SOURCE: MobilityWorks


July 08, 2010 20:49 ET

MobilityWorks to Showcase New Wheelchair Vans at Chicago Abilities Expo

MobilityWorks, a Leading Wheelchair Vans Producer, Will Be Displaying the New 2011 BraunAbility Toyota Sienna Wheelchair Van Conversion and Handicap Accessible 2010 Honda Odyssey Minivan

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) -  MobilityWorks of Chicago has been selected by the Braun Corporation to be one of the first Mobility Dealers in the United States to display its new 2011 Toyota Sienna Rampvan wheelchair van conversion, in addition to the first ever BraunAbility Honda Odyssey accessible minivan. They will be on display this July 9-11 at the Chicago Abilities Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Now being advertised by Toyota as the "Swagger Wagon" on television ads and YouTube, the 2011 Sienna conversion represents independence, choice and style for MobilityWorks customers.

"Just like everyone else who is purchasing a new automobile or minivan, we have a lot of customers in wheelchairs that want the latest and greatest designs and features," said Guy Hanford, Director of Marketing for MobilityWorks. "Minivans aren't known for being sexy, but this one is."

The 2010 Honda Odyssey Entervan conversion by BraunAbility is the first Honda chassis the company has mass-produced. It features an automated fold-out ramp and kneeling system that reduce ramp angle.

"To the average able-bodied person on the road, they can't even tell that these vans are wheelchair accessible," added Hanford. "That's a real accomplishment considering the amount of re-design that's taking place. There's a lot of innovation to get it right."

MobilityWorks will also have several certified mobility consultants at the Expo to answer questions about adaptive equipment, and will be giving away 500 copies of a new autobiography book written by BraunAbility founder Ralph Braun.

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About MobilityWorks:

MobilityWorks represents the largest manufacturers of wheelchair vans in the market, including new chassis conversions of Dodge, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota minivans. The company also sells reconditioned handicap vans equipped with a ramp or wheelchair lift. In addition to consumer stores, there is also a Commercial Vans Division located in Akron, along with the company's headquarters.

About the Abilities Expo:

For more than 30 years, the Abilities Expo has been held in major U.S. cities. It is designed to improve the lives of Americans with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and to inform healthcare professionals about new products.

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