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United Access participated in the Walk to end ALS in Springfield, MO

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. In almost 95 percent of cases, the cause is unknown and there is no known cure. Officially discovered and named in 1874 by Jean-Martin Charcot, ALS affects about two out of every one hundred thousand people in the United States per year. It is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939.

When it became apparent that more research and advocacy was needed to care for victims of Lou Gehrig’s disease, the ALS Association was founded in 1985. It is currently the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front, including global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through their nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships. Many people heard of the ALS Association for the first time during the viral 2014 “Ice Bucket Challenge.” The challenge was a huge success, garnering high profile celebrity participants and bringing awareness to a disease that many had previously not been given much attention. After its completion, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than one hundred million dollars for the ALS Association and gained more than seven hundred thousand new donors.

Another annual fund raiser put on by the ALS Association is the Walk to Defeat ALS. The event is national and each chapter of the association hosts its own walk. Not only is this a valuable fund raising event, it also is a great opportunity for companies to promote teamwork and families to come together while raising money for a great cause through online-fundraising and at-work activities. Multiple local vendors supply food and beverages for the participants while they enjoy the festivities.

This year, United Access Springfield got a small team together for their local Walk to Defeat ALS. The walk occurred on Saturday, September 24 and was greeted with perfect weather! Before everyone’s team began walking, there were several performances by a local drumline, the cheerleaders of Drury University, and even a visit from the Springfield Batman. Activities included a blow up obstacle course and T-Shirt design contest, but it seemed like the children preferred to simply play in the fountains. The event ended up being a lively and uplifting day for everyone involved. After all the donations were added together, Walk to Defeat ALS Springfield raised an incredible $55,000 for their local chapter!

Making wheelchair van adjustments for the first time can seem like a daunting task.

There are so many factors to consider and it is easy to become overwhelmed. At United Access, we do everything we can to give you peace of mind, because expanding your independence on the road shouldn’t be an uphill battle. Here are a couple of ways that our team works to make your wheelchair van purchase unique and special!

Knowledgeable Wheelchair Van Specialists

There are thousands of wheelchair vans and lift options available for people with disabilities. While this is great news for those with unique mobility needs, it can make the process of purchasing your wheelchair van more complicated. The United Access Mobility Specialists are experts in their field and can find a solution that’s right for you. Our sales team receives comprehensive and up to date product training in order to give you a perfect fit with the latest technology. We also want you to know how much we care! Dallas Mobility Specialist Sam Brenner, pictured here, likes to give little gifts (like cakes!) to her customers when they finally get to take their vehicle home. In this picture, though, Sam got a “taste” of her own medicine; her newest customer actually gifted her a cheesecake out of thankfulness for what they accomplished together.

Personalized Care

When it comes to mobility solutions, there is no “one size fits all” answer. Every wheelchair user is different, and therefore has very different needs for not only their wheelchair van but also their lifestyle. United Access will find you the products you need and make sure they function flawlessly for a long time. We offer 24/7 emergency service and regular tune ups for our customers. So whether your wheelchair van is experiencing complications from Denver snow or your air conditioning is acting up in the Dallas heat, United Access is there to take care of you!

United Access Personalized care

Wheelchair Van Financing Options

Wheelchair vans are no small investment, but United Access wants to ensure that people with physical disabilities can have independence no matter their income. That’s why we work with multiple banks and funding resources to find a financial plan that’s right for you. Our mobility specialists will work with your budget and even help you reach out to charities and associations willing to donate!

United Access Financing Options
Kyle Harris, Dallas Mobility Specialist, with a family who chose a BraunAbility Ford Explorer MXV to fulfill their daughter’s needs!

Local Community Involvement

Finding independence with a physical disability can be a long journey, and United Access is grateful to assist when it comes to your vehicle modifications. However, we understand that mobility and independence takes more than just a wheelchair van. That is why we are so thankful to our community partners when it comes to getting out customers the help they need. When you come to United Access for your wheelchair van, you also can find a trusted network of professionals ready to provide you with the best wheelchairs, home care, and stair lifts available today. We can also help you get connected with local support groups in your area!

The UA-Albuquerque team got together to paint for a purpose!

What You can Expect from a Visit to United Access

While there might be other mobility dealers to choose from, no one comes close to United Access in safety, customer satisfaction, and community care. We provide the best products modern technology has to offer combined with the compassion and understanding of a small family owned business. When you come to us to find your independence, you can expect premier service and reliable, long-lasting mobility equipment.

Contact us today to learn how one of our Mobility Specialists can help find the right mobility solution for you.