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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
Wheelmap.org : 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

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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

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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.

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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 www.MorgansWonderland.com for up to date news.

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

 

MobilityWorks Rentals: Keeping you Connected

Man in a power wheelchair in a coastal park overlooking a city harbor during sunsetWith 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. MobilityWorks now has over 65 rental locations stretching from Maine to California. All of our rental vans come equipped with easy-to-use retractable tie-downs, and we offer both side and rear entry ramps. You also have peace of mind with our 24 hour emergency hotline in case of emergency.

We offer service to and from 13 of the 20 busiest airports in the United States, and many of our locations can come directly to you. Booking a rental is now even easier with our online rental reservation form. If you have any questions about our rental program, please call 877-275-4915.

Check out our video below to learn more

*Rental on one invoice. Reservations must be booked between 5/1/17 to 6/30/17 for the 7/1/17 – 9/30/17 time frame. Pre-scheduled appointment required. Offer expires 9/30/17. Limit one coupon per customer. Promotional Code: 10%OFFRENT2017

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

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Compatibility With Your Vehicle and Travel Lifestyle are Key Issues

There are many options from which to choose when deciding how to best transport mobility scooters. The best option is usually determined by having a professional Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) perform a needs analysis with you. He/she will ask questions about your physical abilities and limitations, anticipated type and frequency of use, the scooter itself and the type of vehicle being used to transport it. Once the CMC knows that information, they can recommend adaptive equipment that is compatible with your vehicle, your scooter and your lifestyle.

Sometimes a client will simply use a scooter lift that is concealed in the trunk of a car or cargo area of an SUV. Other times an external lift mounted to a tow hitch may be indicated. And there is always the option of getting a lowered floor minivan with an automatic ramp. The door and ramp can be operated remotely from a key fob, so the scooter operator can simply drive right inside to transfer.

Scooter Transportation Safety

A scooter should never be occupied during transport. Four-point tie downs or scooter docking stations should always be used to secure a scooter to assure that it never becomes a projectile in the event of an accident.

When selecting any adaptive driving equipment for your scooter, always make sure that it is FMVSS and NHTSA compliant. For further safety assurance, make sure that the equipment is supplied by a NMEDA member in good standing. This will make certain that the equipment meets all federal safety standards, and is installed by an accredited Quality Assurance Program distributor.

For additional information, contact our Client Care Center.

Photo courtesy of Bruno Independent Living Aids.