The final roster of athletes competing for the USA in the Paralympic games next month has been released. The 267 participants will be competing in 20 events over the course of 11 days. For the first time in over a decade, the United States qualified to participate in all eight team events. This is the most athletes the U.S. has ever sent to the games, and several of them are returning medalists.
Zyasia “Lovey” Guzman is a very happy 11-year-old this week, after receiving her first Wheelchair Accessible minivan. Lovey was born developmentally delayed with epilepsy and fragile bones. She continues to undergo medical testing and evaluation as doctors are unable to fully explain her condition. Everything became a little easier this week for the Vineland, NJ family after the team at MobilityWorks of Woodbury was able to get them financed and into an accessible 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. The Guzman’s both work for their local school system, and were overwhelmed by the support from their community.
The RipChair 3.0 may be the most extreme accessible off-road vehicle ever manufactured! Geoff and Michael Howe have a history of building over-the-top modes of transportation. They rose to fame in 2001 with the development of the Ripsaw. This unmanned ground vehicle was purchased by the U.S. Military making them the youngest duo to ever receive a government defense contract. The brothers also designed and manufactured the first unmanned fire truck, which today is used to combat out of control wildfires. From there, the Howes were given a reality television show on the discovery channel, in which they built vehicles and robots straight from their imagination.
Last year, BraunAbility released the revolutionary Ford Explorer MXV. It is the first accessible SUV on the market with an automatic, in-floor ramp and it has several patent pending features that maximize comfort and convenience. The glide-out door and sliding shifter are two unique features that help make the MXV extremely accessible.
Time-Lapse Video of the BraunAbility MXV Conversion
It takes three days to install all of the accessible features of the Ford Explorer MXV. You can watch the time lapse video of the conversion taking place in just 3 minutes in the video below.
Last week Eliza McIntosh was officially crowned as Ms. Wheelchair America for 2017. The pageant was founded in 1972 by a Columbus, OH physician Dr. Philip K. Wood. He created the non-profit organization to help promote the achievements of the wheelchair community and to help make America more accessible. Today the pageant is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI and typically has competitors from about 30 states.