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.
The Need and Desire for Independence is the Mother of All Mobility Inventions
Most of us have seen the latest Mercedes-Benz ‘Smart Car’ on the road these past few years, but did you know that a wheelchair microcar was invented back in the 1950s? Along with entrepreneurs like Ralph Braun, the founder of today's BraunAbility minivan conversions, people were simply looking for ways to be independent with whatever means they could. Vans for wheelchair drivers simply weren't available.
Back in October of 1956, Harold Young of Downey California was featured in a Modern Mechanix magazine article with his three wheel, 10HP wheelchair accessible microcar that he drove on city streets for many years. The hand controls he installed were a push-stop, pull-to-go lever design, similar to the mechanical driving aids being used today. Hooks attached the dashboard were used to secure the wheelchair in place.
Fast Forward to 2015…
The Kenguru shown above is a Hungarian designed, electric powered micro-vehicle with a top speed of 25 mph. It can travel around 60 miles per day, but is not legal on roads above 35, depending on local restrictions. For practicality purposes, it appears to have more of a golf-cart application, perhaps for getting around in senior living communities, than for actual road use. It has a motorcycle-like handlebar steering design with a throttle for acceleration.
The Kenguru has been reported to be coming to the United States by the efforts of former attorney, now entrepreneur, Stacy Zoern of Austin, TX. Stacey was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and has been in a wheelchair her entire life. She formed a company call Community Cars based in Texas to manufacture and distribute the vehicles. When it becomes available, the single-passenger wheelchair microcar will cost somewhere around $20-$25k. Community Cars is also designing a model that will be controlled by a joystick or small-diameter steering wheel for those with limited upper body strength. for more information, go to Kenguru.com
The "Ride-in Canta" (Inrij Canta) shown above is a wheelchair microcar from the Netherlands developed in 1995 by Waaijenberg, a company that specializes in a variety of smaller vehicles (for disabled and able-bodied customers). Equipped with a rear-entry ramp, the Canta pneumatically raises up off the ground when the engine is started and the driver is ready to move . It comes with a Honda 5-stroke, 160cc engine (200cc optional) and has a top speed of 28 mph. Canta hand controls can be placed on the left or right side, depending on the need.
In the Netherlands, the Canta is legal to be used be used on cycle paths and sidewalks as a mobility aid. A driver's license is not required. There are no known plans to bring the Canta to the United States.
Editors note: Modern Mechanix magazine's last published issue was their March/April edition in 2001.