For over 85 years, Toyota has been an innovator in the automobile industry. Today, they are setting their sights on what they describe as a greater mission: helping to give all of humankind the ability to move. “Mobility for All” is a new website that shows concepts and designs for the future that can help improve mobility and quality of life for people around the world. Here are a few of the concept ideas from Toyota:
MobilityWorks was happy to join in the celebration with The Jett Foundation as they celebrated their 6th Jett Giving Fund success by gifting Liam McGourty and his family with a new wheelchair accessible minivan.
11-year old Liam McGourty was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and is mostly confined to a power chair. With a handicap accessible van, Liam can now safely and easily travel to doctor’s appointments, friend’s houses, school, and family events.
After the McGourty family, with the help of their local community, raised half the cost of the handicap accessible van for the Jett Giving Fund, Jett Foundation matched those funds and gifted the van to Liam and his family.
The Jett Giving Fund is a matching gift program that helps families affected by Duchenne who struggle to afford special equipment often not covered under insurance, such as handicap accessible vehicles, scooters, and rotating beds.
To learn more about the Jett Giving Fund and how you can help more kids like Liam get the equipment they need, please visit https://www.jettfoundation.org/jett-giving-fund/
Check out Liams reaction to his new ride in this video.
In 1996 Jesse Billauer was one of the top 100 junior surfers in the world, and just weeks away from turning professional. Then in an instant, he was thrown from a wave head first into a shallow sandbar. The impact broke his 6th vertebrae. It has been Jesse’s mission ever since to help others living with paralysis to chase their dreams.
In 2002 he started the Life Rolls on Foundation to help improve the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. They host events all over North America teaching children adaptive surfing and skateboarding. After a summer of events from coast to coast, they will host their 13th annual “Night by the Ocean” fundraiser in Santa Monica, CA.
Jesse was one of the first owners of the BraunAbility Ford Explorer MXV. After hearing about his inspirational story, Ford shot the video above as apart of their “Go Further” series.
At the turn of the century, Sam Schmidt was regarded as one of the rising stars in the IndyCar series. On January 6, 2000, Sam was involved in a wreck that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Ever since that day it has been Sam’s mission to get back behind the wheel!
With help from BraunAbility and Arrow Electronics, Sam was provided with a semi-autonomous Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray that he is able to drive with slight head movements. He was able to drive this car around a racetrack at over 150 mph!
The video below is a preview for a new documentary that highlights Sam’s journey. The film’s premiere is next week at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Congratulations Sam!
Click here to learn more about Sam’s Corvette
BraunAbility is the largest accessible vehicle manufacturer in the world, and here at MobilityWorks we are honored to work with such a great company. This past month they partnered with Canine Companions for Independence to form their “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, to help provide people living with physical disabilities access to highly trained assistance dogs.
Canine Companions was the first organization dedicated to training assistance dogs, and today they are still the largest. Every dog that graduates from their program spends 6 to 9 months in training learning 40 commands. These include everything from turning on lights and opening doors to pulling manual wheelchairs.
To learn more about their partnership you can visit www.driveindependence.org