March 16, 2012

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Looking for another resource with information and tips for living with multiple sclerosis? Long time Amigo owner Vicki Bridges was diagnosed with MS in 1989, and wrote our very first Friendly Wheels e-newsletter article in 2008. She now writes for www.healthcentral.com, and her posts include information on diagnosis, different types of therapy and gadgets that make tasks easier.

We found this post about alternative therapies particularly interesting, as the therapies discussed focus on enhancing the quality of life for the person with MS. These therapies would certainly be beneficial to anyone who is hoping to improve their mood and quality of life! Thanks for sharing Vicki!

March 14, 2012

Teaching Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

Amigo owner Rick Deuel is helping spread the message of multiple sclerosis awareness! Though Rick lives with limited mobility due to a different disease, he understands the difficulties that those living with MS face. 

Rick doesn't let his disability keep him from being involved, and teaches a health and PE class at Portland Community College in Oregon. This week he asked his students to dress in orange in honor of National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Thanks for helping spread the message Rick, you all look great in orange!



Find out how you can get involved with Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week at www.msconnection.org.

March 13, 2012

MS Award - Books for a Better Life

Shelley Peterman Schwarz
Long time Amigo owner and friend Shelley Peterman Schwarz is traveling to New York City this week to help kick off National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

During her visit, Shelley will receive the MS Award for Books for a Better Life. We can't wait to hear more about her visit when she returns, and we will be sure to keep you posted!

To read a recent Friendly Wheels article featuring Shelley, click here. If you would like to read similar articles in the future, sign up for our Friendly Wheels monthly e-newsletter by clicking here.

March 12, 2012

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Today kicks of National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week!

Join the movement by visiting www.msconnection.org and by wearing orange! Check back throughout the week for updates and tips relating to MS Awareness Week.

March 8, 2012

Accessible Travel: Tips for Booking an Accessible and Comfortable Hotel Room

Spring is fast approaching, and for many people that means planning for vacation! A good night's sleep is important while traveling, and below you will find tips to help you book an accessible and comfortable hotel room that will meet all your needs.

  • Whenever possible, look for properties constructed after 1992 -- this is when the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, and properties constructed after this date usually have better access.
  • Never simply ask for an accessible room, and instead request specific features you need, like more space, lever door handles or a raised toilet seat.
  • If you require more space, ask that excess furniture be removed from the room.
  • Before you book, ask yourself what activities you will be doing most to help determine if you should ask for a room nearest the parking lot, restaurant, beach, pool, etc.
  • Get to know the hotel. Researching a hotel online or working with an offsite agent can help, but the best way to familiarize yourself with a property  is to talk directly to a hotel’s front desk agent.
  • Consider renting a mobility POV/scooter for your trip. Amigo Mobility can have a POV/scooter delivered right to your hotel to use while sightseeing! Contact us at 1-800-MY-AMIGO or info@myamigo.com for more information.

We wish you well on your travels; let us know where you're headed in the comment box below!

Sources: www.arthritistoday.org, candyharrington.com

March 5, 2012

Ronnie Bachman - NOT an Underdog

Our friend and Amigo owner Ron Bachman was recently featured in an inspiring video and article from fox6now.com in Milwaukee. Due to a congenital birth defect, Bachman's parents made the difficult decision to have both of his legs amputated at the age of 4, but he has never considered himself an underdog.

“You have a choice. You can cry, and stay home, and not participate, and just become this person who no one knows. You're just this person. In my opinion, your loss. Or, you can dive into the deep end,” Bachman said. Click below to watch the video, or click here to read the full article.


You can also learn more about Ron by visiting www.ronniebachman.com. Keep doing what you're doing Ron, we are so proud to have you as part of the Amigo family!