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USS Arizona Survivors Visit Washington DC

Lauren Bruner, Ken Potts and Donald Stratton are three of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. During a recent visit to Washington DC they attended a formal wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The men were honored with a certificate and a coin from the Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment, who guard the tomb.

The survivors were also able to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. They spent time at the Pentagon and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.

More importantly, they came to Washington DC to lobby for the Navy Cross to be posthumously awarded to Joe George, the man responsible for saving both Bruner and Stratton, when the USS Arizona was attacked.

MobilityWorks was very happy to donate the use of 3 wheelchair vans to these amazing men and their families, so that they could travel easily around the city.  

The USS Arizona

The USS Arizona was attacked in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The USS Arizona remains where she sank in Pearl Harbor, as a Memorial to the lives lost that day. For more information please visit:   http://www.ussarizona.org/

Photos courtesy http://www.ussarizona.org

Introducing the Wheelchair Accessible Chrysler Pacifica

Have you heard about the new Chrysler’s Pacifica? Maybe you’ve seen the commercials about the reimagined minivan being “good for your dad brand” or heard about their groundbreaking Uconnect technology.  Over the past few weeks, brand new wheelchair accessible Pacificas have been showing up at MobilityWorks locations throughout the country!

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Chrysler is calling the sleek and stylish replacement for the Town and Country “The World’s Most Capable Vehicle” and that may not be a stretch. The limited model comes complete with everything you could ever need including a built in vacuum system, premium Nappa leather seats and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof that feels like a convertible. The built-in 8.4 inch touchscreen syncs with your smartphone and features customizable screens for a truly connected driving experience. If this all sounds too good to be true, just wait until you hear your favorite songs coming through the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 360 Surround View.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 360 Surround View.

The most impressive part of the Pacifica may be the safety and security features. The 360 surround view camera provides the driver with a bird’s-eye view and back up camera with sensors. On the highway, the forward collision warning with active braking detects if you are getting too close to the car in front of you and will apply the brakes if needed. The blind spot monitoring system helps you make safer lane changes and the Pacifica can even perpendicular and parallel park itself!

Learn more about the accessible Chrysler Pacifica here

6 Differences Between Side and Rear Entry Vehicles

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Side and rear entry wheelchair accessible minivans are available with conversions on most major makes and models, including: Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Ford, and Toyota.

There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Choosing between a side or rear entry vehicle is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make.

A side entry vehicle allows wheelchair users to enter in the mid-ship area and roll to the front or middle of the vehicle. In a rear entry vehicle, wheelchair users roll in from the back and stay in the back or middle of the vehicle.

Deciding which is best for you and your family is one of the things that a Certified Mobility Consultant will help you to completely understand. At MobilityWorks’ showroom locations throughout the country, visitors can  try a variety of different types of van conversions and even take them for a test ride. Renting a van for a day or two is also a popular option.

To answer some questions about which conversion will work best for you, we made this guide. Download our 11-page guide titled 6 Differences Between Side and Rear Entry Vehicles.

9 Tips for Planning Ahead and Making Your Home More Wheelchair Accessible

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Your home should be a place of comfort and accessibility.

Use Federal and Local Resources to Fund Modifications

Are you planning to purchase a new accessible home or modify your existing one? For obvious reasons, ranch style houses are most often the easiest to retrofit for accessibility. If you need to remodel, check out sites like Disability.gov that can provide services and financial assistance for home modifications. Various programs can help with everything from roll-in showers to entry ramps. Additional resources provided by your state or local county government may also be available.

Clean up the Clutter

An organization system can go a long way to make your home more accessible. Keeping your home clutter-free increases available space for you to roll around in. Putting in lowered shelves and cabinets maximizes accessibility.

Open Floor Plan

Whether remodeling or searching for a new abode, the popular open floor plan allows you more space to roll around in. This type of floor plan also forces you to keep your house clutter-free, further maximizing accessibility.

Lowered lighting

Electrical controls, from light switches, thermostats and more, should be lowered and require little dexterity to operate. Also consider the lighting angle. You don’t want lights to shine in your face, but you don’t want lighting to point too high for you. Motion sensing and voice activated technology are other options to keep in mind.

Higher Sinks

A sink with open space underneath and no intrusive cabinet base allows wheelchair users to roll right up. Even if the sink does have a cabinet base, you may be able to remodel the center part. If you are installing cabinets in the bathroom, you want to take up as little floor space as possible.

Grab Bars

Grab bars installed near toilets in bathrooms can help people in wheelchairs use the restroom as independently as possible.

Roll-In Showers

A shower that lets a wheelchair user roll right in provides privacy for people with disabilities. Consider various options from a vacuum-sealed door, an open shower with no curb or a specialized lift.

Emergency Exit Plan

It’s always best to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your point of exit is easily accessible. Be sure that your alarms are ready, and consider audio and visual smoke detectors.

Parking

You’ll want to make sure that there is plenty of room on the passenger side of the vehicle, particularly if a wheelchair van with a ramp or lift is being utilized. Flatter driveways are obviously going to be safer and easier. Remove any obstacles like planters that can interfere with wheelchair or scooter use. If the driveway isn’t wide enough, consider adding a concrete pad where exit and entry is the most convenient. If that can’t be done, then you may want to consider a rear entry wheelchair van.

When it comes to leaving your home and exploring your neighborhood, MobilityWorks has you covered with our large inventory of new and used accessible vehicles. We have vehicles to fit every budget, so check out all we offer today!

The Sleek Chrysler Pacifica to Replace Grand Caravan and Town & Country Minivans

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The Chrysler Pacifica, a modern minivan, will be replacing the Grand Caravan and Town and Country.

We are excited to share that Chrysler will soon be replacing the Town & Country minivan and Dodge Grand Caravan chassis with a more modern, updated 2017 Chrysler Pacifica vehicle. Customers will enjoy the fresh style and ample space.

Benefits of a Minivan

The minivan’s ease of use from the sliding doors to the lower ground clearance for entry are two of the reasons why many of our customers prefer these vehicles. Many have better gas mileage compared to large SUVs. The minivan can fit your entire family. One of the biggest drawbacks is the image of these vans. Chrysler took that into account when they interviewed 6 million minivan owners and designed the new Pacifica. Check out the amazing modern features that this Chrysler has to offer.

New Features

The Pacifica has a sleek exterior with a small grille on the front, LED taillights and a sporty silhouette.  The clean layout inside should transition to an easy to maneuver space when converted. Customers will enjoy the extra cubic feet added to the passenger and cargo areas. A small center console allows for easy storage including phones and keys. The bucket seats have a sculpted look that welcomes passengers. More chrome has been added for a striking design. Click here for more features of the Pacifica.

More Options

Chrysler also unveiled a plug-in hybrid minivan that can drive 30 miles on power alone. While we cannot confirm that our manufacturers will be able to convert this vehicle, it could mean more options for our customers in the future.

MobilityWorks is excited to continue offering the best and newest choices for our customers. No matter what type of accessible vehicle you are looking for, we are excited to be part of your journey to mobility independence. Check out these  pickup truck and sport utility vehicle options. We like to show our customers all the choices that can work for them.

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