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Hands Free Prototype Wheelchair Moves by Leaning Forward or Side-to-Side


Wheelchair of the Future?

After four years of research and development, Kevin Halsall has finally unveiled his incredible new invention. The New Zealand native has created a hands free prototype wheelchair for his friend Marcus Thompson, who was paralyzed after a skiing accident. The OGO is a mix of a wheelchair and a Segway that balances on two wheels, adjusting and moving as the person sitting in the chair leans forward, backward, or side to side. Halsall, who is an engineer by trade, purchased a Segway, disassembled the device and then reconstructed it around a wheelchair.

“It’s one of the life affirming things that this machine does, it puts you in touch with your whole body again,” Mr. Thompson said.

The OGO has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and the wheels can even be swapped out for off-road capabilities. Its’ heavy duty battery gives it an expected range of almost 18 miles and the lightweight frame makes it easy to transport. The OGO is a finalist in the National Innovators Awards and is in the process of being made available for purchase. A price has yet to be determined, but Mr. Halsall wants to keep it as low as possible so the OGO is affordable for those who need it.

Watch the OGO YouTube Video:

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MobilityWorks Merger with Ride Away and Mobility Freedom Combines Ownership of 57 Dealer Locations in 21 States

MobilityWorks acquires hasco's ride away and mobility freedom

MobilityWorks made a stunning announcement last Friday with the revelation that they were going to merge with HASCO, the parent company of Ride Away and Mobility Freedom wheelchair van dealerships. The move significantly increases MobilityWorks’ presence along the East Coast where Ride Away has most of its locations, including the states of CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, PA, TX, VA, and VT. Mobility Freedom has six locations, all in the state of Florida.

With MobilityWorks’ current 35 showrooms and the new Ride Away and Mobility Freedom stores, the combined companies will have 57 locations in 21 states. Link to PR Newswire press release.

While MobilityWorks and Ride Away have been strong competitors for many years in a few metro areas, they share a mutual respect for each other and a passion for helping people with disabilities to be more independent.

“The people who make up MobilityWorks, Ride Away, and Mobility Freedom are the most caring and trusted professionals in the industry,” said Bill Koeblitz, President/CEO of MobilityWorks.

“We know the HASCO staff truly cares about their clients, and they will be a great fit within our culture and in our quest to help as many people as possible.”

In addition to selling new and used wheelchair vans, each of the companies also rents accessible vans, installs adaptive equipment (such as hand controls and scooter lifts), and works with local community groups on disability awareness issues.


Both Ride Away and Mobility Freedom have had a great history and reputation with their clients. No specific date has been discussed for merging the brands.  HASCO Medical, Inc., located in Dallas, TX, is a publicly traded company and therefore the merger is subject to all applicable SEC federal securities laws and filings.

Founded in 1997 with one location, MobilityWorks has been recognized on the Inc. 500|5000 list of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing privately held companies for the past eight years. The Commercial Division, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is the largest converter of full-size wheelchair vans in the country and Ford Motor Company’s largest mobility upfitter.

Link to the original Market Wired merger agreement announcement, August 14, 2015.

Special Go Kart Lets Wheelchair Users Race at Cincinnati Indoor Racing Facility

Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing and MobilityWorks Design a Go Kart for All-Inclusive Enjoyment

Full Throttle's go-karts feature a Honda GX270cc engine to reach track speeds up to 40mph!

Back in August of 2014, Aaron Banfield part owner of Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing came to MobilityWorks of Cincinnati and asked if we could put hand controls on a go kart. Aaron has a heart for the disabled community because he has people in his family that are in wheelchairs.

Chris Phillips, a Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) and Mike Wylds, our Cincinnati store service technician, worked on a couple different styles of mechanical hand controls until we found one that would work. This go kart is now equipped with a motorcycle style gas and brake. Full Throttle is also adding leg supports, padding and a transfer board to the cart to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to get in.

Full Throttle unveiled the Kart at a Cincinnati Cyclones game on December 6, 2014 where they drove it on the ice. The Cyclones are Cincinnati’s Kelly Cup Championship winning Hockey Team that is affiliated of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators. They are also affiliated with AHL Milwaukee Admirals.

Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing will be making the custom go kart racer, uniquely designed for racing enthusiasts that are in a wheelchair, available to the public shortly.

Learn more about Full Throttle Racing here

Full Throttle Racing and Racing4Vets Connection

The Racing4Vets Challenge is an exciting corporate sponsored event, recently held in the Cincinnati area at Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Springdale, OH. Ten corporate relay teams race for one hour on the indoor course. Proceeds from the challenge go to Racing4Vets to assist service-disabled military veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and physical injuries.

Learn more about Racing4Vets here

MobilityWorks Opens New Location Northeast of Atlanta Georgia

Our new storefront in Doraville, GA.

Second Georgia Store to Serve Norcross Area Community

MobilityWorks is opening the doors today on its second Atlanta area location. Located in the city of Doraville in DeKalb County, MobilityWorks will now be able to serve the surrounding suburbs of Atlanta to the east and north of the city.

The new showroom and service center will complement the store in Marietta, GA to the west, where clients will continue to receive the personalized attention they have come to expect from our Marietta staff.

Norcross Georgia, approximately five miles away from Doraville, is just one example of the more populated areas near the new location.

We are glad to be able to serve our Atlanta Northeast clients more efficiently with a store that’s closer to home for sales, service and rentals. An official “Grand Opening” event will be held at a date to be determined in the near future.

Visit us at:
MobilityWorks of Atlanta NE
3700 DeKalb Technology Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30340

Toll Free: 1-877-275-4907
Electronic Inquiries: Client Care Center
Store Hours:
Mon: 8 AM- 5 PM
Tue: 8 AM – 5 PM
Wed: 8 AM – 5 PM
Thu: 8 AM – 5 PM
Fri: 8 AM- 5 PM
Sat: By appointment
Sun: By appointment

Click here to learn more about our Atlanta Northeast Dekalb County location.


Housing Grants for Veterans Help Our Injured Military to Purchase Adapted Housing

Self Imposed Limitations & the Benefit of Adaptable Housing Grants

“Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life”

– Emma Thompson

On September 10th Chris Melendez did something he hadn’t done before. Sure, he had his share of double leg takedowns, arm bars and half-nelsons; he had gone over the top rope, pinned opponents and played to the crowd, but he had never done it on live TV. Making his TNA wrestling debut against DJ Zema, Melendez who had been training to be a professional wrestler for the previous 24 months demonstrated to the world the power of dedication and positivity.  In 2004, Melendez enlisted in the Army, three years later; with only 23 days left on his deployment he was severely wounded as a result of an IED explosion. An amputation of his left leg, tendon replacement in his arm and a completely reconstructed jaw could not prevent his aspirations from being realized. Speaking after his first television performance, Melendez said “Wherever I am, I aim to rise to the top and be the best at what I’m doing. Here in TNA, I plan to go straight to the top. I have the same mentality I had in the battlefield, the same mentality I had during my recovery. I’m going to be the best,” reminding all of us that limitations are self imposed.

22 million military veterans live in this country, accounting for 10 percent of the total population. 5.5 million of those veterans are living with some form of disability. Since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, of the 3.4 million veterans who suffered a service related disability, 588,000 have a disability rating of 70 percent or greater. Over the past 12 years, the number of service members enduring a disability rating of 70 percent or higher has increased drastically, the common explanation of this is that injuries such as amputations and burns that would have previously resulted in death in previous wars are now often treatable. The disabled veteran population is sizeable; nothing can replace what was lost, but for many in this segment, a disability is not preventing the experience of a full and meaningful life, Chris Melendez exemplifies this.

While not every disabled veteran can become a professional wrestler many can bolster the quality of their lives by becoming homeowners. The VA insured home loan assures this. Offering appealing interest rates, 0 dollars down, relaxed credit guidelines and no private mortgage insurance, this entitlement is incredibly advantageous. Disabled veterans are given special mortgage consideration and are allowed to bypass funding fees. Furthermore, veterans with disabilities may use their disability compensation to qualify for the income requirement.

The VA also offers housing adaptation grants. These allow homes to either be built or remodeled to fit the specific needs of the disabled individual. Numerous housing adaptations can be made, including re-purposed storage space, added stair rails, specialty fixtures (floor showers etc) and ramps just to name a very select few. Even the primary home of a family member can qualify for adaptations if the veteran is intending to make it their permanent address. The SAH grant allows for a maximum of $67,555 to be used while the SHA grant funds up to $13,511.

The sacrifice made by veterans during their service in an effort to protect all of us makes it incumbent upon the country to make sure they are afforded every opportunity to lead rewarding lives as civilians.

Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grants

Eligibility Living Situation Ownership Number of Grants You Can Use
  • Loss of or loss of use of both legs, OR
  • Loss of or loss of use of both arms, OR
  • Blindness in both eyes having only light perception, plus loss of or loss of use of one leg, OR
  • The loss of or loss of use of one lower leg together with residuals of organic disease or injury, OR
  • The loss of or loss of use of one leg together with the loss of or loss of use of one arm, OR
  • Certain severe burns, OR
  • The loss, or loss of use of one or more lower extremities due to service on or after September 11, 2001, which so affects the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude ambulating without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair
Permanent Home is owned by an eligible individual Maximum of 3 grants, up to the maximum dollar amount allowable

Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant

Eligibility Living Situation Ownership Number of Grants You Can Use
  • Blindness in both eyes with 20/200 visual acuity or less, OR
  • Loss of or loss of use of both hands, OR
  • Certain severe burn injuries, OR
  • Certain severe respiratory injuries
Permanent Home is owned by an eligible individual or family member Maximum of 3 grants, up to the maximum dollar amount allowable

This article was written for MobilityWorks, courtesy of Noah Perkins, CMS, VA Home Loan Centers

About VA Loans

In 1944 Congress created the VA Loan program to help returning war veterans achieve the dream of home ownership. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs has helped more than 18 million military members purchase homes.

VA loan programs are available to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home. VA loans are particularly beneficial to those veterans that do not have much cash available. VA guidelines allow higher front-end and debt ratios compared to other loan programs and it’s easier to qualify for. The Department of Veterans Affairs guarantees mortgages originated by VA Home Loan Centers.

Note: VA Home Loan Centers is not a governmental agency.