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2017 Roll On Capitol Hill

This coming June, United Spinal Association will host their 6th annual Roll on Capitol Hill event. People in wheelchairs, caregivers and advocates for improved accessibility will meet in Washington D.C. from June 11th to 14th. One of the main focuses of the event will be to convince lawmakers of the need for greater access to properly configured and medically-necessary wheelchairs for individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

A major concern with the current Medicaid program is that the wheelchairs they provide to those in need are basic transport wheelchairs. Although they do provide both power and manual options, these wheelchairs are intended for short-term use and are not adjustable or fitted for the individual using them. Making sure that individuals are in a wheelchair that will work best for their medical needs is referred to as Complex Rehab Technology. This high-tech equipment requires evaluation, configuration, fitting, adjusting and programming.

On Tuesday, June 13th, hundreds of participants will get the opportunity to meet with members of Congress. They will discuss proposed policies and possible solutions to some of the largest challenges in terms of accessibility in America.  The 2017 Roll on Capitol Hill will conclude with an advocate recognition breakfast Wednesday morning.

View the video below for a recap of last year’s event, or visit www.unitedspinal.org to learn more about the 2017 Roll on Capitol Hill.

Good luck and safe travels to everyone attending, we know that your voice will help make a difference!

Join MobilityWorks at the NY Abilities Expo: May 5th – 7th

MobilityWorks will be exhibiting at the 2017 New York Abilities Expo Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th. The expo will be held at the New Jersey Convention Center, located at 97 Sunfield Ave Edison, NJ 08837.

Expo hours are from 11 AM to 5 PM Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM on  Saturday, and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

The NY Abilities Expo will feature the latest in adaptive technology, informative workshops, demonstrations and more. Families, caregivers, professionals and seniors can enjoy the wide range of products and services for the wheelchair community.

Here are several expo highlights you don’t want to miss:

– Learn about several different adaptive sports

– Every Body Dance!

– Service dog demonstrations

– Free wheelchair repair

– Tips for travelling in a wheelchair

The MobilityWorks team will be at Booth #1113 to answer any of your questions about adaptive equipment, accessible vehicles, lifts, hand controls and more.

For more information about the NY Abilities Expo, Click Here

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Mobility Expo Las Vegas – April 29th

Mobility-Expo-Logo-640MobilityWorks of Las Vegas will be hosting their 2nd annual Mobility Expo on April 29th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will bring together a unique blend of personal wellness advocates and transportation solutions under one roof. Exhibitors will include the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Nevada PVA Chapter), Easter Seals, and the ALS Association.

No-Turning-Back-coverAuthor and Iraq war veteran Bryan Anderson will also speak at the expo, delivering an inspirational and entertaining message based upon his book “No Turning Back”. There will be several accessible vehicles on display as well as rental and service promotions.

MobilityWorks of Las Vegas is located at 2100 S Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102. The event is FREE and will also include complimentary food and refreshments. To RSVP please call 702-749-4246.

A “Night to Shine Prom” by The Tim Tebow Foundation

Prom Night Reservations Being Made Now for February 10, 2017 in All 50 States.

Between professional baseball tryouts, broadcasting and his foundation it’s a wonder how Tim Tebow finds time to sleep! The former Florida Gator quarterback is changing lives around the globe and in a few weeks his foundation will host one of their largest events to date. The “Night to Shine Prom” will take place at hundreds of churches in all 50 states simultaneously on February 10, 2017. Night to Shine was started two years ago as a magical evening for anyone over 14 years old with special needs.

Every guest who attends the “Night to Shine Prom” enters on a red carpet surrounded by fans and paparazzi. Once inside guests receive the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining, complimentary flowers, a catered dinner and of course a dance floor. When the night is over, all of the attendees will depart with prom party favors and a crown or tiara, as everyone in attendance is crowned either a king or queen.

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with an official planning manual, prom kit complete with decorations and gifts, as well as guidance and support. The foundation is also providing financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

The Tim Tebow Foundation is also impacting lives around the world through their adoption programs and medical facilities. Two other popular initiatives are the “Team Tebow” outreach which has over 20,000 children committed to serving others within their community, and the “W15H” foundation for children with life threatening illnesses.

Click to learn more about the Tim Tebow Foundation or the Night to Shine where you can find a church near you hosting the event.

Thanks for all that you do Tim, you are truly an inspiration!

MobilityWorks of Albany: Active in the Community

Over the past few weeks our general manager Dean Pells and his team in Albany have been very busy! Earlier this month they hosted a group of almost 40 students from Sage College who are studying Occupational Therapy for a training session. They also attended and sponsored a dinner recognizing the best personal assistants in the Albany area.

Sage College has been visiting MobilityWorks for nearly 20 years. These future Occupational Therapists get a chance to see  first hand how the equipment and vehicles can change the lives of people with mobility challenges. They also get to hear from local Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, many of whom are occupational therapists themselves. Bill LaChapelle, one of MobilityWorks most experienced Certified Mobility Consultants, led the class that these students actually earned credits for. Bill showed them everything from lowered floor accessible minivans to to wheelchair securement. There was also a heavy focus on funding requirements and how Medicaid and 3rd party funding works.

A few evenings later Dean Pells and Ron Wilson attended the Consumer Directed Choices banquet dinner.  Their organization assists hundreds of families and individuals in the Albany area and surrounding counties. The non profit organization helps their clients with anything regarding medical and personal care. Ron’s wife Margie works for the CDC and enjoys getting to help those in need of a little help and support.

Dean was very excited to help support a great cause and states, “We have become greatly involved, because of our connection with many mutual clients of both the CDC and MobilityWorks. As such, we wanted to support an organization that greatly helps our community which we know and love.”

In just a few weeks the team will be back at it again with an exhibit at the Albany Auto Show!

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