All posts by Ryan Mansfield

ReWalk Exoskeleton 6.0 Cleared by FDA for Personal Use and SCI Rehab

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As National Spinal Cord Awareness Month comes to a close there is big news! The ReWalk 6.0  robotic exoskeleton has been cleared by the FDA for personal and rehabilitation use. The ReWalk 6.0 allows users to stand upright, walk, turn and maneuver stairs and is designed specifically for users recovering from spinal cord injuries.

They have now sold over 100 personal systems and have over 70 rehabilitation training centers in North America. ReWalk is working with leading research universities such as Stanford and Harvard to improve upon their design and software. They hope that in the future they will be able to expand their technology to help users with mobility limitations such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Read more

The Ultimate Off-Road Wheelchair

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The RipChair 3.0 may be the most extreme accessible off-road vehicle ever manufactured! Geoff and Michael Howe have a history of building over-the-top modes of transportation. They rose to fame in 2001 with the development of the Ripsaw. This unmanned ground vehicle was purchased by the U.S. Military making them the youngest duo to ever receive a government defense contract. The brothers also designed and manufactured the first unmanned fire truck, which today is used to combat out of control wildfires. From there, the Howes were given a reality television show on the discovery channel, in which they built vehicles and robots straight from their imagination. Read more

Behind the Scenes Ford Explorer Wheelchair Accessible Conversion

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Last year, BraunAbility released the revolutionary Ford Explorer MXV. It is the first accessible SUV on the market with an automatic, in-floor ramp and it has several patent pending features that maximize comfort and convenience. The glide-out door and sliding shifter are two unique features that help make the MXV extremely accessible.

Time-Lapse Video of the BraunAbility MXV Conversion

It takes three days to install all of the accessible features of the Ford Explorer MXV. You can watch the time lapse video of the conversion taking place in just 3 minutes in the video below. Read more

Meet Ms. Wheelchair America 2017: Eliza McIntosh

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Eliza being crowned Ms Wheelchair America 2017. Photo Credit: Melissa Deible

Last week Eliza McIntosh was officially crowned as Ms. Wheelchair America for 2017. The pageant was founded in 1972 by a Columbus, OH physician Dr. Philip K. Wood. He created the non-profit organization to help promote the achievements of the wheelchair community and to help make America more accessible. Today the pageant is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI and typically has competitors from about 30 states. Read more

MobilityWorks Adds Three New Texas Locations

MobilityWorks Announces Acquisition of Advanced Mobility Systems of Texas

We are excited to announce the addition of three new MobilityWorks locations in Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin metro areas of Texas. This now makes four showrooms in the state of Texas with our existing Waco service center. The team from Advanced Mobility Systems has been serving customers for 30 years and we are very happy to have them join the MobilityWorks family.

The two companies have always shared a passion for helping people in wheelchairs to be more independent by allowing them to travel in a vehicle of their choosing. “We are extremely pleased with becoming part of the MobilityWorks family, said Guy Tucker, President of Advanced Mobility Systems. “I’ve known their leadership team for many years and we share the same views on providing great customer service. For me, that was one of the most important aspects of this transition.” Read more