Friendly Wheels Archive

When a Friend is in Need: What Should You Say? What Should You Do?

Friendly Wheels, Issue 11
December 2008

By: Shelley Peterman Schwarz

alt"How are you feeling? I was afraid to call you because I didn't know what to say," explained my neighbor. "I wanted to help you, but I didn't know what you needed and I didn't want to intrude." It wasn't the first time I've heard words to that effect.

Ever since my MS diagnosis 19 years ago, friends, relatives, coworkers, and neighbors have expressed similar feelings to me. Whenever we would talk about my illness, I'd find myself consoling them, telling them that it was okay and that I understood why they hadn't reached out to me. In fact I'd tell them, I'd probably feel the same way if I were in their position.

Dreams Really Do Come True!

Friendly Wheels, Issue 10
November 2008

By: Trisston Wright Burrows

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Shortly after my birth on August 12, 1975, I was diagnosed with a condition called Cerebral Palsy which affects my fine motor skills and ability to balance to walk. However, from the day I was born, the word "can't" has never been in my vocabulary. My family has always encouraged me to do my very best and that's exactly what I've tried to do!

Throughout childhood, I was extremely active. When other toddlers were learning to walk, I was learning to use a wheelchair for mobility. However, using a manual wheelchair was very difficult for me. Luckily, one day my Mom and I were at the grocery store in my hometown of Prattville, Alabama and we saw a lady riding an electric POV/scooter. She gladly told us all about her Amigo, gave us contact information and a few days later my parents contacted the headquarters in Michigan to purchase my very first Amigo.

Living in an Unconventional Body

Friendly Wheels, Issue 9
October 2008

By: Catherine BranchCatherine Branch

Having graduated a few months ago from Rice University in Houston, Texas as a flute performance major, my Amigo and I have recently arrived in Dublin, Ireland to begin work on an international fellowship project about disability advocacy and music.

For the next year I'll be traveling as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, writing and reflecting on the disabled experience in different parts of the world. Through performing, writing and interacting with musicians, educators, advocates and fellow members of the disabled population, I hope to find meaningful ways to combine my passion for music and disability rights while acting as an advocate for change.

Introducing the Little Deuce Scoot

Friendly Wheels, Issue 8
September 2008

By: Fran Hetzner

"It's the Little Deuce Coupe ... you don't know what I got." We all recognize those magical lyrics from the Beach Boys hit of '63. At least those of us now considered baby boomers do ... as we sang along with gusto while listening to our transistor radios. But, I digress.

Getting Out and Enjoying Life

Friendly Wheels, Issue 7
August 2008

By: Shelley Peterman Schwarz

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1979 and it affected my mobility from the beginning. I was stubborn and resisted using a wheelchair for several years. Finally, in 1983 I bought my first Amigo. My original Amigo, lovingly referred to as "Old Paint," still works! I love my Amigos because they're always ready to make my life better and they're dependable for years.

I've learned that I can avoid unexpected accessibility problems when I go out to a new location by calling ahead to find out pertinent information. Is the building accessible? Is the specific area, office, meeting room or department I'm going to accessible? Where are the restrooms located and are they handicapped accessible?


News Flash

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018

 

Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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