Friendly Wheels Archive

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?


Summertime Mobility Safety

Friendly Wheels, Issue 6
July 2008

Summer is here and the sunshine beckons us outdoors. You'll be enjoying the next couple of months traveling about on your Amigo Power Operated Vehicle/Scooter. Since we consider each of you a special member of our Amigo family, your mobility safety is very important to us.


News Flash

Vacationing with Amigos and DIY Battery Replacement

Vacationing with Amigos and DIY Battery Replacement

Friendly Wheels, Issue 117

February 2018

Take a trip with a TravelMate! Sister-in-laws, Gale and Linda, did just that. They each rented an Amigo TravelMate for their trip to Sea World Orlando.

Inspiring Students and Amigo Celebrates 50 Years

Inspiring Students and Amigo Celebrates 50 Years

Friendly Wheels, Issue 116

January 2018

Janice "Jani" Lynch, teacher and Amigo owner, shares how her Amigo has helped her continue her career. And... 2018 marks Amigo Mobility's 50th Anniversary!

Art with Impact and Holiday Travel Tips

Art with Impact and Holiday Travel Tips

Friendly Wheels, Issue 115

December 2017

Troy Parker, digital artist and longtime Amigo owner, shares his inspiration for his artwork, and holiday travel tips are shared.

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