Briefs: 101 Mobility signs first franchisees

Sunday, September 26, 2010

WILMINGTON, N.C. - 101 Mobility, a provider of mobility products like stair lifts, wheelchairs and walkers, announced in August that it has signed on its first franchisees: Michel and Andrea Ragland in Reading, Pa., and Janice Gordon and Judy Barnhardt in Easley, S.C. The company expects to have more than 150 franchisees signed on within five years (See HME News, June 2010).

Ms. Wheelchair to employers: Hire people with disabilities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Alex McArthur of Charlotte, N.C., was named 2011 Ms. Wheelchair America in August. McArthur, a 22-year-old who was born with muscular dystrophy and who has been using a wheelchair since 2007, is a supervisor at the Center for Leadership Development at Davidson College, according to news reports. Her job responsibilities include designing the center's curriculum and mentoring first-year students who participate in the program. McArthur will spend a year touring the country as a representative of the pageant. Part of her platform, according to news reports: Encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities.

Vantage Mobility goes to bat for MDA

PHOENIX - Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a provider of wheelchair accessible minivans, co-sponsored the Phoenix broadcast of the 45th Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) hosted by Jerry Lewis Sept. 5-6. It's the 12th year that VMI has sponsored the broadcast of the telethon. VMI has also sponsored other MDA events, including Taste of the Town and Stride and

Ride Walk.

Four mobility providers add motorcycle for wheelchairs

AKRON, Ohio - Mobility Conquest announced in August that its wheelchair accessible motorcycle can now be viewed at four more companies: Ability Center stores in Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas; Mobility Works in Van Nuys and San Jose, Calif.; Kersey Mobility in Sumner and Spokane, Wash.; and Performance Mobility in Portland, Ore.