The United Spinal Association of Virginia – SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries. 

 

 


The United Spinal Association of Virginia is a non-profit  organization founded in 2015 by two Richmonder’s 
 Sharon Drennan (the mother of a paraplegic young man, Rob), and Richard Bagby (a tetraplegic). 

The 501c3 operates under the mission to Educate, Empower and Enable individuals living with spinal cord injury and disease, living across the Commonwealth of Virginia, to achieve their highest level of health and independence. USAofVa is currently organized and operated entirely by committed volunteers and relies heavily on generous private donors and strong community partners who value disabled Virginians, specifically SCI’s.  www.unitedspinalva.org

“Virginians living with SCI/D have been an afterthought for far too long.  Thanks to the foresight and persistence of our Executive Director, Sharon Drennan, SB 287 will be a marked first step in recognizing a significant population of Virginians, so that organizations like the United Spinal Assoc. of Va. know the scope of the issues which we are chartered to tackle.”

-Richard Bagby, Deputy Director, United Spinal Association of Va

2018 has already gotten off to a wildly successful year for the United Spinal Association of Va.  During the past legislative session they were pleased to partner with Sen. Jennifer McClellan introduce SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries.  The bill is designed to require the state to capture data on SCI’s, and is pertinent to USAofVa’s efforts in reaching individuals across the state living with SCIs. The bill passed committee unanimously, before passing in the State Senate and House of Delegates, culminating with Governor Northam signing SB 287 into law!

USAofVa is also very excited to be launching bi-monthly workshops for their members and the community in 2018.  The workshops focus on various wellness and daily living topics coupled with designated time for injured members and caregivers to socialize and support each other.  These workshops will provide an excellent conduit from their ongoing Peer and Family Mentoring Program for newly injured Virginians to daily living, while providing valuable resources to folks who’ve been injured for some time as well.

Finally, USAofVa continues to work closely with Sheltering Arms and VCU Health Systems in an effort to marry the two organizations in a joint venture to build a state of the sciences rehab facility that will serve as a premier destination hospital for individuals from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The joint venture will be breaking ground this May in Goochland County, with an expected completion date of March 2020.  This is a huge need and will be a remarkable resource for many Virginians.

www.unitedspinalva.org

 

 

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Richmond Home & Garden Show

Come out and see us at the Richmond Home and Garden Show!

MARCH 2-4, 2018

RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX

RICHMOND, VA

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Get to know Christie, our second highlighted employee in our “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter”

Get to know Christie, our second highlighted employee in our “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter”, Christie is likely the first person you will talk to when entering our building or calling on the phone.

Q:  Tell me about yourself and your family.

A:  I have a wonderful husband; Mark and this June will be our 11th anniversary.  He is my best friend and supporter.  I also have two children, they are 17 years old and 25 days apart in age (mine and his)!  Don’t forget my dogs, I have 3 Pekingese, Mojo, Suzy and Cali Kissyface!

Q:  We know you love work, but do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

A:  I love reading and getaway trips with my husband.  Our favorite place to go is Hatteras, NC.

Q:  Great, now let’s talk about work.  How long have you worked for Mobility Supercenter?

A:  I have been here for 3 ½ years now.

Q:  What did you do prior to working here?  How did you end up here?

A:  I was an Office Manager in an Auto Dealership and the skills I learned there were a natural fit for working at Mobility Supercenter.

Q:  As any job has, I am sure there are some challenges.  What would you say are the biggest challenges in your job?

A:  I think the fact that I can’t help everyone that walks through the door would be the biggest challenge I have.  Sometimes, unfortunately, there isn’t always a viable solution for everyone.  It could be due to funding or mobility. We try to help each client overcome these obstacles in every way we can, but it’s just not always possible.

Q:  Along with challenges I am sure there are some rewards.  What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A:  I think the relationships I have made along the way with the clients, adopting them as my own, has been the greatest reward.  Clients call just to see how I’m doing and I do the same for them.  This job is different from those I’ve had in the past because clients trust me with their health and mobility.  It is extremely gratifying.

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Meet Chris Ginther – Master of Service Excellence Senior Mobility Technician at the Richmond Location

Q:  How did you get started in the Mobility Industry?

A:  Well, it was a fluke really, I was working for a dealership in Oregon and the Snap-On tool man came by one day and we were talking.  He told me about a mobility company that was looking for a technician.  I went and interviewed and was hired on the spot.

Q:  How many years ago was that, how long have you been working in the mobility industry?

A:  16 years.

Q:  Was it a big change from working in a car dealership?  I guess what I mean is, if you had to compare them how would you?

A:  There is a difference.  There are different challenges and everyone’s disability is different, so I must get to know the clients and talk with them to find out exactly what they need and how I can make driving easier for them with my installation.

Q:  How are you able to accommodate the range of disabilities to make driving easier?  That sounds like a hard task.

A:  My background in the vehicle industry helped and I have acquired over 30 certifications in the past 16 years.  I’ve been to trainings and schools all over the country.  I think that, paired with 16 years’ experience in the mobility industry, is a lot of what makes me successful.

Q:  What was your hardest certification to obtain or which are you most proud of earning?

A:  Without a doubt, my EMC certification. EMC is a company that makes digital driving devices that allow high level quadriplegics and amputees to drive.  It’s amazing.

Q:  What is your most memorable install/job?

A:  Actually, it was a job here not too long ago.  I had a young, male customer with prosthetic legs.  He didn’t want standard hand controls that are mounted on the side of the steering wheel because they got in the way of his transfer and he simply didn’t like the “look” of them.  I installed a Guido Simplex Ghost Ring, which is an accelerator that is hidden under the steering wheel.  To put it simply, you squeeze the ring and the car accelerates.  He needed a brake too and a MPS brake lever was also installed.  It was my first time installing this type of accelerator and I was nervous for the challenge.  But, they turned out great, the customer was beyond pleased and now I have another skill set in my back pocket that may help another client in the future.

Q:  Okay enough about work, what do you do for fun?

A:   I have a son that will be turning 1 this weekend.  That being said, I don’t have a lot of free time, but I do love to play disc golf when I get the chance.

 

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Paralyzed Veterans of America- Have a Heart Event-This Valentine’s Day

You know firsthand, Paralyzed Veterans empowers our brave men and women to regain what they fought for—their freedom and independence. Through our veterans benefits, medical services, research, education and job placement programs, Paralyzed Veterans continues to honor their service and sacrifice.

This Valentine’s Day, show your love and appreciation to our veterans for putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom. “Love Our Veterans” employee giving campaign encourages individuals, social groups and businesses to give $14 in support of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Purser, Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 11620 Busy Street, N. Chesterfield, VA. 23236

PVAmidatlanic@gmail.com.      804-378-0017

See or click below for more information…

LOV-OneSheet-Email Version Final

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Bruno Stairlift Install

This was a very nice Bruno Elan Stairlift install. This stairlift provides a convenient folding solution as well as easy access to the upstairs of your home. Note: The folding track that folds easily out of the way to provide a clear pathway at the bottom of the stairs. 

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PVA Fishing Flea Market at Mobility Supercenter-February 17th – 7:30am – 1pm

This was a terrific event! Thanks to all who supported the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

PVA Fishing Flea Market at Mobility Supercenter-February 17th – 7:30am – 1pm

The Bass Fishing Flea market is a way for us to raise money for the Old Dominion Brawl! The Old Dominion Brawl support 75 veterans and people with disabilities. Tables are $20 a table and $10 for each additional so if anyone wants to donate goods for us to sell and the proceeds go back to the chapter.  Hosted by PVA, Mid-Atlantic

Benefits the Old Dominion Brawl PVA Bass Tournament that supports adaptive fishing for over 60 veterans and people with disabilities.

The Old Dominion Brawl is June 8-10, 2018 at Osborne Landing located at

9530 Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23231

Jennifer Purser, Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America

PVAmidatlantic@gmail.com.

804-378-0017

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The 2018 Sportable Expo will be held on January 13th from 10am to 2pm.

The 2018 Sportable Expo will be held on January 13th from 10am to 2pm. Plan to come out and learn about programming taking place in 2018, talk to coaches and try out sports equipment. Who knows, you may find a new sport for the new year!

Location:

1365 Overbrook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Contact: info@sportable.org,   804-340-2991

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Up to $5,000 Savings on any new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with VMI Northstar in Stock!

Up to $5,000 Savings on any new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with VMI Northstar in Stock!

Limited Time Offer… Offer Ends January 31st, 2018

$1000 MSC discount

$1000 VMI discount

$1000 Mobility Rebate from Chrysler

Qualified Veterans Incentives:

$1000 USAA Rebate

$1000 Operation Independence Rebate from VMI

(Available to Disabled Veterans for first time purchase)

Offer Ends January 31st, 2018

Not all will qualify for discounts.

2017 VMI CHRYSLER PACIFICA WHEELCHAIR VAN

The VMI Chrysler Pacifica combines our unrivaled interior space, 360˚ maneuverability, interchangeable front seats, and in-floor ramp with the automotive industry’s most stylish and technologically equipped van.

VMI EXCLUSIVE FEATURES

Northstar® #1 selling power in-floor ramp

Interchangeable front seats

Access360® Massive interior space

PowerKneel® self-lowering suspension

SureDeploy Battery Back-up Sysytem

 

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Veteran Benefits

 

Mobility Supercenter values our veterans and the services they provided to protect our freedoms. We see first hand the impact of the sacrifices they have made defending our country. As a result we work hard to make it easier for them to find the benefits and support they need. Below is a link to the VA website.

“Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors”

Key areas of benefits are:

  1. Service Connected Disabilities
  2. VA4502 Grant
  3. Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE)

If you or someone you know is a Veteran… call or stop by and talk to one of our Mobility Supercenter Consultants.

Click here to review the Federal Benefits for Veterans http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap02.asp

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