You see, as the publisher of Mobility Management, a trade magazine geared to the providers and clinicians who serve people with mobility-related conditions, we know a lot about assistive technology: how it works, how it helps and how it’s funded. But over the years, we’ve realized this information isn’t always available to the people who need it most.
We didn’t set out to create a Web site for people who use mobility equipment at first. Rather, the site grew organically from the stories we hear from our friends in the mobility industry every day. For every conversation we’ve had with a mobility provider or clinician, we can tell you at least one thing that provider or clinician wishes a customer knew. When you hear these stories over and over, you start to realize just how big a knowledge gap there is for people who use mobility equipment.
For example, do people who go to a mobility provider for a seating evaluation really understand why a clinician needs to take all of those measurements? Do people who have the ability to drive understand the different options for van conversions? Do people who rent apartments to live independently know their options for home accessibility improvements? Do people with mobility conditions such as cerebral palsy know there are dental clinics that make getting dental care easier, even if they use a wheelchair?
We realized someone had to tell them.
After 10 years of wondering what to do with these stories, we finally set to work building a home.
Our site is about giving people hope, knowledge and empowerment. And when we start to think of that in the context of an enabled life, a multitude of topics arise. On The Mobility Project, you will find stories that touch on healthcare legislation, clinical research, nutrition, aging, and sports and recreation. We realize that a lot of veterans require mobility devices, so we created a special Veterans Portal. We also offer coverage of industry events, such as The Abilities Expo, product comparison charts on everything from ramps to cushions, and crossword puzzles built with industry terminology.
In addition, we are establishing a community through Facebook and Twitter, in which people with mobility-related conditions, such as spinal cord injury, can talk to each other, to us and to the industry.
Our hope is that one day consumers of assistive technology will be just as knowledgeable as the people who serve them. We hope to be the bridge that gets them there.
Find out more at TheMobilityProject.com.
And get the answers to the questions above by reading “The Secret Life of Mobility Providers”