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Tips on Camping for Those with Disabilities

Reposted from NMEDA

If you’re an outdoor kind of person, don’t let a disability stop you from enjoying Mother Nature, discovering travel in a whole new light or vacationing inexpensively.

The best way to get your toes wet in the camping phenomenon is to join a camping club. The dues are generally very low. It’s a great way to meet others with a similar interest (camping), attend a rally, get info on the best sites and loads of advice on how-to and where-to and when-to.

Choose from among the many club types: general ones, perhaps in your local area; or niche-specific vehicles (make of vehicle); singles; military vets; motorcycle campers; Baby Boomers and many more.

Handicapped Travel Clubs

You can also join a national travel and/or discount club, but one in particular caters to those with disabilities. Handicapped Travel Club “focuses on helping handicapped persons and their families discover travel in a whole new light.”

Also visit www.rv-camping.org for extensive lists of just about everything you should need for general RV camping anywhere.

Where do campers go? To start, there are 391 areas in the National Parks System covering more than 84 million acres. These areas consist of National Parks, National Seashores, National Forests, historical and military areas, as well as scenic and recreational trails and waterways.

Handicap Accessible Campgrounds

Yellowstone National Park welcomes RV camping, traditional tent or vehicle camping, and backwoods camping. With a little planning and preparation, those with disabilities can participate in almost all camping activities. What each campground considers “accessible” varies, so you should call before your trip so you can prepare properly. Visit www.nps.gov for more information and a list of other parks to visit.

Even with the high price of gas, camping is usually less expensive than an airplane ticket and hotel. And they don’t do body searches to get into a campground!

Plus, campers are very typically friendly so it could be a great way to make new friends.

This mobility safety update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? Contact a NMEDA dealer in your local area. Your local NMEDA member is a mobility equipment and accessibility expert!

Article reposted with permission by NMEDA

“Tips on Camping for Those with Disabilities” Web blog post. NMEDA Blog. NMEDA, Web. 23 March, 2011.

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Jocelyn Gets a Wheelchair Accessible Van!

Performance Mobility recently partnered with Chive Charities and BraunAbility to help a special young lady and her family secure a  wheelchair accessible mini-van.  Jocelyn was born with OEIS Complex, a rare genetic condition that results from a mutation in DNA.  Jocelyn is a fighter who has braved nineteen surgeries thus far to correct different medical conditions that accompany OEIS.  Jocelyn currently uses a walker and wheelchair to move around, yet in spite of her physical challenges, Jocelyn has set her sights on walking some day.  Jocelyn’s parents, Rebecca and Omar, have seven beautiful children in their family.  Not long ago, Rebecca detailed their need for a wheelchair accessible van on FaceBook.  A suggestion was to made to contact Chive Charities and before long Jocelyn was approved for a grant!  With the generous grant from Chive Charities and some additional assistance from BraunAbility and Performance Mobility, the Hernandez family was able to purchase a wheelchair accessible Dodge Grand Caravan that has made life so much easier!   Jocelyn is an amazing, determined little girl who is an inspiration to us all!

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Toyota Sienna Named Best Minivan by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine

Reposted from BraunAbility

The 2016 Toyota Sienna has achieved a new standard in style and technology, earning it a ranking of Best Minivan from Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine.

What does this mean if you’re considering a BraunAbility® Toyota wheelchair van? You’re looking at the ultimate in accessibility, design, and gadgetry. Here are some highlights to consider:

  • The Sienna comes with a Driver Easy Speak option that uses the microphone that’s part of the van’s voice-command multi-media system. So rather than someone having to shout at passengers in the rear of the van, the vehicle uses the mic to pipe the driver’s voice through the audio system’s rear speakers. If you’re a wheelchair user who has trouble projecting your voice and feel it’s hard for others to hear you when you’re on the road, this could be a huge perk!
  • We’ve become used to having all forms of entertainment at our fingertips while en route, butthe 2016 Sienna goes above and beyond. Its features include a Dual-View Entertainment Center with Blu-Ray capability, an SD card reader that can play 10 different audio and video formats from two separate sources, and wireless headphones.
  • While Toyota says the new Sienna wants to “make parenting easier,” it’s far from a “mom van.” Still, any mom would appreciate the Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology, a walk-in aisle, and multiple storage bins throughout the cabin.

Combine the above bonuses with BraunAbility’s commitment to retain the first-rate ride and handling of the Toyota Sienna and you have an accessible vehicle that’s unmatched in performance and function. (Get a closer look at how BraunAbility preserves Toyota’s engineering integrity here.)

Bottom line, the Toyota Sienna has never looked or performed better for the families it works for day in and day out. No accessible vehicle manufacturer takes greater measures to ensure that Toyota quality and performance are retained after our conversion than BraunAbility.

Don’t take our word for it alone – learn more about the Sienna’s latest accolades at Parents.comand Edmunds.com and then head to your nearest BraunAbility dealer for a first-hand experience!

Article reposted with permission by BraunAbility

Checkley, Haley “Toyota Sienna Named Best Minivan by Edmunds.com and Parents Maganize” Web blog post. BraunAbility Blog. BraunAbility, 27 June, 2016. Web. 1 July, 2016.

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Performance Mobility Opens New Scottsdale Location

Performance Mobility is expanding their service into Scottsdale, Arizona with a new location that is Now Open!  With the addition of the new Scottsdale store, Performance Mobility gains a second location in the greater Phoenix metro area.  There are now a total of nine Performance Mobility locations in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon to assist you with all of your mobility needs.  Kevin Durban, the President of Performance Mobility said, “We continuously strive for new ways to expand our services and provide greater convenience and access for our customers.  We are really pleased to now serve Scottsdale and the surrounding communities.”

 

To find out more about Performance Mobility, please visit our website at www.PerformanceMobility.com  Performance Mobility has locations in Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO and Colorado Springs, CO.

 

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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Barn Party

 

The National Ability Center is having the 8th Annual Barn Party on June 4th, 2016.  The Barn Party supports the Equestrian Program that has helped countless numbers of participants and their families for more than 28 years.  The Barn Party is a fun way to kick off the summer season and support the National Ability Center.  The event is held at the National Ability Center’s Equestrian Center.  This event is full of activities the entire family can appreciate!  There is a delicious BBQ, line dancing, riding demonstrations, kids activities, a silent auction and much more!

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Performance Mobility Opens New Denver South Location

In another significant expansion of service area to clients in Denver, Colorado, Performance Mobility, a recognized industry leading provider of Wheelchair Accessible Vans and Scooter Lifts for individuals with physical disabilities, will be opening a new south Denver location.

 Performance Mobility is expanding service to Denver, Colorado southern communities with a new location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado that is now open!  With the new Denver South location, Performance Mobility gains two locations in the greater Denver metro area.  In addition to the two stores in Denver, Performance Mobility also offers a location in Colorado Springs.  There are now a total of eight Performance Mobility locations in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon to assist you with all of your mobility needs.  Kevin Durban, the President of Performance Mobility said, “We continuously strive for new ways to expand our services and provide convenient access to the finest wheelchair accessible solutions for our customers.  We are really pleased to serve the individuals in southern Denver including Highlands Ranch, Ken Caryl, Aurora, Castle Pines, Elizabeth, Parker and Greenwood Village, Colorado with this new centrally located store.”    

 To find out more about Performance Mobility, please visit our website at www.PerformanceMobility.com  Performance Mobility has locations in Phoenix, AZ, Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO Highlands Ranch, CO and Colorado Springs, CO. 

 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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The Season for Travel

BraunAbility Entervan

The spring and summer season are right around the corner which means it is time to hit the open road!  All of the states that Performance Mobility serves are abundant in natural beauty with great destinations for a vacation. Make sure to see the beautiful mountains and scenery in Oregon, Colorado and Utah. Arizona has amazing weather and is a great weekend get away spot. There are wheelchair accessible vehicles to rent at every store for your convenience.  Call today to RESERVE EARLY for your rental vehicle!  Book YOUR Rental Today! http://www.performancemobility.com/rentals/

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Performance Mobility is at the Lane County Home & Garden Show

2016 Lane County Home & Garden Show

Performance Mobility will be in attendance at the 2016 Lane County Home and Garden Show in Eugene, Oregon!

Discover the Lane County Home and Garden Show with a wide variety of exhibitor booths and springtime gardens to visit!  The Lane County Home and Garden Show is an exciting event that Performance Mobility will have a booth at this 2016 year.  Garden enthusiasts and flock to the yearly garden show!  The admission and parking are FREE!  The show takes place at the Lane Events Center- Fairgrounds at the Convention Center and Expo Halls, 796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402.  Those who attend the weekend event have the opportunity to view the beautiful landscape and gardens, learn the latest landscaping ideas, talk to professional home improvement and landscaping experts, attend educational seminars, landscaping demonstrations, showcase exhibits, and much more. New exhibits are introduced every year.  Performance
Mobility representatives will be located at the booth space with the MV-1.

Click here to visit the Lane County Home & Garden Show website!

The Performance Mobility staff will be featuring the MV-1 with an in-floor ramp.  The MV-1 design is very exciting!  We can’t wait to show you the new wheelchair accessible vehicle made from the ground up.  The Performance Mobility team will be there all weekend..  We can show the MV-1 and give you one of our new Performance Mobility brochures!

The Eugene Home and Garden Show runs March10th through the March 13th. Stop by the Performance Mobility booth to check out the MV-1.  We look forward to seeing you there!

mv-1 offered at Performance Mobility

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MDA Muscle Walk of the Greater Phoenix Area

MDA Muscle Walk

The annual MDA Muscle Walk of the Greater Phoenix area is a fun way to support the MDA Association and take part in this morning of walking with your community.  The Muscle Walk is held at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona.  Performance Mobility is a proud sponsor of the MDA Muscle Walk.  The Phoenix team is excited to be a part of this exciting day!  The Ram Promaster is wheelchair accessible providing a new level of comfort and travel for a large group.  The Promaster has a huge interior space for multiple passengers to fit comfortably during travel.   Come see it at the MDA Muscle Walk at the Performance Mobility booth.  Registration begins at 8 am, the walk begins at 9.  We hope that you join us on Saturday at the MDA Muscle Walk of the Greater Phoenix area.

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UCAT Program Go Baby Go

 

Wheelchair Accessible Power Wheels

UCAT has an awesome program that converts children’s electric cars so that a child in a wheelchair can ride in them.

Tonya Giesbers from the Utah location saw on Facebook that UCAT (Utah Center Assistive Technology) was in need of three Power Wheels Cars for children.  They adapt these cars for children with disabilities.  Robert and Tonya from the Utah store, decided to personally donate 3 cars on the behalf of Performance Mobility.  Great work to the UCAT and Performance Mobility Sandy team with all of your hard work to get these cars made for the kids!

Check out Utah Kids on the Move!

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