The National Stroke Association provides education and programs to patients, caregivers and the healthcare community. For over 30 years they have been a trusted and free resource for families and friends of stroke survivors by increasing the awareness of life-saving stroke information. One of the most common myths about strokes is that they cannot be prevented, when actually up to 80% are preventable. The National Stroke Association does everything from publishing newsletters to sponsoring events, and most recently they created a new educational game for their website.
When Drew Richard was only six months old, his parents noticed that his twin brother Bryce had started crawling but Drew had not. His parents took him to their pediatrician who diagnosed him with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Today, Drew is a very passionate college student who loves music and traveling. Unfortunately, his accessible van is on its last leg. He is now raising money through GoFundMe to get back on the road!
Over the past few weeks our general manager Dean Pells and his team in Albany have been very busy! Earlier this month they hosted a group of almost 40 students from Sage College who are studying Occupational Therapy for a training session. They also attended and sponsored a dinner recognizing the best personal assistants in the Albany area.
Sage College has been visiting MobilityWorks for nearly 20 years. These future Occupational Therapists get a chance to see first hand how the equipment and vehicles can change the lives of people with mobility challenges. They also get to hear from local Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, many of whom are occupational therapists themselves. Bill LaChapelle, one of MobilityWorks most experienced Certified Mobility Consultants, led the class that these students actually earned credits for. Bill showed them everything from lowered floor accessible minivans to to wheelchair securement. There was also a heavy focus on funding requirements and how Medicaid and 3rd party funding works.
For anyone with limited mobility, one of the biggest challenges can be getting in and out of that comfortable family room recliner. The solution to this, is the power lift chair which will actually raise and lower to reduce pain and stress on the muscles. Lift chairs offer all the comfort and style of a traditional recliner and come equipped with an electric motor located in the base of the chair. The mechanism is not visible and is controlled with a simple remote. Once safely in the chair, the occupant uses the remote to adjust the chair to a comfortable angle. Power lift chairs can achieve all the positions of typical recliners and come in a variety of fabrics, colors, and styles.
Through the use of cameras, sensors and computers, on-road test vehicles are successfully driving themselves!
What just a few years ago seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming a reality. Technology giants such as Google and Apple are teaming up with major automobile manufacturers in developing and road-testing self-driving cars and smaller SUVs. Google’s concept cars are already on the road this very minute! So how long will it be until you can purchase an accessible vehicle that drives itself?