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Jett Foundation Helps Tampa Family with Accessible Van

Scott Shelby, MobilityWorks of Tampa General Manager, congratulates Joe Wilcher and his son Austin.
Scott Shelby, MobilityWorks of Tampa General Manager, congratulates Joe Wilcher and his son Austin at our Tampa Florida store.

MobilityWorks was proud to be a part of the recent work done by the The Jett Foundation to help out a Tampa military family in need.

Austin Wilcher, a 12-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, needs to use a power wheelchair or scooter for his mobility. In order to get Austin around from place to place, his father John, an active duty member of the military and single father,  needed to buy a van that he could ride the scooter up and inside the vehicle with the use of a wheelchair ramp. Fortunately, MobilityWorks of Tampa had the right van that met all of their travel needs. Forrest Bateman, the MobilityWorks Certified Mobility Consultant, then worked with Joe and Austin to make sure all of the equipment would be a perfect fit to keep Austin mobile and safe.

The family raised half of the funds needed to purchase an accessible van through donations on their First Giving Page. The Jett Giving Fund then matched the remaining 50 percent of the cost of the vehicle.

“This van will help me transport Austin safely and efficiently, and allow him more independence,” said Joe Wilcher. “Raising a son with Duchenne as a single Dad is difficult, and expensive.”

Congratulations Austin… and thank you Joe for your service in our military!

Fox 13 Tampa Captures the Moment

The Fox 13 News team came to MobilityWorks and reported on the Wilcher van donation in their 5/9/2017 newscast. Click on the You Tube video arrow below to view the news segment.

About Jett Foundation

Through the Jett Giving Fund, Jett Foundation partners with families affected by Duchenne to help ease the financial burden of medical and transportation equipment.

Since 2001, Jett Foundation, located in Kingston, MA, has worked to find treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy while improving the lives of those affected by Duchenne. Jett Foundation is a registered charity with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS; all donations are tax deductible.

Dancing Wheels — One Dancer’s Passion Reaches Over 5 Million

DancingWheels-600For over 36 years, the Dancing Wheels Company has captivated audiences with performances ranging from classical to cutting edge. Eclectic works from nationally renowned choreographers infuse their programs with remarkable diversity, innovation and energy. With an extensive repertoire and a variety of production options, Dancing Wheels provides powerful performances for its audiences.

If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities. That is the fundamental belief behind the Dancing Wheels Company & School. Considered one of the premier arts and disabilities organizations in the U.S., Dancing Wheels is a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S., is the driving force and founder of the Dancing Wheels Company founded in 1980. Born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to offer others with disabilities full and equal access into the world of dance. An almost unimaginable concept at the time, Mary’s vision and passion have since helped to revolutionize our very notion of dance — as well as what defines a dancer.

Through weekly in-studio classes and community outreach programs, The School of Dancing Wheels uses movement and performance in a unique approach to education and artistic opportunities. Individuals who previously found limited access to the arts due to physical, sensory,
or developmental disabilities enjoy inclusive dance and participatory learning with their disabled and non-disabled peers.

The Dancing Wheels Company’s inspirational mission has touched over 5 million people globally through performances, school assemblies, residencies and workshops. Millions more have enjoyed their artistry via appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, and the TV special Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope.

Mary hasn’t stopped dancing. She is an integral
part of every performance. Her passion is unwavering and an inspiration to us all.

Tips for the Busy Travel Season

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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…

Working to Improve Public School Accessibility in NYC

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The NYC Department of Education recently announced that they will be surveying every high school to determine which buildings need accessibility improvements.  One of the biggest issues parents and students have is that “accessible” should mean more than just having someone in a wheelchair be able to enter the building. There are several things that are commonly overlooked, like whether or not are there quality accessible restrooms, water fountains and classrooms. Many of their public schools are over a hundred years old and do not have elevators or a lift system on their stairs.

Moving in the Right Direction

Often times parents have the ability to choose which school they would like their child to attend, especially if they have any physical limitations. However, with hundreds of public schools in Manhattan alone, starting the process can be extremely overwhelming. To help with transforming the schools and with providing more information online, the NYC DOE recently announced a new project that will compile a 60 criteria database on accessibility information from all of the schools. To help communicate this information to the public, they hope to make this accessibility information and any new ADA improvements on the DOE’s NYC School Finder website. There is also a mobile app called “School Central NYC” that allows users to view detailed information on over 1,500 schools.

Fully Accessible, Partially Accessible and Inaccessible…

The NYC Department of Education accessibility page currently claims they have three tiers of schools:  fully accessible, partially accessible and inaccessible. They do not however provide a list of which schools fall into these categories. In 2015, the NY Daily News posted an article claiming that 83% of the NYC schools are not fully accessible. Hopefully their future projects and renewed efforts on improving accessibility will help bring that number down.

With a new focus on improved school accessibility coming from the nation’s largest city, hopefully towns all across America decide to follow in their footsteps!

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.

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