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Meet 2019 Ms. Wheelchair America – Karen Roy

For the next 12 months, Karen Roy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana will hold the title of Ms. Wheelchair America. Karen won the 47th annual competition earlier this month in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From July 30th through August 5th, women from 26 states gathered for this year’s Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. During the crowning ceremony hosted by actress and advocate Jennifer Kumiyama, this year’s contestants presented their powerful platforms. Over the next few weeks, we are honored to share their stories with you. Below is Karen’s inspiring story. 

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Scooter and Power Wheelchair Lifts for Vans or SUVs Come in Many Different Styles.

Scooter and Power Wheelchair Lifts for Vans or SUVs Come in Many Different Styles. Careful Consideration Needs to Be Taken When Selecting a Model for Your Particular Type of Scooter and Vehicle.

Bruno Curb-Sider scooter lift. Bruno Out-Sider meridan platform lift
Left: Bruno Curb-Sider scooter lift. Right: Bruno Out-Sider Meridian platform lift.

When it comes to scooter lifts, there’s no one size fits all solution. Your particular scooter or power wheelchair design has as much to do with the selection of which lift you use as the make and model of the minivan or SUV where it’s going to be installed. Scooter lifts can help to store the scooter (or chair) inside the vehicle or outside, depending on its design and your preference. To avoid a very costly mistake, the style you decide to use should be made with particular care and with the advice of a certified mobility consultant. In most cases, a qualified NMEDA QAP dealer can be found near you that should be able to find the right solution.

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Checklist for College Students on Move-In Day

After deciding on a college to attend, the next challenge for incoming students is moving in your belongings. This process is stressful for everyone involved, and can be even harder to make sure everything is accessible. Here we have five things to do before move-in day to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

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5 Accessible Activities in Norfolk

Norfolk is located by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay in the southeast part of Virginia. It was chosen as one of the top 50 Places in the world to travel in 2017. The city is full of a wide range of art, food, and culture that all make for an exciting travel destination. Below are 5 accessible places to visit in Norfolk!

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Wheelchair Accessible Tiny Home


There’s a new trend happening all over the country with individuals and couples downsizing to “Tiny Homes”, some of which are less than 100 square feet! Now, there’s a company building one that is wheelchair accessible.

Wheel Pad, based out of Wilmington, VT, is the first company to build an accessible tiny “home”. The 200 square foot eco-friendly living space contains a bedroom and a bathroom. It is designed more to be an accessible addition to an existing home rather than as a stand-alone tiny home. The vision at Wheel Pad was to create a “transitional” space for people who have just started using a wheelchair or are facing other mobility issues.

Like many tiny homes, it is built on a trailer frame so that it can be easily moved and attached to a “host home” via a back door or window. Wheel Pad is designed to be manufactured, delivered and installed within two months by Wheel Pad approved contractors. The entire project is overseen by a Wheel Pad Project Manager. Ideally, the installation is completed while a client is receiving inpatient rehabilitation so that it’s ready when they come home.

The inspiration for Wheel Pad came from a young man named Riley, who spent several months bouncing around between hospitals and rehabilitation facilities after an accident left him paralyzed. This was shortly before his 26th birthday. When he was ready to start living on his own again, he wasn’t able to find an accessible apartment. For eight months, his only option was to live in an accessible hotel room.

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The restroom comes equipped with grab bars and a wheel in shower


Appliances and features are installed at the perfect height for a wheelchair user


A track for a Hoyer style lift spans the length of the entire house

‘All photos are courtesy of Carolyn L. Bates’