Briefs: AA Mobility adds location, ATP

Sunday, January 23, 2011

STAFFORD, Texas – Active American Mobility (AA Mobility) has a new location in Dallas, it announced in December. Kristin Edwards, the provider’s first assistive technology professional (ATP), works out of the new location, covering the greater Dallas, Forth Worth area. Services provided at the location will focus on adult, pediatric and geriatric mobility and accessibility products, such as wheelchairs, gait trainers, standers and home modifications. This is AA Mobility’s sixth location in Texas.

Premiere Mobility allows customers to place orders online

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Premiere Mobility Scooters has launched a website,, that allows customers to purchase their equipment and supplies online. The site features mobility scooters, power chairs, lift chairs, incontinence supplies, homecare beds, nutritional supplements and more. Each product has an image, detailed description, warranty information and customer reviews. There’s also a “wishlist” function to help customers keep track of the equipment and supplies they’d like to purchase.

Users rip it up in new wheelchair

WATERBORO, Maine – A company that builds high-tech military vehicles has developed a rugged, go-anywhere wheelchair called the Ripchair. Howe and Howe Technologies, owned by brothers Michael and Geoff Howe, developed the Ripchair after getting an e-mail from a disabled veteran who wanted a chair that would allow him to fish in the woods, according to the Portland Press Herald. The chair, powered by a 30-horsepower diesel engine and made of high-tensile steel, runs on tracks, climbs slopes of 45 to 50 degrees and moves at 10 mph. The Ripchair was featured on the Discovery Channel on Jan. 5, as part of the Howes’ reality show “Black Ops Brothers.”

Vantage Mobility earns patent

PHOENIX – Vantage Mobility International (VMI) has been awarded a patent for the rear suspension it applies to its lowered floor Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. The suspension, awarded patent number 7,837,303 by the U.S. Patient and Trademark Office, “maintains OEM suspension, kinematics, has similar ride and handling characteristics of an unconverted (minivan) and has maximum wheelchair maneuvering room,” according to a release.