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MobilityWorks Adds New Location in Gallatin Tennessee

Welcome Tennessee Mobility Clients and Friends!

MobilityWorks Tennessee stores are located in Chattanooga, Gallatin and La Vergne (just south of Nashville).

MobilityWorks Now Serving Three Tennessee Locations

MobilityWorks has announced the acquisition of specific assets of Tennessee Mobility located in Gallatin, TN. With this new location, MobilityWorks will have 25 consumer showrooms in 12 US states. Another location in Oakland, CA is scheduled to open in August.

Established in 1999, Tennessee Mobility, Inc was started as a family business serving the populations of Northern Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. All services at the Gallatin location going forward will be operated under the MobilityWorks name. A wide selection of new and pre-owned handicap vans is being shipped to the Gallatin store within the next two weeks for the public to come and visit. Showroom hours will initially be from 8AM to 5PM weekdays and Saturdays by appointment. We will also accommodate at-home demonstrations in the near future for those who cannot travel to the store.

Tennessee Mobility Clients in Need of Service…

Scott Sorenson, MobilityWorks Regional Manager, will be in charge of the transition with assistance from Neal Johnson, General Manager of the MobilityWorks Nashville store. Clients can call Mr. Sorenson at 615-451-7373 or the Nashville service desk at 615-280-5058 to schedule a service appointment. Email Scott Sorenson here.

Supporting People in Employment Annual Conference

Guest Speaker Played Pivotal Role in Creating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

MobilityWorks of Birmingham was a proud sponsor and exhibitor at the annual meeting of The Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-APSE) and The Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) held June19-21, 2013 in Montgomery, AL.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Catch the Wave…Surf Toward Employment First” and featured a variety of workshops and sessions focusing on employment and related issues for individuals with disabilities. Attendees included rehabilitation counselors, employment specialists, rehabilitation technology specialists, rehabilitation supervisors and administrators, legislators, individuals with disabilities and their family members, as well as other professionals working in the capacity of employing people with disabilities.

Dr. Richard Pimentel

One of the conference’s highlights included a presentation by Dr. Richard Pimentel. Known for using the phrase, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them,” Dr. Richard Pimentel, a veteran disabled in Viet Nam, told his story within the context of the United States Civil Rights Movement of persons with disabilities and the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He focused on how each of the attendees can make a difference in the lives of their clients.

Conference attendees and exhibitors were treated to a viewing of “Music Within,” a 2007 movie starring Ron Livingston as Dr. Richard Pimentel and chronicled the successes and trials of Dr. Pimentel’s life. Music Within chronicles how Dr. Pimentel entered the military, lost his hearing, and then went on to champion disability causes. After returning form the war, he becomes good friends with Art Honneyman (played by Michael Sheen) who has Cerebral Palsy. This experience propels him into being an advocate and beyond. Now an acclaimed speaker, as a child he didn’t speak a word until age six. He was called “retarded” by a school guidance counselor. His “home” was the dressing room of a strip club after being abandoned by his mother. Yet, he was able to overcome those challenges (and his loss of hearing) to become a major influence in reshaping the public’s perception of disabled individuals. To learn more, watch the Music Within movie trailer below.

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For more information on the American’s with Disabilities Act, visit www.ada.gov. To learn more about mobility products for persons with disabilities, go to www.mobilitworks.com.

Tennessee Organizations Helping Elderly and Disabled Residents

We often have organizations asking if we can share a link on our website so that visitors can benefit from the services they provide. In this post we are focusing on a few organizations helping our friends in Nashville and Chattanooga TN. If you have an organization that you would like to submit for future inclusion, tell us about what you do at marketing@mobilityworks.com. We will be highlighting organizations and non-profit groups helping the disabled community for each of MobilityWorks’ 12 states in future posts.

Tennesee Resources

Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability

The goal of Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability is to advocate for and to strive to achieve a system of services that allows older persons and persons with disabilities the opportunity for an independent and productive lifespan. This is accomplished through three primary areas of emphasis: Advocacy, Service, and Planning.

Signal Centers

Signal Centers is comprised of four programs – Adult Services, Assistive Technology Services, Children’s Services and the Child Care Resource & Referral Network. Signal Centers Children’s Services support over 120 children with disabilities at three Tennessee locations – Chattanooga, Cleveland and Athens. Signal Centers also offers an adult day program for adults over 55 with disabilities. The Assistive Technology Services was created in 1991 and is located at 2300 Bailey Avenue in Chattanooga. AT Services assesses individuals with disabilities of all ages and recommends technology to enhance self-sufficiency.

Team Centers

TEAM Centers, Inc (originally “TEAM Evaluation Center”) is a private, non-profit agency started as a collaborative initiative by local community leaders, the Medical Society, and the Metropolitan Council. TEAM helps with the evaluation and assessment of people with developmental disabilities across all ages. They focus on developmental medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and social work.

Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid South Chapter

The Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society is a community of individuals who are committed to achieving a world free of MS. The Chapter helps over 9,000 individuals throughout Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas impacted by MS to move their lives forward. We provide comprehensive support services and educational programs to people with MS, their family and friends, and raise funds locally to support the National MS Society’s research initiatives.

Visit Us in Nashville or Chattanooga

Our Nashville store is just off of I-24 Waldron Road exit in La Vergne TN. Located in Davidson County in the north central part of the state, it is Tennessee’s second largest city with a population of more than 600,000 (second only to Memphis). Nashville also serves as the state capital. Visit our Nashville web page.

Our Chattanooga showroom and service location is just off I-75 and the E. Brainerd Rd exit. Chattanooga is in the southeast portion of the state in Hamilton County. The Tennessee River runs right through the heart of downtown, providing a unique urban experience. Chattanooga is the 4th largest city in the state. Visit our Chattanooga web page.

MobilityWorks of Albany Presented with the Ralph Braun Signature Award for Second Straight Year

Our MobilityWorks of Albany Team
Dean Pells (center) and the MobilityWorks of Albany Team with Brian Harper of BraunAbility (left).

MobilityWorks Albany New York Store Among the Highest in Customer Satisfaction in the USA

Each year, the Ralph Braun Signature Award is presented to only a handful of BraunAbiliy dealerships with the highest average customer satisfaction rates in the country — based on independent survey results from the previous year. It is our honor to report that our MobilityWorks of Albany (NY) store was presented with this distinguished award for the SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR – and the HIGHEST scores in the Northeast Region.

Congratulations to General Manager Dean Pells and the rest of our Albany Team, as they continue to provide world class customer service year round!

Go to the Albany store web page to learn more and meet the team.

Mobility Legend Ralph Braun Leaves a Legacy of Helping People to Regain Their Independence

Ralph Braun was a caring and humble individual who always had time for his employees and customers.

Ralph Braun (1940 – 2013)

Most people in the United States don’t know who Ralph Braun is, but for thousands of disabled people and to those who live in the small town of Winamac Indiana, he is a true legend. If you’ve ever been on a bus or shuttle van with a wheelchair lift, chances are that it was made by The Braun Corporation. His vision, wisdom, and the perseverance to overcome the challenges of his own disability, resulted in the availability of wheelchair lifts and accessible minivans worldwide.

As a young man, Ralph decided to build his own electric scooter out of spare parts and whatever tools he could find in his parents garage. He later called it “Frankenstein”. He would drive his scooter on the road from his parent’s house to work every day, rain or shine, where he was quality control manager for an auto parts manufacturer. When others learned about his invention and wanted him to build more scooters, he decided to create Save-a-Step Manufacturing to build the first production-made motorized scooter – all while still working a full-time job.

When the auto parts factory had to be moved farther away, he needed to transport himself and the scooter in order to keep working. With this challenge and his ingenuity, the first Braun wheelchair lift and postal truck van was born in 1966. Four years later, in 1970, he made a lift for traditional full-size vans. With injured soldiers coming home from the Viet-Nam war, his lift business continued to grow and eventually became a full-time passion. In 1972, The Braun Corporation was created.

It wasn’t until 1991 that The Braun Corporation introduced its first wheelchair accessible minivan. The ramp conversion of a Dodge Grand Caravan was the start of today’s popular BraunAbility Entervan – and the lowered floor accessible minivan industry as we know it today.

Thanks to Ralph Braun, the disabled community has more options to ride in a vehicle of their choice. They now have the ability to go where they want to go, when they want to go. Thousands of Braun wheelchair lifts are being used around the world in both commercial vans and personal-use consumer vehicles. Thousands more minivans are being used by individuals with automated and manual fold-out ramps – for wheelchairs and scooters.

The MobilityWorks family has truly lost a friend who will never be forgotten. No one has had such a profound impact on the disabled community’s ability to travel — and the lives of so many families. Ralph surrounded himself with a leadership team at The Braun Corporation that will continue his vision and passion for helping the customer. We are proud to be a partner with the company he started from those very humble beginnings. He leaves with us a legacy of helping countless people to regain their independence. We will miss him greatly.

Note: Ralph Braun’s book “Rise Above” tells his inspirational life story. Available through Amazon.com, sales proceeds help to raise funds for The Ralph Braun Foundation.