Join Us In Huntsville! MobilityWorks Open House and Grand Opening Celebration Planned for October 16th
Our Huntsville Alabama store is planning an Open House and Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 16th. But you don't have to wait until then to come and see us! Our staff is on hand now to help anyone with questions about accessible transportation solutions, including vans for rent, scooter lifts, hand controls and more. Stay tuned for more details on the Open House and let Tiana Garner, our Huntsville General Manager know if you'd like to stop by and visit. Call our store's local number at 256-217-9680. We have new and used accessible vans for sale on-site now! You can also join us on Facebook to stay on top of local events and sales.
MobilityWorks of Huntsville
2150 Meridian Street North
Huntsville AL 35811
Next door to the Dollar General store!
M-F 8am to 5pm
A Role Model to His Peers, Aaron Negrete Receives a Brand New Wheelchair Van Donated by Sacramento Auto Dealers
Ten-year-old Aaron Negrete was born without arms or legs. But that hasn't stopped him from living life to the fullest and inspiring others. A local television station reveals the wonderful news about a van donation to a surprised Aaron and mom.
The following is the essay submitted to the National Mobility Awareness Month Van Giveaway Contest back in May, which Aaron didn't win. After seeing his story on Good Day Sacramento, the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association, their foundation partner Shriners Hospitals for Children, and other generous donors worked together to provide his mother Juanita with a brand new Chrysler Town and Country van from MobilityWorks. The modified minivan has a VMI Northstar in-floor ramp conversion perfect for their family needs and the ramp requirements of Aarons' power wheelchair.
Watch his story and van presentation here on Good Day Sacramento.
From the National Mobility Awareness Month contest website...
A hero is someone who deeply influences our lives; someone who faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with superhuman resilience; a role model — someone we deeply admire and wish to emulate. Aaron Negrete is one such person.
Aaron is 10 years old. He was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, leaving him without arms or legs. Every day presents new challenges for him, but he is determined to not let his disability interfere with his life. With relentless dedication, Aaron has learned to do many things by himself. He can now maneuver across a room, write and draw using a pencil in his mouth, and even swim. Last year, he played the lead in the school play, and will play the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” this spring.
Aaron’s strength, optimism, and sense of humor make him a role model to his peers. He helps other students overcome their fear of being different. As he explained in second grade, “It really doesn’t matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, or if you have any arms or legs. Because inside we’re all just kids or people. We’re all the same inside even if we look different on the outside.” Watching Aaron overcome his limitations inspires other students to overcome their own. His compassion, empathy, and thoughtfulness for others are truly inspirational, to adults and students alike. Volunteers who have worked with him have become so impressed with his capabilities, compassion, and wisdom that some have actually gone to Congress to push for more laws to help the physically challenged.
Aaron has many dreams for the future. One of his dreams is to design cars. He cherishes his independence, and strives to accomplish as much as he can by himself. His electric wheelchair gives him the freedom of mobility most of us take for granted. To use it, he needs a special wheelchair-accessible van. His current van is almost 20 years old, and requires constant maintenance. Aaron’s mom works two jobs to support their family, and cannot afford a newer, reliable van -- or one of the better used handicap vans for sale. Without the opportunity to explore his world and have the same life experiences as an able-bodied child, Aaron may not be able to accomplish his many dreams.
Aaron has a promising future. He is our local hero, our inspiration. Assisting him to have the independence he so greatly deserves would make a world of difference in his life.
"Never Miss Another Moment" Campaign to Help Members Identify Mobility Adaptive Equipment Solutions”
MobilityWorks, the country’s largest provider of wheelchair-accessible vans, is extending an invitation to the more than 37 million AARP members so they never miss a moment because of mobility issues. Through this special program, trained professionals from MobilityWorks will assess an individual’s mobility needs then provide three attractive offers that make access to adaptive vans and equipment easier than ever.
AARP members receive $1,000 off the quoted retail price for any new or pre-owned Honda, Toyota or Dodge/Chrysler wheelchair-accessible van. On brand new, untitled van models, additional discounts also may apply, including manufacturer rebates.
In addition, AARP members are eligible for 50 percent off a wheelchair-accessible van rental. With summer travel upon us and the holidays not far behind, this is an opportunity to rent one of MobilityWorks’ newer model, side-entry minivans with all the latest accessories. Members can rent a wheelchair-accessible van at any of MobilityWorks’ 31 locations nationwide. Vans can accommodate most wheelchairs and mobility scooters and are available for rental by the day, week or month.
If unsure about whether or not a wheelchair-accessible van is the right choice, AARP members can take advantage of MobilityWorks’ free trial program. After an initial needs assessment with one of MobilityWorks’ trained Certified Mobility Consultants, MobilityWorks allows the AARP member to try the van for two days, at no cost, so they can see for themselves the true value of the purchase.
“This program supports AARP’s mission to improve the lives of people as they age,” says Chris Paczak, vice president of Strategic Marketing for MobilityWorks. “If as people age they come to rely on a scooter or wheelchair for mobility, that shouldn’t limit their ability to do the things they want to do. MobilityWorks and AARP are teaming up to make sure AARP members have independence and personal freedom regardless of mobility issues.”
The MobilityWorks program for AARP members runs from July 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014. More information is available at AARP Special Offer or by contacting MobilityWorks at 1-855-364-0113.
One-of-a-Kind Vehicle to Benefit MS Society and the NOW Research Campaign
The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is partnering with the Ford Motor Company for a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a special vehicle in celebration of 50 years of Mustang. All funds raised through the Ford/MS Mustang raffle will benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign.
Tickets are $20 each and a maximum of 100,000 tickets will be sold. Online ticket registrations will end August 8, 2014 with the drawing being held on Saturday, August 16th at Mustang Alley on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, Michigan. Winner need not be present to win. Get your Ford Mustang GT MS Tickets here.
Celebrating 50 years of the Ford Mustang, Ford Motor Company donated the vehicle for this special fund-raising effort.
About NOW Research
The MS Society’s NOW campaign is a bold initiative dedicated to moving research forward by raising $250 million. Funds raised in the campaign will be designated toward research in discovering new breakthroughs, treatments, rehabilitation, prevention, and, ultimately, an end to Multiple Sclerosis forever. NOW is designed to propel novel ideas into the lab, translate breakthroughs into clinical trials, and to move success in clinical trials into new treatments for people living with MS.
To learn more about NOW, go to National MS Society NOW Research.
Attendees learn the importance of NMEDA's Quality Assurance Program.
MobilityWorks' Northern California Client Relations Manager, Tony Bandermann, recently held a one unit CAMS-HP Continuing Education Unit for Occupational Therapists, Kinesiology Therapists, and Case Managers.
The training was held at a rehabilitation center in Chico California. The attendees learned about mobility solutions, why patients should be directed to a NMEDA certified dealer, and how to find the closest certified NMEDA dealer.
NMEDA, or National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, has a Quality Assurance Program reserved for dealers that adhere to its strict quality and safety standards. MobilityWorks is a certified member of NMEDA.