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Ms. Wheelchair President Shelly Loose is Expanding the Pageant

In 2007, Shelly Loose was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, and competed in the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant where her life was changed forever. Shelly went into the pageant with her mind set on winning, and even though she didn’t leave with the crown, she did meet contestants who became some of her best friends. A decade later, Shelly is the President of Ms. Wheelchair America and she is working towards expanding the pageant to include representatives from all 50 states.

In addition to being President of Ms. Wheelchair America, Shelly is also the state coordinator for Michigan. There are currently 28 states in the US that have annual pageants, but that doesn’t rule out anyone from the remaining states from competing. Independent delegates are able to write an essay explaining their platform for states that do not have an official pageant. The national board reads these submissions and crowns one of the girls as Ms. Wheelchair for their state, and they are invited to participate in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. The independent delegate that is selected becomes the state coordinator for the next year and is in charge of organizing and coordinating their state’s pageant moving forward.

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A Year as Ms. Wheelchair America – Eliza McIntosh Stauffer

Photo from: https://www.gofundme.com/mswheelchairutah16

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 www.abilities.com/bayarea

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 www.mobilityworks.com/rsvp