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9 Useful Free Apps for Caregivers and Wheelchair Users

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Do you have trouble finding accessible parking? Do you want help tracking medication? There’s an app for that. Read on for MobilityWorks’ 9 apps for caregivers and wheelchair users.

Scientists are closer than ever to curing a multitude of diseases with today’s advancements. Though many cures still need to be discovered, technology has made improvements for living with illnesses. The technology is at your fingertips more than ever before with applications and other devices. Read on to see MobilityWorks’ list of free iOS and Android apps that can improve the lives of people with disabilities. You can download these apps for your iPhone, Android or other device.

AXS Map. The AXS Map lets you find, rate and share accessible places.

Dragon Go!  Don’t let limited hand use stop you from staying on the web. Dragon Go! records your voice and figures out what you want to do.

ICE Standard with 911. This app can literally save your life. You can put your emergency health information on the lock screen of your phone so EMTs have access and you can easily call 911.

iComm. The iComm app helps children with disabilities communicate their wants and needs to caregivers. Bright, bold pictures let children inform you if they need food, want a toy, or something different.

iPill. For people who forget to take their medication, the iPill reminds you when to take it to keep you on track.

JABtalk. This application is designed to help non-verbal kids and adults communicate.

Physiotherapy Exercises. This app organizes a variety of exercises for  people with spinal cord injuries.

Symple. Have you ever been at your healthcare provider’s office and forgotten what you meant to tell them about your symptoms? Symple tracks your symptoms and is a health diary so you can track issues over the long term. Then, when you visit your doctor, you have your information organized to share.

MobilityWorks App. The free MobilityWorks app features vehicle photos, videos, inventory, rental information, rewards, our blog, upcoming events and more. The app is jam-picked with all the mobility resources you need to get back on the road.

These are just a small selection of the many apps available for caregivers and people with disabilities. There are many more apps ranging from 0 to hundreds of dollars. Take a look around your app store to see what else is available. The power of accessibility is at your fingertips!

The Sleek Chrysler Pacifica to Replace Grand Caravan and Town & Country Minivans

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The Chrysler Pacifica, a modern minivan, will be replacing the Grand Caravan and Town and Country.

We are excited to share that Chrysler will soon be replacing the Town & Country minivan and Dodge Grand Caravan chassis with a more modern, updated 2017 Chrysler Pacifica vehicle. Customers will enjoy the fresh style and ample space.

Benefits of a Minivan

The minivan’s ease of use from the sliding doors to the lower ground clearance for entry are two of the reasons why many of our customers prefer these vehicles. Many have better gas mileage compared to large SUVs. The minivan can fit your entire family. One of the biggest drawbacks is the image of these vans. Chrysler took that into account when they interviewed 6 million minivan owners and designed the new Pacifica. Check out the amazing modern features that this Chrysler has to offer.

New Features

The Pacifica has a sleek exterior with a small grille on the front, LED taillights and a sporty silhouette.  The clean layout inside should transition to an easy to maneuver space when converted. Customers will enjoy the extra cubic feet added to the passenger and cargo areas. A small center console allows for easy storage including phones and keys. The bucket seats have a sculpted look that welcomes passengers. More chrome has been added for a striking design. Click here for more features of the Pacifica.

More Options

Chrysler also unveiled a plug-in hybrid minivan that can drive 30 miles on power alone. While we cannot confirm that our manufacturers will be able to convert this vehicle, it could mean more options for our customers in the future.

MobilityWorks is excited to continue offering the best and newest choices for our customers. No matter what type of accessible vehicle you are looking for, we are excited to be part of your journey to mobility independence. Check out these  pickup truck and sport utility vehicle options. We like to show our customers all the choices that can work for them.

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

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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgat4a1TrEM

 To learn more about the OGO, visit their website at //ogotechnology.com.

 

Join MobilityWorks Pittsburgh for their 10th Annual Mobility Expo

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, join MobilityWorks of Pittsburgh for their 10th Annual Mobility Expo. The event will take place at our MobilityWorks Pittsburgh store located at 1090 Mosside Blvd. in Wall, PA from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

The special one-day event will honor our veterans for their service, as well as bring together a unique blend of personal wellness advocates, mobility experts and transportation solutions under one roof.

The day will feature more than 20 exhibitors, entertainment by Whiskey 101, catering by Steel City Steakhouse and special event specials and discounts. For more information, or to register for the event, please call 412-824-8220.

MobilityWorks Adds New Wheelchair Restraint System to Product Selection

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AMF Bruns of America Protektor® Brings New Easy-to-Use, Self-Tensioning Wheelchair Securement System to the USA Market

For over fifty years the family owned businesses of AMF Bruns have been providing the safest, fastest and easiest to use wheelchair restraint systems worldwide. AMF Bruns serves our customers by providing products that ensure a safe and efficient mobility experience.

Today AMF Bruns is recognized world wide as a leader in adaptive driving restraints and products. With their own in-house crash testing facilities, AMF Bruns products meet worldwide certifications of ISO 10542, SAE J2249, CSA Z605 and AS 2942.

Always an innovator in the industries they serve, AMF Bruns has pioneered several restraint products that have revolutionized the industry.

The Protektor® Restraint System retractors are easy to use and interchangeable. They function with any mounting system or vehicle. The retractors are built with a long lasting protected chrome cover. They are self-tensioning and self-locking with no hand tightening; making installation easy and can even be operated with only one hand.

The system also utilizes lap and shoulder belts, similar to a traditional restraint system to keep the passenger safely in the chair when the vehicle should stop suddenly or experience an impact.

Look for detailed information coming soon on our new AMF Bruns product line on the MobilityWorks wheelchair tie-downs and securement page.