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New Unique Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices

WHILL Model A Wheelchair
Shown above is the WHILL wheelchair with advanced motion and complete terrain coverage. Photo courtesy of WHILL, Inc.

When it comes to wheelchairs, scooters and other hybrid mobility devices, the industry is always coming up with new ideas.  The unique options below are just a few examples that made our list to include in this article. Check out MobilityWorks’ selection of newer wheelchairs and mobility devices that you have to see.

WHILL Model ‘M’ Wheelchair

The Whill has been making waves in the mobility industry, especially with the Model M’s recent FDA approval. This beautiful wheelchair moves effortlessly with you to fit into your lifestyle. This chair is the world’s only mobility device to feature both 4 wheel drive and all directional wheels so that you can have high power over any terrain. Users will enjoy a smooth ride. You can even control the Whill remotely from a smart phone app!

RipChair 3.0

The Rip Chair is the ultimate off road chair and the only setup that accepts your existing chair, according to their website. This wheelchair is the perfect choice for wheelchair users who love the outdoors. You can add hand controls, cup holders, gun racks, fishing rod holders and more to customize your rip chair. You will enjoy the power and durability of this outdoor machine.

Pendel Mobility Scooter

The Pendel Mobility Scooter allows users to travel independently with your wheelchair. The Pendel is a fast alternative to a bike or taxi. In addition, the scooter is electric powered for a comfortable and smooth ride.

Standing Power Wheelchair

The Redman Power Chair allows users to stand, recline, tilt and stretch, offering you a new form of independence. This device is designed for comfort and flexibility so that you will never miss a moment. Redman even allows you to request an in home demo.

Scavelo-The Stair Climbing Chair

The Scavelo wheelchair was designed by students at a Swiss university. This wheelchair will allow users to climb stairs on a Segway-like device. Two rubber tracks are mounted at the bottom of the chair.

Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair

The Ultra Long Distance wheelchair is a great choice for long distance athletes. Many racing devices are only meant for shorter distances. The designer formed this chair to help athletes keep up their efforts over marathon distances using modern technology.

Rota Scooter

The Rota Scooter moves forward by the user pushing and pulling the central lever. Users will enjoy the efficiency and accessibility of the design. Since the wheels are below the scooter, you will experience an easier transfer with less strain on your wrists and hands. Rota products are some of the easiest manual devices to use.

TEK Robotic Mobilization Device

The TEK is a unique device that lets users board from the back and stand up. Users can bring the device closer with a remote control and then transfer to the chair. The TEK allows individuals with mobility challenges to move independently in the world.


Created by a combat veteran, the tankchair is an excellent choice for outdoor activities. The one-piece chassis offers confidence over any terrain. The durable rubber track system will work in all weather.

Cursum Adaptive Stroller

Being a new parent is challenging enough. Mobility difficulties can add more obstacles along the way. The Cursum Adaptive Stroller works with your wheelchair to give parents added security and extra independence.

Underwater Wheelchair

It’s still in prototype phase, but the underwater wheelchair has already allowed one artist with mobility challenges to scuba dive.  This mobility device is powered by two dive propulsion vehicles and steers with a fin.

You have many choices when it comes to your mobility independence.  MobilityWorks offers countless wheelchair accessible vehicles to fit every need. Whether you’re looking for a side or rear entry van, foldout or in-floor ramp, hand controls and more, we’ll be there for you every step of the way with our huge inventory of wheelchair accessible vehicles. 

Photo courtesy of WHILL Inc. — used with permission.

5 Tips for an Accessible Movie Theatre Experience

Don’t be afraid to ask or speak up to improve the accessibility of your movie going experience.

This winter, major blockbusters will bring crowds to the movie theatres. Before watching your favorite flicks on the big screen, it is important to know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and theatre policies. Read on for MobilityWorks’ guide to have the ultimate, accessible movie theatre experience.

Use Accessible Seating

Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theatre are two of the biggest movie chains in the United States. Regal’s policy states that all theatres are accessible, and all seating with a wheelchair symbol is reserved only for those with disabilities and their companions.

AMC Theatre also has designated seats with wheelchair spaces. “Some wheelchair spaces may be available even if the show is sold out,” AMC’s policy says. “Be sure to ask at the box office.”

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, only people with mobility disabilities or those purchasing on their behalf can purchase accessible seating. “People with disabilities who do not require the specific features of accessible seating but merely have a preference for them are not entitled to purchase accessible seats,” the act reads.

You can find out more about the Americans with Disabilities Act’s rules on accessible seating here.

Ask About Discounts

Regal Cinema’s policy states, “Guests attending our theatres in an assistance/companion roles for one of our guests with disabilities may be passed in by management.”

It’s best to call your theatre ahead to see if your companion’s ticket can be waived or if other discounts are offered for people with disabilities.

Utilize Assistance

“If you need assistance for any reason, please ask one of our theatre personnel for assistance,” reads Regal Cinema’s policy. Don’t hesitate to speak up if you need anything at all to make your theatre experience an enjoyable one.

AMC Theatres, like many other chains, offers a variety of hearing and vision devices. “Upon request, theatre goers can enjoy assistive listening, audio description and closed captioning devices,” AMC’s policy says.

If you experience any issues with accessibility at a movie theatre, speak up! The theatre may not know that a practice is harming your accessibility. You can contact the theatre’s customer service line listed on their website.

Arrive Early

Whether or not you may need extra assistance, it’s always best to arrive early, especially when watching a popular film. You’ll want to be sure you get a good seat and find the theatre to be accessible with no obstacles. If you do have issues with the theatre’s accessibility, you will have extra time to have them resolved.

Research Ahead

You can search for reviews about how accessible your local movie theatre is on websites like AXS Map. Check out user-generated reviews, pictures and more. The best way to know how accessible a place may be is from other people with disabilities.

Another useful link to check out while planning your movie outing is Caption Fish. The site shows the different levels of captioning offered at your local movie theatres. You can even watch captioned trailers on their website.

Enjoy a completely worry-free experience when you head home from the movies in your wheelchair accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. Check out our inventory or talk to a Certified Mobility Consultant today to see how you can experience the ultimate in accessibility no matter where you’re going.

Message Banking Technology Helps ALS Patients Regain Their Voice

Julia and service dog Sophie
Message banking can help people with ALS get their personalized voice back.

People with ALS and other degenerative diseases may lose their ability to speak over time, but today’s technology can give them a voice. Most of the speech technology we see has a robotic voice. What if ALS patients could get their own, personalized voice back? Thanks to message banking, they can.

Message Banking is Created

“25 years ago, one of the nurses who ran our tracheotomy program came to us and said there are kids who wake up in the ICU after surgery who are absolutely terrified and they can’t communicate,” John Costello, the creator of message banking and Director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication Program, said. “We then began to look and say, why are we waiting until a patient is at bedside and under the influence of medication, pain, sedation and fear to try to help? I thought it would be really cool if kids could record their voices pre-operatively so that post-op they could wake up with technology mounted on their bed and have their own voice.”

Thus, message banking was born.

Another option similar to message banking is voice banking. Voice banking tries to create a voice that sounds like the individual’s voice mixed with a computer. However, message banking records one’s voice before and includes phrases that are unique to an individual.

ALS Patients Use Message Banking

Several years ago, John was approached by a pathologist at an ALS clinic who realized ALS patients would benefit from the technology. The ALS clinic realized they could send patients earlier in the diagnosis stage to record more before speech abilities were lost.

One of those patients is 41-year-old Todd Quinn. Diagnosed in 2011, Todd is still able to emit funny one-liners like ‘Morning, babe’. The program has great promise for many others like Todd. Thanks to $4 million in donations, Boston Children’s Hospital is creating a program to help ALS patients get access to message banking.

To record the messages, patients like Todd get a microphone and a voice recorder. Over time, they speak into it whenever they think of words and phrases they will want to use in the future. The messages are stored and patients use eye-tracking technology to activate them when their speech is gone.

One ALS patient recorded herself singing very badly because she was known for annoying her friends with her singing. Another recorded his favorite way to greet his wife, ‘What’s cookin’ good lookin?’ These are messages that woudn’t be on a traditional communication device but truly show the individual’s personality.

Todd wishes he had saved more messages but he is happy for the ones he banked.

“It’s very easy to lose sight of the person that I used to be,” Todd Quinn said, “but with the message banking, it allows us to hold on to that.”

Just like communication, mobility is also very important. Our customers love experiencing the freedom that their wheelchair accessible vehicles give them. Contact us today to see how MobilityWorks can help you to get back on the road.

Editor’s note: Approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that progressively affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, ALS robs people of the ability to move and speak.

Hands Free Prototype Wheelchair Moves by Leaning Forward or Side-to-Side


Wheelchair of the Future?

After four years of research and development, Kevin Halsall has finally unveiled his incredible new invention. The New Zealand native has created a hands free prototype wheelchair for his friend Marcus Thompson, who was paralyzed after a skiing accident. The OGO is a mix of a wheelchair and a Segway that balances on two wheels, adjusting and moving as the person sitting in the chair leans forward, backward, or side to side. Halsall, who is an engineer by trade, purchased a Segway, disassembled the device and then reconstructed it around a wheelchair.

“It’s one of the life affirming things that this machine does, it puts you in touch with your whole body again,” Mr. Thompson said.

The OGO has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and the wheels can even be swapped out for off-road capabilities. Its’ heavy duty battery gives it an expected range of almost 18 miles and the lightweight frame makes it easy to transport. The OGO is a finalist in the National Innovators Awards and is in the process of being made available for purchase. A price has yet to be determined, but Mr. Halsall wants to keep it as low as possible so the OGO is affordable for those who need it.

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