May 26, 2011

A tisket, a tasket, how ‘bout a cover for your basket?

From your favorite university’s colors to camouflage to just about anything you can think of, we have an assortment of stylish covers available to enhance the basket on your Amigo. These sturdy and beautifully sewn covers are machine washable and have two outside pockets in addition to the basket capacity itself. They start at $35 and can be custom-made in almost any fabric you’d like.

Interested?  Send your inquiries to hcross@myamigo.com and your request will be forwarded on for a prompt response. Better yet, stop by at the Amigo Mobility Center showroom in Bridgeport, Michigan the next time you are in the area to view the number of style options available. The coffee is always on!




May 24, 2011

Alert Light now for sale on Amazon!

Amigo is excited to announce that the Alert Light is now available for purchase through Amazon.com. Realizing the safety benefits of the Alert Light on mobility products, Amazon allows us to offer the Alert Light to a wider audience, such as bike enthusiasts. Available by searching "Alert Light Amigo," the product will also show up under categories such as bike safety flags and mobility flags.

With so many accidents involving pedestrians, the Alert Light provides high visibility -- especially at night -- for mobility vehicles including mobility POV/scooters, power wheelchairs, and now for bicycles.

Features of the Alert Light include:
  • Orange safety flag combined with LED light which can be set as a solid glow or flashing strobe
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Weatherproof for outdoor use
  • 100+ hours of battery life in flashing mode
  • Battery-operated (batteries are included) with an on/off switch

Be sure to tell your family & friends about the Alert Light and go to our product listing on Amazon for quick and easy online checkout!

For more information on the Alert Light, please visit the Alert Light website.



May 18, 2011

You Can Handle This



The Handle Strap is a simple and effective accessory added to new Amigo models. The industrial strength rubber-like tubing is easily stretched over the seat post and keeps the handle from swiveling side to side when loading or storing the Amigo into a vehicle. The Handle Strap may also hold a water bottle within easy reach of the operator. With no movable parts, it conveniently loops around the adjustment knob on the back of the handle when not in use.

View the Handle Strap on Amigo models showcased at:

Amigo Mobility Center
6693 Dixie Highway
Bridgeport, Mich. 48722
Showroom:  989-777-2060
Toll-free: 888-892-2580

May 17, 2011

How often do you charge your Amigo?

By far, the most inquires we receive in the Amigo Service Department are regarding batteries. Our owners want to know why their Amigo doesn’t seem to travel as far between charges as in the past.

The first questions we always ask are:
  • How old are the batteries? 
  • How often are they charged? 
The answers to these questions can usually determine why the Amigo isn't maintaining its charge. You should expect a standard Amigo lead acid battery to last a minimum of two years if properly maintained. The actual lifespan depends upon three main variables:
  • how often the Amigo is charged
  • amount of power drawn between charges
  • overall operating efficiency of the unit
I cannot stress the importance of charging the batteries frequently. You will not damage your batteries by overcharging them. If your Amigo is used on a daily basis, charge it every day. A good habit to get in to is charging it each night. If you do not use your Amigo every day, plug it in every 2-3 days to keep a fresh charge. Even better, keep it plugged in when not in use.

Keep in mind that all batteries are NOT the same. As the old adage goes “you get what you pay for." But, unfortunately, sometimes you don’t! We suggest that you replace your batteries with Amigo original equipment batteries. And rest assured that Amigo continuously performs battery testing to ensure you're getting the right battery for the job at a fair price.

May 16, 2011

2011 Walk MS

 (This post features guest writers Drew and Jeff, Walk MS Team Amigo co-captains.)

This past Saturday, Team Amigo participated in the annual Walk MS in Frankenmuth, Mich. Over 30 associates and family members supported the fundraising event to fight MS. Walk MS remains an important event to Amigo Mobility because the first Amigo was invented for an individual who had MS. Thousands of people have regained their mobility due to using an Amigo in the 43 years since.

Despite the rain, the 1,000 walkers remained exuberant during the 3 mile route through Frankenmuth. The scenic route took everyone along the river, through the downtown business district and even over a covered bridge. 

Team Amigo raised $1,600 in support of national research efforts and local programs which assist the 18,000 individuals living with MS in Michigan. To date, total funds raised by Walk MS Frankenmuth participants equals $110,000! There's still time to donate -- donations are being accepted through September. Visit the Team Amigo page to donate now.

Thanks to everyone who participated and donated. Check out more Team Amigo photos on the MS Walk Flickr account.









May 11, 2011

Chili and Soup Cook-Off at Amigo

As a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk in Frankenmuth, Mich. this Saturday, Amigo held a chili/coup cook-off during lunchtime today. Nine employees volunteered to create their best mouth-watering recipe while the rest of us purchased tickets for $3 to sample them. From black bean and red-hot chili to golden butternut squash soup, our taste buds were delighted and dazzled by the delicious flavors. Each of us cast our vote for favorite recipe ... and the winner was... Beth Thieme with her white chicken chili recipe!

Team Amigo raised $117 today, which brings total fundraising efforts to 92% of our $1,000 goal. Way to go Team Amigo!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post with details from Saturday's walk and our total donation amount!

May 10, 2011

Music to Make a Difference

Catherine Branch, musician and Amigo TravelMate owner, traveled to Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom playing the flute as part of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to research the role of art in social activism. After graduating from Rice University, Catherine spent a year of independent study discovering how the disabled and non-disabled come together to form a "universally accessible dialogue" through music.

While traveling, the Music of Difference concert project came about. Catherine performed her Music of Difference concert in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2010 VSA International Disability Festival and has continued to perform around the Midwest. The light-hearted concerto was filmed in Washington, D.C. that includes an informative interview with Catherine about her passion for music and creating an open environment for communicating about disability.



I recently received an email from Catherine that she is planning on submitting the piece to the Pulitzer Prize committee! She is working on raising funds for the professional recording required. View Catherine's Kickstarter fundraising page for further details and to make a donation -- she's over half way there!

"It's such an exciting time, and I'm so happy to be contributing to the conversation on disability in such a personally meaningful and positive way."      -Catherine Branch


May 6, 2011

Second Annual AP4 Memorial Soccer Game

2010 AP4 soccer game

This Sunday, teammates, coaches, family and friends of Adam Puvalowski will come together to play in a memorial soccer game.  

Adam was a good friend and soccer teammate of my son Alex, I loved watching him play soccer and enjoyed getting to know him over the years. Outgoing, athletic and always with a big smile on his face, it was heartbreaking when he died in a car accident last year as Saginaw Nouvel high school senior. 

The soccer game is a memorial event with the goal of raising money for a scholarship fund in Puvalowski’s name, while also promoting safe teen driving. The scholarship will go to a high school senior soccer player. 

Last year’s soccer game was such a meaningful tribute to honor Adam, and we look forward to celebrating his life this year while raising money for a great cause.

The event is Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex and will begin at 6:00 pm, with kick off at 6:30 pm. Entrance is by donation only, there will be door prizes, a bake sale and a half time "money shot" with a chance to win $5,000.

Please visit www.ap4memorial.org for more information, or to make a donation to the Adam Puvalowski Memorial Fund.

We'll always remember #4! 

 

May 5, 2011

Amigo: the next generation

Amigo engineers are constantly brainstorming and designing innovative products for our customers. You've already seen the new TravelMate III that launched last week and we're planning additional product and feature debuts as well.

An Amigo RT Express is currently involved in an innovative project with Blueroof Technologies out of McKeesport, Penn. Blueroof is in the process of developing independent living facilities for seniors. Using smart technology, Blueroof built a cottage with sensors embedded in the walls which offer medication reminders, monitor movement (or, more specifically, lack of), and televised links to medical facilities, for example. View a video about Blueroof.

Where does Amigo come in? Blueroof's smart cottages will also be used for those with disabilities -- and some folks will be using mobility POV/scooters and other mobility vehicles in their new homes. Blueroof outfitted the Amigo RT Express with an iPad-like device to control the cottage's electrical functions, call for help, and conduct other tasks without having to leave the Amigo.

Penn State architectural engineering graduate student, Sonali Kumar, constructed a 3D virtual reality based on the Blueroof cottage, complete with an Amigo RT Express 3D drawing which debuted earlier this week as part of a long-term project to reduce the housing cost of Pennsylvania's elderly and disabled. Her research may be used to establish an industry standard for this type of technology.

View recent news coverage on the event. (You'll see the RT Express at the end of the news footage.)
Read the Penn State article posted by the College of Engineering. (The Amigo is mentioned in the last paragraph.)

Stay tuned for more innovative uses for Amigo products -- and don't forget your 3D glasses!

May 3, 2011

Green Thumbs at Amigo Mobility

As a Green Certified Business, we are excited when Team Amigo is also eco-friendly at home. Amigo employee Tarryl saves styrofoam containers (that were previously thrown in the trash) as seed starters and planters!

Last week we asked Team Amigo for their green pledges, and Tarryl fulfilled his already by reusing more styrofoam containers to grow lettuce and even made planters for some of his co-workers.

Rachel & Tarryl




Great job Tarryl!

What can you re-use instead of throwing out?