Congratulations to The MobilityWorks Foundation on the results of its Ford Raptor sale at the Dallas Mecum Auction. A bid of $250,000 was the highlight of the day. Thank you again to our sponsors: Ford Motor, West Coast Customs, BraunAbility, Magnaflow, Bully Dog, LM Tire & Wheel and BDS Suspension.
A Role Model to His Peers, Aaron Negrete Receives a Brand New Wheelchair Van Donated by Sacramento Auto Dealers
Ten-year-old Aaron Negrete was born without arms or legs. But that hasn’t stopped him from living life to the fullest and inspiring others. A local television station reveals the wonderful news about a van donation to a surprised Aaron and mom.
The following is the essay submitted to the National Mobility Awareness Month Van Giveaway Contest back in May, which Aaron didn’t win. After seeing his story on Good Day Sacramento, the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association, their foundation partner Shriners Hospitals for Children, and other generous donors worked together to provide his mother Juanita with a brand new Chrysler Town and Country van from MobilityWorks. The modified minivan has a VMI Northstar in-floor ramp conversion perfect for their family needs and the ramp requirements of Aarons’ power wheelchair.
Watch his story and van presentation here on Good Day Sacramento.
From the National Mobility Awareness Month contest website…
A hero is someone who deeply influences our lives; someone who faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with superhuman resilience; a role model — someone we deeply admire and wish to emulate. Aaron Negrete is one such person.
Aaron is 10 years old. He was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, leaving him without arms or legs. Every day presents new challenges for him, but he is determined to not let his disability interfere with his life. With relentless dedication, Aaron has learned to do many things by himself. He can now maneuver across a room, write and draw using a pencil in his mouth, and even swim. Last year, he played the lead in the school play, and will play the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” this spring.
Aaron’s strength, optimism, and sense of humor make him a role model to his peers. He helps other students overcome their fear of being different. As he explained in second grade, “It really doesn’t matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, or if you have any arms or legs. Because inside we’re all just kids or people. We’re all the same inside even if we look different on the outside.” Watching Aaron overcome his limitations inspires other students to overcome their own. His compassion, empathy, and thoughtfulness for others are truly inspirational, to adults and students alike. Volunteers who have worked with him have become so impressed with his capabilities, compassion, and wisdom that some have actually gone to Congress to push for more laws to help the physically challenged.
Aaron has many dreams for the future. One of his dreams is to design cars. He cherishes his independence, and strives to accomplish as much as he can by himself. His electric wheelchair gives him the freedom of mobility most of us take for granted. To use it, he needs a special wheelchair-accessible van. His current van is almost 20 years old, and requires constant maintenance. Aaron’s mom works two jobs to support their family, and cannot afford a newer, reliable van — or one of the better used handicap vans for sale. Without the opportunity to explore his world and have the same life experiences as an able-bodied child, Aaron may not be able to accomplish his many dreams.
Aaron has a promising future. He is our local hero, our inspiration. Assisting him to have the independence he so greatly deserves would make a world of difference in his life.
We are happy to announce the officially opening of our newest store location in Huntsville, AL
Huntsville is our 31st van showroom and service center to open and the second in the state of Alabama. Its sister location is in Birmingham, approximately 100 miles south. 110 miles to the north is our Nashville TN van showroom.
Leading the store’s operations will be General Manager Tiana Garner, who had previously been in charge of our service team in Akron, Ohio and has had significant experience in different administrative roles with MobilityWorks. The Huntsville location will primarily serve the counties of Madison, Limestone, Jackson, Marshall and Morgan, in addition to southern portions of Tennessee.
Huntsville has new wheelchair accessible vans for sale on its lot, in addition to pre-owned vehicles, rental vans, preventive maintenance and repair services, scooter carriers for sale, hand control installation, financing and more.
Free Mobility Consultations
As always, MobilityWorks provides free Mobility Consultations and Needs Analysis so that we can find the right solution for an individual or family. Scheduling an appointment is recommended. Click here to learn more about MobilityWorks of Huntsville.
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL
Huntsville is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where much of the U.S. space program began over a half-century ago. At the facility, NASA engineers and scientists develop and test rocket engines with an emphasis on propulsion and space transportation.
Marshall became a NASA field center on July of 1960. Today, it remains a vital resource for NASA and the nation. Visitors are welcomed at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which serves as Marshall’s Visitor Information Center. Interactive exhibits provided by the Marshall Center demonstrate how Marshall performs a broad range of activities with developing complex space systems and conducting scientific research projects.
Home of U.S. Space Camp and the site of the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, the Space & Rocket Center has one of the greatest collections of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere in the world. To learn more about the Marshall Visitor Center and hours of operation go to the Marshal Visitor Center website here.
In addition to being the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville is also home to the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. Covering nearly eight square miles, The Redstone Arsenal contains extensive wetland areas associated with the Tennessee River and several local springs, much of which is maintained by the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
Years ago, a trip to the doctor’s office for a senior housing resident in a wheelchair was often the only connection they had to the outside world. That was yesterday. Today’s message is that people living in assisted living centers and retirement communities can and do remain very active. Brochures and websites for elder care facilities now advertise their ability to provide transportation to hairdressers, shopping centers, religious services, outings and many other daily activities, even on short notice. Adequate transportation enables elderly residents to live more independently and prevent feelings of isolation. For this reason, centers are changing the way they manage and organize outside activities, giving residents more choices on what they would like to do on a daily basis.
“Shuttle buses are moving billboards that provide continuous, visual advertisements of the senior living center to the community.”
What differentiates one facility from another in meeting the needs of active senior lifestyles can often be found outside the center, ready to take a group of seniors on the road. It’s the numerous minibuses and wheelchair-accessible vans, in many shapes and sizes, that provide this valuable service. Assisted living centers with an ample fleet of shuttle buses and wheelchair vans are discovering that their vehicles are a noticeable differentiator. Families that help with evaluating assisted living centers often look to transportation services as an indicator of whether their parent or grandparent is going to be able to continue enjoying the activities they’re accustomed to.
From a marketing perspective, shuttle buses are moving billboards that provide continuous, visual advertisements of the senior living center to the community. For operational and medical purposes, they are vital to the services being provided. While many facilities contract for medical ambulatory type trips, the dynamics and importance to customer satisfaction in getting residents to outside activities has changed how organizations view their transport capacity. By increasing their transportation capabilities and marketing appeal with more activity options, a facility has a greater chance of keeping their units filled.
Centers today can have several multipassenger vehicles on the road at any given time, transporting one or a dozen residents to and from various destinations. Almost all of these transport vehicles have a wheelchair lift and space for wheelchair passengers, a necessary feature in providing mobility and freedom for many residents. Some vehicles can accommodate several wheelchairs, while others can only fit one or two at a time. All wheelchair vans have special tie-down systems in place for keeping wheelchairs in place and for passenger safety.
Whether it’s a 12-person minibus with wheelchair accessibility or a traditional van with a fold-out lift, the right combination of vehicles in a fleet can provide a great service for residents and an opportunity for growth. Successful centers are an active participant with its neighboring communities and the senior group events that bring friends together. Wheelchair-accessible buses and vans provide more opportunities for continued community involvement and increased awareness to potential new residents. The ability to be flexible and creative with providing transport services will become increasingly more important for centers in the future.
To learn more about our Commercial Vans for assisted living centers and senior care transportation, go to MobilityWorks Commercial.
This article was originally written by Guy Hanford for ‘Promoting Excellence’ magazine published by the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM). The publication is distributed to long-term care professionals throughout the state of Michigan. Mr. Hanford is the Director of Marketing for MobilityWorks.
Thanks to all of those people who stopped by to see us!
MobilityWorks truly enjoyed participating in the 2014 Abilities Expo- NY Metro, held last Friday; May 2nd-Sunday, May 4th at the NJ Convention Center in Edison, NJ. Our team had the opportunity to speak with many great people—some of whom we already have the pleasure of knowing and working with, and many new faces too! We were able to answer questions on wheelchair accessible vehicles, rentals, hand controls and more!
The three-day event was filled with a wide variety of educational, informative and FUN activities. Among the highlights were guest appearances by the Sundance Channel’s Push Girls’ Chelsie Hills’ Walk & Roll Dance Team, and Push Girls’ Tiphany Adams; who is an inspiring speaker and dedicated advocate for disability awareness.
In addition, exhibitions on wheelchair ballroom dancing and martial arts therapy were held, as well as a presentation on the amazing ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton system which helps enable people with lower limb disabilities to walk again.
Thanks to all of those people who stopped by to see us!