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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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Performance Mobility- B&D Transfer Seat Base

Looking for a transfer seat can be difficult. It isn’t always easy to find a seat that fits into your vehicle and is both comfortable and easy to use. Thanks to Performance Mobility’s large selection of transfer seats, it can be easy to find one to meet your needs. One of the particular models offered by Performance Mobility is B&D Transfer Seat Base.

The B&D Transfer Seat Base offers features that haven’t been available in seat bases before. The seat sits on a twelve-inch swivel to promote smoother turning. It also has new Derlin bearings, which provide a more stable and quiet operation. New swivel adjustment screws also allow the seat to be turned five degrees towards the center of the vehicle. All of the new features make the B&D Transfer Seat Base the best option on the market today!

The Transfer Seat Base is part of Performance Mobility’s new Leadership Series. The Leadership Series comes with special features that many other transfer seat products don’t offer. One such perk is that Performance Mobility employees will install the seat for you, as well as offer 24-month warranty on parts and a yearlong warranty on labor. The Seat Base model has been tested to meet combined FMVSS and CMVSS 207 & 210 standards and requirements. The seat even exceeds requirements for the integrated seat belt receptacle by 10 percent! These features, along with many more, showcase a product that is guaranteed to provide you with the safety and peace of mind you deserve when buying a transfer seat.

For more details on the B&D Transfer Seat Base or to browse through our entire selection of transfer seat options, visit the performance Mobility website today. We are looking forward to working with you to find mobility products you will love!

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AbilityVoice | News & Views of the Ability Industry: The Funding Struggle

Here at BraunAbility, we know we make the best quality mobility vehicles around. They’re wonderful, and we wish we could give a van to every family with a disabled loved one. But let’s have a reality check here: all the remodeling that goes into making our vans accessible takes a large sum of time and money. This makes mobility vans (ours or anyone else’s) pricier than we’d like.

Our Ability team understands that it can be difficult for most families to pull together the money to purchase a van. This is why we have a section of our website dedicated solely to the purpose of helping you find that money. There are hundreds of grants out there, both government run and privately operated, that are available to help you purchase mobility vehicles or other mobility technologies to make life a little easier. The trick is finding them.

Sure there are grants available, but where do you even start? Google is a great place, but with ten hits a page and well over thirty pages of semi-relevant web sites, your brain is hurting before you’ve even clicked on a site. Once you get over the initial shock of all your options and are able to click on a link, there’s yet another mind-boggling step; reading through the gobs of fine print to make sure you’re even eligible for the grant. It’s a long, tedious process and there are only so many hours in a day. Who wants to waste them staring at a computer screen?

On the Braun website, you’ll find we’ve already broken it down for you. Available grants are listed with short descriptions that explain who is eligible. This way you know right off the bat whether or not to spend time filling out an application. Right next to the description is a link to the grant’s website, this way you can immediately start to fill out the forms if it sounds right for you. We’ve tried to pull together the most complete library of funding opportunities we can for you, and we continue to update it. But hey, we make mistakes too. Any human being can only stare at the Google screen for so long before they forget their own name. If you find any we left out, let us know! Email us at: http://www.braunability.com/contact/support/

Check out our funding library at: http://www.braunability.com/funding-and-financing.cfm.

Here’s to hoping we can save you a few hours on the computer, and good luck with your quest for mobility!

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Performance Mobility Combines Two Locations!

Performance Mobility has centralized Utah retail sales and service at our conveniently located Sandy, Utah store!  Come visit our new General Manager, Robert Geisbers who recently moved from our Portland, Oregon store.

Introducing Elin Kiss-McCurdy, the Director of First Impressions, originally from Argentina who is now the first face you will see when you walk into the new Sandy, UT location.

Dan Soloman is an experienced Mobility Advisor who can help fit you into the right wheelchair accessible minivan or mobility equipment.

Tyler May is our skilled service technician who is factory trained and certified to take care of any of your mobility needs!  As a result of the consolidation, our store in Centerville, Utah was closed in early October.

The address for our single location in the Salt Lake City area is: 9082 South 300 West, Sandy, UT, 84070.

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Performance Mobility of Denver Supports Local Charity

On the night of Monday Sept. 23rd, the Performance Mobility Denver office gathered together to attend one of its favorite local charity events of the year. The Chanda Plan, http://www.thechandaplanfoundation.org/ held its 5th annual Fall Festa silent auction at local restaurant and venue, Nissi’s, where over 60+ people attended to support the work that the Chanda project does in relation to integrative forms of therapy for people with disabilities.

There was great food, live music in the air, and lots of fun and games including an annual tradition of heads or tails, where attendees won prizes such as a week in Kauai, Hawaii and an Aspen Resort Package! Local eateries such as the Huckleberry in downtown Louisville donated exquisite cakes and treats for the silent auction portion, and local art was a big draw for eager bidders. Yet the best part of the night by far was Chanda’s founder contagious energy and enthusiasm.

Being able to support such an amazing local cause and work with people like Chanda is what keeps the folks at Performance Mobility inspired day in and day out. Many, many thanks to the people who came out and supported Chanda and the work of the Chanda Foundation!

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Customer Appreciation Day in Denver, Co

Performance Mobility’s Annual Customer Appreciation Day is being held on September 28th, 2013 from 11 AM to 3 PM.  The Performance Mobility Springs staff will be on hand to meet and greet old and new customers to show them that we appreciate their loyalty and business. We are looking forward to this opportunity to enjoy a fun day with them. There will be free delicious catered sandwiches and BBQ cooked by our very own staff.  Plus there will be raffles every 30 minutes for some great prizes. We will have a representative from VMI, Braun and SVM Mobility on hand to answer any questions.

Be sure you don’t leave without seeing the new 2014 Honda and the 2013 Chrysler, Toyota, Dodge and Honda wheelchair accessible mini-vans. We will have many models available to see.

We have brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles in stock and as always, we have a great variety of slightly used converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. We have many products to offer that will assist our disabled customer’s everyday life to make it as easy as possible!

Please come see us on Saturday, September 28th so Performance Mobility staff can show our appreciation to all of our amazing customers!

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