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Users First Alliance gets nonprofit status, prepares for prime time

December 2, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

I just finished up writing a Q&A with Users First Alliance's Ann Eubank for the January issue of HME News. Here's a sneak peak: A who's who of complex rehab stakeholders showed up for a presentation by Ann Eubank at Medtrade in November. The subject of the presentation: Raising about $200,000 for Users First Alliance (UFA), a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit that has worked, since 2007, to ensure appropriate access to seating and mobility equipment by empowering consumers, clinicians and providers. “There...

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Seen and heard

September 21, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

When it comes to efforts to preserve access to wheelchairs, industry stakeholders are being seen and heard. One indicator of this: A post by Ann Eubank on the NRRTS listserv this week. Eubank and the Users First Alliance had a story and an ad published in an insert of  The Washington Post that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The theme of the story and the ad: Having wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms is great, but it means nothing if consumers...

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The Heartland Conference, Day 1, in pictures

June 7, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

So after a two-hour car ride (Portland, Maine, to Boston), a two and a half hour plane ride (from Boston to Chicago), a 45-minute plane ride (Chicago to Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and an hour car ride (from Cedar Rapids to Waterloo), Rick Rector, Jo-Ellen Reed and I finally arrived at The Heartland Conference at about 5 p.m. today. Tonight's activity: a hog roast. Despite overcast skies and a sprinkle or two, the crowd was thick (VGM officials say attendance at this year's conference is up 20 percent)....

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Report from the Abilities Expo in LA

April 13, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

The Abilities Expo was in LA over the weekend, and Ann Eubank, the executive director of the Users First Alliance, just provided this report to NRRTS's members through the group's listserv: The abilities Expo in LA was very busy and Users First Alliance had a booth right next to NRRTS. UFA was set up with video capabilities and three people working the booth the entire show. We interviewed people who use wheelchairs and asked simple questions: name, diagnosis, what does your wheelchair allow you...

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Caught on tape

November 19, 2009Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Ann Eubank, executive director of The Users First Alliance, has posted videos of wheelchair users on the organization's Facebook page. Eubank shot the video at the recent Abilities Expo in Atlanta and she plans to share them with members of Congress. In an e-mail she posted to the NRRTS listserv, she said: To make change in DC  we HAVE to have the voice of the consumer with us. Our message that we are  not making enough money does not hold much water, especially with health care reform." Eubank...

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