Eight years ago a determined first grader opened up “Zack’s Shack”, a lemonade and cookie stand, with the hopes of raising around $85 to donate one wheelchair. He’s far exceeded that initial goal, managing to raise over $75,000 to purchase more than 500 wheelchairs! As Zack prepares to enter high school, he is handing over the reins to his younger sister Helen. She will carry on the family business in the form of “Helen’s Hut”.
This coming June, United Spinal Association will host their 6th annual Roll on Capitol Hill event. People in wheelchairs, caregivers and advocates for improved accessibility will meet in Washington D.C. from June 11th to 14th. One of the main focuses of the event will be to convince lawmakers of the need for greater access to properly configured and medically-necessary wheelchairs for individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders.
Renting a wheelchair van can be a great way to enjoy a day of family fun with loved ones who need to use a wheelchair and don’t have accessible transportation. Some people also rent vans for a day to help them decide whether to purchasing a handicap van — or whether a specific conversion will work with their current parking situation. Selecting the Right Rental Van will help to answer some of the common questions people have with selecting rental vans. You can also enjoy a 10% Off rental promotion between now and the end of June for rentals booked in July, August or September. Reserve a van now and save later!
After watching children at a hotel pool hesitant to play with his special-needs daughter, Morgan, Gordon Hartman had a vision of turning an abandoned quarry in Northeast San Antonio, TX into an accessible theme park. Gordon and his wife Maggie started working on plans for Morgan’s Wonderland, the first theme park designed with special needs individuals in mind. Open since 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland has now had more than a million visitors from all 50 states and 66 other countries. The park brings together those with and without disabilities for fun and a better understanding of one another. Now in 2017, the Hartmans are excited to be finishing construction on their latest expansion, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park for guests of all ages to get wet and have fun together.
MobilityWorks was proud to be a part of the recent work done by the The Jett Foundation to help out a Tampa military family in need.
Austin Wilcher, a 12-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, needs to use a power wheelchair or scooter for his mobility. In order to get Austin around from place to place, his father John, an active duty member of the military and single father, needed to buy a van that he could ride the scooter up and inside the vehicle with the use of a wheelchair ramp. Fortunately, MobilityWorks of Tampa had the right van that met all of their travel needs. Forrest Bateman, the MobilityWorks Certified Mobility Consultant, then worked with Joe and Austin to make sure all of the equipment would be a perfect fit to keep Austin mobile and safe.