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Volunteering Their Time for a Good Cause

Performance Mobility is volunteering at the National Ability Center Summit Challenge.  We will be setting up a water station for the riders.  The Summit Challenge is Saturday, August 23, 2014. The event begins at the National Ability Center (1000 Ability Way, Park City, UT 84060) and end there too. We look forward to seeing you there!

To register go to http://summitchallenge100.org/

Discover the Possibilities

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.

Mission

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.

Who We Are

Founded in 1985, the National Ability Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has united around a collective vision to inspire individual achievement and create a global impact for people of all abilities. A fundamental aspiration of the National Ability Center is to provide high-quality, inclusive programs to individuals and families of all abilities and backgrounds, including those in need. Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, grants from private corporations and foundations, and the community, we have successfully provided scholarships to 100% of those who made a request and continue to keep program fees affordable (program fees account for less than 30% of the total cost of programming).

What We Do

The National Ability Center offers a wide variety of programs both seasonally and year-round. Activities include alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hippotherapy, indoor rock climbing, swimming, archery, sled hockey, cycling, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and challenge course activities.

In each of the last three years, individuals and their families participated in more than 19,000 lessons and outings. Because safety is the first priority, instruction is provided by professional, certified instructors and complemented by trained interns and volunteer assistants. More than 850 volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours annually. Many of the instructors and volunteers are also individuals with disabilities and serve as role models for our participants.

Who Can Participate

Individuals of all ages and abilities can take part in the National Ability Center’s programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, and cognitive and developmental disabilities. Specially-designed equipment is available for many of the activities. Adaptive saddles, adaptive cycles, and customized ski and snowboard equipment, such as bi-skis, mono-skis and outriggers, enable participants to enjoy each activity successfully. In an attempt to eliminate isolation of individuals with disabilities, friends and family members are encouraged to participate alongside athletes and participants.

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Performance Mobility Named a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner

Denver, CO- Performance Mobility announced today that is has been named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence and influence of Performance Mobility as a growing company in the state.  Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.  Performance Mobility has served the disabled members of the community since 1989 and was selected for this award by a distinguished panel from more than 1,250 growing companies.

President and CEO, Kevin W. Durban, says “We are very proud to be recognized with this prestigious award and owe a debt of gratitude to our wonderful customers for their loyalty and our employees that are dedicated to serving those in the community with disabilities.”

David Tolson, Colorado Companies to Watch Board Chairman says, “We are pleased to recognize Performance Mobility for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado.”

Colorado Companies to Watch works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization.  By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities and regions, as well as within the State of Colorado.

About Performance Mobility

Performance Mobility in Colorado, Oregon, and Utah is a quality source for wheelchair accessible minivans, vans and vehicle equipment designed specifically for people with limited mobility.
All of us at Performance Mobility are committed to providing the highest quality accessible transportation to enhance quality of life for individuals and families. You’ll find an informational, no-pressure approach and mountains of experience to meet your transportation needs.
We hope that you’ll give us the opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to outstanding customer service and introduce you to the many high quality convenience products that we have available to help you enjoy freedom and independence for the active lifestyle you deserve. Because life is a moving experience!

About Colorado Companies to Watch

Colorado Companies to Watch (www.ColoradoCompaniestoWatch.org) is a unique statewide awards program recognizing growing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state.  Colorado Companies to Watch honors companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.  The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

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Summer Sports and Activities for Everyone

Performance Mobility in Eugene, OR. are proud supporters of The City of Eugene Adaptive Sports and Recreation program. We wanted to share some of the great things they have to offer. Not only do they offer Sports, A Paralympic Sport Club and Veterans Program.  They have Camps, Trips, Arts, Crafts and Support groups. This just names a few.

Do you know they also have Adaptive Equipment Rental? Yes, that’s right. You can rent a beach wheelchair, adaptive water ski, a handcycle and several other items. They want you to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

For more information about Eugene’s Adaptive Rec. Program you can visit their website, www.eugene-or.gov. They are located at 2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405. Or give them a call at (541) 682-5311.

Kathy Morgan, The Mobility Advisor of our Eugene, OR. store would be happy to help you as well. You can reach her at 541-393-8474 or feel free to come by and say Hi at Performance Mobility, 1640 West 7th Ave. Eugene, Or. She is a wealth of information from adaptive mobility equipment, recreation and happenings in the community.

We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Performance Mobility wants everyone to have a safe and productive summer. Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you still can’t go out and have the best summer ever.

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Grand Opening Celebration in Portland, OR

Performance Mobility, Portland, Or. East Location will be having a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 14th. It will be held from 11am to 2pm. Come see our brand new indoor showroom. We will have representatives from BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility on hand to answer any questions you may have about the newest wheelchair conversion vans.

We hope you will join us for some delicious food and drinks.

We are located at 12905 NE Airport Way. Portland, OR. 97230

“The Performance team from both Portland locations will be there and excited to see everyone.”        

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Nutritious Noontime Meals for Utah Homebound Seniors

Performance Mobility not only cares about selling your mobility products at a good price, but they also care about what happens in their communities. That’s why they take part in lots of events that affect the areas around them.  One of the programs that they would like to highlight is the Meals on Wheels program in Salt Lake City, UT

The Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels) delivers hot noontime meals to frail and isolated older adults six days a week. Special diets (diabetic, bland, strict sodium, cut meat, pureed, and others) are available.

Each home delivered meal applicant is assessed to determine program eligibility and any other services needed to assist in living as independently as possible.  For new meal service, call 385.468.3200. To be eligible you must be 60 years or older, homebound, a resident of Salt Lake County, unable to prepare your own meals and without family or other resources to help with meal preparation.

The Meals on Wheels Volunteer Program enlists the support of community volunteers who donate one lunch hour weekly to deliver hot meals to eligible seniors near their home or workplace. Generally, volunteers are part of a work or service group who commit as an organization to ‘adopt’ a group of seniors in their area for meal delivery, friendly visits, and to ensure the general safety and well being of their clients.

Nothing feels better than, when you help someone in need.  Performance Mobility encourages the people of their community to get involved. Sometimes all seniors want it someone to talk to and know that they matter to someone.

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Performance Mobility is Recognized by the Colorado Companies to Watch

This week Performance Mobility attended an event at the Governor’s Mansion in Colorado to be recognized by Colorado Companies to Watch as one of the top 100 second-stage companies in the State of Colorado. More than 1,200 privately-held companies were nominated for this award based on the following criteria:  1) Headquartered in Colorado;  2) Annual revenues up to $50 million; 3) Less than 100 employees;  and 4) significant business growth and quality reputation in the state.

Colorado Companies to Watch, in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation, Colorado Office of Economic Development and Presenting Sponsor UMB, go through an encompassing screening process to identify the top 100 companies each year. This year’s top 100 companies collectively generate more than $1.2 billion in revenue and employ more than 4,000 people. These second-stage companies are the growth engine for the state’s economy driving Colorado as one of only twelve in the nation that have bounced back to pre-recession economic activity levels. Previous award winners that have launched to national prominence include OtterBox and Oskar Blues Brewery.

Len and Trish Norten representing Performance Mobility attended the event and are pictured with David Tolson, the Chair of the Colorado Companies to Watch organization. Next month, 50 finalists will be selected from the top 100 and will be honored at a Gala Event in June. Performance Mobility is honored to be recognized as one of these top companies in Colorado.

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The VMI Northstar E-Series at Performance Mobility

Performance Mobility is proud to offer the sleek and affordable VMI Northstar E-Series conversation among its fleet of high-quality mobility vehicles.

The Northstar E-Series conversion is the ultimate choice for any customer who seeks an innovative way to make their minivan both accessible and adaptable to various mobility needs.

Featuring a manual slide-out ramp, the Northstar E-Series conversion is free from power drive components. This feature means the E-Series conversion has no complex controls, adding to the peace of mind that comes with a vehicle that is easy to operate and trustworthy– whether the destination is right down the street or several states away.

The Northstar E-Series really does allow the driver to have it all: maximum headroom, ample floor space, high-quality interior design, and a manual wheelchair tie-down system. The Northstar E-Series conversion also offers maximum interior and storage space, so there is no need to choose between storage space and comfort. Both the front seats remove with ease so anyone in a wheelchair can drive or enjoy the front seats comfortably.

Why not have take a ride in the van that provides the quality and comfort needed for anyone in a wheelchair? Ask your local Performance Mobility associate for more information on the Northstar E-Series conversation today. Performance Mobility is committed to provide their customers with the highest quality of service and they are here to help their customer anyway possible. They take pride in serving the Oregon and Colorado areas and are always happy to show customers the latest in mobility equipment and help them start living a life full of freedom.

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The 2014 Colorado Garden and Home Show

Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement.  This annual show will be held at the Colorado Convention Center from February 15 to February 23.  There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and see including a variety of delicious food.  Performance Mobility looks forward to the annual show especially having a booth there.  Our staff will be at booth 2039 for the 9 days that the show runs in February.  This year, the 2014 Toyota Sienna with the BraunAbility conversion can be seen if you stop by our booth.  This wheelchair accessible mini-van is reliable and offers a wonderful option of transportation for a wheelchair or scooter user.  For ticket prices and any additional information, please go to their website: http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/colorado-garden-home-show.  Performance Mobility is a leading provider of new and used wheelchair accessible vans, wheelchair rental vans, hand controls, high tech driving equipment and specialized mobility seating for individuals with limited mobility. Performance Mobility has over 24 years of continuous operation with service to the disabled community, providing sales and service of new and pre-owned wheelchair accessible vans, wheelchair van rentals, scooter lifts, specialized seating, hand controls and other products to facilitate transportation for individuals with mobility challenges.

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An Equal Footing for Everyone

I am a college student, a senior, and I do my work for BraunAbility remotely. During the summer I do get to station myself in the corporate offices, but now, I write from the confines of my dorm room walls. A few years ago, before my job began, my computer gave out. My campus has a tech service department that will fix student computers for free. I packed my expensive baby in her bag and brought her to the doctor’s office, so to speak.

BraunAbility has accessible transportation covered, but architectural barriers can still cause a problem.

When I arrived, the gentleman who worked his magic and revived my computer was in a power chair. I didn’t really think anything of it, and thanked him for his great help.

The summer that came next was my first internship with BraunAbility, and my eyes were open to a world that was hidden from them behind the culture of an able-bodied man. I became aware of wheelchair ramp angles, elevators, mobility vehicles, power chairs, and so much more.

When I returned to campus, I would notice things left and right that I had never seen before. The wheelchair ramp at my church is too steep to get up without someone pushing the chair. My dorm had only stairs, so no students in wheelchairs could live on the third floor with me. The school had only recently built buttons to open doors for wheelchair users, and finally a dorm with an elevator for access across all floors.

Now, I cut a little slack to my little private institution. It was founded in 1897, a time long before wheelchairs were seen regularly. The average student body barely scrapes over 1,500 undergrad. These issues just aren’t a big deal in this world.

This is why we don’t have students in wheelchairs here. In most cases, we just can’t accommodate them well. It’s an invisible segregation that is changing far too slowly. The minority is all around us, is accepted and smiled at, yet is silently kept down on the first floor.

I saw the tech services worker again that year, and I knew something I didn’t the first time I saw him. I bet he notices all of these little things across campus. That man (who drives a BraunAbility van), exists in the same world as the rest of us, but he isn’t on equal ground.

We can do better than this. I understand that there is a large cost to implementing change across a campus, a building, an office complex, what have you, but this is a change that is needed. It’s something that we can petition for, ask about, push for daily. All it takes is to start noticing the little details like a too steep ramp or a lack of a proper door or bathroom. We just need to open our eyes. We can do better.

If you know a business owner who has gone above and beyond to make their location accessible to everyone, be sure you thank them. And if you come across a business that isn’t accessible, I hope you’ll have the courage to make some suggestions. With the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act behind us, and while some enormous changes have taken place since that time, we still have a long road ahead.

- See more at: http://www.braunability.com/abilityvoice/index.php/2014/01/an-equal-footing-for-everyone/#sthash.KYKQYIL7.dpuf

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2014 Portland International Auto Show

Come join Performance Mobility for the 2nd annual Mobility Zone held at the 2014 Portland International Auto Show.  February 6th-9th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Or. This year ‘s show will be bigger and better with over 4,000 sq. ft. on the main exhibit floor right next to the very popular Honda exhibit.

We will have many of our  brand new wheelchair conversion vans and the SVM Chevrolet Silverado conversion truck. There will be  other vendors and non- profits joining us in the zone to showcase some great products that are available to those that have a loss of mobility.  Home modification, adaptive vehicles, outdoor wheelchairs and other activities. You will not want to miss it!

You can find out more about the Portland International Auto Show at www.portlandautoshow.com. Like us on Facebook and watch for new posts daily.

We hope to see you there!

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