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Meet Ms. Wheelchair America 2017: Eliza McIntosh

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Eliza being crowned Ms Wheelchair America 2017. Photo Credit: Melissa Deible

Last week Eliza McIntosh was officially crowned as Ms. Wheelchair America for 2017. The pageant was founded in 1972 by a Columbus, OH physician Dr. Philip K. Wood. He created the non-profit organization to help promote the achievements of the wheelchair community and to help make America more accessible. Today the pageant is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI and typically has competitors from about 30 states.

The pageant lasts six days and during that time contestants attend workshops, are each personally interviewed, and get to participate in fun evening activities. The pageant is designed to promote the building of friendships and bonds while allowing the judges to observe the contestants. On Friday night all of the girls gave their speeches then on Saturday, Eliza was crowned champion! The main message of her speech was “Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way”.

Eliza McIntosh was born with spinal dysgenesis and doctors told her family that her entire life would be spent on bed rest. They were mistaken and from a young age Eliza participated in adaptive sports. She credits her “Junior Jazz” wheelchair basketball coach as a huge part of her success and even went on to become an alternate for the US Paralympic basketball team. Another interesting fact is that she owns the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous wheelie in a wheelchair that lasted 3 hours and 51 minutes!

Today Eliza is Political Science Major at the University of Utah, where she is extremely engaged in state and local politics. This past April she was a GOP delegate at Utah’s state convention, where a bit of controversy was sparked. The Utah state chairman called for a “standing vote” which left McIntosh and several other delegates furious and offended. She responded by staging a protest in Salt Lake City which gained national media attention.

When Eliza officially takes on the title of Ms. Wheelchair America in 2017 she will be very busy.  Her duties will include traveling across America to speak on behalf of the organization as well as the entire wheelchair community. She will also be actively participating in fundraising events and writing a monthly newsletter.

Congratulations to all of the pageant contestants, and thank you for being an active voice for the wheelchair community!

 

MobilityWorks Adds Three New Texas Locations

MobilityWorks Announces Acquisition of Advanced Mobility Systems of Texas

We are excited to announce the addition of three new MobilityWorks locations in Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin metro areas of Texas. This now makes four showrooms in the state of Texas with our existing Waco service center. The team from Advanced Mobility Systems has been serving customers for 30 years and we are very happy to have them join the MobilityWorks family.

The two companies have always shared a passion for helping people in wheelchairs to be more independent by allowing them to travel in a vehicle of their choosing. “We are extremely pleased with becoming part of the MobilityWorks family, said Guy Tucker, President of Advanced Mobility Systems. “I’ve known their leadership team for many years and we share the same views on providing great customer service. For me, that was one of the most important aspects of this transition.”

For clients of Advanced Mobility Systems, we invite you and your family to stop by their local showroom as we transition the locations to MobilityWorks. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, recent purchase or planned purchase. You can also contact us at 1-877-275-4907 to schedule a free needs analysis with a Certified Mobility Consultant.

View PRWeb release here.

As the largest dealer of accessible vehicles in the USA, MobilityWorks offers:

  • Over 850 new and used wheelchair accessible vehicles to choose from
  • 64 showroom and service center locations from Maine to California
  • The most experienced staff of mobility consultants and technicians in the industry
  • Current savings promotion on CertifiedWorks™ pre-owned vehicles
  • Financing, trade-in estimates, and extended warranty programs
  • Mechanical hand controls and hi-tech electronic driving equipment
  • Wheelchair and scooter lifts for nearly every type of car, truck or SUV
  • ProtectionWorks™ roadside assistance, including wheelchair accessible transportation
  • MobilityRewards™ membership and special discount offers
  • Accessible van rentals by the day, week, or longer
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    MobilityWorks will now have four Texas locations serving “Lone Star” clients with accessible van sales, adaptive equipment installation and van rentals.

MobilityWorks of Albany Grand Opening

The MobilityWorks Albany team in front of their new store.

It was a perfect spring day on Thursday May 19th for Albany’s Grand Opening Event! Customers came out for the opportunity to learn more about the new products at MobilityWorks, enjoy a free lunch, and the chance to win exciting prizes. Cooper, Albany’s team “mascot”, was ready to greet customers at the door and enjoyed all of the attention. Vendors from all across the country (and even Canada) set up booths to meet with customers and display their latest mobility equipment.

Albany’s General Manger Dean Pells was very excited to be able to show clients the new store. “Unlike many of our other locations, Albany has never hosted an open house of any sort and because of that we had many long time clients, influencers, VA personnel and Medicaid Service Coordinators looking forward to this day since we started planning it late last fall.” Dean also said he was thrilled that over 200 people were able to attend!

NMEDA Training

The day started off with a training session hosted by NMEDA for Physical and Occupational Therapists. Their Conducting Wheelchair Transportation Assessment (CWTA) class is designed to help train health care professionals on the proper way to safely operate all types of mobility equipment. They were able to see first hand how to use commercial lifts, the proper way to transport their patients and how hand controls allow people in wheelchairs to operate almost any vehicle.

The new MobilityWorks Albany NY store is located at 1892 Central Ave, Suite 25 Albany, New York 12205.

 

MobilityWorks Introduces New Brand to Improve Customer Experience

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MobilityWorks is proud to share with you our fresh new look.

MobilityWorks is pleased to announce a fresh new look for our customers. Since 1997, we have used our original branding and logo. Within the next few months, we will be rolling out an updated new look in our stores with new signs and more. You can experience this change online on our website and social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to help you connect with what matters with the same great customer service.

“We have very special customers and we are the leader in a very special industry,” MobilityWorks Vice President of Marketing Chris Paczak said. “At MobilityWorks, we do not empower our clients, we provide solution options to help them empower themselves.”

“We set out to redefine our brand message to our customers, influencers, and industry to speak on behalf of our customers and people with mobility limitations everywhere,” Chris said. “Our journey started with a partner agency, Wyse.  Together, we researched a focus group of 20,000 wheelchairs users. The results of our research have positioned our brand with a persona of ‘Value and Emotion’. At MobilityWorks, we do not just sell products; we change people’s lives and enable them to ‘Connect with what Matters’.  BE THERE was our chosen tagline. The tagline speaks to breaking down barriers, removing obstacles, and living life by having transportation that ensures you will BE THERE! The soft color pallet translates into a very personal and caring approach we have with our customers. The new logo is one that speaks to ‘Motion’ and a modern feel that will resonate with people when they see it.”

“At MobilityWorks, our brand is built from the heart,” Chris said. “Our employees and facilities are designed to make your experience with us as comfortable and valuable as possible. We are not a car dealership. We do not have sales people. We have highly trained Certified Mobility Consultants that will sit down with you, in person, to make sure that we are providing specific solutions for your needs, your lifestyle and your budget. Without this consultation, selecting a vehicle just based on price or sight unseen, adds a great deal of stress and the risk of purchasing the wrong product.  We find our customers the perfect solutions so they can be there.

MobilityWorks’ Albany Location Has Moved! New Showroom, Van Rental and Service Center Now in the Colonie Plaza

Open for business on Monday, January 11th at:
MobilityWorks of Albany
1892 Central Avenue,  Suite #25
Albany, NY 12205

MobilityWorks is pleased to announce that our Albany location has moved to the Colonie Plaza shopping center! The new facility has a spacious showroom for our clients and families to come and see our many wheelchair van and adaptive equipment options.

Only 1 ½ miles from the previous location, it is still convenient for all of our eastern New York customers to come in and get the same great customer service.

MW Postcard_Albany-NY.indd“The Colonie Plaza is a large strip shopping center, anchored by a regional grocery store,” General Manager Dean Pells said. “The large parking lot allows for a great deal of ample parking, including many accessible spots close to our entrance. It is a brand new facility that allows us an additional 2000+ square feet of interior sales and service space and more interior van display space.”

The Colonie Plaza location has a traffic light at the entry and exit for a smoother traffic flow, as well as other benefits.

“There will be an additional accessible bathroom and more places to shop and eat within the plaza while customers are in for service,” Dean said. “Being only 1.4 miles west of our current location on the very same street means we are still very centrally located for our region. We are extremely excited for our new location!”

2016-new-pylon-sign-croppedMark your calendars for Thursday May 19th, when the Albany location will be hosting a Grand Opening Mobility Expo. Our manufacturer partners will be present with great displays and products. You won’t want to miss out!

Call us at 877-275-4907 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our friendly Certified Mobility Consultants.