second blast would tear through her left foot and leg. After being rushed to the hospital, the doctors had to amputate about 5 inches below the left knee.
32 year old ballroom dance teacher Adrianne Haslet-Davis was interviewed by hit show Dancing with the Stars last night, sharing her thoughts on the Boston bombing and the loss of her leg. Inspired by her courage and determination to dance again, the producers invited her to dance on the program whenever she is ready. It's not just an invitation to dance in front of millions of viewers on one of her favorite shows, it's a physical and mental challenge she fully intends to meet.
When she does, Adrianne won't be the first limb loss person on the popular show. Amputee Heather Mills (ex-wife of Paul McCartney) was a contestant on DWTTS back in 2007. Mills was injured in a motorcycle accident in 1993 and also had her leg amputated below the knee. She is now the Vice President of The Limbless Association, a charitable organization in the United Kingdom.
Though Adrianne is nervous about learning to walk and dance again (in a different way), she is extremely confident and positive about her future. She knows the rehabilitation process will take a lot of work and time, but she is resolved to meet the challenge. Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Adrianne and to her husband, Air Force Captain Adam Davis (also injured but not as serious). We hope to see her on the ballroom floor very soon.
About Limb Loss
Adrianne’s story is an example of how advancements in prosthetic medicine provide hope to thousands of amputees each year. Doctors acknowledge that prosthetics have come a long way in the past 10 years – mainly due to the number of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans returning home with missing limbs.
To learn more about prosthetics and amputee issues, visit the Limb Loss Resource Center created by the Amputee Coalition.
Melissa Hitchcock is a 33 year old single mother from Channahon, IL and she lost both of her legs due to a genetic clotting disease called ‘Factor 5’. She lost her left leg last March and lost her right leg in November. Melissa’s family and friends are holding a benefit to raise money to buy her a handicap van and to help with other living costs.
"Melissa hasn't been able to leave the house since the last amputation. She really needs a new wheelchair friendly vehicle."
There will be raffle and door prizes. Cost: $15 a person (food and non-alcoholic beverages included). Children 10 and under are free. There will also be a cash bar.
Van for Melissa Benefit Details
Saturday May 4, 2013 beginning at 4pm
Fraternal Order of Eagles – Morris, IL
120 Liberty St
Morris, IL 60450
E-mail for more info: email@example.com