Accessible Van Sales and Rentals Now Provided by MobilityWorks in the “Cruise Capital of the World”
On Tuesday, April 21, MobilityWorks announced the acquisition of Sunset Mobility located in Miami, Florida. In business since 1995, Sunset Mobility has been a strong advocate for people with disabilities in the Southern Florida region. They are also a long-time BraunAbility certified retailer and National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association (NMEDA) Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealer.
“We care deeply about our clients and are very excited about joining the great people at MobilityWorks and providing that same level of care in the years ahead,” said David Ferguson, president and owner of Sunset Mobility.
Sunset is also a valuable asset to world travelers needing wheelchair van rentals for their vacation plans. Miami is a significant travel destination due to its being the number one cruise passenger port in the world. Similar to MobilityWorks, Sunset Mobility was a participant in the Accessible Vans of America (AVA) dealer rental program.
“Sunset has done a wonderful job of serving the disabled community in South Florida for 20 years. We look forward to continuing that tradition under the MobilityWorks umbrella,” said Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO.
The new MobilityWorks of Miami location is at 8415 SW 129th Terrace, Kendall, FL 33156. Showroom hours are from 8AM to 5PM M-F, with Saturdays by appointment only.
Call 1-877-275-4907 to schedule an appointment with a Certified Mobility Consultant.
Now Serving the Edison, New Brunswick and Greater Newark New Jersey Markets
MobilityWorks of Highland Park is located at 211 Woodbridge Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904 with easy access from Route 1 and the I-95 New Jersey Turnpike. This new location will help to serve the greater Newark New Jersey area. Highland Park is in Middlesex County and borders the towns of Edison, New Brunswick, and Piscataway. It is just 23 miles south of Newark Liberty International Airport.
Our Highland Park store employs specially trained Certified Mobility Consultants who will demonstrate our wheelchair van conversions and advise clients on all of the adaptive equipment options available. They will also help to identify any resources for financing and auto mobility grant programs. MobilityWorks also plays an important role in providing accessible vehicles, scooter lifts and driving aids to disabled veterans eligible for the VA automobile and adaptive equipment program.
Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing and MobilityWorks Design a Go Kart for All-Inclusive Enjoyment
Back in August of 2014, Aaron Banfield part owner of Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing came to MobilityWorks of Cincinnati and asked if we could put hand controls on a go kart. Aaron has a heart for the disabled community because he has people in his family that are in wheelchairs.
Chris Phillips, a Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) and Mike Wylds, our Cincinnati store service technician, worked on a couple different styles of mechanical hand controls until we found one that would work. This go kart is now equipped with a motorcycle style gas and brake. Full Throttle is also adding leg supports, padding and a transfer board to the cart to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to get in.
Full Throttle unveiled the Kart at a Cincinnati Cyclones game on December 6, 2014 where they drove it on the ice. The Cyclones are Cincinnati’s Kelly Cup Championship winning Hockey Team that is affiliated of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators. They are also affiliated with AHL Milwaukee Admirals.
Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing will be making the custom go kart racer, uniquely designed for racing enthusiasts that are in a wheelchair, available to the public shortly.
The Racing4Vets Challenge is an exciting corporate sponsored event, recently held in the Cincinnati area at Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Springdale, OH. Ten corporate relay teams race for one hour on the indoor course. Proceeds from the challenge go to Racing4Vets to assist service-disabled military veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and physical injuries.
Larger Showroom of Wheelchair Accessible Vans, Scooter Lifts and More Now Open in Madison Hts
Our Detroit service center has moved from its previous location on East Avis to 1604 E 14 Mile Rd in Madison Heights. For clients needing service or to speak directly to your mobility consultant, our local phone number is the same at: 248-616-3004. Customers and the general public are encouraged to stop by and see the new place, including a variety of new wheelchair van conversions onsite. Visit our Detroit store page here. Contact General Manager Mark Buday for additional information or to schedule a personal tour.
Details on an official “Open House” event will be coming in the spring of 2015 when the weather starts to warm up.
For those not living in the Detroit Michigan area, please go to our Contact Us page and request a free Needs Analysis at any one of our 32 store locations throughout the country.
She didn’t win the contest but she won a lot of hearts
Eight year old Kyla Hartigan was born 12 weeks premature, spent 16 weeks in the NICU and fought every day to stay with us. As a result of her prematurity, she was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy. Her family had been using a hoist-style lift in their van to pick up and transport her 240 pound K300 Permobil power wheelchair. Her mother Margie would pick up Kyla to get her transferred, seated and buckled in. This solution worked for a few years, but as Kyla kept getting older, their need for a wheelchair accessible van kept getting greater.
In May of 2013, the family learned about the National Mobility Awareness Month Van Giveaway contest by NMEDA* where three lucky winners would be given a van. Kyla entered the essay contest and made it as a semi-finalist in the online voting process.
Margie Hartigan wrote in her first essay:
“What most people take for granted, like a quick trip to the store, is so time consuming for us. Sometimes her chair can’t even travel with us and she has to be carried. A wheelchair accessible vehicle would be life-changing for this little girl who inspires so many others.”
Unfortunately, Kyla did not when the van. The family decided to hold off one more year to find another solution since mom could still pick up her daughter. Not to be deterred, they decided to enter the NMEDA sponsored contest in 2014. Again, they made it as a semi-finalist but were not chosen not win a vehicle. Ugh!
During this time, they were making a lot more connections within the community. Margie “liked” a Facebook page about a clothing company that uses kids with disabilities to model for their clothing. The owner of the company contacted Margie and asked her to bring Kyla to their farm. The owners immediately fell in love with Kyla and spent hours talking to her about everything under the sun. After they found out about her not winning the contest, the clothing company owners wanted to help Kyla and her family. They were so in love with Kyla and her family that they decided to purchase her a new van.
Not knowing where to start, they first contacted a Dodge dealership to purchase them a new minivan and wheelchair lift. The Dodge dealer then contacted MobilityWorks to get pricing on the lift. Nick Cortino, the General Manager of our Plainfield store got the call. He immediately spoke to the dealer about making sure that we could get Kyla to our facility so that we could do a full “needs analysis” to find the right solution for the family, one that fit her specific type of wheelchair, the family’s travel requirements and ramp or lift preferences. The Auto Dealer agreed and Nick was able to reach out to the clothing store owners and to the Hartigan family. He was able to determine that the best long-term solution would be a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Limited with a VMI Northstar in-floor ramp conversion. And they love it!
Congratulations to Kyla and the Hartigan family! We were so glad to be a part of making your life a little easier.