BraunAbility is the largest accessible vehicle manufacturer in the world, and here at MobilityWorks we are honored to work with such a great company. This past month they partnered with Canine Companions for Independence to form their “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, to help provide people living with physical disabilities access to highly trained assistance dogs.
Canine Companions was the first organization dedicated to training assistance dogs, and today they are still the largest. Every dog that graduates from their program spends 6 to 9 months in training learning 40 commands. These include everything from turning on lights and opening doors to pulling manual wheelchairs.
Every year when March rolls around, basketball takes the center stage. The NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the NCAA tournament is in full swing. Later this month the best wheelchair basketball teams from all over America will meet in Louisville for their own tournament.
The 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. In total, there will be 96 teams from six different adult and junior divisions competing.
Children shine at Victory Junction. Free from the confines of their disease, illness or disability, they discover that they can be a kid! How does this happen? Victory Junction has created a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible.
Their program provides a week of summer camp for children at no cost to the camper’s family. They stay in comfortable air conditioned cabins, eat at the Fuel Stop (which meets all dietary restrictions), and enjoy program areas which include: a zipline, indoor sports center, theater, arts and crafts, boating/fishing, and even a water park. As they enjoy the activities children build confidence that shape how they view the rest of their lives. Once children arrive at Victory Junction, the boundaries and limitations they live with on a daily basis disappear and they simply concentrate on having fun!
The city of Fair Lawn, New Jersey is a special place with a tight knit community. One of their residents, a young girl named Makayla, just received a new accessible van from MobilityWorks thanks to support from her town. The fundraisers were sponsored by a local company, United Real Estate, and several generous donations were made by local families. Even the mayor was involved and he was very excited to see Makalya’s new van. When the van was ready to be handed over, local reporter Wayne Robbins came out to film an edition of “Inside Fair Lawn”.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has had very strong start to the third annual MS Awareness Month. Their “Together We Are Stronger” campaign, a continuation of last year’s theme, encourages people living with MS to share their breakthrough stories. The purpose of this is to show examples of strength and courage to live the best life possible, with the hopes of inspiring the millions of people living with MS.