After 11 days of intense competition, the 2016 Paralympic games have come to an end. The closing ceremony was held on September 18th and was filled with a wave of emotions. China celebrated after taking home 239 total medals to lead all nations. There was a moment of silence held for Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad who was involved in a fatal crash during the competition. His Iranian teammates dedicated their sitting volleyball gold medal in his memory.
As National Spinal Cord Awareness Month comes to a close there is big news! The ReWalk 6.0 robotic exoskeleton has been cleared by the FDA for personal and rehabilitation use. The ReWalk 6.0 allows users to stand upright, walk, turn and maneuver stairs and is designed specifically for users recovering from spinal cord injuries.
They have now sold over 100 personal systems and have over 70 rehabilitation training centers in North America. ReWalk is working with leading research universities such as Stanford and Harvard to improve upon their design and software. They hope that in the future they will be able to expand their technology to help users with mobility limitations such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
Over the last few months it has been our pleasure to learn what “Be There” means to you. You shared with us your journeys, your love of family and places that mean the most to you. You’ve inspired and motivated us. Thank you.
The winner of our first “Be there” contest is Kelly Boyd. Her empowering story motivates all of us to think outside of the box and live life to the fullest by helping others.
MobilityWorks will be exhibiting at the 2016 Boston Abilities Expo Friday September 16th to Sunday September 18th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C.
Exhibit hours are from 11 AM to 5 PM Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!
The Boston Abilities Expo will feature the latest technology, informative workshops, demonstrations and more. Families, caregivers, professionals and seniors can enjoy the wide range of products and services for the wheelchair community. The expo offers three days of resources and opportunities that you may not even know exist.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Choosing between a side or rear entry vehicle is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make.
A side entry vehicle allows wheelchair users to enter in the mid-ship area and roll to the front or middle of the vehicle. In a rear entry vehicle, wheelchair users roll in from the back and stay in the back or middle of the vehicle.