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A Year as Ms. Wheelchair America – Eliza McIntosh Stauffer

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A little over a year ago Eliza McIntosh was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2017. Since that time, she has gotten married, visited 21 states and two countries to advocate on behalf of the wheelchair community, and will be graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah!

Eliza was surprised when her name was announced as winner of Ms. Wheelchair America 2017, because she knew there were so many other deserving contestants. As the second youngest winner since the pageant was founded, she ran into a challenge by winning. She was still enrolled at college and due to her scholarships restrictions had to remain in school. Fortunately, The University of Utah deemed Eliza’s new role as an internship so she was able to remain a student.

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Black Friday Event at MobilityWorks – 5 Years of ProtectionWorks with any Accessible Vehicle Purchase

Going on now through November 25th, any accessible vehicle purchase from MobilityWorks will include 5 years of ProtectionWorks emergency roadside assistance at no additional cost. This $599 retail value includes towing, emergency ramp or lift repair, wheelchair passenger transportation and much more!

With MobilityWorks, you’re never alone. ProtectionWorks roadside assistance is always nearby with towing and wheelchair accessible transportation. You’re covered by 35,000 tow providers and transport operators throughout North America. Program coverage includes towing assistance (up to 100 miles), wheelchair passenger transport (up to 25 miles), battery service, lost key/locked-out assistance, winching/vehicle extraction, wheelchair lift and ramp service, and wheelchair or scooter assistance.

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Join MobilityWorks at the San Mateo Abilities Expo

Auti Angel’s FreeStyle Dance Workshop. Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo “Dancebassador”, star of Sundance Channel’s Push Girls. Location: Events Arena

For almost 40 years the Abilities Expo has been displaying groundbreaking solutions and opportunities for the disabled community. Join MobilityWorks October 27-29, at the San Mateo County Event Center where you can learn wheelchair sports or dance, attend informative workshops and check out the latest in adaptive equipment.

Expo hours are from 11AM to 5PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 11AM to 4PM on Sunday. The San Mateo County Event Center is located at 1346 Saratoga Dr. San Mateo, CA 94403.

Here are a few highlights from the event that you won’t want to miss:

  • Adaptive Yoga and Rowing
  • Acupressure for Stress Release
  • Auti Angel’s Freestyle Dance Workshop
  • Roll with the Wind: Ride-Along Race
  • Watch Live Wheelchair Lacrosse and Rugby

The MobilityWorks team will be located at booth for #420 to answer any of your questions about our accessible vehicles, scooter lifts or any other of our adaptive driving equipment. The event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you later this month at the San Mateo Abilities Expo!

To learn more about this event, you can visit

MobilityWorks Opens New Location Near Buffalo, New York

MobilityWorks is excited to announce the opening of our newest location in Amherst, NY just Northeast of Buffalo. Our showroom will be located at 3560 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226 just off of 290 East at the Sheridan/Millersport intersection. This will be the 70th MobilityWorks location across 24 states.

“MobilityWorks is very excited to be expanding to serve the Buffalo market”, said Joe Canda, Midwest Regional Manager of MobilityWorks. “With a full line of adaptive solutions available, including service and rentals, we will be able to provide the right wheelchair accessible solution for the unique needs of our clients.”

On November 2nd and 3rd 2017, the store will be holding a Grand Opening Event which will include special offers, test drives of various vehicle options, and a staff meet and greet. Normal showroom hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM M-F, with Saturday hours by appointment only. Pre-scheduled appointments are recommended for arranging a free needs analysis and mobility consultation.

Lou Catalano will be the General Manager of the Amherst location and brings with him years of experience from the automotive industry. He’s looking forward to serving the community and providing adaptive solutions for clients all over Western New York.

To RSVP to the Grand Opening Event or schedule an appointment, call 716-342-3530 or go to

Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant – Women Who Inspire

As a sponsor of the 2018 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant, we were fortunate to be present as Sheri Melander-Smith was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2018.  Her platform of “Living Forward” inspires all of us to be the best vision of what we dream our lives to be.  Sheri believes that the most important achievement is to serve others.

For one week in August, constants from 25 states competed for the crown of Ms. Wheelchair America 2018 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Participants had a full week packed with activities including interviews, workshops and appearances; culminating with the presentation of their platform speeches. For Sheri Melander-Smith, the media attention was nothing new, as she is no stranger to the spotlight! At the age of 18, Sheri won the Midwest title for the “Face of the 80’s” as part of the Ford Agency’s competition in New York City. For the next six years, she traveled the world for photo shoots, commercials and was even on the pilot episode of the longstanding soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”.

At the age of 25 Sheri suffered a spinal aneurysm and chose to end her modeling career. She enrolled at UCLA, and upon graduation returned to Minnesota where she earned an MBA and master’s in psychology. Almost 15 years later her spinal aneurysm returned, and upon waking up from surgery Sheri had lost the use of her legs. Melander-Smith did not let the diagnosis hold her back as she quickly became a spokeswoman and advocate for the wheelchair community. Sheri returned to television with a cable program called ‘Living Forward’ and began writing for local publications and newspapers. Now that she is Ms. Wheelchair America, Sheri will be very busy over the next year sharing her message “Living Forward”.

One of her first scheduled appearances was earlier this month at the Boston Abilities Expo, where Sheri met with attendees and exhibitors displaying the latest in adaptive technology. As Ms. Wheelchair America, Melander-Smith will be in attendance at all of the Abilities Expos in the United States over the next year. Sheri also just returned from Hawaii where she visited several hospitals and was also able to enjoy the beautiful views from Waikiki beach.

Over the next year, she is most excited for her several trips to Washington D.C. “I look forward to meeting with National organizations and influencers who can help make a difference” Sheri stated “Past winners have had the opportunity to meet the president and I am currently working on scheduling a meeting with President Trump”. Sheri will also get the opportunity to watch her son play basketball on these trips. Oliver is a 6’10  Sophomore Center for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Sheri is just one of the many women we met at this year’s pageant that inspired us. Throughout the next several months we will be sharing with you the women, their advocacy and why they inspire all of us.  Follow us on Facebook to ensure you don’t miss their stories.

To learn more about the pageant you may visit or click here  to be added to their weekly email list “Wheel Wednesday News” for the latest updates including state pageant contests and news from Sheri and past winners.