June 25, 2012

Accessible RVing!

Who doesn't love to go on vacation? From a short weekend stay to a long-term trip to somewhere far away, it's great to get away and recharge.

RV travel allows you to meet all of your needs in advance without having to rely on the availability of accessible hotels or rental vehicles once you reach your destination. RV travel allows the spontaneity that air travel doesn't, allowing you to change your course on a whim.
An RV can be fully customized to meet your needs and abilities. Some common accessible adaptations include:

  • wheelchair and POV lifts/ramps
  • low countertops and cabinets
  • accessible shower with grab bars and a hand-held shower head
  • raised toilet seats
  • roll-under sinks
  • bright lighting
  • extra storage space for necessary supplies and equipment
  • built-in handicap accessible driving controls
An RV lift we recommend is The Travel Lift Chair, which fits standard RV doors without modifications. Designed by life-long RV travelers, the compact, minimalist design fits inside your RV and can't be seen from the outside. 

The Travel LIft Chair can be easily installed and removed with a detachable seat and seat arm for easy stowing during travel. If you are interested in trying a Travel LIft Chair in your RV or vehicle, visit www.travelliftchair.com or call 229.740.1799.

Click here or here to read more about accessible RV travel. 

June 22, 2012

Famous Amigo Owner - Jimmie Heuga

Jimmie Heuga (September 22, 1943 – February 8, 2010) was an American alpine ski racer and one of the first Team USA members to win an Olympic medal in his sport.

Heuga began skiing at age 2, and in 1958 was named to the U.S. Ski Team, making him the youngest man to ever make the squad at just 15 years old.

Multiple sclerosis brought an early end to Heuga's skiing career at age 27, and caused him to use an Amigo scooter to get around. 

After his skiing career ended, Heuga became an advocate of exercises and activities that combat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Heuga also founded Can Do MS in 1984 to "promote the culture and belief that everyone living with MS has the power to live full lives."

June 8, 2012

Our Local Heroes - Congratulations to the Davert Family!

We are so happy for the Davert family of Bay City, Mich., who recently won a fully equipped accessible van through the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association! The Daverts were one of only three winners that were chosen from more than 1,700 entries by "local heroes" across the country. 

The Davert family is in disbelief, but are overjoyed to receive the van and recognition as local heroes. “I just can't wait to thank everyone for their votes and support,” said Missy Davert. “Our community did this. They made it happen.”

Thank you to any of our followers who may have voted to help the Daverts win!

Click here to read the full mlive.com article about the Daverts.

Famous Amigo Owner - Hal Foster

Hal Foster (August 18, 1892 – July 25, 1982) was a Canadian-American illustrator and writer who is best known as creator of the Prince Valiant comic strip.

Prince Valiant was first published in 1937 and continued for decades. The comic strip has remained popular, and Foster was inducted into the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creators Hall of Fame in 2005.

Foster used an Amigo scooter in the latter years of his life as his health began to deteriorate due to arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. 

Foster had a significant impact on comic art, with many of his techniques and compositions continuing to influence artists today.