Presented by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
MobilityWorks is proud to announce they will be hosting a national educational event for health professionals at their new Niles, IL location on September 25, 2017. Presented by NMEDA, the event is being co-sponsored by MobilityWorks, VMI and Sure Grip Hand Controls.
This introductory continuing education course contains a range of topics pertaining to personal automotive mobility solutions. It will assist the allied health care practitioner in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions, while also teaching practitioners about the unique process involved in evaluating, selecting and purchasing appropriate automotive options.
AKTA, AOTA, and ADED members can obtain 7 contact hours by attending. Cost is free, but seating limited.
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.
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!
Our 2017 Green Tag Sales Event Offers Significant Savings on Tagged Vehicles. Look for the Green Tag in our inventory today!
Looking to purchase a new or used wheelchair van this summer? Now is the time to take advantage of our Green Tag Sales event happening now at all of the MobilityWorks consumer locations.
From Maine to California in 24 states, our showrooms now have designated “Green Tag” minivans that will be priced at the store up to $5,000 OFF* the online sale price. But you need to get to the store now to discover the right van for you. This is a once a year savings event that will only last as long as the 300+ currently listed vehicles are still available. All sales are on a first come, first serve basis as long as supplies last!
Twenty years ago, an entrepreneurial CPA with a background in healthcare and a passion for cars purchased a small company called New Era Transportation (now MobilityWorks®). With only one location in Akron, Ohio, New Era Transportation modified vehicles for transporting elderly and people in wheelchairs. Their largest customer was America’s Body Company. When America’s Body Company was sold, Bill Koeblitz jumped at the chance to capture their greatest asset, Taylor Clark, the Director of Sales and Marketing, who built his career in the Detroit automotive industry.
In 1997, the industry of vehicle modifiers and equipment was very fragmented and the majority of business came from the commercial sector. There weren’t any quality oversight or dealer qualifications required to service or sell accessible vehicles. A lot of vehicle modifiers were inexperienced garage shops that made custom vehicles with hopes that each customized van would work for their client. The door height and interior space of minivans in 1997 weren’t able to accommodate a wheelchair so the majority of accessible vehicles were large retrofitted vans.
Fast forward to 2017, and you’ll find a very different industry. The inexperienced garage shops are gone. They’ve been replaced with manufacturers like BraunAbility® and VMI® who build accessible minivans that are crash tested with lowered floors, in-floor ramps, and kneeling systems, and are now known for their safety and performance. There are now industry standards like the NMEDA QAP (Quality Assurance Program) certification process, that meet and exceed all federal and industry safety regulations to provide customers with safe and reliable adaptive transportation. Today, customers have the ability to go to a MobilityWorks location for a needs analysis, and then test drive an assortment of vehicles that will meet their needs prior to purchasing. MobilityWorks has evolved with the industry. Our one location has expanded to more than 67 and will continue to grow. We now have well over 1200 accessible vehicles with varying price points and features to fit the needs of our customers nationwide. What hasn’t changed since 1997 is the passion that Bill and Taylor share. Whether it be for their customers or employees, Bill and Taylor are dedicated to creating a 100-year-old company based on their passion for servicing others so that they can “be there”.
This year’s InMotion is a tribute to organizations and people like Bill and Taylor who in the last 20 years have let passion drive them in connecting with what matters most.
Last year’s winner of our national “be there” contest was Kelly Boyd. Her empowering story motivated all of us to think outside of the box and live life to the fullest by helping others. In her story, Kelly shared with us that it was her involvement in the Ms. Wheelchair program that was the stepping stone to her rewarding career in emergency management.
Today, Kelly is one of over 500 state titleholders who have participated in the Ms. Wheelchair America program in the last 20 years. In 1972, there were three contestants. Today there are 30 state titleholders who have won the ability to compete for this year’s crown August 14–20 in Erie, PA. Each contestant is selected for their accomplishments in advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation. The winner makes guest appearances across the U.S. promoting their platform.
If you take a moment and read each of the winners’ bios on their website, you’ll discover that the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant creates life-changing opportunities for its participants. Twenty years ago, Elaine Stefanowicz was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America. Her participation helped her win a full scholarship, and today she serves on the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment and is an Educational Planner at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.
Elaine and Kelly are just two of the hundreds of women who have participated in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant whose passion has driven them to connect with what matters most. In honor of the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant and the passionate women who participate, MobilityWorks is proud to be the accessible vehicle sponsor for the 2018 pageant.