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Transporting Luggage Just Became Easier for Independent Travelers

Summer is here, and whether you are traveling for business or on vacation, there are many challenges that are faced as a wheelchair user. One of those challenges may be navigating through the airport with luggage and other carry-on bags. Getting your baggage to and from the drop-off to the terminals can be a task. To make the commute a little easier, check out The Phoenix Instinct, lightweight luggage for independent travelers.

The Phoenix Instinct luggage (currently being shipped from the UK) was designed by a wheelchair user who was tired of transporting heavy equipment for his job and understood the needs of someone in a chair. The luggage is designed with Omni-directional wheels and a custom designed hitch that allows the user to click the bag on to the back of the chair. The combination of wheels and hitch keep it aligned whether going up or down curbs, bumps, in reverse, etc. The best part is that it has less resistance and easier pushing.

USA Wheelchair Van Rentals

When you arrive at your destination and need to figure out transportation during your stay, it’s important to plan ahead when reserving a wheelchair van rental. MobilityWorks makes it as effortless as possible with your satisfaction in mind. Our team is ready to help you find the right fit for your needs.

Click here to learn important FAQs about Van Rentals and to reserve your rental van (now in 24 US states).


New England in the Summer Offers Plenty of Opportunities for Outdoor Adventures

The Ashuelot Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is just one of 54 in the state.
The Ashuelot Covered Bridge in New Hampshire is just one of 54 in the state.

Whether you’re flying in or driving in to New England this summer, it’s a great time to enjoy blue skies, sunrise ocean views, lush mountains, and beautiful scenery throughout the area. With six current locations in the New England States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, MobilityWorks can provide several different options for clients to rent a wheelchair van by the day or week.

Renting a van? Book now for three days and you can get a 4th day for free! See our rental promotion ending June 24th.

If you’re traveling in your own accessible van, we can also provide preventive maintenance inspections and adjustments that may be needed prior to heading out on a long excursion. Request a service date and time here.

One of our clients wrote to us about their recent trip in New Hampshire where they tried to see as many covered bridges as they could along the way. Did you know that New Hampshire has 54 covered bridges throughout the state? Below are a few links for other ideas on places to see in New England!

Discover New England (main site)
Discover New England Summer Season
Travel Channel : Seven Wonders in New England : Find Wheelchair Accessible Places

MobilityWorks New England Locations

East Hartford, CT
Norwood, MA
North Attleboro, MA
Gray, ME
Londonderry, NH
Essex Junction, VT


Selecting the Right Wheelchair Accessible Rental Van


Renting a wheelchair van can be a great way to enjoy a day of family fun with loved ones who need to use a wheelchair and don’t have accessible transportation. Some people also rent vans for a day to help them decide whether to purchasing a handicap van — or whether a specific conversion will work with their current parking situation. Selecting the Right Rental Van will help to answer some of the common questions people have with selecting rental vans. You can also enjoy a 10% Off rental promotion between now and the end of June for rentals booked in July, August or September. Reserve a van now and save later!

MobilityWorks recently published a new video featuring Katie Muise, our National Rental Manager, where she discusses the process of selecting and renting a van from MobilityWorks. Katie has rented thousands of vans in her career and you can tell she’s excited about making people’s lives better by being able to provide this option to our clients.

Contact Katie today about renting a van for a day, week, or even longer!



Ultra-Accessible Water Park to Open in Texas

Morgan's Wonderland
A young girl plays at the WaterWorks tabletop attraction located at Morgan’s Wonderland. Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible water park, will be completed in the coming months.

After watching children at a hotel pool hesitant to play with his special-needs daughter, Morgan, Gordon Hartman had a vision of turning an abandoned quarry in Northeast San Antonio, TX into an accessible theme park. Gordon and his wife Maggie started working on plans for Morgan’s Wonderland, the first theme park designed with special needs individuals in mind. Open since 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland has now had more than a million visitors from all 50 states and 66 other countries. The park brings together those with and without disabilities for fun and a better understanding of one another. Now in 2017, the Hartmans are excited to be finishing construction on their latest expansion, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first  ultra-accessible splash park for guests of all ages to get wet and have fun together.


The splash park will overlook an 8-acre lake and feature six major tropically themed elements.  The River Boat Adventure ride at Morgan’s Inspiration Island will twist and turn more than an eighth of a mile through a jungle setting with bird and animal sounds in the background.  Five water play areas will offer a variety of splashy elements such as raintrees, falls, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets.

Guests of the park will have access to new wheelchairs that are completely waterproof and compressed-air powered. The PneuChair was designed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories. It only weighs about 80 pounds and can be fully charged in just 10 minutes.

Just like Morgan’s Wonderland, every element will be wheelchair-accessible, and waterproof wristbands with RFID technology will be available. Another wonderful aspect of Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island is that admission for anyone with special needs is always free. Throughout the summer the parks will have several special events including a giant 4th of July celebration.

An official opening date for Morgan’s Inspiration Island presented by Toyota will be coming soon. Check out their website for up to date news.

Check out the video below to learn more about Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island:


Tips for the Busy Travel Season

Accessible travel

With Memorial Day weekend and the July 4th Holiday coming soon, we are getting close to the busy travel season. Over the years, MobilityWorks has published several blogs that address some of the concerns many of our clients have regarding accessible travel. Below is a short recap and links to some of the best articles we felt were beneficial to today’s travelers.

In addition to the links below, please see our “Categories” selection to the left, where you can select blogs that relate to various topics, including Adaptive Sports, Caregivers, Travel, Veterans, and much more.

14 Ways to Make Flying More Worry-Free

Traveling by air can be challenging for anyone. Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act and stricter rules to remove obstacles, flying has become easier for people with disabilities. If you prepare in advance with these 14 tips, you’re more likely to have an easier, less stressful flight. Continue reading…

Martyn Sibley Shares his Top 10 Travel Tips

Guest Blogger Martyn Sibley, founder of Disability Horizons, joins MobilityWorks to share his top 10 tips for traveling. Continue reading…

MobilityWorks Rentals: Keeping you Connected

With summer quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to rent an accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. We are excited to announce our summer savings program, where you can save 10%* during July, August and September. Continue reading…

Experience Accessibility in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States and a very popular tourist destination. You can spend days discovering all sites the City of Angels has to offer. When you or a loved one is traveling with a wheelchair or scooter, it’s important to plan ahead so that your travels are smooth and stress-free. Continue reading…

Planning for Future Travels When Driving Across the Border

Now that you’ve purchased a wheelchair van and plan on visiting destinations in Canada or Mexico, you need to prepare ahead of time for obtaining a passport. You can no longer drive across the border with just a state issued license and birth certificate. If you’re thinking about taking a trip, here are a few things to be aware of.  Continue reading…

I’m Getting a Mobility Scooter… Now How Do I Transport It?

Compatibility with your Vehicle and travel plans are key issues when purchasing a mobility scooter. There are many options from which to choose when deciding how to best transport them, especially when traveling long distances or on vacations. The best option is usually determined by having a professional Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) perform a needs analysis with you. Continue reading…