Friendly Wheels Archive

How to Find the Right Mobility Dealer for You

Friendly Wheels, Issue 14
March 2009

Finding the right mobility dealer is just as critical as finding the right mobility equipment. No matter which mobility aid you choose, your dealer should be there to support you every step of the way.


Winter Access to Outdoor Fun

Friendly Wheels, Issue 13
February 2009

Winter brings a natural element of beauty to our surroundings and a desire to get outside and experience some fun. Our Amigo owners are active and adventurous, so winter travel and accessible outdoor activities may be just the cold weather ticket you're looking for. 

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.

News Flash

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

Friendly Wheels, Issue 120

May 2018

Last summer Sister Karen Zielinski came to visit us at our headquarters in Bridgeport, Michigan. Sister Karen is a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Be sure to check out the Sisters' online store and learn more about Sister Karen.

The Difference Amigo Can Make

The Difference Amigo Can Make

Friendly Wheels, Issue 119

April 2018

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Becky Jackett and learn a little bit about her story and how her Amigo helped her get home a week early from the hospital.

Spring Hobbies and How To's

Spring Hobbies and How To's

Friendly Wheels, Issue 118

March 2018

Getting back into gardening was important to Yvonne McKinsey. Learn how she and her husband found a way to better use her Amigo in the garden!

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