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35th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games

If you’re looking for a summer vacation getaway full of excitement, look no further than the National Veterans Wheelchair Games held this year in Dallas, Texas. Whether you’re taking the whole family to experience these acts of courage and strength, or making a stop on your summer accessible road trip, this event supports and benefits our country’s veterans by encouraging a spirit of healthy activity and friendship.

The History
Since the Games began over 30 years ago in 1981, the event has grown from only 74 competitors to over 500 in 2014. This event is presented each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America, with additional support from numerous organizations, corporate and community sponsors. Wheelchair sports had their start in the aftermath of World War II, when young disabled Veterans began playing wheelchair basketball in VA hospitals throughout the U.S. Since 1980, when the VA’s efforts brought about an enhanced awareness of the rehabilitative value of wheelchair athletics, VA therapists have used wheelchair sporting as a therapeutic tool for supporting Veterans with disabilities.

The Location
The event has moved from city to city over the years and 2015 marks the 35th annual NVWG. The event is being held in Dallas, a city with much to offer as host, including cultural districts, the best restaurants, hotels and museums for something to do while you’re not at the games. This years games are being held June 21–26, so if you’re looking to turn up the heat this summer, Dallas is the perfect place to be!

The Events
Veterans can compete in 18 different events at the games, including: 9-ball, air rifle, hand cycling, quad rugby, softball, track, table tennis, weightlifting, and many more. Athletes are classified by degree of disability and then further into divisions. Although registration for this years event ended April 15, if you are a U.S. military service veteran who uses a wheelchair due to mobility impairments, be on the lookout early next year to register!

If you aren’t a veteran, or just happened to miss registration but still want to be involved with this event you can always sponsor the games, or volunteer! More than 3,000 local volunteers are required to assist with all aspects of the games, from helping with transportation, to event set-up, water distribution, assistance with meals, and much, much more. Summer time calls for travel and excitement, and what more of a rewarding way to spend your summer days then traveling to Dallas to support our veterans.

Special Wheelchair Basketball Event at MHS!

Special Wheelchair Basketball Event at MHS!
On Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30pm The Mass Hospital School is having a special night of hoop for a great cause!

The New England Paralyzed Veterans of America NEPVA Celtics (ranked #1 in Division 3 of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association) will play an exhibition wheelchair game against the HealthBridge Management “Dribblers” and coaches from Canton Youth Basketball!

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, and all proceeds will benefit NEPVA’s trip to the Nationals in Louisville, KY!  Refreshments and raffles will be available.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

VETERANS BENEFITS: OPERATION INDEPENDENCE MOBILITY VEHICLE PROGRAM

VETERANS BENEFITS
Come to VMi New England Mobility Center and learn more about the Paralyzed Veterans of America and Operation Independence
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OPERATION INDEPENDENCE
VMI is the premier manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans. At the VMi New England Mobility Center we are experts in mobility assessment and customization. We have combined our knowledge with the Veterans across America to increase awareness with disabled veterans regarding VA vehicle benefits, and help them get the benefits they have earned while serving our country:
•  You may be entitled to VA funding for adaptive automotive equipment
•  In many cases, you may also be entitled to a one-time auto allowance for the vehicle itself.Operation Independence helps veterans get into their first wheelchair accessible van. Whether you are entitled to the auto allowance grant or will be personally funding your first wheelchair accessible van, the VMi New England Mobility Center will give you a $1,000 rebate towards the van we are converting for you.VETERAN MOBILITY BENEFITS
To be eligible for financial assistance in purchasing a new or used automobile (or other conveyance), a Veteran or serviceperson must have acquired one of the following disabilities as a result of injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service, or as a result of medical treatment or examination, vocations rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (38 U.S.C. 1151):•  Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
•  Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
•  Permanent impairment of vision in both eyes with a
•  Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective glasses, or
•  Central visual acuity of more than 20/200 if there is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field has an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye
Even if you are not entitled to the auto allowance grant (21-4502), you may still qualify for an adaptive automotive equipment grant (10-1394) for a wheelchair accessible conversion on a vehicle which you would fund through alternative means. .
“FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDENTS AND SURVIVORS”
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The VMi New England Mobility Center values our veterans and the services they provided to protect our freedoms. We see first hand the impact of the sacrifices they have made defending our country. As a result we have put together information that will make it easier for them to find the benefits and support they need.

Key areas of benefits are focused on here:
1. Service Connected Disabilities
2. VA4502 Grant
3. Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE)

Service-Connected Disabilities
Disability Compensation Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected.
Click here to review the Federal Benefits for Veterans
http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap02.asp

VA 4502 GRANT
Can a Veteran Receive Financial Assistance From VA to Purchase an Automobile?
Yes. Financial assistance, in the form of a grant, is available to purchase a new or used automobile (or other conveyance) to accommodate a veteran or service member with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service. The grant may also be paid, if disabilities are a result of medical treatment, examination, vocational rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

 

The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile for the total price (up to $18,900) of the automobile. The veteran or service member may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.
Effective October 1, 2011

Section 804- Enhancement of automobile assistance allowance for veterans would increase automobile assistance from $11,000 to $18,900, effective October 1, 2011

Click here to see a pdf for more details Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants Click here to review the Federal Form VBA-21-4502
http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-4502-ARE.pdf

Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE)
The Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program permits physically challenged persons to enter, exit, and/or operate a motor vehicle or other conveyance.

Veterans are trained, through the VA Driver’s Rehabilitation Program, how to safely operate their vehicle on our nation’s roadways.

The VA also provides necessary equipment such as platform wheelchair lifts, UVLs (under vehicle lifts), power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls, left foot gas pedals, reduced effort and zero effort steering and braking, and digital driving systems.

Additionally, VA’s program provides reimbursements for standard equipment including, but not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and other special equipment necessary for the safe operation of an approved vehicle. For more information click on the link below.
http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/AAE.asp

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

“Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants”

Can a Veteran Receive Financial Assistance From VA to Purchase an Automobile?
Yes. Financial assistance, in the form of a grant, is available to purchase a new or used automobile (or other conveyance) to accommodate a veteran or servicemember with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service. The grant may also be paid, if disabilities are a result of medical treatment, examination, vocational rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile for the total price (up to $11,000) of the automobile. The veteran or servicemember may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.

What Disabilities Must You Have to Qualify for the Automobile Grant?
A veteran or servicemember must have one of the following disabilities to qualify for the automobile grant:

  •  loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
•  loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
•  permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree

Does VA Pay to Adapt a Vehicle?
Yes. Those qualified for the automobile grant, and veterans or servicemembers with ankylosis (immobility of the joint) of one or both knees or hips resulting from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated by active military service may also qualify for the adaptive equipment grant.

Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle. Contact should be made with your local VA medical center’s Prosthetic Department prior to purchasing any equipment.

The adaptive equipment grant may be paid more than once, and it may be paid to either the seller or the veteran.

How Can I Apply for an Automobile and/or Special Adaptive Equipment Grant?
You can apply for the automobile and/or the special adaptive equipment grant by completing VA Form 21-4502, Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment and submitting it to your local VA regional office. The instructions on the VA Form 21-4502 contain a list of adaptive equipment that has been pre-approved for particular disabilities.

Note: After you complete and submit Section I of the application, VA will complete Section II and return the original to you. You are responsible for obtaining the invoice from the seller, updating Section III, and submitting the form to your local VA regional office for payment.

If you are entitled to adaptive equipment only (i.e., service connected for ankylosis of knees or hips) you should complete VA Form 10-1394, Application for Adaptive Equipment – Motor Vehicle and submit it to your local VA medical center. Additionally, VA Form 10-1394 should be completed for approval of equipment not specified on the VA Form 21-4502.

How To Really Move On When You Can No Longer Walk

There are a lot of nightmare scenarios no one wants to personally experience. One is getting a phone call that someone you love is hurt and another — permanently ending up in a wheelchair. Many people say they’d rather be dead if this happened to them, but oh how things change when you actually find yourself in this situation.

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Simply put people don’t want to die, so they deal with it and move on, but it’s never that easy.  And for some even, they’re never able to, so forever languishing in a living hell.

To truly see how it is possible to move on after becoming a wheelchair-user and be enlightened, read on for seven awesome insights.

Accept that you must reinvent yourself.

One of the first things to know when you become a wheelchair-user is that you are no longer who you were before.  If your body is different after going through such a dramatic injury. A lot of people fight against this, wanting to hold onto their previous able-bodied self, but the fact is they will never be that person again.

Instead of desperately holding onto someone you once were, embrace this as an opportunity to reinvent yourself.  If you no longer do tree work, get that engineering degree you always wanted and finally feed that part of your brain from here on out.  A serious bodily injury can really open new doors.

Find out how to still use your body as much as possible.

It can be so difficult no longer being able to use your body like before, but don’t give up on moving your body just because you can’t use it 100 percent.  Instead, push yourself as much as possible.  If you can’t move your legs, you can try electrical stimulation to the legs.  If you can’t transfer yourself but you get really close, try for years until you finally get it.  Never give up on your body’s strength and pushing it (safely of course).  Even if you move your body involuntarily, knowing you’re still utilizing all four limbs in some way is a must for the soul long-term.

You should also be working out on a regular basis. Serious cardio and strength training is a must when you use a wheelchair since getting your heart rate can be a great way to boost endorphins in the brain.  When you’re not getting the cardio you would otherwise get from regular able-bodied activities, like walking all the time, you must find another way to get it. It’s a huge must.

Develop a negative thinking coping mechanism.

It can be almost too easy getting into a negative train of thought when things aren’t going well as a wheelchair-user.  The tendency to blame the wheelchair for all of your problems is almost too easy.  Whenever you find yourself angry because you need a wheelchair, try to click your mind into a positive place; a place you’ve created just for this.  Maybe it’s a happy memory or a place you absolutely love.

Take on the “survivor success” mentality. 

I love this one. Never forget that you are a survivor for living life sitting-down.  This is an existence that challenges a human both mentally and physically.  Whenever you feel empty inside because you can’t use your god-given legs, remind yourself that you are a  survivor in the exact sense, and let that feed your ego if you must.  Not many people can do what you do and do it so well. Yes, you do rock.

Learn to love yourself.

It can be easy being jealous of everyone that can walk when you can’t, but if you learn to love yourself completely, you’ll be a lot happier.

If you have a hard time finding things you absolutely love about yourself, make a list and ask friends and family their input.  You’ll be surprised at what you hear and chances are it will make you feel awesome.

Appreciate your unique perspective.

It can take several years to get to the mindset of enjoying the interesting perspective of  living life sitting down —  the people we meet, the lessons we’ve learned through our struggles, the way it helps us look at life differently, perhaps even better.  When you have a body that doesn’t respond like it once did, you have no choice but to look at the world differently. This without question, sharpens the mind.

Be grateful for what you still have.

Each moment you’re able to breathe is a gift whether you believe it or not, and when you use a wheelchair this is even more true since so many of us have had near death experiences. It may sound cliche, but yes, do count your blessings. 

Life is too short to wish for unicorns and golden tickets in chocolate bars. The here and the now is all we got. Enjoy your ice cream before it melts.

How have you been able to move on after becoming a wheelchair-user?

 

 

VA Benefits for Veterans – APPLY NOW

VETERANS

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If you need a wheelchair van (driver or passenger) you may be eligible for one at little to no out of pocket cost. We, too, are Veterans and understand your needs.

Click here to begin the VA process and receive guidance on getting your benefits.

The Auto Allowance Grant: This benefit provides eligible Veterans with flat rate federal grant of $19,505.00 towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle. This grant is paid to the seller of the vehicle and must be approved by the VA before the purchase.
The Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program: This benefit provides eligible Veterans with funding (approximately $25,000) for equipment and training to enter, exit and/or operate a motor vehicle. This equipment includes but not limited to platform wheelchair lifts, kneeling systems, power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls and braking and digital driving systems.
Non Service Connected Van Modifications: This benefit provides eligible Veterans with funding (approximately $25,000) for non-operational equipment for entry and exit to the van. Issuance of equipment is considered medical and is not included as part of the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program.

“U.S. veterans make so many sacrifices for our freedoms,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI. “We’re indebted for their service and believe our disabled vets should have easier access to mobility vehicles. That’s why we teamed up with Paralyzed Veterans and the VMI Select Dealer Network to establish Operation Independence. Through this national program, we’ll help raise awareness of the federal grant money that is available to our vets to help them purchase a new mobility vehicle. We’ll also explain how the national VMI Select Dealer Network can fast track their purchase of a quality mobility van and provide important vehicle maintenance after the sale.”

Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and is supported by the Paralyzed Veterans and The American Wheelchair Van Society. A portion of the program will educate veterans about Federal Grant 21-4502, which is available to disabled U.S. vets and was recently increased from $11,500 to $18,900. In addition to the grant, VMI is offering an additional $1,000 coupon that can be used as cash back from the manufacturer or applied toward a down payment for veterans who qualify for the 21-4502 grant and who have not previously taken advantage of the 21-4502 Auto Allowance Grant. The American Wheelchair Van Society will assist all Veterans through the process.

“We’ve found that a number of important government benefits like the 21-4502 program, which provides a grant towards the purchase of a mobility vehicle of their choice, are under-utilized by eligible veterans,” said Al Kovach, National Senior Vice President of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and a former Navy SEAL. “This partnership with VMI’s Operation Independence is so important to as it supports Paralyzed Veterans’ Mission: ABLE campaign which enables severely disabled veterans to secure care, benefits and jobs and rebuild their lives. Together, we can leverage our efforts to improve mobility for disabled veterans by connecting them with the vehicles that fit their needs and ultimately help them achieve the independence and dignity they deserve.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges head that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them, to an inaccessible world. For more than 65 years, Paralyzed Veterans national office and 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)

“According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 3.5 million veterans who now live with a service-connected disability,” said Doug Eaton, president of Vantage Mobility International. “Many of those disabled veterans struggle to find employment because they don’t have access to reliable transportation. So, in addition to supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America national tour, we’ve also teamed up with Toyota Motor Sales USA to give all disabled veterans a chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with our Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. We hope veterans in the Houston area will join us at Adaptive Driving Access in Houston to learn more about our Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest.”

‘The Big Push for Progress’ initiative was developed to honor Paralyzed Veterans and help local communities “take a stand for veterans and their families.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America, which is celebrating 67 years this year, is urging all Americans to take a stand for veterans. “Our disabled veterans face an unemployment rate three to eight times higher than average,” said Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “That’s just one reason I’m asking my fellow Americans to help redouble our efforts for positive change. We need everyone to be a part of our big push for progress.”

Click here to begin the VA process and receive guidance on getting your benefits.

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September has been designated by Congress as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

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September has been designated by Congress as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Rubio of Florida, the resolution notes:

  • the estimated 1,275,000 individuals in the United States who live with a spinal cord injury (SCI) cost society billions of dollars in health-care costs and lost wages;
  • an estimated 100,000 of those individuals are veterans who suffered the spinal cord injury while serving as members of the United States Armed Forces;
  • every 48 minutes a person will become paralyzed, underscoring the urgent need to develop new neuroprotection, pharmacological, and regeneration treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis; and
  • increased education and investment in research are key factors in improving outcomes for victims of spinal cord injuries, improving the quality of life of victims, and ultimately curing paralysis.

“Paralyzed Veterans of America is passionate about its commitment to increasing awareness, supporting research to find a cure and advocating for exceptional quality of care for patients with spinal cord injury/disorders

Research into treating or finding a way to reverse paralysis from spinal cord injury is often expensive and hard to come by, involving specialized equipment and staff that many hospitals and research centers cannot afford. Government funding and support, as well as that of the private sector, will be crucial in the search for a treatment for paralysis.

Paralyzed Veterans of America has since its inception supported research in spinal cord science as well as educational initiatives to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury—more than $100 million into research that promises new therapies, treatments and potential cures for paralysis. Top researchers supported by Paralyzed Veterans now confidently speak of a cure.

Abilities Expo Boston September 20-22

Abilities Expo  Boston September 20-22

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BOSTON, August 24, 2013 /VMiNewswire/ — VMi New England’s community of people with disabilities—which also includes families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals—welcomes the much-anticipated return of the Abilities Expo Boston on September 20-22, 2013 at The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Admission is free.

Abilities Expo Boston will take place in Boston, United States Of America for three consecutive days. In this international trade show latest and advanced disAbility products and services will be given supreme importance. The main purpose of this expo is to make the  people aware of the developmental changes which are taking place in this sector. At the same time this event will provide relevant and useful information to the disabled and senior individuals.
Abilities Expo Boston is a must attend event for the caregivers, healthcare professionals and the eminent experts related to this field. In this event they will get a chance to share their knowledge and experience with each other in this trade show.

Boston Abilities Expo September 20-22 2013

Boston Abilities Expo September 20-22

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For almost as long as we’ve been servicing and selling wheelchair vans , The Abilities Expo has been improving the lives of Americans with disAbilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. This unique forum features three days of cutting-edge products and services, compelling workshops, fun-for-the-whole-family activities and has become the leading event for the community of people with disabilities (PWDs).

Abilities Expo reaches out to all ages and all sectors of the Community including wounded veterans, persons recovering from immobilizing accidents, seniors with age-related health concerns, children with disabilities, individuals with mobility and spinal issues, people who have vision and hearing impairments, people with developmental disabilities and many more. Whether your challenges are mild or severe, this is your event.

Exhibitor Profile

Automobiles, van/conversions – Assistive technologies – Bathroom equipment – Beds, furnishings & accessories – Chairs & accessories – Clothing & apparel – Daily living aids – Durable medical equipment – Exercise, recreational, sports equipment & services – Home medical equipment & services – Incontinence products – Insurance & insurance services – Legal services – Publications – Ramps/lifts – Rehabilitative care/services – Residential programs – Seating/positioning systems & accessories – Travel & hospitality services – Wheelchairs, scooters & walkers

Boston Abilities Expo– Event for People with Abilities–Makes Boston Debut September 20-22

Abilities Expo–the Nation’s Leading Event for People with Abilities–Boston September 20-22

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BOSTON, August 22, 2013 /VMiNewswire/ — VMi New England’s community of people with disabilities—which also includes families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals—welcomes the much-anticipated return of the Abilities Expo Boston on September 20-22, 2013 at The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Admission is free.

Abilities Expo has enjoyed tremendous success in bringing life-enhancing products and services, education, resources and fun to people with disabilities in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Jose each year.

The Abilities Expo Boston will feature an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring Abilities Expo to Boston,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “We can’t wait help people explore the possibilities and open their eyes to all the things they can do.”

The Latest Products and Services
Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more.

Relevant Workshops
A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, emergency preparedness, therapeutic recreation, thriving as a parent of a unique child, home accessibility, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.

Sports, Instruction, Dancing and More!
Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all levels of ability will learn the latest hip hop dance moves and play a host of adaptive sports like rowing, power soccer and more. And the kids will love the face painting!

Meet the Animals
Animals have become an intrinsic part of the community of people with disabilities. Some are essential to the healing process, while others help their human partners become more independent. Expo-goers will enjoy assistance dog demos, and learn how service monkeys can help people with special needs.

Celebrity Encounters
Meet Chelsie Hill, co-founder of the dance sensation Team Hotwheelz and one of the dynamic divas of Push Girls, Sundance Channel’s award-winning, boundary-breaking docu-series that traces the lives of four women in Hollywood who happen to be in wheelchairs.

Jennifer French, silver medalist for Sailing at the 2012 Paralympian Games and the 2013 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, will conduct a workshop and book signing for her new autobiography, On My Feet Again.

Come to VMi New England’s Mobility Center were every day is a Ability Expo

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T?

September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

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Every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.  Millions worldwide are living with paralysis as a result and living with the knowledge that there is currently no cure for their injury.

In an effort to raise awareness about the critical need for better treatments and preventive measures, September has been designated National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month by the U.S. Senate, the result of a resolution co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).  To bolster the resolution’s message, we are launching an awareness campaign lasting the entire month of September.

The goal of the campaign is to ask “Will You Stand Up For Those Who Can’t?”  The intent is to create a national conversation about the devastation of paralysis, and to bring this condition to the forefront of public awareness.

“Paralysis does not discriminate.  People need to realize that paralysis can happen to anyone at any time,” said Nick Buoniconti.  “But the reality of today’s statistics can’t be disputed.  Every 48 minutes another person in the U.S. will become paralyzed. That is simply unacceptable. Each of us must do what we can to make a difference.  I am personally asking you, will you stand up for those who can’t and do one or more of the following?”

We are asking our friends and supporters to:

Make a donation in honor of a loved one, caregiver, scientist or organization who is working to improve the life of those injured.  If you would like to host a small fundraising party at your house, please email bfinfo@med.miami.edu and we will send you more information.

“The inspiring work of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has touched the lives of millions of young athletes, accident victims and troops in harm’s way and I commend them for it,” said Sen. Rubio. “By designating September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, I hope we can further educate the public about how crippling accidents can be prevented while promoting the important work being done to help victims walk again.”

Trade In a Vehicle Towards a Wheelchair Van

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VMi New England Mobility Center accepts trade-in vehicles toward the purchase of an wheelchair accessible van. Get a trade-in quote with some of the best rates in the mobility industry. Update your current  wheelchair van, or trade in a car, truck, minivan, full-size van, sports car, or accessible vehicle towards a new or used handicap accessible ramp van. We use a variety of modern up to date appraisal tools, including Kelley Blue Book, NADA, and the Manheim Market Report. We will assess your vehicle’s trade-in value and provide you with a great offer towards the purchase of new wheelchair van or a used handicap van with new or used conversion.

Trade In Vehicle Requirements

We will accept virtually all non-modified vehicles that are preferably under 10 years old with odometers at 100,000 miles or less. You can also trade in a converted mobility vehicle from Braun, VMI, Rollx, and, even a AMS converted handicap vans.

Submit Your Vehicle’s Information
The first step is to call or email us about your trade. The basic information you provide helps our mobility consultants create the best trade-in deal possible for you. Be sure you include the correct VIN and mileage, and submit photos of your vehicle.

Trade-in Inspection
A mobility consultant will typically give a trade-in quote as soon as your vehicle is brought in for inspection. After a price is agreed upon, we will write you a check. For nationwide customers, we will pick up your trade-in at the time that we deliver your new or used handicap van.

All trade-in offers are based on a first hand inspection, and if a vehicle isn’t represented accurately, we reserve the right to withdraw the offer once the vehicle is personally inspected by our evaluator.

 

United Spinal Establishes Advisory Committee of Spinal Cord Injury Experts

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United Spinal Association has appointed a new Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) to offer guidance and expertise in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) locate the very best resources to maximize their quality of life.

The MSAC is comprised of representatives of the multidisciplinary SCI/D health care community including clinicians, scientists, researchers and other professionals.

Committee chairman, Dr. Christine Sang, states, “Our mission is to maximize the quality of life of all people living with SCI/D. We envision a world in which all people living with SCI/D have access to every opportunity that improves health and quality of life.”

The committee will work directly with United Spinal’s membership division, NSCIA and its national resource center.

The goal of the MSAC is threefold:
• Provide information and guidance in medical/other health care-related topics
• Identify and address health care policy issues that impact the SCI/D community
• Inform the SCI/D community of the latest advancements in research relevant to their health and independence

“The MSAC is reflective of United Spinal’s ongoing commitment to actively supporting the highest possible quality of life for persons living with SCI/D,” said Pat Maher, MSAC and United Spinal board member, speaking on behalf of all members of the advisory committee.

“Whether you’re managing a newly acquired injury or diagnosis, or addressing the challenges around aging and SCI, the MSAC is committed to supporting our members and the entire SCI/D community to remain informed on critical health care matters,” he added.

“In the wake of any devastating diagnosis, people and their family members need to know that the information they’re receiving is accurate. We are incredibly fortunate to have the MSAC as a resource for the SCI/D community,” said Paul J. Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association.

United Spinal’s NSCIA national resource center, Spinal Cord Central, provides information and resources to meet the needs of over one million individuals with SCI/D and:

• Their families and friends
• The medical and scientific community
• Service and business professionals
• The media; students; government; elected officials; and the public.

United Spinal and The Buoniconti Fund Team Up to Improve Peer Support for People Living With SCI/D

United Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund today announced their plans to create a coordinated national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network” that will set higher standards in assisting people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

The goal of the Spinal Network is to ensure more peer support groups in cities and towns across the United States are connected to the very best resources to help people with SCI/D maintain independent and active lifestyles.

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“There are a variety of SCI/D support groups out there, both new and old. Unfortunately, there is very little coordination between them and their standards can be drastically different,” said Paul J. Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association.

“In many cases, a person with SCI/D who has had great peer support may move to a new community with minimal support. Even worse, someone may leave a rehab facility with no support whatsoever and no clear picture of how to overcome new challenges,” added Tobin.

To date, over thirty support groups in 20 states have received funding through grants from The Spinal Network for their commitment to improve the lives of people with SCI/D.

“We believe there is a strong need for greater support for individuals and families that are affected by spinal cord injuries and disorders. The Spinal Network will help bridge that gap between people living with SCI/D and their community so they are able to not only return home, but gain a new understanding and outlook on life,” said Marc A. Buoniconti, president of The Buoniconti Fund and one of the founding members of the Spinal Network.

The Spinal Network will address this issue by establishing a strong national peer-to-peer support base, backed by United Spinal’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), and its 70-plus national chapters and extensive resource center.  Guidance will be provided on all facets of living with SCI/D, including employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

Extensive tools and training will also be provided to leaders of each peer support group that joins the Spinal Network to help group participants adjust to SCI/D––from tips to improving social interactions and overcoming day-to-day challenges, to developing new self-management skills.

The Spinal Network is established through a partnership between The Buoniconti Fund; United Spinal Association and its membership program NSCIA; and tremendous support from Founding Corporate Sponsor Hollister, Inc.––a world leader in urological products.

The Spinal Network will offer grant opportunities, which are available to all support groups in the SCI/D community in the United States. Grants will be awarded bi-annually to groups who meet specific criteria.

Additional micro-grants will be awarded bi-annually based upon available funding and will encourage program innovation and outreach efforts to people newly affected by SCI/D.  Finally, the Spinal Network will work to ensure that peers can find out what they need and when they need it, as they move from one area to another.  As every person with SCI/D learns in rehab, one of the most reliable sources of information about living with SCI/D is another person who has been there.  The Spinal Network will help make those connections.

To learn more about the Spinal Network peer mentoring program, go online to: www.spinalnetwork.org or contact the NSCIA’s Resource Center at: peers@spinalcord.org or by phone:  800-962-9629.

cinemAbility disAbility, film, and changing society

If art is a reflection of life, than we should look to film to examine the progress we’ve made and the lessons we’ve learned about inclusion.

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That’s exactly what a new documentary titled CinemAbility, which premiered in Los Angeles last week, seeks to do. The film, sponsored by BraunAbility and produced and directed by Jenni Gold, a longtime friend and customer, takes a detailed look at the evolution of disability in entertainment. As a wheelchair user who lives with muscular dystrophy, she was the perfect catalyst to set the project in motion.

She brought a few well-known friends along for help, including celebrities like Jamie Foxx, William H. Macy, Ben Affleck and Beau Bridges. All shared their experiences with disability in film or television and any pre-conceived notions they had about playing such a character.

Unbeknownst to each, the actors and actresses were asked the same question: What is the first portrayal of a disability that you remember in entertainment? Answers ranged from a blind Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark to Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot to Tom Cruise in Born on the 4th of July.

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The common theme among each interview: we need more. We’ve come a long way from the days of black and white Charlie Chaplin films when people with physical disabilities were portrayed as carnival freak show entertainment. Hollywood doesn’t always get it right, however, and many of the industry’s notable actors, actresses and directors are intentionally seeking to change that.

CinemAbility premiered Friday, July 26th, which was, appropriately, the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For a list of cities that will show the film on its national tour, visit www.cinemability.com or follow CinemAbility on Facebook.

 

Able Flight Brings Wheelchair user to the Sky

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Humanity has always seen flight as one of the most sublime images of freedom in motion. It seems almost unfair that our feathered friends get to move about so quickly to wherever they may please. It seems to be nothing short of magical. Piloting an aircraft was a pipedream for wheelchair users for many a year; that is, until 2006.

Charles Stites founded the non-profit group, Able Flight, for the sole purpose of giving those accustomed to wheels a new pair of wings. Able Flight works to give scholarships to people who have physical disabilities for the purpose of obtaining a Sport Pilot license. Some of the group’s funding goes to purchasing special modified aircraft for people with differing needs to have a plane to fly.

Nothing says it better than the mission statement used by foundation: Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

The program received a special boon in 2010 when a partnership with the premiere Purdue University Department of Aviation Technology took place. Able Flight offers a range of scholarships for students to go learn from the world-class flight instructors at Purdue.

Most flight instruction takes place during the months of May and June, for a total of 5 to 6 weeks. This time covers ground-based classwork and in-flight training, all leading up to the check ride tests. Most flight training is now conducted with Able Flight’s joint training program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Career training can take place at a number of locations.

The scholarship types range from a full-ride scholarship for those looking to obtain a Sport Pilot license, to those seeking training for a career working on and with Light Sport Aircraft in either maintenance or dispatching. Another scholarship is made available for those who had a pilot’s license and are seeking to get back in the air after an injury.

To see pictures of students in training, and in flight, click here.

The requirements are basic as well. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen seventeen years or older with a disability. Recipients have had disabilities ranging from lost limbs and SCI to congenital birth disorders.

Leonardo Da Vinci captured a strong sentiment for those who admire the sky, Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

Thanks to Purdue University and Able Flight, being in a wheelchair doesn’t mean just looking into the sky any longer.

The Ralph Braun Foundation enters new Grant Cycle

The Ralph Braun Foundation will be opening a new funding cycle on August 1, 2013.  The two month time period will be operated similarly to the past cycles with the application process closing on September 30th. The grants are awarded to those who have most of their funding secured and just need a little additional help to meet their goal.

The Ralph Braun Foundation has been awarding grants for three years with 12-15 grants being awarded annually.

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The  entire application process must be completed online. The application must be filled out completely and all attachments sent electronically with the application. We will be funding mobility transportation equipment such as new or used accessible vehicles, wheelchair lifts, car-top wheelchair carriers, scooter lifts, access seats, etc. Eligible products may be funded at 25% of the cost with a grant cap of $5000.

All applicants must be working with a NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) certified mobility dealer to determine and quote the proper product to meet their needs.

The grant applications will be reviewed after the process closes on September 30, 2013, and grant award letters will be sent on October 15, 2013.  All purchases must be completed and checks sent to dealers by December 15, 2013.  Please read all application rules and fill out applications completely and submit your completed application along with all requested attachments together. We are looking forward to receiving many good applications again this cycle and assisting several people with their purchases.

The Ralph Braun Foundation was created in honor of what Ralph stood for, ability for all. The Ralph Braun Foundation exists as an entity outside of BraunAbility. Funds from the grant can be used towards any mobility need from any manufacturer.

Copies of Ralph’s autobiography, “Rise Above” can be purchased from the foundation. The foundation graciously accepts donations on their site as well.

The application can be found here.

are you looking to trade or sell your wheelchair van?

Used Conversion Vans and

Non-Adaptive Autos Can be Used Toward a Down Payment

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We often get phone calls or e-mails asking if we take trade-ins — or if we’re interested in purchasing a used accessible van. In some cases, the trade-in vehicle is a non-adaptive regular automobile, van, SUV  or truck. The answer in all cases is yes. For trade-ins, we can give you a fair market value for your adaptive and non-adaptive vehicle. The trade-in vehicle can be used toward a down payment on any new or used wheelchair van for sale. We do all the paperwork on your trade-in as part of the financing process. All you need is the title.

If you’re looking to trade in your current wheelchair van or looking to sell one that is no longer being used, contact us online here. We can often have a representative in your area respond within 24 hours. Live on-site inspections and a test drive by one of our technicians may be required before a final assessment and offer can be made.

What If I don’t Live Near One of Your Locations?

If you live outside of our service area and have a converted van for sale, we have national buying specialists who handles all of our out-of-area used vehicle purchases.

vmi to deliver honda odyssey with northstar to local heroes contest winner, steve herbst

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – August 6, 2013 – Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of wheelchair accessible, full-size and minivan conversions, will deliver a 2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Edition with VMI Northstar conversion on August 7, 2013, at MobilityWorks in Villa Park, Ill., to Steve Herbst, a winner of the 2013 Local Heroes Contest.

The Local Heroes Contest, which provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to win a wheelchair accessible vehicle, attracted over two million people who submitted and voted for their Local Hero. The contest is a part of National Mobility Awareness Month and championed by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA).  Herbst, a Palatine, Ill., resident was identified as one of three winners in May.

“Being a part of the Local Heroes Contest is a special way for VMI to help raise awareness of the amazing people in our communities who live with disabilities,” said Monique McGivney, director of corporate communication at VMI. “It also gives us the opportunity to help deserving families, like the Herbsts, enjoy greater independence with a wheelchair accessible van that meets their specific needs.  I’m confident the 2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Edition with VMI Northstar conversion, which has been customized specifically for Steve, will make a positive difference in his life.”

The black 2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Edition with VMI Northstar conversion includes the following standard features:

  • Maximum interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • SURE DEPLOY backup system allows users to stow or deploy the mobility ramp van conversion even in the event of complete power failure
  • Wider, usable accessible ramp surface with an ultra-low, 8.0 degree accessible ramp angle with 800lb. wheelchair ramp capacity
  • Easily accessible interior buttons, handles and switches
  • Obstruction-free doorway allows easy entry/exit for able-bodied passengers

“The Local Heroes Contest couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Herbst.  “I lost the ability to drive my previous vehicle shortly before we heard about the contest. Throughout the contest we had tremendous support from friends, family and co-workers.  We received almost 38,000 votes, which is very humbling to think about.  We’re especially grateful to VMI for being a part of this contest and providing us with their Honda Odyssey with their in-floor ramp, which was customized with the hand controls that will allow me to drive again.   VMI’s generosity will help me regain my independence and stay involved in the community, which are very important to me and my family.”

enhancing the client experience wheelchair vans in new england

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VMi New England Mobility Center is always looking for ways to make the client experience more enjoyable – whether it’s coming in for service, purchasing a van or stopping buy to see which van fit the best. Below are some of things we’ve been working on to keep our clients satisfied and coming back. Getting your stamp of approval to recommend us to family and friends is a key ingredient to our success. We hope that your experience with us is always a good one.

Online

Our new website makes it easier for people to find a mobility solution that fits their needs and budget. We’ve added dozens of detailed pages on a variety of adaptive equipment options, such as scooter lifts and hand controls. We’ve recently updated our online van showroom to help visitors find the perfect handicap vans for there needs. We also have a large number of Face Book fans who follow our weekly blogs and postings. “Like Us” and see why more people are visiting every day already have!

In the Showroom

VMi New England Mobility Center has built one of the best showrooms and reception areas in the north east this past year to make our visitors feel more at home. Others are in process or being planned for. Large flatscreen televisions have been put in place.

Fresh brewed coffee is always available for our morning arrivals and comfortable seating areas let people relax while reading a book or magazine. Wireless connectivity allow for working on a laptop or wireless device. When you come to our facility, you will meet friendly people who want to help. Our clients are like family.

Consulting

We’ve added more certified mobility consultants too our staff and continue to train others who want to work in this very fulfilling industry. Consultations to discuss and demonstrate all of our mobility products are always free of charge. For those clients who want to drive with the use of mobility equipment or driving aids, we can bring in a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) to talk about evaluations and training – or put you in contact with one nearby. Selecting the right vehicle and other optional mobility equipment, such as a turning seat, is key to be happy customer.

“Getting good advice from a consultant early in the process is critical to making the right decision. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction – and that’s where the most important part of being happy with us and the vehicle begins.” Jim Sanders

Wheelchair Vans & Lift Options

We have one of the largest network of mobility manufacturing partners in the industry. We represent nearly every major brand of wheelchair van conversions, specialty seating, securement, scooter lifts and wheelchair lifts available. Our goal is to inform you of every choice available and to consult on which ones meet your physical needs and chair or scooter requirements. We want to enhance your life with a solution that you’re going to be comfortable with for many years to come. Solutions that make it easier for you and your family to enjoy an active life. Additionally the company is run by one of the most experienced people in the country at building High-Tech driving equipment and vans for passengers and individuals who drive from a wheelchair. He offers unmatched practical and theoretical foundation in the application of vehicle modifications for individuals with disabilities. With over 27 years experience, he continues to spearhead new and exciting technological advancements in this growing and emerging market.

In the Community

Our local staff at the VMi New England mobility center is active in various organizations and events around the country. Every week, there is an event going on where we want to participate: Fund raisers; tradeshows; bike rides, motorcycle runs; walks; expos; in-service training; socials; and many other community events. Our blog is full of stories sharing event information and photos of clients and friends. If we can’t participate, we’ll help in other ways, like posting information on our sites including our Linkedin, Face Book page and Twitter pages. If you would like us to come and speak or participate at an event near you, please let us know.

Service

We have put into place new scheduling procedures that allow for the Service Managers to get our clients in and out as quickly as possible. This allows for having the right service bays, parts and technicians ready to work on your vehicle (or lift) at the scheduled date and time you are to arrive. We’ve increased our training requirements and manufacturer communications to make sure the work is done properly with the latest instructions and components. If your van is under its original adaptive equipment warranty, or registered in our extended warranty program, we’ll identify and apply the appropriate coverage so that all costs are minimized.

Client Satisfaction

We utilize an independent survey that follows up with each of our clients – applying satisfaction scores to numerous categories. These surveys are then reviewed by our senior management and store General Managers on a weekly basis. Whether you came in for service, purchased new or used wheelchair vans, or had new hand controls installed, we take your feedback seriously and immediately correct any issues that need attention. We are proud to say our satisfaction scores are very high compared to most industry studies. We will continue working hard to keep your business.

where to buy wheelchair van in boston

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Wheelchair Conversion Vans from VMi New England and Automotive Innovations

The Honda Odyssey is known for its reliability and comfort, and it’s one of the most popular minivans on the market today. Because of this, VMI has taken the Odyssey and added its VMI Northstar conversion to create one of the most exciting new lowered floor minivans around. This wheelchair conversion van comes with lots of extra touches for your convenience and comfort, and it drives smoothly. Come test drive the converted Honda Odyssey at our Bridgewater, MA Mobility Center today!

We are your New England source for secondhand handicap accessible vans of all sorts. We offer both used VMI Northstars and Summits as well as many secondhand full size accessible vans. Every used handicap vehicle that we offer comes with the safety essentials like wheelchair tie downs, and you can also upgrade any of our vehicles with optional equipment such as an EZ Lock or handicap vehicle controls.

Celebrating 23 Years of the ADA A Message from the Acting Assistant Attorney General

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Celebrating 23 Years of the ADA:
A Message from the Acting Assistant Attorney General

Twenty-three years ago this week, our nation committed to a comprehensive mandate to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities by enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 23rd anniversary of the ADA, each day this week we have celebrated Department of Justice enforcement efforts that have opened gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities. Visit our ADA Anniversary Week webpage to learn more: http://www.ada.gov/ada-23-anni.htm.

In April 2013, the Civil Rights Division issued a report detailing recent accomplishments in enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination and uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America. As described in the Report, the Division achieved results for people with disabilities in over 1,600 actions under the ADA, including lawsuits, settlement agreements, and successful mediations from 2009-2012. The Report also describes the Division’s extensive ADA technical assistance and outreach program. In the past four years, Division staff helped more than 200,000 people who called our ADA Information Line to learn how the ADA applies to them. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Division answered more than 60,000 calls. Click here for links to the Accomplishments Report pages detailing disability rights enforcement efforts http://www.ada.gov/disability-rights-accomplishments.htm (html) andhttp://www.ada.gov/disability-rights-accomplishments.pdf (pdf).

Equal opportunity for those with disabilities is a vision that the Division hopes will soon extend beyond our nation’s borders. There are over 50 million Americans with disabilities, including 5.5 million veterans living abroad who frequently face barriers when they travel, conduct business, study, live or retire overseas. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities improves protections for persons with disabilities overseas, and allows the full range of U.S. accessibility rights and benefits to spread throughout the world. The Division continues to play an active role in the quest for U.S. ratification of the Convention to ensure additional gateways open for people with disabilities across the globe.

Here at home, we have come a long way in the journey for equal justice under the law for people with disabilities. We are frequently reminded, however, that — in the words of the late Senator Edward Kennedy — “the business of civil rights remains the unfinished business of America.” The Civil Rights Division plays a critical role in helping the nation realize the promise of its founding principles. Over the past 23 years, the Division has continued our nation’s journey toward equal justice. But we have more work to do. Today, on the 23rd anniversary of the ADA, I am happy to reaffirm the Division’s commitment to the promise of equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the months and years to come.

Jocelyn Samuels


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Wheelchair Van Service Considerations Maine

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in ME

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive in Maine after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

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Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

Vermont Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the 2005 American Community Study by the Center for Personal Assistance Services, approximately 95,000 individuals living in Vermont are considered to be disabled in some manner. Specifically, about 2.4% of the population of Vermont have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the state of Vermont including the Burlington area and Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

If your business needs a new or used accessible van, bus, shuttle or other commercial vehicle in Vermont, look through our online inventory to find the vehicle that’s right for you. View our commercial accessible vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and accessories or visit our commercial wheelchair van and bus inventory.

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, Vermont state regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to Vermont, to your business. We often make deliveries to Burlington, South Burlington, as well as Franklin, Grand Isle and Chittenden counties, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs, so contact us today.

Learn more about delivery information for Vermont wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the great state of Vermont.

Accessible Parking Spaces ADA Design Guide

ADA Design Guide 1 – Restriping Parking Lots

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Accessible Parking Spaces

When a business, State or local government agency, or other covered entity restripes a parking lot, it must provide accessible parking spaces as required by the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Failure to do so would violate the ADA.

In addition, businesses or privately owned facilities that provide goods or services to the public have a continuing ADA obligation to remove barriers to access in existing parking lots when it is readily achievable to do so. Because restriping is relatively inexpensive, it is readily achievable in most cases.

This ADA Design Guide provides key information about how to create accessible car and van spaces and how many spaces to provide when parking lots are restriped.

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Accessible Parking Spaces for Cars

Accessible parking spaces for cars have at least a 60-inch-wide access aisle located adjacent to the designated parking space. The access aisle is just wide enough to permit a person using a wheelchair to enter or exit the car. These parking spaces are identified with a sign and located on level ground.

 

Van-Accessible Parking Spaces

Van-accessible parking spaces are the same as accessible parking spaces for cars except for three features needed for vans:

a wider access aisle (96″) to accommodate a wheelchair lift;

vertical clearance to accommodate van height at the van parking space, the adjacent access aisle, and on the vehicular route to and from the van-accessible space, and

an additional sign that identifies the parking spaces as “van accessible.”

One of eight accessible parking spaces, but always at least one, must be van-accessible.

 

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Features of Accessible Parking Spaces for Cars

(plan drawing showing an accessible parking space for cars with a 96 inch wide designated parking space, a 60 inch wide min. marked access aisle and the following notes)

Sign with the international symbol of accessibility mounted high enough so it can be seen while a vehicle is parked in the space.

If the accessible route is located in front of the space, install wheelstops to keep vehicles from reducing width below 36 inches.

Access aisle of at least 60-inch width must be level (1:50 maximum slope in all directions), be the same length as the adjacent parking space(s) it serves and must connect to an accessible route to the building. Ramps must not extend into the access aisle.

Boundary of the access aisle must be marked. The end may be a squared or curved shape.

Two parking spaces may share an access aisle.

 

Three Additional Features for Van-Accessible Parking Spaces

(plan drawing showing a van-accessible parking space with a 96 inch wide designated parking space, a 96 inch wide min. marked access aisle and the following notes)

Sign with “van accessible” and the international symbol of accessibility mounted high enough so the sign can be seen when a vehicle is parked in the space

96″ min. width access aisle, level (max. slope 1:50 in all directions), located beside the van parking space

Min. 98-inch-high clearance at van parking space, access aisle, and on vehicular route to and from van space

Minimum Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

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Table showing the minimum number of accessible parking spaces. Text following contains contents of the table.

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Spaces Provided decorative blank spaceNumber of Accessibledecorative blank space Parking Spacesdecorative blank space Spaces with

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1 to 25 1 1 0

26 to 50 2 1 1

51 to 75 3 1 2

76 to 100 4 1 3

101 to 150 5 1 4

151 to 200 6 1 5

201 to 300 7 1 6

301 to 400 8 1 7

401 to 500 9 2 7

501 to 1000 2% of total

parking provided 1/8 of Column A* 7/8 of Column A**

in each lot

1001 and over 20 plus 1 for

each 100 1/8 of Column A* 7/8 of Column A**

over 1000

one out of every 8 accessible spaces ** 7 out of every 8 accessible parking spaces

 

Location

Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible facility entrance. Where buildings have multiple accessible entrances with adjacent parking, the accessible parking spaces must be dispersed and located closest to the accessible entrances.

When accessible parking spaces are added in an existing parking lot, locate the spaces on the most level ground close to the accessible entrance. An accessible route must always be provided from the accessible parking to the accessible entrance. An accessible route never has curbs or stairs, must be at least 3- feet wide, and has a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface. The slope along the accessible route should not be greater than 1:12 in the direction of travel.

Accessible parking spaces may be clustered in one or more lots if equivalent or greater accessibility is provided in terms of distance from the accessible entrance, parking fees, and convenience. Van-accessible parking spaces located in parking garages may be clustered on one floor (to accommodate the 98-inch minimum vertical height requirement).

 

Free Technical Assistance

Answers to technical and general questions about restriping parking lots or other ADA requirements are available by telephone on weekdays. You may also order the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA publications, including regulations for private businesses or State and local governments, at any time day or night. Information about ADA-related IRS tax credits and deductions is also available from the ADA Information Line.

Department of Justice

ADA Information Line

800-514-0301 (voice)

800-514-0383 (tty)

 

Internet

You may also review or download information on the Department’s ADA Internet site at any time. The site provides access to ADA regulations, technical assistance materials, and general ADA information. It also provides links to other Federal agencies, and updates on new ADA requirements and enforcement efforts. Internet address:

www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/index.html

 

Reference:

ADA Standards for Accessible Design (28 CFR Part 36):

§ 4.1.6 Alterations;

§ 4.1.2 Accessible Sites and Exterior Facilities: New Construction, and

§ 4.1.6 Parking and Passenger Loading Zones.

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations New Hampshire

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in NH

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive in New Hampshire after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

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a local mobility dealers idea of taking care of your wheelchair van

Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

ADA’s Impact on Everyday Lives

ADA’s Impact on Everyday Lives

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Overview

Since its passage in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is slowly but surely changing the landscape and the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families every single day. Instead of repeatedly having to argue for their right to equal access and equal opportunity to participate in the programs, goods and services available to individuals without disabilities, children and adults with disabilities are discovering that—while the landscape is still not fully barrier free—they can usually go about their business without encountering barriers or interruption.

The articles below illustrate the ways in which the ADA impacts the lives of community members, employees, college students and families living the Southeast Region of the United States. These stories—and others—are repeated every day in communities, businesses and on campuses throughout the United States.

Index of Contents

Accessible Cities: People with Disabilities Survey Public Facilities

Over a three year period, small teams of people, with and without disabilities, visited city halls, libraries, civic centers, and parks in 14 cities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. Their goal was to check the accessibility of these civic places and to see how well these public sites met the access needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities.

The intention was not to ‘catch their cities napping’ or to report them for not being in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Instead, the goal was to examine and report on how easily—or not—people with visual, hearing, and mobility disabilities could enter a public facility and use the services available to people without disabilities.

One of the goals of the ADA is to remove access barriers and promote full and equal participation in civic life for individuals with disabilities. The cross-disability teams of people looking at access to public facilities in seven Southeast states were part of the Community Participation Research Project, conducted jointly by the Southeast ADA Center, its State Affiliates and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. This research project was unique because it used Participatory Action Research (PAR). PAR research is developed and implemented in full collaboration between people with disabilities and researchers, focusing on their concerns and interests while still maintaining research protocols and validity.

In this study, seven teams of 5-6 researchers surveyed sites in a total of 14 cities, two cities in each state. The cities were matched in terms of demographics. The only difference was that one city had previously reached a Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice to correct access barriers identified in one or more of its city facilities. Georgia was used as a pilot site to test the survey instruments and the way in which the local researchers were trained. Cities in the other six states were surveyed over the next two years, with state teams visiting both of their two cities within a few days of each other.

One of the things they found was that many of the public entities did not fully understand what good access means. As one local researcher explained,

“It is unfortunate that some public venues think they are providing adequate access to services, but the consumer’s experience may be quite different.”

They also found that public entities often did not realize that people with different disabilities had different access needs. For example, two local researchers—one who uses a wheelchair and one who is blind—had very different experiences when they visited the same library. Both were able to enter the library easily. However, the person using a wheelchair was able to use the library’s computer independently to locate the book he wanted while the woman who was blind discovered that she could not use the library computers with a screen reader and that the staff didn’t know how to open the software that would let her search the files by herself.

In fact, one of the study findings was that people who were blind or who had low vision found the city sites less accessible overall than did people who used wheelchairs or who were deaf.

For example, because the public restrooms in a city park were not identified in Braille and raised lettering, one man who was blind started to enter the women’s restroom by mistake. Another, more frustrating, situation took place in a public library. One researcher asked about library materials for individuals with vision-related disabilities and received little helpful information. However, in talking to another researcher later, she discovered that the library had a good collection of audiobooks.

Researchers who used wheelchairs or who were hard-of-hearing also discovered some problems. Individuals who use wheelchairs identified barriers related to parking enforcement, steep ramps, counter heights, thresholds, and door handles. Another researcher contacted a civic center prior to arriving and asked if they had an assistive listening system (ALS). He was told that they did not have an ALS but on the day of the performance when he asked again, he was given headphones without comment or delay.

As a researcher pointed out:

“Most of the places I went, there was more assistance available than I turned up beforehand [on the website or by contacting the site directly]. Perhaps people didn’t know what was available or had not been trained to answer questions about providing assistance. All public places should have a brochure or flyer printed to show what accommodations or assistance they have.”

Researchers using a TTY (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) found many public agencies either did not have one or did not know how to use it. And, in some cases, researchers noted that absent or hard to find and see signage, for accessible entrances, emergency exits, or identifying restrooms, was frustrating and challenging. More seriously, one researcher reported that when emergency exit information was reviewed for the audience at a civic center, there was no mention of accessible emergency exits.

Despite these access issues, the researchers reported delight at the many examples of accessibility that they encountered, including some new discoveries such as accessible park benches and picnic tables. One researcher noted “this was the most accessible website I have ever seen. I could completely access the entire website and library into my screen reader.” They also noted many staff contributed to positive experiences, including demonstrating a willingness to put together a needed accommodation. One researcher reported receiving a “very prompt and helpful response” and another added “excellent facility for accessibility. Staff is knowledgeable and sensitive to persons with disability.” In fact, almost two-thirds of the time researchers found that entities had a staff member who coordinated services for people with disabilities. Even when access barriers were encountered, the willingness of staff to try to resolve the issue went a long way toward easing the researchers’ frustration.

Finally, the PAR project provided opportunities for increased understanding and appreciation of all the issues involved in providing good access. Because people with disabilities were integral to the research from start to finish, they were aware of subtle access needs that others without disabilities would likely overlook. Their participation in the project also increased their own awareness of the areas where more education and guidance were needed.

“It’s always eye opening to realize how few people take issues of accessibility truly into consideration when running public places. Clearly, much more information is needed and ways to implement them developed.”

Another commented:

“I know how to get around my own city. Know the accessible entrances and how to ask for the accommodations I need. But when I visited the other city, I was clueless. Sometimes I had to circle the building several times before I found the accessible entrance or figured out where the elevator was. How would someone visiting my city figure out how to get places? I never thought about that before.”

As a result of their involvement with the PAR project, many researchers expressed positive feelings from having engaged in the site visits, learned a good deal, and for some, left feeling a greater desire to engage in local change efforts to remove access barriers.

The researchers also noted a growing awareness on the part of city staff:

“The last person who visited the city hall was one of the research team members without a disability. As she entered the hallway near the offices, she heard a couple of individuals talking. A gentleman said, “What I want to know is, are we prepared?” A woman responded, “We have spaces for wheelchairs….” The gentleman then said, “I’m not just talking about people in chairs, I mean all types – do we have alternative formats?””

The rest of the conversation was not clear. However, the team members clearly had increased staff awareness of the full range of disability access needs.

For free, confidential information, technical assistance and answers to all questions regarding the ADA, please contact your regional ADA Center by calling 1-800-949-4232 (voice/tty).

Accessible Businesses Welcome Everyone

For most people, their major concern when running errands and shopping is whether they can fit it all they need to do into the time available. For people with disabilities, however, particularly for those with physical disabilities, their major concern is whether they can get into the stores or buildings in the first place and, once in, whether they have access to the goods and services they need.

Stores, theaters and other buildings were not intended to shut out people with disabilities—but the built environment has been highly effective in denying access to people who have limited use of hands or legs. A single step, a one-inch threshold, a heavy door, or a round doorknob can make entry into a building difficult, if not impassible. And once someone with a mobility impairment has struggled to get inside, cluttered aisles or objects blocking call buttons on elevators can significantly impede their ability to do what it is that they came inside to do, whether that is to buy a new shirt or visit a physician’s office.

“For the most part, the bigger retail stores—like Walmart, Kohls, TJ Maxx—have plenty of room for me to get around,” says Dylan Brown of Nashville, TN. “But I still run into problems with the amount of items they try to put into the very small stores in malls and strip malls. Overstocking in the small stores means that I can’t get through the aisles, so I just don’t go in.”

Dylan has quadriplegia as the result of an automobile accident in 2002 and uses a powered chair. He drives an adapted van and can usually get around Nashville and do what he wants to do except when it comes to some places that are unclear on the concept of accessibility:

“There’s a newly renovated, posh bar in town. It has access into the bar and the restrooms are accessible. But there is not one seat in the place where I would be eye-level with my peers. Even the booths have a step up. I went out to the smoking patio but that was built up also, with wood high-rise seating all around the edge. There was no way I could have a drink and be at eye level with my friends. I couldn’t even put my drink down without reaching up to the table. It’s like they went out of their way to make it inaccessible.

“I felt so uncomfortable. I know I’m in a chair but I’m always around active people, and you get going and you just forget. Then, when you get to a place that is so blatantly inaccessible, the term crippled comes back in.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed nearly unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, mandates that places that offer their goods and services to the public must be accessible to people with a variety of disabilities. Effective January 26, 1992, all places of business have been required to make their goods and services available to and useable by people with disabilities to the extent that it is readily achievable (e.g., that changes can be accomplished without much difficulty or expense). Furthermore, all new construction and renovations to existing buildings must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities to the fullest extent possible.

Lack of access is more than an inconvenience for people with disabilities; for many, accessible stores, professional offices, theaters, libraries, state and local government offices and medical facilities can mean the difference between a life of independence and full immersion in the community and one of dependence and restrictive living situations.

Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE) of Mississippi, the statewide Center for Independence (CIL) in Mississippi, believes so strongly in promoting independence for people with disabilities that the CIL uses Americorps volunteers to do community access surveys to ensure that people leaving nursing homes or other congregate facilities will be able to move about effectively within the community. The Americorps members in Project LINC focus on those places that individuals with disabilities were most likely to want to use. When doing a Project LINC site survey, the Americorps volunteers introduce themselves to the places they want to survey, provide information about the ADA and explain that their purpose is to make places more accessible for people with disabilities, not to report anyone for failure to comply with the ADA. They then ask permission to conduct the survey and to return at a later date for a follow-up visit.

Desmeon Thomas, of Jackson, Mississippi, was both an Americorps volunteer doing the surveys and a beneficiary of increased access in his immediate community. Desmeon sustained a spinal cord injury in 2002 when he was 19 years old. He approached the LIFE Center for assistance in learning how to live with a disability. When he learned about Americorps and Project LINC, he signed up as an Americorps volunteer, receiving a stipend for his work on the project and becoming eligible for $4000 year for his two years of service to put toward his education.

As Desmeon explains, “we would survey places that are just around the corner from where someone moving into a community would be living. That means places like corner stores, dollar stores—we surveyed a lot of dollar stores; that’s where we can afford to shop!—fast food restaurants and grocery stores.

“I’m quadriplegic, so I need a lot of help with everything. I use a power chair so I can get around on my own, but I’m not the lightest person in the world, and my parents are getting older. I didn’t want to have to go into a nursing home but I knew I couldn’t stay with my parents much longer either. So I looked for a way to live on my own. LIFE hooked me up with the Medicaid Waiver* program that pays for personal attendants to help me 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. I use them for four hours in the morning to get me up and dressed and ready for the day, for four hours at night to get me ready for bed.

“Now I rent my own house, drive a Dodge Caravan and can do most of my own shopping. Grocery stores have been great! I can get around easily, and they always send someone to help me if I ask. My power chair helps raise me up so I can usually reach things on the shelves. If not, the grocery store clerks help me.

“And the other places I need to go are also pretty accessible, thanks to the survey work we did. Well, sometimes I need to go into a side or back entrance to some places…and the movie theater near me only has accessible seats right in the very front row, which is too close to the screen and makes it hard to watch without getting a stiff neck. But for the most part I can get where I need and want to go.”

*The Medicaid Waiver: Section 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act enables states to request a waiver of applicable federal Medicaid requirements to provide enhanced community support services to those Medicaid beneficiaries who would otherwise require institutional care.

Reasonable Accommodations Mean Getting the Job Done

Employees with disabilities may do a job differently—they may use adapted computers, screen reading software, large print materials or raised desks that can accommodate a wheelchair—but they get the job done like any other employee in their position. They are not asking for special treatment or to be excused from performing the essential functions of their jobs. But they do ask that they be given the tools or supports they need to perform these tasks competently.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed almost unanimously by both the House and the Senate in July 1990. It provides civil rights protections to individuals with disability and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title I of the ADA requires that employers make reasonable accommodations unless making those accommodations creates significant difficulty or expense. Reasonable accommodations are changes to the workplace or the way things are customarily done; they are intended to allow qualified employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Why is the Americans with Disabilities Act Needed?

Cheri Hofmann, who has a significant hearing loss, had worked as a paralegal position for 13 years, collecting awards and superior performance reviews throughout her career. Until her job duties changed in her 14th year, she never needed any changes to her workplace or different equipment to perform her job well. When her job duties in changed, however, she asked for a few, modest changes to her workplace.

“In my 14th year, my job had additional duties that required me to be able to assist clients while others were on break and to answer phones. I asked for a mirror to be placed where I could see the door opening when clients came in, a head set for the telephone with amplification, and to re-position my desk to also have a better view of the front door. They refused the mirror, saying it would be a distraction to the other paralegals; they said to reposition my desk would cause the entire area to have to be changed; and they said they ordered a head set, but it never came. Instead they gave me a phone with a volume control but it was not effective.”

None of these changes cost more than $30, but without them, Cheri was unable to do her job and was eventually forced to leave.

Cheri’s difficulties with her employer took place before the ADA too effect. Under Title I of the ADA now, however, employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants or employees with disabilities unless to do so would result in an undue burden. Reasonable accommodations are changes to the workplace, modifications in workplace policies, or provision of assistive technology that allow a qualified employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

What are Reasonable Accommodations?

A reasonable accommodation is any change to the work environment or to the way that things are customarily done that enables an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. Rene Cummins, Executive Director of a Center for Independent Living in North Carolina, has low vision who relies on assistive technology every day. She uses a screen reader to read computer text and a scanner to scan print materials into the computer where they can be read back to her. Christinne Rudd has cerebral palsy and walks with a cane. Her employer in Florida provided a printer in her office so that she doesn’t have to go to the main printer to retrieve letters and other documents. Her employer has also offered to provide a scooter, if necessary, when there are employee outings and reimburses her for cab fare for her local travel on company business.

Patricia Valladares is an outreach worker for a social services agency in Tennessee. Patricia is blind and uses JAWS software that reads computer text, and the Open Book program that scans in printed material and reads it back so she can read read and save printed documents. She also asks that handouts for conferences and trainings be given to her on CDs.

John Hobgood is a social worker in Texas who recived a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. As the result of his head injury, John has difficulty paying attention, so he uses a daytimer to keep his schedule and relies on the Outlook calendar computer software to remind him of appointments. Reading is difficult, so John uses free screen reader software from Readplease.com. Individuals with traumatic head injury often have difficulty concentrating at the end of the day. When his agency moved to a 4-day week of 10 hour days, John and another co-worker asked for a modified schedule in which they would remain on the 5-day week. Their requests were granted, and the two come into work on the 5th day, lock the door, answer phones, and catch up with their paperwork.

John Duplessis, a social worker in Alabama who became legally blind as an adult, relies on a tape recorder that is “glued to my side for dictating notes and recording conversations that I need to remember.” He uses Zoom Text software to enlarge text on his computer screen and uses its speech function to read aloud what is on the screen. John also has talking Caller I.D. on his landline and cell phones to announce the name and number of incoming calls. In addition, he uses glasses with magnification to read printed documents and to write. Even so, he notes wryly, “I don’t write quickly and my penmanship is not very good.”

Not all effective accommodations need to be provided by the employer. Many people with disabilities can use “off the shelf” assistive technology to meet their personal needs. For example, Eric Dupre who has a learning disability thrives in his fast-paced, unpredictable job as a news photojournalist. To keep himself on track, Eric carries “a small pad with me each day to write down my schedule and use an electronic pocket reminder for assignments that may be projected in the future. I use a GPS to assist me to find locations where I have to be. I purchased my own accommodations for under $100.”

Although many people with disabilities can perform all their job duties without an accommodation of any sort, others encounter workplace barriers that hinder or prevent them from performing competently on the job. By mandating reasonable accommodations and changes to the work environment as long as they do not create an undue burden, Title I of the ADA make it possible for qualified employees with disabilities to demonstrate their competence and ability to perform on the job.

Inclusion from the Start: Campus Collaboration Avoids Access Pitfalls

When changes are made to a college or university campus, planning ahead for access avoids costly errors. It also avoids the inadvertent creation of access barriers that make it difficult or impossible for students, visitors, and staff with disabilities to enjoy full use of all that the institution has to offer. One university—Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee—has taken steps to ensure that neither of these problems occur on their campus.

FSU’s fully collaborative process ensures that access is included from the very start when any new construction or renovation is planned. This entails coordination and collaboration among nearly 80 individuals, including the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance, the Facilities Vice President, Facilities Designer, Facilities Planners, and Project Manager as well as representatives from 20 or more other campus departments. It also requires some creative thinking and planning to assure maximum access throughout all phases of what can be a lengthy period of construction.

As Amy Wagner, Assistant Director of the University’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance explains,

“We try to proactively address construction issues prior to the initiation of any new construction efforts. However, there are times in which we have had to make adjustments during a construction build due to the length of time a project would take to complete. For instance, during a 10-month construction project, a sidewalk was opened and closed at various points and required a phasing in/out of the project. The road under construction was a half mile long and the construction was done in four phases. We discussed the impact of a phased project on students with and without disabilities. In addition, we examined the options for maintaining access during the construction period. Breaking the project into four phases allowed for access at all times during the construction process. As one section was completed, it was then re-opened to provide access while another section was closed according to the phased project schedule.”

In addition, collaboration and cooperation among all offices and departments has nurtured an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Key players are routinely invited to participate in meetings in addition to the quarterly meetings of the entire planning team to ensure that accessibility concerns are addressed early on. For example, the campus is currently undergoing new construction activity in which Ms. Wagner has been called upon by project managers to address concerns involving ADA-related access issues such as installation of sidewalks, doorways, hood vents in school laboratories, detectable warnings, signage, and accessible routes/pathways around construction zones.

Ms. Wagner prefers not to refer to a project as challenging but as one that is “unknown territory” requiring innovative thinking and creativity on the university’s part to ensure that it is ADA compliant in all of its activities.

Florida State University entered into “unknown territory” in 2011 when the FSU Flying High Circus, one of only two collegiate circuses in the United States, wanted to purchase a new tent, seating, and flooring. The Circus wanted to purchase an interlocking floor but was aware that it might present access concerns. FSU wanted to ensure that the flooring was accessible to people with disabilities and did not present the possibility of a trip-hazard or an accessibility barrier for wheelchair users in the event the interlocking pads became disengaged. Ms. Wagner spent time researching precedence and best-practices governing this type of situation. As a result, the new tent, seating areas, and paths of travel throughout the tent not only meet but exceed the ADA standards for accessible seating and paths of travel.

FSU’s intentional effort to include Ms. Wagner in all planning efforts related to new construction projects is an example of a university that is committed to ensuring full inclusion and ensuring that full access is at the forefront of any and all ventures to enhance and/or improve the campus infrastructure. Ms. Wagner reiterates the importance of her office’s collaboration with facilities and maintenance staff, construction managers, and others involved in the planning of new construction from the very start to ensure that access and full inclusion are primary considerations throughout the life of any project.

The ADA: It’s a Family Affair

In our family, if I couldn’t go, none of us could go.

Most people think of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as legislation that promotes access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. What they often don’t realize is that the ADA also creates access and equal opportunity for families and friends as well.

Why the ADA? Just ask Sara Ezell.

“In the past 40 years, I have seen things change hugely. It’s been an exciting time because of the ADA. If not for the ADA, where would I be today?”

Sara grew up in a close-knit family. Because she was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a bone disorder often called “brittle bone disease,” Sara used a wheelchair most of the time. When she was a child, “accessibility was an issue everywhere. Disability was not an issue in our family, but access was. When I could not get into a restaurant or a store with my brothers and parents, it was an insult to our whole family—and we didn’t go in. In our family, if I couldn’t go, none of us could go.”

When Sara became a teenager, things got to be embarrassing, especially when she went out on a blind date. Faced with the prospect of getting into an inaccessible entrance, Sara’s date would offer to lift her and her chair up the two stairs at the entrance, making an awkward situation even more uncomfortable.

When Sara entered Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, pre-ADA in 1989, no freshman dorm rooms were accessible. Vanderbilt was determined to have Sara on campus, so they turned an administration office into a dorm room. As Sara explains, “we made do with it. All of my neighbors were Deans, and I got to know them pretty well. But after 5:00 PM, no one was there. It was not too bad, but it was not a natural dorm experience, and I missed the experience of living in a dorm with other students.”

Vanderbilt continued in its efforts to provide campus-wide access, including dorm rooms, for its students with disabilities. Although the ADA had recently been passed and would be going into effect within two years, “nobody knew what to do yet. There was a two-inch thick book of scoping requirements from the US Access Board that the University used but it wasn’t clear who would pay for the changes.

“It took a lot of doing, but by the time I graduated, I was living in a hall with other students—and I had a choice of rooms to pick from! And with every dorm renovation, the University would add more rooms. After I graduated, I went to work for the ADA office at Vanderbilt. And it was fun to see the faces of incoming freshmen with disabilities when I told them you can live here or here and here…”

As Sara reflects on her experiences pre- and post-ADA, she notes that “now so many places are completely accessible. It’s amazing to see.”

It’s still a family affair

Sara’s disability has had a rippling effect across generations. Both of her brothers worked at an Easter Seals camp in East Tennessee one summer and loved it. Her oldest brother, Chase, got a degree in Recreational Therapy. Chase was interested in physical accessibility of Tennessee State Parks, so he wrote his Master’s Thesis on the topic—using Sara as a guinea pig to “try out” the steepness of ramps and the smoothness of trails. “It was not always fun,” she recalls.

As for the next generation, Sara says, “Kids get it at a level that adults just don’t.”

“My two nieces and my nephew are my pride and joy, and they are not afraid to ask questions about disability. My niece Evelyn has befriended a little girl in her classroom who has cerebral palsy. And she had a lot of questions for me, like ‘why does she have a lady with her all the time?’ My niece just wanted to understand so she could figure out how she could help her and sit with her at lunch.

“It’s been fun to teach them about accessibility. My little nephew is just now starting to discover about accessibility. When we are together and there’s some place that his Aunt Sissy cannot go, he’s annoyed to death and just doesn’t understand. There’s a generation of militant little people who are going to be just great!”

Rhode Island Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the Center for Personal Assistance Services, about 155,000 individuals living in Rhode Island were considered to have a disability in 2005. Specifically, about 2.6% of the population of Rhode Island have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the state of Rhode Island including Providence and Newport, as well as Briston, Kent and Washington counties.

If your business needs a new or used accessible van, bus, shuttle or other commercial vehicle in Rhode Island, look through our online inventory to find the vehicle that’s right for you. View our commercial accessible vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and accessories or visit our commercial wheelchair van and bus inventory.

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, Rhode Island state regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to New Hampshire, to your business. We often make deliveries to Providence and Newport, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs, so contact us today.

Learn more about delivery information for Rhode Island wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the great state of Rhode Island.

Additional Mobility Resources in Massachusetts

Additional Mobility Resources in Massachusetts

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Non-Profit Organizations

Independent Living Centers

  • Center for Living and Working – Worcester, MA
  • Independent Living Center of the North Shore & Cape Ann, Inc. – Salem, MA
  • Kennedy Donovan Center – Foxboro, MA
  • Northeast Independent Living – Lawrence, MA

Veteran Administration Hospitals/Organizations

Rehabilitation Centers/Hospitals

  • Center for Comprehensive Services – Braintree, MA
  • Health South – Woburn, MA
  • Spaulding Rehab – Boston, MA

Adaptive Driver Evaluators

  • Adaptive Driving Programs – Dedham, MA

 

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations Vermont

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in VT

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive in Vermont after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

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Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

Maine Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the 2005 American Community Study by the Center for Personal Assistance Services, approximately 228,000 individuals living in Maine are considered to be disabled in some manner. Specifically, about 2.7% of the population of Maine have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the state of Maine including the Portland area and Cumberland, Sagadahac and York counties.

If your business needs a new or used accessible van, bus, shuttle or other commercial vehicle in Maine, look through our online inventory to find the vehicle that’s right for you. View our commercial accessible vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and accessories or visit our commercial wheelchair van and bus inventory.

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, Maine state regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to Maine, to your business. We often make deliveries to Cumberland County, Sagadahoc County and York County, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs, so contact us today.

Learn more about delivery information for Maine wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the great state of Maine.

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations Connecticut

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in CT

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

Wheelchair van rust not at newenglandwheelchairvan.com if you bring it to us for service
a local mobility dealers idea of taking care of your wheelchair van

Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

New York Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the Center for Personal Assistance Services, about 2,537,000 individuals living in New York were considered to have a disability in 2005. Specifically, about 2.8% of the population of New York have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the country of New York; the Metropolitan New York and Hudson Valley areas, including Suffolk, Nassau, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

If your business needs a new or used accessible van, bus, shuttle or other commercial vehicle in New York, look through our online inventory to find the vehicle that’s right for you. View our commercial accessible vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and accessories or visit our commercial wheelchair van and bus inventory.

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, New York state regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to New York, to your business. We often make deliveries to Kingston, Poughkeepsie, as well as Suffolk County, Nassau County, and New York City, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs, so contact us today.

Learn more about delivery information for New York wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the country of New York City, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs.

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations Rhode Island

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in Rhode Island

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive in Rhode Island after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service for you in RI offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

Wheelchair van rust not at newenglandwheelchairvan.com if you bring it to us for service
a local mobility dealers idea of taking care of your wheelchair van

Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

New Hampshire Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the Center for Personal Assistance Services, about 174,000 individuals living in New Hampshire were considered to have a disability in 2005. Specifically, about 2.5% of the population of New Hampshire have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the state of New Hampshire including Manchester, and Merrimack, Belknap, Rockingham and Strafford counties.

If your business needs a new or used accessible van, bus, shuttle or other commercial vehicle in New Hampshire, look through our online inventory to find the vehicle that’s right for you. View our commercial accessible vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and accessories or visit our commercial wheelchair van and bus inventory.

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, New Hampshire state regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories in New Hampshire.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to New Hampshire, to your business. We often make deliveries to Hillsborough County, Strafford County, Rockingham County, Belknap County and Merrimack County, so contact us today.

Learn more about delivery information for New Hampshire wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the great state of New Hampshire.

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations Massachusetts

Wheelchair Van Service Considerations in Massachusetts

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At VMi New England Mobility Center, we believe that the service you receive in Massachusetts after you purchase a wheelchair van is just as important as the service you received during your purchasing process. Our main goal is to keep you and the other passengers in the vehicle as safe as possible, which is why our wheelchair van service offerings are unlike any others in the vehicle modification industry.

Trained Service Technicians in MA

All VMi New England Mobility Center Technicians are certified in the mobility equipment that is sold, installed, and serviced.  We are held to the highest standards in the adaptive vehicle industry.

Some of Longest Warranties in the Vehicle Modification Industry

We want to protect our customers and make sure that we offer the best options for them.

Operational Maintenance Program

For more than 27 years we have implemented and evolved a multi-faceted operational maintenance schedule unavailable at any other facility in the country to assist you in maintaining optimum driving performance while also assessing critical component deterioration before it occurs. Our Service Technicians will provide you with list of all work performed on your wheelchair accessible vehicle and a list of any items that may require future attention. Also, we will inform you of any upcoming maintenance and service you may need done to your wheelchair accessible vehicle in order to make sure your adaptive vehicle is in top condition.

Other dealers want your old vans to rust and fall apart so they can sell you a new one.

Wheelchair van rust not at newenglandwheelchairvan.com if you bring it to us for service
a local mobility dealers idea of taking care of your wheelchair van

Operational Maintenance of Adaptive Mobility Equipment on:

  • Lowered Floor Wheelchair Van (New & Used)
  • Full-Size Wheelchair Vans (New & Used)
  • Primary and Secondary Driving Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Wheelchair Securement Systems (automatic and manual)
  • Power Seat Bases
  • Power Door Operators

Special service work or repairs to your Adaptive Equipment

Installation of new Adaptive Equipment on new and used wheelchair vans such as:

  • Hand Controls
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Scooter Lifts
  • Raised Doors
  • Lowered Floors
  • Specialized gas, brake, and steering systems
  • Turning Automotive Seats

Connecticut Commercial Wheelchair Vans

According to the 2005 American Community Study by the Center for Personal Assistance Services, approximately 408,000 individuals living in Connecticut are considered to be disabled in some manner. Specifically, about 2.3% of the population of Connecticut have difficulty with every day tasks such as taking a bath, getting dressed, moving about the house, and driving.

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At the VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer specialized transportation products and services for private and commercial use. For more than 25 years we have been servicing the commercial and personal wheelchair vehicle needs of the state of Connecticut including the Greater Hartford, Greater Bridgeport, Greater New Haven, Torrington, and surrounding counties.

If your business needs a new or used van, bus, shuttle or other commercial accessible vehicle in Connecticut, give us a call to find the vehicle that suits your requirements. Contact us for any of your commercial wheelchair vehicles, used vans and buses, modifications and upfit needs

We can help you evaluate how many passengers you need to carry, Connecticut State regulatory requirements and other commercial considerations when buying a wheelchair van, replacement parts or accessories in Connecticut.

After VMi New England Mobility Center helps you locate the perfect commercial wheelchair van, bus, shuttle, or ambulette, we deliver! We can deliver it right to your door. We will drive, tow or trailer your wheelchair accessible vehicle to Connecticut, right to your business. We often make deliveries to Fairfield County, New Haven County, Hartford County, Tolland County, Middlesex County, and Litchfield County, so contact us today for your commercial mobility needs.

Learn more about delivery information for Connecticut wheelchair vans and parts and our commercial warranty.

We look forward to helping your business provide exceptional service to your wheelchair users, school students, group homes, and rehab centers in the great state of Connecticut.

toyota sienna rampvan wheelchair & scooter accessible van

The Toyota Sienna wheelchair and scooter accessible van offers accessibility and convenience in a sporty, streamlined package. The bold, new attitude of this popular vehicle is a refreshing take on the traditional van.

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The one touch power entry and exit system includes a power sliding side door, a power ramp, and a power auto-kneel system to reduce ramp angle and make the van easier to enter and exit for wheelchair or scooter users. The Toyota Sienna wheelchair van also features easily removable front seats to allow a wheelchair user to drive the vehicle (when properly equipped with hand controls) or to ride in the front passenger position.

The lightweight aluminum ramp extends to allow easy access to the interior for wheelchairs and scooters. A durable, non-skid powder-coated finish ensures superior traction. In the event of power failure, the ramp can be operated manually.

To make boarding even easier, most of our vans feature an integrated “kneeling” system. An actuator lowers the rear suspension while the door opens, which reduces the slope of the auto ramp.

Ramp van Standard Features

Auto Door The original door operator opens the sliding door at the touch of a button. The door can be operated with the standard remote control, or with one of the several interior control switches.

Auto Kneel The Rampvan features a “kneeling” system to make entering and exiting your vehicle even easier. An actuator lowers the rear suspension while the door opens, which reduces the slope of the automatic ramp.

Auto Ramp The lightweight ramp is offered in both In floor and Foldout versions, and offers unparalleled ease of access for wheelchair and scooter users. In the event of power failure, both the door and ramp can easily be operated manually.

Lowered Floor Up to 14.75″ lower than conventional minivans, the Ramp van’s floor is lowered from the firewall to the rear axle. With a choice of three securement positions, wheelchair users can enjoy the ride — and the view — from their chair

Removable Seating Both the driver and passenger seat can easily be removed for those who wish to ride up front or drive. By simply unlocking the seat base from the vehicle, the entire assembly can be rolled out of the vehicle via the ramp and reinstalled just as easily when needed.

The Ramp van combines sophisticated engineering with a combination of style, class, interior space and superior quality. At the heart of the Ramp van is the Toyota Sienna minivan chassis. Each Ramp van features a lowered floor to provide generous head room for wheelchair or scooter users. An integrated power sliding door and ramp enable full access to the vehicle. By offering conversions with both fold-out or in-floor ramps, we ensure that each customer gets the right conversion for his or her needs.

mobility van markets new england and beyond

VMi New England Mobility Center customers have come to us from all over the United States, from New England to Tennessee, Michigan to the District of Columbia. Our Bridgewater facility offers a unmatched capability to sell, service allow us to supply accessible commercial vehicles and personal-use wheelchair vans to clients throughout the area.

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Personal Conversion Wheelchair Vans

Our Bridgewater Mobility Center offers full service and sales to individuals throughout all of New England

Commercial Accessible Vans, Buses and Shuttles

We often sell, service, and deliver vehicles to the following areas:

States

Are you outside of any of these locations and still interested in a VMi New England Mobility Center conversion van or mobility product? Contact our expert sales staff, as we may still be able to assist you in finding the perfect commercial wheelchair van or accessible personal-use modification.

It’s all about choices

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The theme of the website revolves around choice and making a knowledgeable decision. The site has reviews on manual rigid frame models, folding wheelchairs and power chairs. They even have a section on all-terrain wheelchairs and sports wheelchairs. Just about every type of mobility device is represented. One of the more popular wheelchairs in the rigid frame section is the Ti Lite ZRA with 42 user postings. Overall, they have a 3.76 end user rating. Among the highest rated rigid frames with a 5.0 rating, but with only 10 user reviews is the Lasher Sport, Llc BT-Mg.

To see what people are saying about your wheelchair or one that you may be looking at getting in the future, go to wheelchair reviews.

Scooter Reviews for Three and Four Wheeled Models

The website also has reviews and ratings for scooters. These include 3-wheel scooters, 4-wheel scooters, and lightweight scooters. Among the top reviewed in the lightweights is the Pride Mobility Go Go. To see the scooters listed and which one sounds like the right fit for your needs, go to scooter reviews.

About United Spinal

United Spinal was founded in 1946 by a group of paralyzed WWII veterans in New York City who advocated for greater civil rights and independence for themselves and their fellow veterans. Today, United Spinal is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). Its 35,000 members are of all ages and backgrounds and membership is free.

Other Resources

Other online websites for learning about different wheelchair makes and models include Spin Life and Disabled World. Getting as many opinions as you can from friends and support groups is highly suggested to find the right chair to meet your needs and personal preferences. Making a knowledgeable decision by doing a little research online may save you time and money.

Heroes Remembered: The 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 00:00

Our “Heroes Remembered” event will honor and recognize all Korean War Veterans on the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on the National Mall at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC. The event start time is to be determined. Please continue to check back on this site, as additional information will be provided. To receive an official invitation, please provide your mailing address by clicking HERE.

National Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, DC

United States
See map: Google Maps

Commercial Use Wheelchair Vans And Buses

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VMi New England Mobility Center provides commercial wheelchair vans and buses, shuttle vans, shuttle buses and specialized conversions such as ambulettes and non-emergency medical transportation vehicles. We provide sales, service, rentals and all necessary replacement parts and accessories.

Many commercial wheelchair van, bus and shuttle floorplans are available. Call for up to date  commercial wheelchair van, bus and shuttle inventory. Call 508-697-6006 to speak to one of our commercial wheelchair van specialists right now.

Commercial Vans, Buses and Shuttles

Whether your clients are wheelchair users, ambulatory patients, school students, nursing homes, group homes, rehab centers, or extended care facilities, all have unique commercial handicap accessible van with commercial wheelchair lift transportation needs.

Some questions you’ll want to consider:

  • How many wheelchair passengers will you transport?
  • How many ambulatory/walking passengers will you transport?
  • What will be the typical combination?
  • Do you have to meet ADA or other regulatory requirements?

Whether it is maximizing client capacity, choosing a style that will blend in a neighborhood setting, or maximizing headroom for client and staff comfort, we provide wheelchair accessible vans, buses, and shuttles that balance those needs with the same great quality the industry has come to expect.

  • View our Commercial Accessible Vehicles
  • Find out about Used Vans and Buses

Commercial Vehicle Inventory

We carry both new and used wheelchair vans, buses and shuttle vans. We also list wheelchair van conversion “shells” that have been mostly completed and are only waiting for wheelchair position, seating instructions and other final details. We do our best to seek out quality used vehicles and make all necessary repairs and modifications before offering them for sale.

Van and Bus Modifications and Accessories

Wheelchair vans, buses and shuttles must work in numerous industries, applications and working conditions while serving people who are equally diverse. The number of clients and staff that must be transported, their age and abilities, regulations and corporate image are all major factors that influence and are affected by the modifications available. To make this possible, there are many modifications and accessories that can be added to wheelchair vans buses and shuttles to customize them for the end-user’s needs. Among the van and bus modifications available are wheelchair tie-downs, lifts and entryways.

  • See what Modifications and Accessories are available

Commercial Help and Resource Center

Our Commercial Help and Resource Center will help to answer many of your most common questions. The Commercial Help and Resource Center includes resources that we feel could provide benefit to our customers. Service tips, new product information, regulatory changes and many other subjects are covered on a regular basis. Our sales, service and management teams, as well as a few “industry expert” guests, put their thoughts and experiences to work for you. We are available for any questions you may have! At VMi New England Mobility Center, we strive to ensure that our customers and dealers get the results they value the most.

Commercial Warranty Information

Warranties on commercial wheelchair vans, buses and shuttle vans can sometimes be complicated because components such as the base chassis, heating and air conditioning, body modifications and other modifications come from different manufacturers and have varying lengths and depths of warranty coverage.  Our goal is to save you time and effort and keep your costs low.

adaptive mobility equipment financing options

Adaptive equipment describes an installed device, in addition to a structural modification, that is necessary for a person with a permanent physical disability to drive or be transported in a vehicle.

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Some equipment not thought of as typical adaptive equipment, or equipment which is not available from the factory, that serves a need to operate or ride in a vehicle for persons with disabilities such as but not limited to: assist handles, keyless entry, keyless ignition switch, lumbar support, headrest adjustment, pedal extensions power seats, remote liftgate opener, running boards, seat belt extenders, seat modifications, and special mirrors may be eligible for reimbursement and require additional documentation. You will be notified if additional documentation is needed such as a letter or prescription clearly describing the permanent physical disability requiring this equipment, prepared by a licensed or certified medical professional.

Factory installed options such as air conditioning, running boards, lumbar seats and power windows are not considered eligible under the terms of the program.

Driving is a privilege for people stroke survivors with limited mobility; it provides a sense of stability in their lives so they can regain their independence. They love the flexibility their adaptive mobility equipment provides, but they often face exorbitant costs when it comes to financing the purchase of the equipment.

“The number one reason people with disabilities don’t have access to adequate transportation is because they cannot afford it.” The good news is that funding assistance to purchase adaptive equipment is becoming increasingly available.

Sources of funding determine a person’s “buying power.” Unlike the financing options provided by original equipment manufacturers, Mobility Equipment Dealers, such as Vmi New England Mobility Center, have access to financing options specifically for adaptive equipment purchases; they offer options and solutions for the customer.

Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers grants enabling 100% service related disabled veterans to purchase a new or used modified vehicle and adaptive equipment. Automobile grants are available once in the service member’s lifetime and adaptive equipment grants are available for special equipment that may used more than once.  For more information, call 1-800-827-1000 or read the VA’s “Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants” fact sheet.

State Programs

  • State Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) Agencies may be able to assist with the costs associated with purchasing an adaptive vehicle (or adding adaptive equipment to an existing one) if the vehicle is necessary in order for a person to get to and from work.
  • State Assistive Technology Loan Programs may also be able to provide assistance to help pay for modifications to the vehicle.
  • Center for Independent Living (CIL) can provide additional information on programs that may be available in your state.

Government Programs

  • Medicaid: Medicaid is a jointly administered federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid benefits differ by state and are approved on a case-by-case basis when a request for funding is presented through a prior approval.
  • Medicare: Medicare is a federal program and in some instances they will pay for adaptive equipment following a specialty evaluation performed by a qualified practitioner. For more information, call 1-800-633-4227.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI offers a Plan to Achieve Self-Support program, or PASS, which helps those with disabilities pay for items or services needed to achieve a specific employment goal – to ultimately return to work.
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Often sales-tax exemptions on equipment purchases and other out-of-pocket costs can qualify for tax deductions as medical expenses. Contact a tax adviser or get literature from the IRS that outlines the tax code for medical equipment by calling 1-800-829-1040 and asking for publications with extensions 3966, 907 and 502.

Workman’s Compensation:

Your insurance or workman’s compensation policies may also pay for vehicle adaptation. Check with your HR department or workman’s comp. organization for more information.

Fundraisers, Charitable Organizations/Churches

These may not be for everyone, but they can be effective and many people have successfully raised the money to pay for a wheelchair accessible vehicle and adaptive equipment using these options.

Automakers Rebate Programs

Many automobile makers are providing people with disabilities a wide range of rebates and incentive programs to cover adaptive equipment installation. Below is an overview of some programs offering rebates or reimbursements for adaptive mobility equipment.

  • Ford Motor Company: The Ford Mobility Motoring adaptive equipment reimbursement offers up to $1,000 off for a vehicle modification. You may also qualify for up to $200 for alert hearing devices, lumbar support, or running boards installed on any new Ford or Lincoln vehicle purchased or leased from a U.S. Ford or Lincoln dealer during the program period.
  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation: Once you have a 2010-2013 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram or FIAT vehicle that fits your transportation needs, contact a reputable and qualified adaptive equipment installer to ensure that it can be adapted to meet your needs.
  • General Motors Company Reimbursement Program:  New vehicle purchasers/lessees who install eligible adaptive mobility equipment on their new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicles can receive up to a $1,000 reimbursement for the cost of the equipment.
  • Toyota: The Toyota Mobility Assistance Program provides cash reimbursement of up to $1,000 of the cost of any aftermarket adaptive equipment or conversion, for drivers and/or passengers, when installed on any eligible purchased or leased new Toyota vehicle within 12 months of vehicle purchase or lease.

The decision to purchase adaptive mobility equipment stems from a need for mobility freedom for people with disabilities, including stroke survivors. The purchase process begins with selecting a reputable dealer to provide the adaptive equipment and installation, locating options to finance the purchase, and ends with insuring the adaptive equipment.

Make sure the after-market mobility modifications are professionally installed by a NMEDA mobility dealer. Once the adaptive mobility equipment is financed and installed, notify your insurance agent with a full disclosure of all adaptive mobility equipment installed in the vehicle.

Make sure your auto insurance company provides coverage for the conversion and adaptive equipment. Make sure you request coverage for “special” equipment, not just “handicapped” equipment.

  • “Handicapped equipment” covers only basic equipment such as the ramp or lift, not the lowered floor, kneeling system, lockdown system or other adaptive equipment.
  • “Special equipment” covers the conversion in its entirety. Be sure and send your insurance company an itemized list of every modification (which you can get from the mobility dealership that performed the conversion).

VMi New England Mobility Center is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a wheelchair accessible car, truck or van, please contact us at 508-697-6006  info@newenglandwheelchairvan.com

Vans and Accessible Vehicles in Massachusetts

Vans and Accessible Vehicles in Massachusetts

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You can have the wheelchair accessible van you want delivered straight to your home. VMi New England Mobility Center, Inc. provides nationwide sales and delivery services to our customers across the United States from our mobility headquarters in Bridgewater, MA. Our mobility consultants can help you find the handicap van that fits your individual needs, so you can gain the mobility you desire.

VMi New England Mobility Center sells new and certified pre-owned handicap vans and accessible vehicles that have been hand-picked to ensure our customers receive a wheelchair van that will last. Each new mobility vehicle comes with a brand-new conversion and warranty. Our inspection process and safety features make our handicapped vans ideal for individuals, families, and commercial businesses. You can browse our showroom first hand and see our selection of wheelchair vans for sale to find the one you want.

Delivery of your handicap van is as easy as the selection process. VMi New England Mobility Center delivers to any Massachusetts city. You can be in Boston, Cambridge, Foxboro, or Wilmington, and we will deliver your handicap accessible van direct to your driveway. Depending on the mobility vehicle you choose, we can deliver your accessible van within 48 hours. It’s just that easy.

Once you find the new or used wheelchair van you like, the next step is to contact a mobility consultant via email or telephone. He or she will take the time to explain the process and answer any questions you may have about van selection and safety features. We are proud of our customer service and glad to say we offer our customers a low price guarantee on all newly modified mobility center conversions. You can check out the competition, and you will find that we not only have best value in wheelchair vans, but our vans last longer. Give us a call today and learn how we can help you gain freedom and independence at 508-697-6006.

 

Massachusetts Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services

 

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Massachusetts Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services

Contact our certified mobility consultants at the mobility center with any questions about purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Links to ADA Paratransit, Wheelchair Accessible Taxi, and Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services available in Massachusetts.

 
– ADA PARATRANSIT –
– REGULAR & WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXI SERVICES –

Beverly – Tri-City Taxi – Peabody, Danvers, Beverly, Salem, Marblehead

Boston – Boston Cab Dispatch – Boston
Boston – Brain Tree Taxi – Boston
Boston – Charlestown Taxi – Boston
Boston – Chelsea Taxi – Boston

Boston – East Boston Taxi – Boston
Boston – Hello Taxi – Brookline, Allston, Brighton, Boston
Boston – Hyde Park Taxi – Boston
Boston – Malden Cab – Boston
Boston – Massachusetts Cab – Boston

Boston – Metro-Cab – Wheelchair accessible vans available
Boston – Sharon Taxi – Boston
Boston – Somerville Cab – Boston
Boston – South Cab – South Boston
Cambridge – Cambridge Cab – Cambridge

Cape Cod – Cape Cab – Provincetown, Wellfleet, Chatham, Orleans
Cape Cod – Mercedes Cab – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham
Falmouth – Falmouth Taxi – Falmouth
Hudson – Sunshine Taxi – Hudson, Westborough, Concord, London Black Cabs
Ipswich – Ipswich Taxi – Ipswich

Newton – Veterans Taxi – Newton, Needham, Weston, Wellesley, Waltham
Newton – Yellow Cab – West Newton
Plymouth – Mayflower Taxi – Plymouth
Quincy – Yellow Cab – Quincy
South Yarmouth – Barnstable Taxi – South Yarmouth

Waltham – Checker Cab – Waltham
Waltham – Patriot Taxi – Waltham
Watertown – Watertown Taxi – Watertown
Worburn – Checker Cab – Worburn
Worcester – Worcester Red Cabs – Wheelchair accessible vans available
Worcester – New Worcester Yellow Cab – Worcester
 

– NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION –

AMR – Attleboro/Taunton/Dartmouth, Brockton, Dedham, Haverhill/Hampstead, Milford, Newburyport, Plymouth, Springfield, & Worchester
CRT Cabulance – Pittfield, Berskhire County
LifeLine Ambulance Service – Arlington, Brighton, Concord, Framingham, Milford, Needham, Norwood,  Peabody, Woburn, Worchester + New Hampshire Locations
People Movers STS – Throughout New England – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

 

Contact our certified mobility consultants at the New England mobility center with any questions about purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles.

NAVSEA’s Wounded Warrior Program

NAVSEA’s  Wounded Warrior

Due to advances in modern military medicine, unprecedented numbers of wounded service members are returning to the fight or transitioning their service to civilian employment. Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Army  

The skills and experiences of our warriors or veterans represents a rich resource of talent that can support NAVSEA’s mission of developing, delivering and maintaining ships and systems on time, on cost for the U.S. Navy.

Due to advances in modern military medicine, unprecedented numbers of wounded service members are returning to the fight or transitioning their service to civilian employment.  Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Army     

Naval Sea Systems Command’s Wounded Warrior Program seeks to match service-disabled veterans with employment opportunities in NAVSEA’s industrial, scientific, contracting and administrative fields. NAVSEA has approximately 60,000 positions at 38 different field activities across the country and overseas. The command also collaborates with the Army Material Command to help wounded warriors find meaningful opportunities at Army locations within the United States.    

   

Due to advances in modern military medicine, unprecedented numbers of wounded service members are returning to the fight or transitioning their service to civilian employment.  Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Army

  Internships

Internships offer the training and education for wounded warriors to excel in entry-level placements and advance in their chosen field. Consult the Wounded Warrior Program office for the latest opportunities.

Education Counseling

Wounded Warrior Program coordinators offer post 9-11 GI bill benefits guidance to help navigate educational opportunities offered through NAVSEA, the Veteran’s Administration, and the Department of Labor.

Mentor, Assist, Train to Excel and Support

 NAVSEA’s commitment to wounded warriors continues beyond employment placement. Hand-selected mentors work with wounded warriors, providing continued support as they transition to the civilian workforce. The command’s commitment to veterans and its leadership from the front approach sets the precedent for the Navy’s other systems commands.

Videos

NAVSEA’s Vice Adm. McCoy Highlights Wounded Warrior Transition Programs (video)

Sylvester Ceasar, Aquisition Logistics Specialist

Mark Gwathmey, Disaster Management Specialist

Lili Jones, NAVSEA Logistics Management Specialist    

Contact Them

To learn more about the NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Program, please call (202) 781-1431 or email nssc_wwarriorhiring@navy.mil.

Wheelchair Accessible Van Conversion Options New England Mobility Center

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Wheelchair Accessible Van Conversion Options

We know that each individual person has their own personal desires and requirements in a wheelchair accessible van. At VMi New England Mobility Center, we offer a variety of conversion options in order to best fit your individual needs. Whether you need hand controls or an under vehicle lift (UVL), our highly trained Mobility Center Consultants are here to listen to your needs, educate you on the safest/best products available, and deliver the highest quality service in the vehicle modification industry.

VMi New England Mobility Center has access to hundreds of new and used wheelchair accessible vans ready for immediate delivery. We carry everything from minivans, to full-size vans, to commercial paratransit vans and ambulette vans, in Dodge, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Buick, Toyota, Honda, and Ford models. Our large inventory and unmatched mobility facility enables our customers to get the wheelchair accessible van they want, when they want it.

If you want to learn more about our wheelchair accessible van conversion options, contact us for a free in house consultation.

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VMI and Toyota Motor Sales USA Announce “Star Spangled Salute” Van Giveaway for Disabled U.S. Vets

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VMI and Toyota Motor Sales USA Announce “Star Spangled Salute” Van Giveaway for Disabled U.S. Vets

 

Vantage Mobility International (VMI) and Toyota Motor Sales USA have teamed up for the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute, a national contest to give America’s disabled military veterans the chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with VMI’s Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. The online contest will run March 13 to November 10, 2013, and is open to all disabled U.S. Veterans. The winner will be randomly drawn on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The Star Spangled Salute contest is a part of VMI’s Operation Independence program.

“We established Operation Independence in 2011 to help educate our disabled military service men and women about federal grants and mobility options available to them,” said Doug Eaton, president of Vantage Mobility International. “We wanted to support a group of people who have sacrificed so much for this country. So we were excited when Toyota Motor Sales USA agreed to donate a Sienna SE for the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest.”

All disabled veterans are eligible to enter the Star Spangled Salute contest. The winner, who will be randomly drawn on November 11, 2013, will receive a new Sienna SE, which was donated by Toyota Motor Sales USA and features the Access 360 In-floor Ramp Conversion system that is being donated by VMI. To enter the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest and for contest rules, terms and conditions.

“Toyota has been a longtime supporter of Paralyzed Veterans of America and we are excited to benefit one of our country’s disabled veterans through VMI’s Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest,” said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota’s national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager. “We appreciate the opportunity to put such a deserving individual behind the wheel of the Toyota Sienna.”

Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Network and is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America. A portion of the Operation Independence program is to educate veterans about Federal Grant 21-4502, which is available to disabled U.S. veterans. To learn more about the program and grant, veterans can visit www.pva.org/vmi.

Earlier this year, former Air Force Lieutenant General John F. Regni accepted a position on the VMI Board of Advisors. “Access to reliable transportation is critical for wounded warriors who are reclaiming their independence,” said General Regni. “A VMI converted Toyota Sienna will give them the mobility to secure a job, take care of their family and travel to the doctor. It is truly live-changing for a disabled veteran.”

ABOUT VANTAGE MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL

Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats.

ABOUT TOYOTA

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.

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if you are you looking for a wheelchair accessible minivan for your transportation requirements? VMi New England is you one stop for adaptive mobility equipment and offers a wide selection of quality new and used wheelchair vans designed to accommodate your individual needs.
Our team of mobility consultants will help to explain the different styles of ramps and minivans available to you.
No matter what your driving preferences, we’ll find the right vehicle and adaptive equipment. We also take non-accessible trade-ins.  We sell the best quality new and used wheelchair vans in RI or MA.
Call us for info on adaptive mobility equipment veterans resources.

Grants through the Veterans Association for Disabled Veterans

Get help with a disabled veterans grant toward the sale price or conversion of a handicap accessible minivan. This grant is available for disabled veterans with service-related disabilities including:
•loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
•loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands
•permanent loss or impairment of vision in both eyes
•ankylosis (immobility) of one or both knees, or one or both hips

Disabled Veterans Loan Program:

Loans for disabled veterans are available by seeking funds through other outlets. It is advised that you search for veterans loan programs by seeking out loans available for your specific disability.

You can also find loans to help pay for adapted vehicles by searching for money based on your disability instead of purely focusing on veterans benefits. Search through our Wheelchair Van Loans section to find other loans that apply to you.

We are always seeking to expand funding opportunities for the disabled to help pay for a handicap accessible minivan. If you know of other disability grant and loan programs for disabled veterans, please let us know.

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Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program-

The Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program permits physically challenged persons to enter, exit and/or operate a motor vehicle or other conveyance. The VA also provides necessary equipment such as platform wheelchair lifts, Under Vehicle Lifts (ULV), power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls, left foot gas pedals, reduced effort and zero effort steering and braking, air conditioning and digital driving systems.

Eligibility

Veterans who are service connected for the loss, or loss of use of one or both feet or hands, or service connected ankylosis of one or both knees or hips.

Veterans who are service connected for permanent impairment of vision of both eyes that have a central acuity of 20/200.

NSC veterans are eligible for equipment/ modifications that will allow ingress and egress from a vehicle only.

Note: Eligible service connected veterans who are non-drivers are not eligible for reimbursement for operational equipment.

nes apply for leased vehicles just as if the veteran purchased a new or used vehicle.

Lease must be to the veteran and he/she be responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the vehicle, and not to any business.

Cost limitations will not exceed the allowable reimbursable amounts.

Conversions

– Mini- Van

Reimbursement for mini-van conversions will be made in an amount equal to or less than the average cost of a conventional van modification, plus 25% (SC only).

VA will reimburse for the cost of transporting/delivery of the vehicle.

– Full Size Van

This type of conversion is considered comfort, far exceeds the space required for transportation

The amount should not exceed conventional van conversion

– Pick-up Trucks

The space modified about half that of a mini van

The dollar amount should not exceed mini van conversion

– Motor Homes

All modifications must be pre-authorized.

Only VA approved add-on equipment may be authorized.

Maximum reimbursable amounts established for automobile adaptive equipment will not be exceeded for similar items authorized as adaptive equipment in a motor home.

Amount authorized and the purchase and installation of an approved lift in a motor home will not exceed the average amount authorized for purchase and installation of similar lifts installed in vans by the authorizing VA facility.

VA is not responsible for the removal, modification or reinstallation of any convenience items contained in the motor home, e.g., cabinets, stoves, showers, refrigerators, etc.

– Repairs

Routine service to items is not considered a repair e.g., brake shoes, drums & pads or other adjustments (only the power booster). Power Steering and Automatic Transmission service or fluid refills are not authorized (only the transmission itself, or the power steering components).

Maximum reimbursement is for the total amount of the certified invoice.

Repairs, cost of parts and labor, is listed in thee current Mitchell Mechanical Parts and Labor Estimating Guide for Domestic Cars.

Towing is not normally an authorized repair.

Exceptions to the 2 vehicles in a 4 year period rule

Normally only allowance can be provided for 2 vehicles in a 4 year period.

Exceptions to this rule are:
Theft
Fire
Accident
Court of legal actions
Costly Repairs
Changes in the drivers medical requirements necessitating a different type of vehicle

Required documentation to remove a vehicle of record

Important Note: These vehicles may not be sold or given to family members or any other party residing in the same household of the veteran, or transferred to a business owned by the veteran.
Proof of trade-in
Proof of sale
Proof of other means of disposal, e.g., total loss by accident , act of God, fire, theft, etc.

How to Apply

Please contact your local PVA National Service Officer for assistance with the application.

The information provided above was found in The Newsletter of New England Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Financing OptionsDID YOU KNOW? In most towns you are exempt from excise tax if you don’t pay state sales tax on your mobility van. See the bottom of this page for a list of most cities and towns in MA and RI for you to check on your options. 

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund – The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF) helps families bear the excessive financial burdens associated with the care of children with special health care needs and disabilities. more info

CONSUMER LOANS – New England Mobility Center has banking programs that can offer up to 10 years financing on a wheelchair handicap van. Even if your credit is less than perfect we will work hard to get you financed!!

INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS – A nonprofit organization that helps grant people money so they can maintain an independent lifestyle.

INDEPENDENT MOBILITY SYSTEMS – IMS offers long-term financing on all new purchases. All loan transactions are done on-site and guaranteed to help fit your needs.

INSURANCE COMPANIES – We will help you work with your insurance company to make sure you are receiving the maximum your benefits allow.

MANUFACTURERS’ REBATES – Major manufacturers often offer rebates. We’ll help you process all paperwork. more info

MEDICAID – In certain instances, Medicaid will pay for vehicle adaptive equipment. This falls under the “Medicaid waiver” and each state administers this program differently. We will be able to process you Medicaid claims for you as of January 2003.

PFS – Patient Financing offers long-term financing fit for your budget. PFS will finance any medical related equipment up to $25,000.00.

TOYOTA FINANCING- We can now get up 10 year financing on Toyota Sienna Rampvans.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION – Provides help for veterans.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION – A State funded organization that’s goal is to provide individuals with the means they need to get back into the workforce.
If you are located in Seekonk Massachusetts we are close by and worth the drive from anywhere in New England.

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Massachusetts City and Town Directory

ABINGTON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
500 GLINIEWICZ WAY
02351
Phone: (781) 982-2112
Fax: (781) 982-2138
Email: ladams@abingtonmass.com
Website: www.abingtonmass.com
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

ACTON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
472 MAIN STREET
01720
Phone: (978) 929-6620
Fax: (978) 264-9630
Email: clerk@acton-ma.gov
Website: www.acton-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

ACUSHNET
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
122 MAIN STREET
02743
Phone: (508) 998-0215
Fax: (508) 998-0216
Email: plabonte@acushnettown.mec.edu
Website: www.acushnet.ma.us
Hours: M, W-F: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-8p

ADAMS
TOWN CLERK
8 PARK ST
01220
Phone: (413) 743-8320
Fax: (413) 743-8316
Email: hmeczywor@town.adams.ma.us
Website: www.town.adams.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

AGAWAM
TOWN HALL
36 MAIN STREET
01001
Phone: (413) 786-0400
Fax: (413) 786-9927
Email: clerk@agawam.ma.us
Website: www.agawam.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

ALFORD
TOWN HALL
5 ALFORD CENTER RD
01230
Phone: (413) 528-4536
Fax: (413) 528-4581
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: townofalford.org
Hours: Th: 8a-11a

AMESBURY
TOWN CLERK
62 FRIEND ST.
01913
Phone: (978) 388-8100
Fax: (978) 388-8150
Email: bonnijo@amesburyma.gov
Website: www.amesburyma.gov
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

AMHERST
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
TOWN HALL
4 BOLTWOOD AVE
01002
Phone: (413) 259-3035
Fax: (413) 259-2401
Email: burgesss@amherstma.gov
Website: www.amherstma.gov
Hours: M-W & F: 8a-4:30p; Th: 12p-4:30p

ANDOVER
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
TOWN OFFICES
36 BARTLET STREET
01810
Phone: (978) 623-8255
Fax: (978) 623-8260
Email: lmurphy@andoverma.gov
Website: www.andoverma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

AQUINNAH
TOWN CLERK
65 STATE RD
02535
Phone: (508) 645-2304
Fax: (508) 645-2310
Email: aqhcp@comcast.net
Website: www.aquinnah-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 9:30a-1:30p & By appointment

ARLINGTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
730 MASS. AVE.
02476
Phone: (781) 316-3070
Fax: (781) 316-3079
Email: crainville@town.arlington.ma.us
Website: www.arlingtonma.gov
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

ASHBURNHAM
TOWN CLERK
32 MAIN ST
01430
Phone: (978) 827-4102
Fax: (978) 827-4105
Email: townclerk@ashburnham-ma.gov
Website: www.ashburnham-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; M 1st & 3rd: 5p-7p

ASHBY
TOWN CLERK
895 MAIN ST
01431
Phone: (978) 386-2424
Fax: (978) 386-2490
Email: tclerk@ci.ashby.ma.us
Website: www.ci.ashby.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-12p; W: 5p-8p

ASHFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
412 MAIN STREET
PO BOX 560
01330
Phone: (413) 628-4441 x 5
Fax: (413) 628-0228
Email: TOWNHALL@ASHFIELD.ORG
Website: WWW.TOWNOFASHFIELD.ORG
Hours: M & Tu: 9a-3p; W: 9a-11a

ASHLAND
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
101 MAIN ST
TOWN HALL
01721
Phone: (508) 881-0100 x 601
Fax: (508) 231-1503
Email: townclerkoffice@ashlandmass.com
Website: www.ashlandmass.com
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 8a-3:30p; W: 8a-7p

ATHOL
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
584 MAIN STREET
01331
Phone: (978) 249-4551
Fax: (978) 249-2491
Email: townclerk@townofathol.org
Website: www.athol-ma.gov
Hours: M,W & Th: 8a-5p;Tu: 8a-8p

ATTLEBORO
BOARD OF ELECTION CMMSSNR
77 PARK ST
02703
Phone: (508) 223-2222
Fax: (774) 203-1805
Email: elections@cityofattleboro.us
Website: www.cityofattleboro.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

AUBURN
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
104 CENTRAL ST
01501
Phone: (508) 832-7701
Fax: (508) 832-7702
Email: clerk@town.auburn.ma.us
Website: www.auburnguide.com
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

AVON
TOWN CLERK
65 EAST MAIN ST
BUCKLEY CENTER
02322
Phone: (508) 588-0414
Fax: (508) 559-0209
Email: jkopke@avonmass.org
Website: www.avonmass.org
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-4:30p; Th: 8:30a-7:30p; F: 8:30a-1p

AYER
TOWN CLERK
1 MAIN ST
PO BOX 308
01432
Phone: (978) 772-8215
Fax: (978) 772-8222
Email: clerk@ayer.ma.us
Website: www.ayer.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

BARNSTABLE
TOWN CLERK & BD OF REGIS.
367 MAIN ST./1ST FL.
HYANNIS, MA
02601
Phone: (508) 862-4044
Fax: (508) 790-6326
Email: linda.hutchenrider@town.barnstable.ma.us
Website: www.town.barnstable.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

BARRE
TOWN CLERK
40 WEST ST
PO BOX 418
01005
Phone: (978) 355-5003
Fax: (978) 355-5025
Email: clerk@townofbarre.com
Website: www.townofbarre.com
Hours: M & W: 7p-9p; Tu-Wed-Th: 9a-12p, 1p-4p

BECKET
TOWN CLERK
557 MAIN ST
01223
Phone: (413) 623-8934
Fax: (413) 623-6036
Email: townclerk@townof becket.org
Website: www.townofbecket.org
Hours: M & Tu: 8:30a-4:30p; W: 11:30a-8:30p

BEDFORD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
10 MUDGE WAY
01730
Phone: (781) 275-0083
Fax: (781) 275-5757
Email: doreent@town.bedford.ma.us
Website: www.town.bedford.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

BELCHERTOWN
TOWN CLERK
2 JABISH ST, RM 201
P.O. BOX 629
01007
Phone: (413) 323-0281
Fax: (413) 323-0107
Email: clerk@belchertown.org
Website: www.belchertown.org
Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

BELLINGHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
10 MECHANIC ST
02019
Phone: (508) 657-2830
Fax: (508) 657-2832
Email: aodabashian@bellinghamma.org
Website: www.bellinghamma.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-7p; T-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-1p

BELMONT
BELMONT TOWN CLERK
455 CONCORD AVE
02478
Phone: (617) 993-2600
Fax: (617) 993-2601
Email: ecushman@belmont-ma.gov
Website: www.belmont-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

BERKLEY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 NORTH MAIN ST
02779
Phone: (508) 822-3348
Fax: (508) 822-3511
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 9:30a-2:30p

BERLIN
TOWN CLERK
23 LINDEN ST. #8
01503
Phone: (978) 838-2931
Fax: (978) 838-0014
Email: townclerk@townofberlin.com
Website: www.townofberlin.com
Hours: Tu & Th: 11a-2p; W: 7p-9p

BERNARDSTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O.BOX 504
01337
Phone: (413) 648-5408
Fax: (413) 648-9318
Email: bernardstontownclerk@crocker.com
Website: www.town.bernardston.ma.us
Hours: M-Tu & Th: 9a-12p; W: 4p-7p

BEVERLY
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
191 CABOT ST
01915
Phone: (978) 605-2326
Fax: (978) 921-8511
Email: kconnolly@beverlyma.gov
Website: www.beverlyma.gov
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-4:30p; Th: 8:30a-7:30p; F: 8:30a-1p

BILLERICA
TOWN CLERK
365 BOSTON RD
01821
Phone: (978) 671-0926
Fax: (978) 671-0908
Email: sschult@town.billerica.ma.us
Website: www.town.billerica.ma.us/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

BLACKSTONE
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
15 ST. PAUL ST.
01504
Phone: (508) 883-1500
Fax: (508) 883-4953
Email: mstaples@townofblackstone.org
Website: www.townofblackston.org
Hours: M-F: 9a-4:30p; Tu: 5:30p-7:30p

BLANDFORD
TOWN CLERK
P.O. BOX 101
102 MAIN STREET
01008
Phone: (413) 848-0054
Fax: (413) 848-2216
Email: clerk@townofblanford.com
Website: www.townofblandford.com
Hours: M: 6p-9p & By appointment

BOLTON
TOWN CLERK
P.O.BOX 278
663 MAIN ST.
01740
Phone: (978) 779-2771
Fax: (798) 779-5461
Email: townclerk@townofbolton.com
Website: www.townofbolton.com
Hours: M-Th: 9a-4p; Tu: 6p-8p

BOSTON
BOSTON ELECTION DEPT.
ONE CITY HALL SQUARE
ROOM 241
02201
Phone: (617) 635-3767
Fax: (617) 635-4483
Email: Maryanne.Marrero@cityofboston.gov
Website: WWW.CITYOFBOSTON.GOV/ELECTIONS
Hours: M-F: 9a-5p

BOURNE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
24 PERRY AVENUE
BUZZARDS BAY
02532
Phone: (508) 759-0600
Fax: (508) 759-7980
Email: wchapman@townofbourne.com
Website: www.townofbourne.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

BOXBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
29 MIDDLE RD
01719
Phone: (978) 263-1116
Fax: (978) 264-3127
Email: elizabeth.markiewicz@town.boxborough.ma.us
Website: www.town.boxborough.ma.us/
Hours: M: 10a-2p & 7p-9p; Tu-F: 9a-2p

BOXFORD
TOWN CLERK
7A SPOFFORD RD
01921
Phone: (978) 887-6000 x 151
Fax: (978) 887-0943
Email: rphelan@town.boxford.ma.us
Website: www.town.boxford.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p

BOYLSTON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
221 MAIN ST
01505
Phone: (508) 869-2234
Fax: (508) 869-6210
Email: SBOURASSA@BOYLSTON-MA.GOV
Website: www.boylston-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-2p; M: 6p-8p

BRAINTREE
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
1 J.F.K. MEMORIAL DR
02184
Phone: (781) 794-8240
Fax: (781) 794-8259
Email: jpowers@braintreema.gov
Website: www.townofbraintreegov.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

BREWSTER
TOWN CLERK
2198 MAIN ST
02631
Phone: (508) 896-4506
Fax: (508) 896-8089
Email: cwilliams@town.brewster.ma.us
Website: www.town.brewster.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

BRIDGEWATER
TOWN CLERK & BR OF REGIS.
64 CENTRAL SQUARE
02324
Phone: (508) 697-0921
Fax: (508) 697-0941
Email: clerk@bridgewaterma.org
Website: www.bridgewaterma.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p

BRIMFIELD
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 508
01010
Phone: (413) 245-4100
Fax: (413) 245-4107
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.brimfieldma.org
Hours: Tu: 6:30p-8p; Sat: 9a-11a

BROCKTON
ELECTION COMMISSION
45 SCHOOL ST
02301
Phone: (508) 580-7117
Fax: (508) 583-6424
Email: jmcgarry@cobma.us
Website: www.brockton.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

BROOKFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
6 CENTRAL STREET
01506
Phone: (508) 867-2930
Fax: (508) 867-5091
Email: mseery@brookfieldma.us
Website: www.brookfield@ma.us
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 9a-3p; W: 9a-6p

BROOKLINE
TOWN CLERK
333 WASHINGTON ST
02445
Phone: (617) 730-2010
Fax: (617) 730-2043
Email: pward@brooklinema.gov
Website: www.brooklinema.gov
Hours: M-W: 8a-5p; Th: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12:30p

BUCKLAND
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 159
01338
Phone: (413) 625-8572
Fax: (413) 625-8570
Email: twnclerk@crocker.com
Hours: M-Th: 7:30a-3p

BURLINGTON
TOWN CLERK
29 CENTER STREET
01803
Phone: (781) 270-1660
Fax: (781) 238-4692
Email: clerk@burlmass.org
Website: www.burlington.org/clerk
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

CAMBRIDGE
ELECTION COMMISSION
51 INMAN ST
FIRST FLOOR
02139
Phone: (617) 349-4361
Fax: (617) 349-4366
Email: elections2@cambridgema.gov
Website: www.cambridgema.gov/election
Hours: M: 8:30a-8p; T-Th: 8:30a-5p; F: 8:30a-12p

CANTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
801 WASHINGTON ST
02021
Phone: (781) 821-5013
Fax: (781) 821-5016
Email: tkenney@town.canton.ma.us
Website: www.town.canton.ma.us
Hours: M, W-F: 9a-5p; Tu: 9a-7p

CARLISLE
TOWN HALL
66 WESTFORD STREET
01741
Phone: (978) 369-6155
Fax: (978) 371-0594
Email: chinton@carlisle.mec.edu
Website: www.carlislema.gov
Hours: M-F: 9a-3p & By appointment

CARVER
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
108 MAIN ST
02330
Phone: (508) 866-3403
Fax: (508) 866-3408
Email: jean.mcgillicuddy@carverma.org
Website: www.carverma.org
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

CHARLEMONT
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 605
01339
Phone: (413) 339-4335
Fax: (413) 339-0320
Email: SELECT@BCN.NET
Website: www.charlemont-ma.us
Hours: MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 8:30 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

CHARLTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
37 MAIN ST
01507
Phone: (508) 248-2249
Fax: (508) 248-2381
Email: darlene.tully@townofcharlton.net
Website: www.townofcharlton.net/
Hours: M,Th: 7:30a-3:30p; Tu: 7:30a-7p; W: 8a-3:30p; F: 7:30a-12p

CHATHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
549 MAIN STREET
02633
Phone: (508) 945-5101
Fax: (508) 945-0752
Email: jsmith@chatham-ma.gov
Website: www.chatham-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

CHELMSFORD
TOWN CLERKS OFFICE
50 BILLERICA RD
01824
Phone: (978) 250-5205
Fax: (978) 250-5208
Email: bdelaney@townofchelmsford.us
Website: www.townofchelmsford.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

CHELSEA
CITY CLERK
500 BROADWAY
02150
Phone: (617) 466-4050
Fax: (617) 466-4059
Email: DClayman@chelseama.gov
Website: www.ci.chelsea.ma.us/
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

CHESHIRE
TOWN CLERK
80 CHURCH ST BOX S
01225
Phone: (413) 743-1690
Fax: (413) 743-0389
Email: townclerk@cheshire-ma.gov
Hours: Tu: 9a-9p; W & Th:9a-3p

CHESTER
TOWN CLERK
15 MIDDLEFIELD RD
01011
Phone: (413) 354-6603
Fax: (413) 354-2268
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.townofchester.net/chestermass
Hours: M: 6p-8p

CHESTERFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 13
01012
Phone: (413) 296-4741
Fax: (413) 296-4394
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.townofchesterfieldma.com/
Hours: M: 7p-9p; Sat: 1st & 3rd of month 9a-11a; By appointment

CHICOPEE
CITY CLERK
17 SPRINGFIELD ST
01013
Phone: (413) 594-1466
Fax: (413) 594-1469
Email: krattell@chicopeema.gov
Website: www.chicopeema.gov
Hours: M-F: 9a-5p (Clerk); M-F 9a-5p (Registrars)

CHILMARK
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 119
02535
Phone: (508) 645-2107
Fax: (508) 645-2110
Email: townclerk@chilmarkma.gov
Website: www.chilmarkma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-12p

CLARKSBURG
CLARKSBURG TOWN HALL
111 RIVER RD
01247
Phone: (413) 663-8255
Fax: (413) 664-6575
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: W: 9:30a-2p; Th: By appointment

CLINTON
TOWN HALL
242 CHURCH ST
01510
Phone: (978) 365-4119
Fax: (978) 612-0212
Email: pboyce@clintonma.gov
Website: www.clintonma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

COHASSET
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
41 HIGHLAND AVE
02025
Phone: (781) 383-4100
Fax: (781) 383-1561
Email: mdouglas@townofcohasset.org
Website: www.townofcohasset.org
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-1p

COLRAIN
TOWN HALL
55 MAIN RD
01340
Phone: (413) 624-3454
Fax: (413) 624-8852
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.colrainma.com/
Hours: M-Th: 9a-4p; M Evenings: 6p-8p

CONCORD
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
22 MONUMENT SQUARE
P.O. BOX 535
01742
Phone: (978) 318-3080
Fax: (978) 318-3093
Email: townclerk@concordma.gov
Website: www.concordma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p (Sept-June); M-Th: 8:30a-5p; F: 8:30a-12p (July-Aug)

CONWAY
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
32 MAIN ST
P.O. BOX 240
01341
Phone: (413) 369-4235
Fax: (413) 369-4237
Email: clerk@townofconway.com
Website: www.townofconway.com/
Hours: Tu,Th & F: 9a-12p

CUMMINGTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 128
01026
Phone: (413) 634-5354
Fax: (413) 634-5568
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.cummington-ma.gov/
Hours: Th: 6p-7:30p

DALTON
TOWN CLERK
462 MAIN STREET
01226-1677
Phone: (413) 684-6103
Fax: (413) 684-6129
Email: daltonmc@bcn.net
Website: www.dalton-ma.gov/
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-6p

DANVERS
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 SYLVAN ST
01923
Phone: (978) 777-0001
Fax: (978) 777-1025
Email: kwoytovich@mail.danvers
Website: www.danvers.govoffice.com/
Hours: M-W: 8a-5p; Th: 8a-7:30p; F: 8a-1:30p

DARTMOUTH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
400 SLOCUM RD
02747
Phone: (508) 910-1853
Fax: (508) 910-1894
Email: lmedeiros@town.dartmouth.ma.us
Website: www.town.dartmouth.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-12:30p & 1:30p-4:30p

DEDHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
26 BRYANT ST
02026
Phone: (781) 751-9200
Fax: (781) 751-9109
Email: pmunchbach@dedham-ma.gov
Website: www.dedham-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; W: 4:30p-7p

DEERFIELD
TOWN CLK/TREAS/TAX CLTR.
8 CONWAY ST
SO DEERFIELD
01373
Phone: (413) 665-2130
Fax: (413) 665-5512
Email: town.clerk@town.deerfield.ma.us
Website: www.town.deerfield.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p

DENNIS
TOWN CLERK
485 MAIN STREET
P O BOX 2060
02660
Phone: (508) 760-6112
Fax: (508) 394-8309
Email: tbunce@town.dennis.ma.us
Website: www.town.dennis.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

DIGHTON
TOWN CLERK
979 SOMERSET AVE
02715
Phone: (508) 669-5411
Fax: (508) 669-5932
Email: smedeiros@townofdighton.com
Website: www.dighton-ma.gov
Hours: M,Tu & Th: 7:30a-4:30p; W: 7:30a-5:30p

DOUGLAS
TOWN CLERK
29 DEPOT ST
01516
Phone: (508) 476-4000
Fax: (508) 476-4012
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-1p & 1:30p-4p; Tu: 6p-8p

DOVER
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
5 SPRINGDALE AVE
02030
Phone: (508) 785-0032
Fax: (508) 785-2341
Email: townclerk@doverma.org
Website: www.doverma.org
Hours: M,W & F: 9a-1p; Tu & Th: 9a-4p

DRACUT
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
62 ARLINGTON ST.
01826
Phone: (978) 453-0951
Fax: (978) 452-7924
Email: townclerk@dracut-ma.us
Website: www.dracut-ma.us/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

DUDLEY
TOWN CLERK
71 WEST MAIN STREET
01571
Phone: (508) 949-8004
Fax: (508) 949-7115
Email: oraf@dudleyma.gov
Website: www.dudleyma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-12p & 12:30p-4:30p; Th: 5p-7p; F: 9a-1p

DUNSTABLE
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
511 MAIN ST
01827
Phone: (978) 649-4514
Fax: (978) 649-4371
Email: CSkerrett@dunstable-ma.gov
Website: www.dunstable-ma.gov
Hours: M: 6:00pm – 8:00 pm; TWT: 9:00am – 3:00 pm

DUXBURY
TOWN CLERK
878 TREMONT ST
02332
Phone: (781) 934-1100
Fax: (781) 934-9278
Email: oates@town.duxbury.ma.us
Website: www.town.duxbury.ma.us
Hours: M: 8a-7p; T-Th: 8a-12p 1p-4p; F: 8a-12:30p

EAST BRIDGEWATER
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
175 CENTRAL ST
BOX 387
02333
Phone: (508) 378-1606
Fax: (508) 378-1638
Email: mweidenfeller@ebmass.com
Website: www.eastbridgewaterma.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-8p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-12p

EAST BROOKFIELD
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 568
01515-0568
Phone: (508) 867-6769
Fax: (508) 867-4190
Email: ebtownclerk301@charterinternet.com
Website: www.eastbrookfieldma.us
Hours: M: 9a-2p & 6p-8p; Tu: 9a-3p; 2nd & 4th Th: 9a-2p

EAST LONGMEADOW
TOWN HALL
60 CENTER SQUARE
01028
Phone: (413) 525-5400
Fax: (413) 525-0022
Email: tflorence@eastlongmeadowma.gov
Website: www.eastlongmeadowma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p

EASTHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
2500 STATE HWY
02642
Phone: (508) 240-5900
Fax: (508) 240-1291
Email: townclerk@eastham-ma.gov
Website: www.eastham-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

EASTHAMPTON
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK
50 PAYSON AVE
STE 100
01027-2260
Phone: (413) 529-1460
Fax: (413) 529-1417
Email: cityclerk@easthampton.org
Website: www.easthampton.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-5p

EASTON
TOWN CLERK
136 ELM ST
02356
Phone: (508) 230-0530
Fax: (508) 230-0539
Email: jgillis@easton.ma.us
Website: www.easton.ma.us
Hours: M: 8:30a-7:30p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

EDGARTOWN
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 35
70 MAIN ST
02539
Phone: (508) 627-6110
Fax: (508) 627-6123
Email: wwilliams@edgartown-ma.us
Website: www.ci.edgartown.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-12p & 1p-4p

EGREMONT
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 56
01258
Phone: (413) 528-0182
Fax: (413) 528-5465
Email: tegremont@yahoo.com
Website: www.egremont-ma.gov/
Hours: Tu: 7p-9p; By appointment

ERVING
TOWN HALL
12 EAST MAIN STREET
01344
Phone: (413) 422-2800 x 101
Fax: (413) 422-2808
Email: r.newton@umassp.edu
Website: www.erving-ma.org
Hours: M: 6:30p-9p

ESSEX
TOWN CLERK
30 MARTIN STREET
01929
Phone: (978) 768-7111
Fax: (978) 768-2505
Email: CWRIGHT@ESSEXMA.ORG
Website: HTTP://WWW.ESSEXMA.ORG
Hours: M & W: 9a-1p; M: 7p-8:30p

EVERETT
REGISTRARS OF VOTERS
484 BROADWAY,ROOM 10
02149
Phone: (617) 394-2297
Fax: (617) 389-0764
Email: michael.matarazzo@ci.everett.ma.us
Website: www.cityofeverett.com
Hours: M: 8a-7:30p; T-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-11:30a

FAIRHAVEN
TOWN CLERKS OFFICE
40 CENTER ST
02719
Phone: (508) 979-4025
Fax: (508) 979-4079
Email: elowney@fairhaven-ma.gov
Website: www.fairhaven-ma.gpv
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

FALL RIVER
BOARD OF ELECTIONS
1 GOVERNMENT CENTER
RM 636
02722
Phone: (508) 324-2630
Fax: (508) 324-2633
Email: lcamara@fallriverma.org
Website: www.fallriverma.org
Hours: M-Th: 9a-5p

FALMOUTH
REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
59 TOWN HALL SQ
02540
Phone: (508) 495-7357
Fax: (508) 457-2511
Email: mpalmer@falmouthmass.us
Website: www.town.falmouth.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p

FITCHBURG
CITY CLERK
718 MAIN STREET
01420
Phone: (978) 345-9592
Fax: (978) 345-9595
Email: afarrell@ci.fitchburg.ma.us
Website: www.fitchburgma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

FLORIDA
TOWN CLERK
20 SOUTH ST
01343
Phone: (413) 664-6685
Fax: (413) 664-8640
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: W: 5:30p-7:30p; By appointment

FOXBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
40 SOUTH STREET
02035
Phone: (508) 543-1208
Fax: (508) 543-6278
Email: bcutler@mail.town.foxborough.ma.us
Website: www.townfoxborough.us
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4p; Tu: 5p-8p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

FRAMINGHAM
TOWN CLERK
150 CONCORD STREET
ROOM 105
01702
Phone: (508) 532-5520
Fax: (508) 628-1358
Email: valerie.mulvey@framinghamma.gov
Website: www.framinghamma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

FRANKLIN
TOWN CLERK
355 EAST CENTRAL ST.
MUNICIPAL BUILDING
02038
Phone: (508) 520-4900
Fax: (508) 520-4903
Email: townclerk@franklin.ma.us
Website: http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/index
Hours: M,Tu & Th: 8a-4p; W: 8a-6p; F:8a-1p

FREETOWN
TOWN CLERK
P O BOX 438
02702
Phone: (508) 644-2203
Fax: (508) 644-9826
Email: townclerk@town.freetown.ma.us
Website: www.town.freetown.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p

GARDNER
CITY CLERK
CITY HALL, ROOM 121
95 PLEASANT STREET
01440
Phone: (978) 630-4058
Fax: (978) 630-2589
Email: aagnelli@gardner-ma.gov
Website: www.gardner-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-12p

GEORGETOWN
TOWN CLERK
1 LIBRARY ST
01833
Phone: (978) 352-5711
Fax: (978) 352-5725
Email: jmcgrane@georgetownma.gov
Website: www.georgetown.gov
Hours: M & W: 8:30a-12:30p

GILL
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
325 MAIN RD
01354
Phone: (413) 863-8103
Fax: (413) 863-7775
Email: townclerk@gillmass.org
Website: www.gillmass.org/
Hours: M-Th: 1p-4p; M: 5:30p-6:30p

GLOUCESTER
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
9 DALE AVE
01930
Phone: (978) 281-9720
Fax: (978) 282-3051
Email: llowe@gloucester-ma.gov
Website: www.ci.gloucester.ma.us/
Hours: M: 8:30a-4p; Tu-W: 10:30a-4p; Th: 10:30a-6:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

GOSHEN
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 124
01032
Phone: (413) 268-8236
Fax: (413) 268-8237
Email: d.polwrek@egoshen.com
Hours: M: 6p-8:30p

GOSNOLD
TOWN HALL
PO BOX 28
CUTTYHUNK
02713
Phone: (508) 990-7408 x 106
Fax: (508) 990-3318
Email: gosnoldtownclerk@yahoo.com
Website: http://egoshen.net/
Hours: Varies, call first

GRAFTON
TOWN CLERK
30 PROVIDENCE RD
01519
Phone: (508) 839-5335
Fax: (508) 839-4602
Email: clerks@grafton-ma.gov
Website: www.grafton-ma.gov
Hours: M, W-F: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 8:30a-7p

GRANBY
TOWN CLERK
215 B WEST STATE ST
TOWN OFFICES
01033
Phone: (413) 467-7178
Fax: (413) 467-3101
Email: Kathykr@granbyma.org
Website: www.granbyma.org
Hours: M-Th: 9a-3p; F: 9a-12p; By appointment

GRANVILLE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 247
01034
Phone: (413) 357-8585 x 3
Fax: (413) 357-6002
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: http://townofgranville.net
Hours: M: 9a-12p & 7:30p-9p

GREAT BARRINGTON
TOWN CLERK
334 MAIN ST
01230
Phone: (413) 528-1619
Fax: (413) 528-2290
Email: mryan@townofgb.org
Website: www.townofgb.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

GREENFIELD
TOWN CLERK OFFICE
14 COURT SQUARE
01301
Phone: (413) 772-1555
Fax: (413) 772-1542
Email: townclerk@greenfield-ma.gov
Website: www.townofgreenfield.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

GROTON
TOWN CLERK
173 MAIN STREET
01450
Phone: (978) 448-1100
Fax: (978) 448-2030
Email: townclerk@townofgroton.org
Website: www.townofgroton.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-7p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 9a-4p

GROVELAND
TOWN CLERK
183 MAIN STREET
01834
Phone: (978) 469-5005
Fax: (978) 469-5006
Email: abrodie@grovelandma.com
Website: www.grovelandma.com
Hours: M-Th: 9a-4:30p; M: 6p-8p; F: 9a-2p

HADLEY
TOWN CLERK
100 MIDDLE STREET
01035
Phone: (413) 584-1590
Fax: (413) 586-5661
Email: clerk@hadleyma.org
Website: www.hadleyma.org/
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p

HALIFAX
TOWN CLERK
499 PLYMOUTH ST
02338
Phone: (781) 293-7970
Fax: (781) 294-7684
Email: bgaynor@town.halifax.ma.us
Website: www.town.halifax.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; 2nd Tu: 6p-8p

HAMILTON
TOWN CLERK
577 BAY ROAD
01936
Phone: (978) 468-5570
Fax: (978) 468-2682
Email: jwetson@hamiltonma.gov
Website: www.hamiltonma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p

HAMPDEN
TOWN CLERK
625 MAIN STREET
01036
Phone: (413) 566-2151
Fax: (413) 566-3513
Email: townclerk@hampden.org
Website: www.hampden.org
Hours: M-Th: 9a-3p

HANCOCK
TOWN CLERK
3650 HANCOCK RD
01237
Phone: (413) 738-5225
Fax: (413) 738-5310
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: Th: 8a-1p; 1st Sat of the month 9a-11a

HANOVER
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
550 HANOVER STREET
02339
Phone: (781) 826-2691
Fax: (781) 826-5950
Email: clerk@hanover-ma.gov
Website: www.hanover-ma.gov/
Hours: M, T & Th: 8a-4p; W: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12p

HANSON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
542 LIBERTY STREET
02341
Phone: (781) 293-2772
Fax: (781) 294-0884
Email: bsloan@hanson-ma.gov
Website: www.hanson-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-5p; Tu: 8a-8p

HARDWICK
TOWN CLERK
307 MAIN ST
BOX 575
01031
Phone: (413) 477-6700
Fax: (413) 477-6703
Email: clerk@townofhardwick.com
Website: www.townofhardwick.com
Hours: M: 8:30a-4p & 6:30-8p; Tu-W: 8:30a-12p; 3rd Sat of month 9a-12p

HARVARD
TOWN CLERK
13 AYER RD
01451-1458
Phone: (978) 456-4100
Fax: (978) 456-4113
Email: jvellante@harvard.ma.us
Website: www.harvard.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4p; Tu: 8:30a-7p

HARWICH
TOWN CLERK
732 MAIN ST
02645
Phone: (508) 430-7516
Fax: (508) 430-7617
Email: adoucette@town.harwich.ma.us
Website: www.harwich-ma.gov
Hours: M: 8:30a-8p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4p; F: 8:30a-12p

HATFIELD
TOWN CLERK
59 MAIN ST
01038
Phone: (413) 247-0492
Fax: (413) 247-5029
Email: lslysz@townofhatfield.org
Website: www.townofhatfield.org
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

HAVERHILL
CITY CLERK
4 SUMMER ST ROOM 118
01830
Phone: (978) 374-2312
Fax: (978) 373-8490
Email: mtoomey@cityofhaverhill.com
Website: www.ci.haverhill.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

HAWLEY
OFFICE OF TOWN CLERK
8 PUDDING HOLLOW RD
01339
Phone: (413) 339-5518
Fax: (413) 339-4959
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: By appointment

HEATH
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
1 EAST MAIN STREET
HEATH
01346
Phone: (413) 337-4934
Fax: (413)-337-8540
Email: townclerk@townofheath.org
Website: www.townofheath.org/
Hours: M: 5:30p-7:30p; By appointment

HINGHAM
TOWN CLERK
210 CENTRAL STREET
02043
Phone: (781) 741-1410
Fax: (781) 740-0239
Email: townclerk@hingham-ma.com
Website: www.hingham-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-1p

HINSDALE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 803
01235
Phone: (413) 655-2301
Fax: (413) 655-8807
Email: frissell1@msn.com
Website:
Hours: M: 10:30a-12:30p; W: 6:30p-8p; By appointment

HOLBROOK
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
50 N FRANKLIN STREET
02343
Phone: (781) 767-4314
Fax: (781) 767-9054
Email: town_clerk@holbrookmassachusetts.us
Website: http://holbrookma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

HOLDEN
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1196 MAIN STREET
01520
Phone: (508) 829-0265
Fax: (508) 829-0281
Email: cjenkins@townofholden.net
Website: www.townofholden.net
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

HOLLAND
TOWN CLERK
27 STURBRIDGE RD
01521
Phone: (413) 245-7108
Fax: (413) 245-7037
Email: hollandtowncler@gmail.com
Website: http://town.holland.ma.us
Hours: Tu: 9a-8p; S: 10a-12p

HOLLISTON
TOWN CLERK
703 WASHINGTON ST.
01746
Phone: (508) 429-0601
Fax: (508) 429-0684
Email: greendalee@holliston.k12.ma.us
Website: www.townofholliston.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

HOLYOKE
REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
536 DWIGHT ST
RM# 9
01040
Phone: (413) 322-5540
Fax: (413) 322-5541
Email: egans@ci.holyoke.ma.us
Website: www.holyoke.org/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

HOPEDALE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 7
78 HOPEDALE STREET
01747
Phone: (508) 634-2203
Fax: (508) 634-2200
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.hopedale-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 9a-12p & 1p-4p; M: 5p-7p

HOPKINTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
18 MAIN STREET
01748
Phone: (508) 497-9710
Fax: (508) 497-9702
Email: annc@hopkinton.org
Website: www.hopkinton.org
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p

HUBBARDSTON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
7 Main St., Unit 12
01452
Phone: (978) 928-1400 x 202
Fax: (978) 928-1402
Email: tclerk@hubbardstonma.us
Website: www.hubbardstonma.us
Hours: M: 2p-8p; Tu-Th: 8a-4p

HUDSON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
78 MAIN ST
01749
Phone: (978) 568-9615
Fax: (978) 562-8508
Email: jwordell@townofhudson.org
Website: www.townofhudson.org
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p

HULL
TOWN CLERK
253 ATLANTIC AVE
02045
Phone: (781) 925-2262
Fax: (781) 925-0224
Email: jbennett@town.hull.ma.us
Website: www.town.hull.ma.us
Hours: M & W: 8a-4p; Tu & Th: 8a-7:30p

HUNTINGTON
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 523
01050
Phone: (413) 667-3186
Fax: (413) 667-3507
Email: huntingtonclerk@comcast.net
Website: www.huntingtonma.us
Hours: M: 9a-12p; 1st & 3rd W: 6p-8p

IPSWICH
TOWN CLERK
25 GREEN STREET
01938
Phone: (978) 356-6600 x 1015
Fax: (978) 356-6021
Email: pamc@ipswich-ma.gov
Website: www.ipswich-ma.gov
Hours: M: 8a-7p; Tu-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p

KINGSTON
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
26 EVERGREEN STREET
02364
Phone: (781) 585-0502
Fax: (781) 585-0542
Email: mlmurzyn@kingstonmass.org
Website: www.kingstonmass.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-12p & 1p-4:30p

LAKEVILLE
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
346 BEDFORD ST
02347
Phone: (508) 946-8814
Fax: (508) 946-3970
Email: town.clerk@lakevillema.org
Website: www.lakevillema.org
Hours: M: 8a-7p; Tu-Th: 8a-5p

LANCASTER
TOWN HALL
695 MAIN ST, SUITE 2
01523
Phone: (978) 365-2542
Fax: (978) 368-4011
Email: sthompson@lancasterma.net
Website: www.ci.lancaster.ma.us
Hours: M: 9a-6p; T-Th: 9a-4p; F: By appointment

LANESBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 1492
01237
Phone: (413) 442-1351
Fax: (413) 443-5811
Email: tcmum@verizon.net
Website: M-Th: 8a-1p
Hours: M-Th: 7:30a-12:30p

LAWRENCE
ELECTION DIVISION
200 COMMON ST RM 4
01840
Phone: (978) 620-3290
Fax: (978) 722-9230
Email: rtejada@cityoflawrence.com
Website: www.cityoflawrence.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

LEE
TOWN CLERK
32 MAIN ST
01238
Phone: (413) 243-5505
Fax: (413) 243-5507
Email: sscarpa@town.lee.ma.us
Website: www.town.lee.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

LEICESTER
TOWN CLERK
3 WASHBURN SQUARE
01524
Phone: (508) 892-7011
Fax: (508) 892-7070
Email: davisd@leicesterma.org
Website: www.leicesterma.org
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:00a-5p; Tu: 8a-7p

LENOX
TOWN CLERK
6 WALKER ST
01240
Phone: (413) 637-5506
Fax: (413) 637-5518
Email: clerktreas@townoflenox.com
Website: www.townoflenox.com/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

LEOMINSTER
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
25 WEST ST
ROOM 5
01453
Phone: (978) 534-7536
Fax: (978) 534-7546
Email: lbouchard@leominster-ma.gov
Website: www.leominster-ma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p; Th Evenings till 5:30p

LEVERETT
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
9 MONTAGUE RD
PO BOX 300
01054
Phone: (413) 548-9150
Fax: (413) 458-9150
Email: townclerk@leverett.ma.us
Website: www.leverett.ma.us
Hours: M,Tu & Th: 9:30a-2:30p

LEXINGTON
TOWN CLERK
1625 MASS. AVE
02420
Phone: (781) 862-0500
Fax: (781) 861-2754
Email: townclerk@lexingtonma.gov
Website: www.lexingtonma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

LEYDEN
TOWN HALL
16 WEST LEYDEN RD
01337
Phone: (413) 774-7769
Fax: (413) 772-0146
Email: leydenselectmen@live.com
Website: www.townofleyden.com
Hours: M: 8:30a-12:30p; W: 6p-7:30p

LINCOLN
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
16 LINCOLN ROAD
01773
Phone: (781) 259-2607
Fax: (781) 259-1677
Email: brookss@lincoltown.org
Website: www.lincolntown.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; July-Aug M-Th : 8a-5p

LITTLETON
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
37 SHATTUCK STREET
01460
Phone: (978) 540-2401
Fax: (978) 952-2321
Email: crory@littletonma.org
Website: www.littletonma.org
Hours: M-Th: 9a-3p; Tu: 5p-8p; F: 9p-12p

LONGMEADOW
TOWN CLERK
20 WILLIAMS STREET
01106
Phone: (413) 565-4103
Fax: (413) 565-4130
Email: kingram@longmeadow.org
Website: www.longmeadow.org
Hours: M-Th: 8:15a-4:30p; F: 8:15a-12p

LOWELL
ELECTIONCENSUS DEPT.
375 MERRIMACK ST
RM 5 BASEMENT
01852
Phone: (978) 970-4046
Fax: (978) 970-4089
Email: gcenik@lowellma.gov
Website: www.lowellma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

LUDLOW
TOWN CLERK CMMC
488 CHAPIN ST.
01056
Phone: (413) 583-5600
Fax: (413) 583-5603
Email: clerk@ludlow.ma.us
Website: www.ludlow.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

LUNENBURG
BOARD OF REGISTRAR
17 MAIN ST
PO BOX 135
01462
Phone: (978) 582-4130
Fax: (978) 582-4148
Email: kherrick@lunenburgonline.com
Website: www.lunenburgonline.com
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8:30a-1:30p & 3:30p-6:30p

LYNN
VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE
3 CITY HALL SQ
ROOM 203
01901
Phone: (781) 586-6805
Fax: (781) 477-7032
Email: maudley@ci.lynn.ma.us
Website: www.ci.lynn.ma.us
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:30a-4p; Tu: 8:30a-8p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

LYNNFIELD
OFFICE OF TOWN CLERK
55 SUMMER ST
01940
Phone: (781) 334-9400
Fax: (781) 334-9469
Email: asummers@town.lynnfield.ma.us
Website: www.town.lynnfield.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-1p

MALDEN
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
200 PLEASANT ST
ROOM 323
02148
Phone: (781) 397-7116
Fax: (781) 388-0610
Email: kanderson@cityofmalden.org
Website: www.ci.malden.ma.us/
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA
TOWN CLERK
10 CENTRAL ST
01944
Phone: (978) 526-2040
Fax: (978) 526-2001
Email: samolchukd@manchester.ma.us
Website: www.manchester.ma.us
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-5p; Th: 8:30a-8p

MANSFIELD
TOWN CLERK
6 PARK ROW
02048
Phone: (508) 261-7345
Fax: (508) 261-1083
Email: hchristian@mansfieldma.com
Website: mansfieldma.com
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 8a-4p; W: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12p

MARBLEHEAD
TOWN CLERK
188 WASHINGTON ST
01945
Phone: (781) 631-0528
Fax: (781) 631-0561
Email: townclerk@marblehead.org
Website: www.marblehead.org
Hours: M-Tu & Th: 8a-5p; W: 8a-6p; F: 8a-12:30p

MARION
MARION TOWN HALL
2 SPRING STREET
02738
Phone: (508) 748-3502
Fax: (508) 748-3534
Email: mbissonnette@marionma.gov
Website: www.marionma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-3:30p

MARLBOROUGH
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
140 MAIN ST
01752
Phone: (508) 460-3775
Fax: (508) 460-3723
Email: lthomas@marlborough-ma.gov
Website: www.marlborough-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p; Sept-June M: 8:30a-7p

MARSHFIELD
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
870 MORAINE ST
02050
Phone: (781) 834-5540
Fax: (781) 834-6289
Email: ppicco@townofmarshfield.com
Website: www.townofmarshfield.com
Hours: M: 8:30a-7:30p; Tu-F: 8:30a-4:30p

MASHPEE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
16 GREAT NECK RD NO
02649
Phone: (508) 539-1400 x 5534
Fax: (508)-539-1428
Email: townclerk@ci.mashpee.ma.us
Website: www.ci.mashpee.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

MATTAPOISETT
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
TOWN HALL 16 MAIN ST
BOX 89
02739
Phone: (508) 758-4103
Fax: (508) 758-3030
Email: bsullivan@mattapoisett.net
Website: www.mattapoisett.net
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p; 2nd & 4th Tu: 4p-6p

MAYNARD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
195 MAIN ST
01754
Phone: (978) 897-1000
Fax: (978) 897-8553
Email: msokolowski@townofmaynard.net
Website: www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

MEDFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
459 MAIN ST
02052
Phone: (508) 906-3024
Fax: (508) 359-6182
Email: cmayer@medfield.net
Website: www.town.medfield.net
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-1p

MEDFORD
REGISTRARS OF VOTERS
85 GEORGE HASSETT DR
02155
Phone: (781) 393-2491
Fax: (781) 391-1895
Email: jjoyce@medford.org
Website: www.medford.org/Pages/index
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 8:30a-4:30p; W: 8:30a-7:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

MEDWAY
TOWN CLERK
155 VILLAGE STREET
02053
Phone: (508) 533-3204
Fax: (508) 533-3201
Email: mwhite@townofmedway.org
Website: www.townofmedway.org/
Hours: M: 8a-7:30p; T-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-1p

MELROSE
MELROSE ELECTION DEPT
562 MAIN ST
02176
Phone: (781) 979-4125
Fax: (781) 979-4149
Email: langiolillo@cityofmelrose.org
Website: www.cityofmelrose.org
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4p; F 8:30-12:30

MENDON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
20 MAIN ST
PO BOX 54
01756
Phone: (508) 473-1085
Fax: (508) 478-8241
Email: townclerk@mendonma.net
Website: www.mendonma.net
Hours: M: 8a-6p; T-Th: 8a-4p

MERRIMAC
TOWN CLERKS OFFICE
2 SCHOOL STREET
01860
Phone: (978) 346-8013
Fax: (978) 346-7832
Email: townclerk@townofmerrimac.com
Website: www.merrimac01860.info
Hours: M, T & F: 9a-4p; Th: 9a-12p & 1p-7p

METHUEN
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
41 PLEASANT ST
112
01844
Phone: (978) 983-8515
Fax: (978) 983-8977
Email: ctouma-conway@ci.methuen.ma.us
Website: www.ci.methuen.ma.us/
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-12p

MIDDLEBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
20 CENTRE ST 1ST FL
02346
Phone: (508) 946-2415
Fax: (508) 946-2308
Email: aferreira@middleborough.com
Website: www.middleborough.com
Hours: M,Tu & Th, F: 8:45a-5p

MIDDLEFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 265
01243
Phone: (413) 623-2079
Fax: (413) 623-6108
Email: TownClerk@middlefieldma.us
Website: www.middlefieldma.us
Hours: M: 7p-9p; Sat: 9a-12p

MIDDLETON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
48 SOUTH MAIN ST
01949
Phone: (978) 774-6927
Fax: (978) 774-6167
Email: townclerk@townofmiddleton.org
Website: www.townofmiddleton.org
Hours: M, W & Th: 9a-4p; Tu: 9a-8p; F: 9a-1pp

MILFORD
TOWN CLERK
52 MAIN ST
01757
Phone: (508) 634-2307
Fax: (508) 634-2324
Email: rbellaquua@townofmilford.com
Website: www.milford.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

MILLBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
127 ELM ST.
01527
Phone: (508) 865-9110
Fax: (508) 865-0857
Email: jdavolio@townofmillbury.net
Website: www.millbury-ma.org
Hours: M-Fri 8:30-4:30 Tue 4:30 – 7:00

MILLIS
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
900 MAIN STREET
MEMORIAL BUILDING
02054
Phone: (508) 376-7046
Fax: (508) 376-7055
Email: psjogren@millis.net
Website: www.millis.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-8p; T-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

MILLVILLE
TOWN CLERK OFFICE
8 CENTRAL STREET
01529
Phone: (508) 883-5849
Fax: (508) 883-2994
Email: townclerk@millvillema.org
Website: www.millvillema.org/
Hours: M-Th: 9a-1p; W: 6p-8p

MILTON
TOWN CLERK
525 CANTON AVENUE
02186
Phone: (617) 898-4859
Fax: (617) 696-6995
Email: jmullen@townofmilton.org
Website: www.townofmilton.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

MONROE
TOWN HALL
102 SCHOOL ST
01350
Phone: (413) 424-5272
Fax: (413) 424-5272
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M-Tu: 8a-12p

MONSON
TOWN CLERK
110 MAIN STREET
STE 4
01057
Phone: (413) 267-4115
Fax: (413) 267-3726
Email: townclerk@monson-ma.gov
Website: www.monson-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p

MONTAGUE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
ONE AVENUE A
01376
Phone: (413) 863-3200
Fax: (413) 863-3224
Email: townclerk@montague-ma.gov
Website: www.montague.net/
Hours: M, T & Th: 8:30a-5:30p; W: 8:30a-6:30p

MONTEREY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 277
01245
Phone: (413) 528-5175
Fax: (413) 528-9452
Email: montclerks@verizon.net
Website: www.montereyma.gov/Public_Documents/index
Hours: W: 4p-6p; Sat: 9:30a-12:30p & By appointment

MONTGOMERY
TOWN CLERK
58 NORTH RD
01085
Phone: (413) 862-3386
Fax: (413) 862-3204
Email: tomfarcht@townofmtwashington.com
Website: www.townofmtwashington.com
Hours: By appointment

MOUNT WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
118 EAST ST
01258
Phone: (413) 528-2839
Fax: (413) 528-2839
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M: 7:30p-9p; By appointment

NAHANT
TOWN HALL
334 NAHANT ROAD
01908
Phone: (781) 581-0018
Fax: (781) 593-0340
Email: mbarile@nahant.org
Website: www.nahant.org/default.shtml
Hours: M-F: 8a-12p

NANTUCKET
TOWN & COUNTY CLERK
16 BROAD STREET
02554
Phone: (508) 228-7216
Fax: (508) 325-5313
Email: cstover@nantucket-ma.gov
Website: www.nantucket-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-3:45p

NATICK
TOWN CLERK
13 EAST CENTRAL ST
01760
Phone: (508) 647-6459
Fax: (508) 655-6715
Email: dblatz@natickma.org
Website: www.natickma.org
Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

NEEDHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 920663
1471 HIGHLAND AVENUE
02492
Phone: (781) 455-7510
Fax: (781) 449-4569
Email: Teaton@needhamma.gov
Website: www.needhamma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

NEW ASHFORD
TOWN HALL
188 MALLERY RD
01237
Phone: (413) 458-5461
Fax: (413) 458-5461
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: Hours Vary

NEW BEDFORD
BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISS
133 WILLIAM ST
ROOM 114
02740
Phone: (508) 979-1420
Fax: (508) 979-1422
Email: maria.tomasia@newbedford-ma.gov
Website: www.ci.new-bedford.ma.us/
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

NEW BRAINTREE
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
20 MEMORIAL DRIVE
01531
Phone: (508) 867-4952
Fax: (508) 867-4467
Email: townclerk@newbraintree.org
Website: www.newbraintree.org
Hours: M: 7p-9p; First Sat of Month 9a-11a & By Appointment

NEW MARLBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 99
01244
Phone: (413) 229-8278
Fax: (413) 229-6674
Email: nmtownclerk@yahoo.com
Website: www.new-marlborough.ma.us/
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

NEW SALEM
TOWN CLERK
24 SOUTH MAIN ST
01355
Phone: (978) 544-2731
Fax: (978) 544-5775
Email: newsalemsclerk@aol.com
Hours: M: 6p-9p

NEWBURY
TOWN CLERK
25 HIGH ROAD
01951
Phone: (978) 465-0862
Fax: (978) 465-3064
Email: townclerk@townofnewbury.org
Website: www.townofnewbury.org
Hours: M,W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p

NEWBURYPORT
CITY CLERK
60 PLEASANT STREET
P.O. BOX 550
01950
Phone: (978) 465-4407
Fax: (978) 462-7936
Email: rjones@cityofnewburyport.com
Website: www.cityofnewburyport.com
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12p

NEWTON
ELECTION COMMISSION
1000 COMMONWEALTH AV
02459
Phone: (617) 796-1350
Fax: (617) 796-1359
Email: dolson@newtonma.gov
Website: www.ci.newton.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p; Tu until 8p

NORFOLK
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 LIBERTY LANE
02056
Phone: (508) 528-1400
Fax: (508) 541-3363
Email: bernardo@virtualnorfolk.org
Website: www.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents/norfolkma_clerk/index
Hours: M-Th: 9a-5p

NORTH ADAMS
CITY CLERK
10 MAIN STREET
01247
Phone: (413) 662-3015
Fax: (413) 662-3050
Email: city_clerk@northadams-ma.gov
Website: www.northadams-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p; June-Aug M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-1p

NORTH ANDOVER
TOWN CLERK
120 MAIN STREET
01845
Phone: (978) 688-9501
Fax: (978) 688-9557
Email: jbradshaw@townofnorthandover.com
Website: www.townofnorthandover.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
BOARD OF ELECTIONS
43 S WASHINGTON ST
02760
Phone: (508) 699-0106
Fax: (508) 699-0134
Email: boardofelections@north-attleboro.ma.us
Website: www.north-attleboro.ma.us
Hours: M-W, F: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-7p; July-Aug M-F: 8a-4p

NORTH BROOKFIELD
TOWN CLERK
215 NORTH MAIN ST
01535
Phone: (508) 867-0203
Fax: (508) 867-0217
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.northbrookfield.net/
Hours: Tu: 12p-3p & 5p-8p; Th:12p-3p

NORTH READING
TOWN CLERK / REGISTRARS
235 NORTH ST
01864
Phone: (978) 357-5230
Fax: (978) 664-4196
Email: bstats@northreadingma.gov
Website: www.northreadingma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-1p

NORTHAMPTON
REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
210 MAIN STREET RM 8
01060
Phone: (413) 587-1291
Fax: (413) 587-1308
Email: cclerk@northamptonma.gov
Website: www.northamptonma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

NORTHBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
63 MAIN STREET
01532
Phone: (508) 393-5001
Fax: (508) 393-6996
Email: adowd@town.northborough.ma.us
Website: www.town.northborough.ma.us
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 7a-12p

NORTHBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
7 MAIN STREET
01588
Phone: (508) 234-2001
Fax: (508) 234-0813
Email: dcedrone@northbridgemass.org
Website: www.northbridgemass.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-7p; T-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; F: 8:30a-1p

NORTHFIELD
TOWN CLERK
69 MAIN ST
01360
Phone: (413) 498-2901
Fax: (413) 498-5103
Email: gzukowski@townnfld.com
Website: www.northfield.ma.us
Hours: M, Tu & 2nd W of Month: 9a-3p; All other W: 9a-12p & 5p-8p

NORTON
TOWN CLERK
70 E MAIN ST
02766
Phone: (508) 285-0230
Fax: (508) 285-0297
Email: townclerk@nortonmaus.com
Website: www.nortonma.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; Th:4:30-7:30p

NORWELL
TOWN CLERK
345 MAIN STREET
P O BOX 295
02061
Phone: (781) 659-8072
Fax: (781) 659-8073
Email: panderson@townofnorwell.net
Website: www.townofnorwell.net/Public_Documents/index
Hours: M-Tu: 8a-4:15p; W: 8a-7:30p; Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p

NORWOOD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
566 WASHINGTON ST
02062
Phone: (781) 762-1240
Fax: (781) 278-3018
Email: mfolan@norwoodma.gov
Website: www.norwoodma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

OAK BLUFFS
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 2490
56 SCHOOL STREET
02557
Phone: (508) 693-3554
Fax: (508) 693-5124
Email: dratcliff@oakbluffsma.gov
Website: www.oakbluffsma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

OAKHAM
TOWN CLERK OFFICE
2 COLDBROOK RD
UNIT # 4
01068
Phone: (508) 882-5549
Fax: (508) 882-3060
Email: christine.mardirosian@oakham-ma.gov
Website: www.centralquabbin.org/towns/Oakham/index.shtml
Hours: Mon. evenings: 7pm- 9pm & Wednesdays: 9am-11:30am

ORANGE
TOWN CLERK
6 PROSPECT ST
01364
Phone: (978) 544-1100
Fax: (978) 544-1134
Email: townclerk@townoforange.org
Website: www.townoforange.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p, closed 12:30-1:00; F: 8a-1p

ORLEANS
OFFICE OF TOWN CLERK
19 SCHOOL RD
02653
Phone: (508) 240-3700
Fax: (508) 240-3388
Email: kdarling@town.orleans.ma.us
Website: www.town.orleans.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

OTIS
TOWN CLERK
1 N.MAIN RD. BOX 237
01253
Phone: (413) 269-0100
Fax: (413) 269-0111
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.townofotisma.com/Pages/index
Hours: Tu-F: 8a-3p; Sat: 9a-11a

OXFORD
OXFORD TOWN CLERK
325 MAIN ST
01540
Phone: (508) 987-6032
Fax: (508) 987-1804
Email: lkelley@town.oxford.ma.us
Website: www.town.oxford.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 9a-4:30p

PALMER
TOWN CLERK
4417 MAIN ST
01069
Phone: (413) 283-2608
Fax: (413) 283-2637
Email: townclerk@townofpalmer.com
Website: www.townofpalmer.com
Hours: M-F: 9a-4:30p

PAXTON
TOWN CLERK
697 PLEASANT ST
01612
Phone: (508) 799-7347
Fax: (508) 797-0966
Email: sstone@townofpaxton.net
Website: www.townofpaxton.net
Hours: M: 12p-7p; T-Th: 9a-2p

PEABODY
CITY CLERK
24 LOWELL STREET
01960
Phone: (978) 538-5750
Fax: (978) 538-5985
Email: tim.spanos@peabody-ma.gov
Website: www.peabody-ma.gov
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-4p; Th: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

PELHAM
TOWN CLERK & REGISTRARS
351 AMHERST RD
01002
Phone: (413) 253-0512
Fax: (413) 256-1061
Email: pelhamtownclerk@comcast.net
Website: www.townofpelham.org
Hours: F: 10:30a-1:30p

PEMBROKE
TOWN CLERK
100 CENTER STREET
02359
Phone: (781) 293-7211
Fax: (781) 293-4650
Email: msmith@townofpembrokemass.org
Website: www.pembroke-ma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; M: 7p-9p

PEPPERELL
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 MAIN STREET
01463
Phone: (978) 433-0339
Fax: (978) 433-0338
Email: jsauer@town.pepperell.ma.us
Website: www.town.pepperell.ma.us
Hours: M: 8a-7p; Tu-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-12:00p

PERU
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
3 EAST MAIN ROAD
01235
Phone: (413) 655-8312
Fax: (413) 655-2759
Email: townclerk@townofperuma.com
Hours: M: 6p-8p & By appointment

PETERSHAM
TOWN CLERK OFFICE
PO BOX 486
01366
Phone: (978) 724-6649
Fax: (978) 724-3501
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.centralquabbin.org/towns/Petersham/index.shtml
Hours: M: 6p-8p

PHILLIPSTON
TOWN CLERK
50 THE COMMON
01331
Phone: (978) 249-1733
Fax: (978) 249-1733
Email: townclerk@phillipston-ma.gov
Website: www.phillipston.gov
Hours: M: 12p-2p & 6p-8p; W: 4p-6p; Sat: 8:30a-10a

PITTSFIELD
REGISTRARS OF VOTERS
70 ALLEN STREET
01201
Phone: (413) 499-9460
Fax: (413) 499-9463
Email: ltyer@pittsfieldch.com
Website: www.pittsfield.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p

PLAINFIELD
TOWN HALL
348 MAIN ST
01070
Phone: (413) 634-5582
Fax: (413) 634-5785
Email: thatcher@bcn.net
Website: www.plainfieldmass.us/general.htm
Hours: Th: 6p-8p; By Appointment

PLAINVILLE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 1717
02762
Phone: (508) 695-3010
Fax: (508) 695-1857
Email: erobertson@plainville.ma.us
Website: www.plainville.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; M: 5p-8p

PLYMOUTH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
11 LINCOLN ST
02360
Phone: (508) 747-1620
Fax: (508) 830-4062
Email: lpizer@townhall.plymouth.ma.us
Website: www.plymouth-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 7:30a-5p: Tu: 7:30a-7p

PLYMPTON
TOWN CLERK
5 PALMER ROAD
02367
Phone: (781) 585-3220
Fax: (781) 582-1505
Email: town_clerk@town.plympton.ma.us
Website: http://town.plympton.ma.us/
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 9a-2p; M: 6p-8p

PRINCETON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
6 TOWN HALL DRIVE
01541
Phone: (978) 464-2103
Fax: (978) 464-2106
Email: townclerk@town.princeton.ma.us
Website: www.town.princeton.ma.us
Hours: M-W: 8a-3:30p; Tu: 5p-7p; Th: 8a-12p

PROVINCETOWN
TOWN HALL
260 COMMERCIAL ST
02657
Phone: (508) 487-7013
Fax: (508) 487-9560
Email: djohnstone@provincetown-ma.gov
Website: www.provincetown-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-6p

QUINCY
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
1305 HANCOCK ST
02169
Phone: (617) 376-1131
Fax: (617) 376-1139
Email: ncrispo@quincyma.gov
Website: www.quincyma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

RANDOLPH
TOWN CLERK/REGISTRAR
41 SOUTH MAIN ST
02368
Phone: (781) 961-0900
Fax: (781) 961-0919
Email: bhoward@randolph-ma.gov
Website: www.townofrandolph.com
Hours: M: 8:30a-7p; Tu-F: 8:30a-4:30p

RAYNHAM
TOWN CLERK
558 SOUTH MAIN ST.
02767
Phone: (508) 824-2700
Fax: (508) 823-1812
Email: hlounsbury@town.raynham.ma.us
Website: www.town.raynham.ma.us/Public_Documents/index2
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 7p-9p; F: 8:30a-12p

READING
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
16 LOWELL ST
01867
Phone: (781) 942-9050
Fax: (781) 942-9070
Email: lgemme@ci.reading.ma.us
Website: www.ci.reading.ma.us/Pages/index
Hours: M,W & Th: 7:30a-5:30p; Tu: 7:30a-7p

REHOBOTH
TOWN CLERK
148R PECK ST
02769
Phone: (508) 252-6502
Fax: (508) 252-5342
Email: kconti@town.rehoboth.ma.us
Website: www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p

REVERE
ELECTION DEPARTMENT
281 BROADWAY
02151
Phone: (781) 286-8200
Fax: (781) 286-8206
Email: dcolella@revere.org
Website: www.revere.org
Hours: M-Th: 8:15a-5p; F: 8:15a-12:15p; Closed the last Friday of the month.

RICHMOND
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1529 STATE RD
01254
Phone: (413) 698-3315
Fax: (413) 698-3272
Email: clerk@richmondma.org
Website: www.richmondma.org/townhall.htm
Hours: Tu-F: 9a-12p; 1st, 2nd, & 4th W: 6p-8p

ROCHESTER
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
1 CONSTITUTION WAY
02770
Phone: (508) 763-3866
Fax: (508) 763-4892
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.townofrochestermass.com/
Hours: M: 9a-12p & 5p-7p; Tu-F: 9a-12p

ROCKLAND
TOWN CLERK
242 UNION ST
02370
Phone: (781) 871-1892
Fax: (781) 871-0386
Email: clerk@rockland-ma.gov
Website: www.rockland-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; 1st & 3rd M: 7p-8:30p

ROCKPORT
TOWN CLERK
P.O. BOX 429
01966
Phone: (978) 546-6894
Fax: (978) 546-3562
Email: TownClerk@town.rockport.ma.us
Website: www.town.rockport.ma.us/
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-6p; F: 8a-1p

ROWE
TOWN CLERK
34 BROADWAY
01367
Phone: (413) 339-5520
Fax: (413) 339-5316
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.rowe-ma.gov/Pages/index
Hours: Tu: 8:30a-12:00p

ROWLEY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 351
01969
Phone: (978) 948-2081
Fax: (978) 948-2162
Email: townclerk@townofrowley.org
Website: www.town.rowley.ma.us/
Hours: M: 1p-8p; Tu,Th & F: 8a-12p; W: 8a-4:30p

ROYALSTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 127
01368
Phone: (978) 249-0493
Fax: (978) 575-0748
Email: townclerk@royalston-ma.gov
Website: www.royalston.com/
Hours: M 9a.m to 1 p.m, Summer hours June 21-Labor Day M 5-8:30 p.m.

RUSSELL
TOWN CLERK
65 MAIN ST
01071
Phone: (413) 862-3265
Fax: (413) 862-3103
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.townofrussell.us
Hours: Tu: 5:30p-7:30p; F: 4p-6p

RUTLAND
TOWN CLERK
250 MAIN STREET
01543
Phone: (508) 886-4104
Fax: (508) 886-2929
Email: sallyh@townofrutland.org
Website: www.townofrutland.org/
Hours: M & W: 8a-4:30p; Tu: 8a-7p; Th: 8:30a-1p

SALEM
CITY CLERK
93 WASHINGTON ST
01970
Phone: (978) 745-9595
Fax: (978) 740-9209
Email: clapointe@salem.com
Website: www.salem.com
Hours: M-W : 8a-4p; Th: 8a- 7p; F: 8a-12p

SALISBURY
TOWN CLERK/REGISTRARS
5 BEACH ROAD
01952
Phone: (978) 462-1145
Fax: (978) 462-4176
Email: townclerk@salisburyma.gov
Website: www.salisburyma.gov
Hours: M: 8:30a-6p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4p; F: 8:30a-1p

SANDISFIELD
TOWN HALL
3 SILVERBROOK RD
P O BOX 163
01255
Phone: (413) 258-4711
Fax: (413) 258-4225
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 9a-2p; M: 6p-7p

SANDWICH
TOWN CLERK
145 MAIN ST
02563
Phone: (508) 888-0340
Fax: (508) 888-2497
Email: twhite@townofsandwich.net
Website: www.sandwichmass.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 8:30a-8p

SAUGUS
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
298 CENTRAL ST
01906
Phone: (781) 231-4101
Fax: (781) 231-4109
Email: jrappa@saugus-ma.gov
Website: www.saugus-ma.gov
Hours: M:8:30a-7p;T-Th:8:15a-5p;F:8:15a-12:30p;
June-Aug M:8:30a-7p;T-Th:8:15a-4p;F: 8:15a-12:30p

SAVOY
TOWN HALL
720 MAIN RD
01256
Phone: (413) 743-3759
Fax: (413) 743-4292
Email: townofsavoy@verizon.net
Website: www.townofsavoy.org/
Hours: Tu: 12p-1p; By appointment

SCITUATE
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
600 C J CUSHING WAY
02066
Phone: (781) 545-8743
Fax: (781) 545-8704
Email: townclerk@town.scituate.ma.us
Website: www.town.scituate.ma.us/townhall.html
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:30a-4:45p; Tu: 8:30a-7:30p; F: 8:30a-11:45a

SEEKONK
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
100 PECK ST
02771
Phone: (508) 336-2920
Fax: (508) 336-0764
Email: jparker@seekonk-ma.gov
Website: www.seekonk.info
Hours: M, Tu & Th: 8:30a-4:30p; W: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-12p

SHARON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
90 SOUTH MAIN ST
02067
Phone: (781) 784-1505
Fax: (781) 784-1503
Email: mchused@townofsharon.org
Website: www.townofsharon.net/
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-5p; Th: 8:30a-8p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

SHEFFIELD
TOWN CLERK
P.O. BOX 175
01257
Phone: (413) 229-7000
Fax: (413) 229-7010
Email: fjoyce@sheffieldma.gov
Website: www.sheffieldma.gov
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p

SHELBURNE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
51 BRIDGE ST
01370
Phone: (413) 625-0300
Fax: (413) 625-0303
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M & Tu: 10a-5p; Th: 10a-4p

SHERBORN
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
19 WASHINGTON STREET
01770
Phone: (508) 651-7853
Fax: (508) 651-0407
Email: Carole.Marple@sherbornma.org
Website: www.sherbornma.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-12p

SHIRLEY
TOWN CLERK
7 KEADY WAY
01464
Phone: (978) 425-2600
Fax: (978) 425-2681
Email: amcdougall@shirley-ma.gov
Website: www.shirley-ma.gov
Hours: M: 9a-3p & 6p-8:30p; T-Th: 9-3p; By appointment M-Th: 3p-4:30p

SHREWSBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
100 MAPLE AVE
01545
Phone: (508) 841-8507
Fax: (508) 842-0587
Email: swright@th.ci.shrewsbury.ma.us
Website: www.shrewsbury-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p

SHUTESBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 COOLEYVILLE ROAD
P.O. BOX 264
01072
Phone: (413) 259-1204
Fax: (413) 259-1107
Email: townclerk@shutesbury.org
Website: www.shutesbury.org
Hours: M-Th: 9a-1p & By appointment

SOMERSET
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
140 WOOD STREET
02726
Phone: (508) 646-2818
Fax: (508) 646-2802
Email: dberge@town.somerset.ma.us
Website: www.somersetmass.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p; W: 4p-6p every other Wed, call first

SOMERVILLE
ELECTION COMMISSION
93 HIGHLAND AVE
02143
Phone: (617) 625-6600
Fax: (617) 625-5643
Email: nsalerno@somervillema.gov
Website: www.somervillema.gov
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-4:30p; Th: 8:30a-7:30p; F: 8:30a-12:30p

SOUTH HADLEY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
116 MAIN ST
01075
Phone: (413) 538-5023
Fax: (413) 538-7565
Email: chamlin@southhadleyma.gov
Website: www.southhadley.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

SOUTHAMPTON
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 276,TOWN HALL
01073
Phone: (413) 527-8392
Fax: (413) 527-1471
Email: townclerk@southampton.ma.us
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-5p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

SOUTHBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
17 COMMON ST
01772
Phone: (508) 485-0710
Fax: (508) 480-0161
Email: townclerk@southboroughma.com
Website: www.southboroughma.com
Hours: M,W & Th: 8a-5p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

SOUTHBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK
41 ELM ST
01550
Phone: (508) 764-5408
Fax: (508) 764-5425
Email: mdaoust@southbridgemass.org
Website: www.ci.southbridge.ma.us
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; Th: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12p

SOUTHWICK
TOWN CLERK
454 COLLEGE HIGHWAY
01077
Phone: (413) 569-5504
Fax: (413) 569-0667
Email: treasurer@southwick.ma.net
Website: www.southwickma.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

SPENCER
TOWN CLERK
157 MAIN ST
01562
Phone: (508) 885-7500
Fax: (508) 885-7528
Email: jmulhall@spencerma.gov
Website: www.spencerma.gov
Hours: M & Tu: 7:30a-4:30p & 6p-8p; W & Th: 7:30a-4:30p, Closed Friday

SPRINGFIELD
ELECTION COMMISSION
36 COURT ST
GROUND FLOOR ROOM 8
01103
Phone: (413) 787-6189
Fax: (413) 787-6186
Email: kkusek@springfieldcityhall.com
Website: www.springfieldcityhall.com
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p

STERLING
TOWN CLERK
BUTTERICK, RM 113
1 PARK ST
01564
Phone: (978) 422-8111
Fax: (978) 422-0289
Email: TownClerk@town.sterling.ma.us
Website: www.town.sterling.ma.us
Hours: Open to Public M-Th: 8:30a- 4p; F: 8:30a-11:30a

STOCKBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 417
01262
Phone: (413) 298-4170 x 251
Fax: (413) 298-4344
Email: clerk@townofstockbridge.com
Website: www.townofstockbridge.com/
Hours: M-F: 9a-12p & 1p-4p

STONEHAM
TOWN CLERK
35 CENTRAL ST
02180
Phone: (781) 279-2650
Fax: (781) 279-2653
Email: jhanright@ci.stoneham.ma.us
Website: www.stoneham-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12p

STOUGHTON
TOWN CLERK
10 PEARL ST.
02072
Phone: (781) 341-1300
Fax: (781) 232-9295
Email: cmooney@stoughton-ma.gov
Website: www.stoughton.org/
Hours: M-W: 8:30a-4:30p; Th: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-12p

STOW
TOWN CLERK
380 GREAT ROAD
01775-2127
Phone: (978) 897-4514
Fax: (978) 897-4534
Email: townclerk@stow-ma.gov
Website: www.stow-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-12:30p & 1p-4p; F: 8a-1p; No F hours June 1- Sept 1

STURBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK
308 MAIN STREET
01566
Phone: (508) 347-2510
Fax: (508) 347-5886
Email: lmurawski@town.sturbridge.ma.us
Website: www.town.sturbridge.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

SUDBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
322 CONCORD RD.
01776
Phone: (978) 639-3351
Fax: (978) 443-0264
Email: clerk@sudbury.ma.us
Website: www.sudbury.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 9a-5p summer hours (July/Aug) may be different

SUNDERLAND
TOWN CLERK
12 SCHOOL STREET
01375
Phone: (413) 665-1442
Fax: (413) 665-1446
Email: townclerk@townofsunderland.us
Website: www.townofsunderland.us/
Hours: M-W: 8a-4p; M: 6p-8p; Th: 8a-12p

SUTTON
TOWN CLERK
4 UXBRIDGE RD
01590
Phone: (508) 865-8725
Fax: (508) 865-8721
Email: l.rodgers@town.sutton.ma.us
Website: www.suttonma.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 9a-12p

SWAMPSCOTT
TOWN CLERK
22 MONUMENT AVE
01907
Phone: (781) 596-8855
Fax: (781) 596-8870
Email: sduplin@town.swampscott.ma.us
Website: www.town.swampscott.ma.us/
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-12p

SWANSEA
TOWN CLERK
81 MAIN ST
02777
Phone: (508) 678-9389
Fax: (508) 324-6700
Email: SWANSEATOWNCLERK@YAHOO.COM
Website: www.swanseamass.org/
Hours: M, Tu, Th & F: 9a-4p; W: 9a-5p

TAUNTON
ELECTIONS & REGISTRATIONS
15 SUMMER ST
02780
Phone: (508) 821-1044
Fax: (508) 821-1202
Email: cityclerk@tmlp.net
Website: www.taunton-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 9a-5p

TEMPLETON
TOWN CLERK OFFICE
4 ELM STREET
BALDWINVILLE, MA
01436
Phone: (978) 939-8466
Fax: (978) 939-8327
Email: charris@templeton1.org
Website: www.templeton1.org/
Hours: M: 7:30a-5p; Tu-Th: 8a-3p; F: 7:30a-1p

TEWKSBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1009 MAIN STREET
TOWN HALL
01876
Phone: (978) 640-4355
Fax: (978) 851-8610
Email: townclerk@tewksbury-ma.gov
Website: www.tewksbury.info
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4:30p

TISBURY
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
PO BOX 606
51 SPRING ST
02568
Phone: (508) 696-4215
Fax: (508) 693-5876
Email: mmudge@tisburyma.gov
Website: www.tisburyma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

TOLLAND
TOWN HALL
241 W GRANVILLE RD
01034
Phone: (413) 258-4068
Fax: (413) 258-4048
Email: townclerktolland@earthlink.net
Website: www.tolland-ma.gov
Hours: M: 2p-4p & By appointment

TOPSFIELD
OFFICE OF TOWN CLERK
8 WEST COMMON STREET
01983
Phone: (978) 887-1505
Fax: (978) 887-1502
Email: pburke@topsfield-ma.gov
Website: www.topsfield-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-12p

TOWNSEND
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
272 MAIN ST
01469
Phone: (978) 597-1704
Fax: (978) 597-8135
Email: clerk@townsend.ma.us
Website: www.townsend.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 9a-4p; Tu 9a-8p

TRURO
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 2012
02666-2012
Phone: (508) 349-7004
Fax: (508) 349-5505
Email: caslade@truro-ma.gov
Website: www.truro-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

TYNGSBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
25 BRYANTS LANE
01879
Phone: (978) 649-2300
Fax: (978) 649-2320
Email: jshifres@tyngsboroughma.gov
Website: www.tyngsboroughma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8:30a-4p; F: 8a-12:30p

TYRINGHAM
TOWN HALL
P.O. BOX 416
116 MAIN RD
01264
Phone: (413) 243-1749
Fax: (413) 243-4942
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.tyringham-ma.gov/
Hours: By appointment

UPTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 MAIN ST
P. O. BOX 969
01568
Phone: (508) 529-3565
Fax: (508) 529-1010
Email: kmcelreath@upton.ma.us
Website: www.upton.ma.us/pages/town-clerk.php
Hours: M & W: 9a-3p; Tu & Th: 9:15a-1p & 6p-8p

UXBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK
21 SOUTH MAIN ST
01569
Phone: (508) 278-3156
Fax: (508) 278-3154
Email: town.clerk@uxbridge-ma.gov
Website: www.uxbridge-ma.gov
Hours: M, T & Th: 7:30a-5p; W: 8a-7p

WAKEFIELD
TOWN CLERK
1 LAFAYETTE ST.
01880
Phone: (781) 246-6383
Fax: (781) 246-4155
Email: mgalvin@wakefield.ma.us
Website: www.wakefield.ma.us/
Hours: M-W: 8:a-4:30p; Th: 8a-7p; F: 8a-12:30p

WALES
TOWN OFFICES
3 HOLLOW ROAD
PO BOX 834
01081-0834
Phone: (413) 245-7571
Fax: (413) 245-3261
Email: townclerk@townofwales.net
Website: www.townofwales.net
Hours: M & Tu: 9a-3p

WALPOLE
TOWN HALL
135 SCHOOL ST
02081
Phone: (508) 660-7296
Fax: (508) 660-7228
Email: rfucile@walpole-ma.gov
Website: www.walpole-ma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-8p; F: 8a-12p

WALTHAM
DEPARTMENT OF CITY CLERK
610 MAIN STREET
02452
Phone: (781) 314-3120
Fax: (781) 314-3130
Email: rmalone@city.waltham.ma.us
Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WARE
126 MAIN ST.
01082
Phone: (413) 967-9648
Fax: (413) 967-9638
Email: ntalbot@townofware.com
Website: www.townofware.com/
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

WAREHAM
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
54 MARION ROAD
02571
Phone: 508-291-3100 x 3143
Fax: 508-291-6511
Email: masilva@wareham.ma.us
Website: www.wareham.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WARREN
TOWN CLERK
P.O. BOX 603
01083
Phone: (413) 436-5702
Fax: (413) 436-9754
Email: warrentownclerk@yahoo.com
Website: www.warren-ma.gov
Hours: M-W: 8a-3p; Th: 2p-7p

WARWICK
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
12 ATHOL RD
01378
Phone: (978) 544-8304
Fax: (978) 544-6499
Email: townclerk@town.warwick.ma.us
Website: www.warwickma.org/
Hours: M: 9a-12p

WASHINGTON
TOWN CLERK
8 SUMMIT HILL RD
PO BOX 98
01223
Phone: (413) 623-8878
Fax: (413) 623-2116
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M: 7p-9p

WATERTOWN
TOWN CLERK
149 MAIN STREET
02472
Phone: (617) 972-6488
Fax: (617) 972-6595
Email: jflynn@watertown-ma.gov
Website: www.watertown-ma.gov
Hours: M, W-Th: 8:30a-5p; Tu: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-5p; June-Aug F: 8:30a-2p

WAYLAND
TOWN CLERK
41 COCHITUATE ROAD
01778
Phone: (508) 358-3631
Fax: (508) 358-3627
Email: ltoombs@wayland.ma.us
Website: www.wayland.ma.us
Hours: M: 8:30a-7p; Tu-Th: 8:30a-4:30p, F: 8:30a-12:30p

WEBSTER
TOWN CLERK
350 MAIN ST SUITE 3
01570
Phone: (508) 949-3850
Fax: (508) 949-3850
Email: bcraver@webster-ma.gov
Website: www.webster-ma.gov/
Hours: M: 8a-7p; Tu-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8:30a-12p

WELLESLEY
TOWN CLERK
525 WASHINGTON ST
02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
Fax: (781) 237-5037
Email: knagle@wellesleyma.gov
Website: www.wellesleyma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-5p

WELLFLEET
TOWN CLERK
300 MAIN STREET
02667
Phone: (508) 349-0301
Fax: (508) 349-0317
Email: dawn.rickman@wellfleet-ma.gov
Website: www.wellfleet-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

WENDELL
TOWN CLERK
9 Morse Village Rd
P. O. Box 41
WENDELL DEPOT MA
01380
Phone: 978-544-3395 x 102
Fax: 978-544-7467
Email: townclerk@wendellmass.us
Website: www.wendellmass.us/
Hours: W: 6:30p-8:30p and by appointment

WENHAM
TOWN CLERK
138 MAIN STREET
01984
Phone: (978) 468-5520
Fax: (978) 468-8014
Email: treid@wenhamma.gov
Website: www.wenhamma.gov
Hours: M, W & Th: 9a-4:30p; Tu: 9a-7p; F: 9a-1p

WEST BOYLSTON
TOWN CLERK
127 HARTWELL ST, 100
01583
Phone: (508) 835-6240
Fax: (508) 835-4102
Email: kim.hopewell@westboylston-ma.gov
Website: www.westboylston.com
Hours: M-W: 9a-4p; Th-F: 9a-2:30p

WEST BRIDGEWATER
TOWN CLERK
65 NORTH MAIN ST
02379
Phone: (508) 894-1200
Fax: (508) 894-1210
Email: nmorrison@wbridgewater.com
Website: www.town.west-bridgewater.ma.us
Hours: M,Tu & Th: 8a-4p; W: 8a-7p; F: 8a-1p

WEST BROOKFIELD
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
2 E. MAIN ST
01585
Phone: (508) 867-1421
Fax: (508) 867-1400
Email: sallen@town.west-brookfield.ma.us
Website: www.wbrookfield.com/
Hours: M-Th: 9a-2p

WEST NEWBURY
TOWN CLERK
381 MAIN ST
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
01985
Phone: (978) 363-1100
Fax: (978) 363-1117
Email: mmccarron@wnewbury.org
Website: www.wnewbury.org
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-12p

WEST SPRINGFIELD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
26 CENTRAL ST
01089
Phone: (413) 263-3012
Fax: (413) 263-3046
Email: ofrizzell@west-springfield.ma.us
Website: www.west-springfield.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4:30p

WEST STOCKBRIDGE
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
21 STATE LINE RD
01266
Phone: (413) 232-0300
Fax: (413) 232-7195
Email: wstnclerk@msn.com
Website: www.weststockbridge-ma.gov
Hours: T & Th: 1:30p-4p

WEST TISBURY
TOWN HALL
BOX 278
02575
Phone: (508) 696-0148
Fax: (508) 696-0103
Email: townclerk@westtisbury-ma.gov
Website: www.westtisbury-ma.gov/
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-1:30p

WESTBOROUGH
TOWN CLERK
34 WEST MAIN STREET
01581
Phone: (508) 366-3020
Fax: (508) 366-3099
Email: nyendriga@town.westborough.ma.us
Website: www.town.westborough.ma.us
Hours: M, W & Th: 8a-5p; Tu: 8a-8p; F: 7:30a-12p

WESTFIELD
BOARD OF REGISTRARS
59 COURT STREET
ROOM 211
01085
Phone: (413) 572-6266
Fax: (413) 564-3114
Email: m.colon@cityofwestfield.org
Website: www.cityofwestfield.org
Hours: M-F: 9a-5p

WESTFORD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
55 MAIN STREET
01886
Phone: (978) 692-5515
Fax: (978) 399-2555
Email: ktari@westfordma.gov
Website: www.westfordma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

WESTHAMPTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
ONE SOUTH RD
01027
Phone: (413) 527-0463
Fax: (413) 527-8655
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: Every M: 9-5; 7p-8p also by appointment

WESTMINSTER
TOWN CLERK
11 SOUTH STREET
01473
Phone: (978) 874-7406
Fax: (978) 874-7411
Email: dmacaloney@westminster-ma.gov
Website: www.westminster-ma.gov
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4:30p; F: 8a-1p

WESTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
P.O. BOX 378
11 TOWN HOUSE ROAD
02493
Phone: (781) 893-7320
Fax: (781) 529-0106
Email: davenport.d@westonmass.org
Website: www.weston.org
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-5p

WESTPORT
OFFICE OF TOWN CLERK
816 MAIN RD
02790
Phone: (508) 636-1001
Fax: (774) 264-5152
Email: clerk@westport-ma.gov
Website: www.westport-ma.com
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4p; 1st M of month: 8:30a-6p

WESTWOOD
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
580 HIGH ST
02090
Phone: (781) 326-3964
Fax: (781) 329-8030
Email: dpowers@townhall.westwood.ma.us
Website: www.townhall.westwood.ma.us
Hours: M, W & Th: 8:30a-4:30p; Tu: 8:30a-7p; F: 8:30a-1p

WEYMOUTH
TOWN CLERK/REGISTRAR
75 MIDDLE STREET
02189
Phone: (781) 682-6129
Fax: (781) 335-3283
Email: crose@weymouth.ma.us
Website: www.weymouth.ma.us
Hours: M-Tu & Th-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WHATELY
TOWN CLERK
218 CHESTNUT PLAIN R
P. O. BOX 89
01093
Phone: (413) 665-0054
Fax: (413) 665-9560
Email: tclerk2@comcast.net
Website: www.whately.org
Hours: M, W, Th & F: 9a-4p; Tu: 12p-7p

WHITMAN
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
P O BOX 426
54 SOUTH AVENUE
02382
Phone: (781) 618-9710
Fax: (781) 618-9791
Email: pamela.martin@whitman-ma.gov
Website: www.whitman-ma.gov/
Hours: M, W-F: 8a-4p; Tu: 8a-7:30p

WILBRAHAM
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
240 SPRINGFIELD ST
01095
Phone: (413) 596-2800
Fax: (413) 596-2830
Email: blitchfield@wilbraham-ma.gov
Website: www.wilbraham-ma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WILLIAMSBURG
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 447
01039-0447
Phone: (413) 268-8402
Fax: (413) 268-8409
Email: townclerk@burgy.org
Website: www.burgy.org
Hours: M: 8:30a-3:30p & 5:30p-7p; Tu: 8:30a-3:30p; Th: 9a-2p & 6p-8p

WILLIAMSTOWN
TOWN CLERK
31 NORTH ST
01267
Phone: (413) 458-9341
Fax: (413) 458-4839
Email: mkennedy@williamstown.net
Website: www.williamstown.net
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WILMINGTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
121 GLEN RD
01887
Phone: (978) 658-2030
Fax: (978) 657-7564
Email: sgeorge@town.wilmington.ma.us
Website: www.wilmingtonma.gov
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

WINCHENDON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
109 FRONT ST
01475
Phone: (978) 297-2766
Fax: (978) 297-1616
Email: CLERK@TOWN.WINCHENDON.MA.US
Website: www.TOWNOFWINCHENDON.COM
Hours: M: 8a-6p; Tu-Th: 8a-5p

WINCHESTER
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
71 MOUNT VERNON
01890
Phone: (781) 721-7130
Fax: (781) 721-1153
Email: townclerk@winchester.us
Website: www.winchester.us
Hours: M-F: 8a-4p

WINDSOR
TOWN CLERK
3 HINSDALE RD
01270
Phone: (413) 684-3977
Fax: (413) 684-1585
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Hours: M: 5p-7p & By appointment

WINTHROP
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1 METCALF SQUARE
TOWN HALL
02152
Phone: (617) 846-1742
Fax: (617) 539-5814
Email: jdemato@town.winthrop.ma.us
Website: www.town.winthrop.ma.us/Pages/index
Hours: M & W: 8a-4:30p; T & Th: 8a-7p

WOBURN
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
10 COMMON ST
01801
Phone: (781) 897-5850
Fax: (781) 897-5859
Email: wcampbell@cityofwoburn.com
Website: www.cityofwoburn.com
Hours: M-W: 9a-4:30p; Th: 9a-7p; F: 9a-1p

WORCESTER
ELECTION DIVISION
455 MAIN ST RM 208
01608
Phone: (508) 799-1134
Fax: (508) 799-1137
Email: medunaj@worcesterma.gov
Website: www.worcesterma.gov
Hours: M: 8:45a-5p; Tu-F: 8:45a-4:15p

WORTHINGTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
PO BOX 247
01098
Phone: (413) 238-5577
Fax: (413) 238-5579
Email: elections@sec.state.ma.us
Website: www.worthington-ma.us/
Hours: Sat: 10a-12:30p

WRENTHAM
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
79 SOUTH ST
02093
Phone: (508) 384-5415
Fax: (508) 384-5434
Email: cmollica@wrentham.ma.us
Website: www.wrentham.ma.us
Hours: M-Th: 8a-4p; F: 8a-1:30p

YARMOUTH
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1146 ROUTE 28
SO. YARMOUTH, MA
02664
Phone: (508) 398-2231
Fax: (508) 760-4842
Email: jhibbert@yarmouth.ma.us
Website: www.yarmouth.ma.us
Hours: M-F: 8:30a-4:30p

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Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team: Ready for 2013

Beimfohr_Paralyzed Veterans racing

Dedicated to a season of continued growth in membership and educational efforts as well as abundant handcycle racing success, theParalyzed Veterans of America racing team is eager for the 2013 season to begin.

For the first time, a winter training camp will be held prior to the start of the racing season. A select group of members will meet for a week of twice daily stamina-building rides, strategy sessions and team bonding in Tampa, FL, before continuing on to the Melbourne Marathon to be held February 3, 2013, in Melbourne, FL.

Racing team coordinator Jody Shiflett expects the training camp to propel the team forward into the new season and plans to make the camp an annual event.

“Work and other personal obligations make training and racing a different priority for each individual,” Shiflett says. “But at this camp, it will be the focus for everyone.”

Shiflett is quick to point out that not all members can race at every event. About 30 times yearly, Paralyzed Veterans has members at different races around the United States. Because of time and financial constraints, most members primarily attend races near their homes. Only two or three times yearly will the entire team race together.

Paralyzed Veterans Racing experienced more than 50 percent membership growth in 2012 and now has a roster of 130 members. Shiflett contributes the growth rate to the hard work of many team members who volunteer their time to hold educational clinics and workshops, and do recruiting, fund raising and bike repair.

Though volunteering is common among team members, certain members stand out in this area. To acknowledge these individuals, their dedication and their efforts above and beyond the call of duty, Shiflett created the “A” Team, initially appointing the first 12 members himself. However, the following year Jody turned voting over to the team and made the position peer elected.

Paralyzed Veterans underwrites a small portion of team members’ travel expenses to attend racing events. “A” team members, in recognition of their volunteer work, are sometimes eligible for a few extra dollars to offset some of their out-of-pocket expenses. Shiflett states that the few extra dollars awarded the “A” team is only a token and comes nowhere near off-setting the personal investment these members have put forth.

The 2013 “A” Team members are:

Joseph Beimfohr
Alfredo De Los Santos
Will Groulx
Geoff Hopkins
Holly Koester
Carlos Moleda
Robert Puckett III
Matthew J. Robinson
Jeff Snover
David Swaim
Scott Sweet
Keith Winchell

Major races for the 2013 season include competitions in Greenville, SC; Anchorage, AK; and the cycling national championships in Chattanooga, TN. The complete racing schedule is available on the Paralyzed Veterans website at this link.

 

2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Expo to Feature More than 75 Exhibitors

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More than 600 athletes and thousands of visitors will gather in Tampa on July 13, 2013, for the Disabled Sports, Recreation and Fitness Exposition (Expo) — the official kickoff to the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The event will take place at the Tampa Convention Center, East Hall from 9 AM to 4 PM.

This year’s Expo will feature more than 75 exhibitors, including booths held by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America, featuring Paralyzed Veterans’ programs like Wheels Helping Warriors and Operation PAVE. Some longtime private sector supporters of the games, including Invacare Corporation, Iron Bow Technologies and UPS, also will have booths at the games, said Elizabeth Aulwes, program manager for corporate and cause marketing at Paralyzed Veterans.

This year’s Expo also will include some new corporate faces, including Mountain Trike, a United Kingdom-based all-terrain wheelchair company, and Bioderm Inc./Men’s Liberty, a provider of external men’s catheters, Aulwes said.

“We always try to bring in new exhibitors who have exciting services to offer,” Aulwes said. “The Expo presents the opportunity to check out new products and services that serve those in the disability community.”

Kelly Barry, senior marketing manager for Hollister Continence Care, a returning exhibitor at the Expo, expressed the company’s continued support for Paralyzed Veterans and the Games.

“Hollister Continence Care shares Paralyzed Veterans of America’s ongoing commitment to care and to help veterans live the full, rewarding lives they deserve,” Barry said.

Aulwes said the Games Expo is unique in that it provides an opportunity for exhibitors to reach out to disabled veterans in a way no other Expo provides, allowing companies to network with the VA and work directly with the veteran community.

But the value of the Expo extends beyond just the marketing aspects; it also serves as a central gathering place for veterans, exhibitors and others to reconnect with old friends, Aulwes added. Many of the returning exhibitors who have participated in the games over the past 30 years have built friendships with the athletes, so it’s a great time for them to reconnect as well, Aulwes added.

“The Expo is always the central gathering point for the wheelchair games on that day,” she said. “Everyone spends the majority of the day there to reconnect with old friends; it’s almost like a big reunion.”

Read about featured exhibitors at the 2013 Expo

Find information, results, and more from the 33rd NVWG

Hertz Supports Paralyzed Veterans of America Through the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic and Hertz for Heroes Campaign

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The Hertz Company raised $16,140 to support Paralyzed Veterans of America‘s Mission: ABLE campaign over the July fourth holiday weekend as part of the PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic and the Hertz for Heroes initiative.

“These funds are critical to help maintain the programs that help support paralyzed veterans and their families to live full and successful lives,” said David Zurfluh, member and National Vice President of Paralyzed Veterans. “Again, many thanks to Hertz for extending a helping hand to our disabled veterans this July 4th weekend.”

The initiative offered a charitable contribution to Paralyzed Veterans: $10 for every birdie, $50 for every eagle and $500 for every hole-in-one recorded during the 2013 Greenbrier Classic by PGA Tour professionals, of up to $20,000 through Sunday.

Greenbrier Classic professional golfers scored 1,494 birdies, 14 eagles and 1 hole-in-one, resulting in the $16,140 total donation from Hertz for Heroes.

“Events like these are a great way for us to tell our story and carry on the important work we do,” Zurfluh said. “This wouldn’t be possible without companies like Hertz Corporation.”

The Hertz for Heroes project was launched by Hertz employees with military backgrounds in 2011, when the company donated 40,000 free weekend rentals to military personnel returning home from overseas. The company has since joined the White House’s veterans hiring initiative and has launched a military hiring portal that enables veterans and their family members to view and apply for available Hertz jobs. To date, the company has hired more than 300 veterans.

“We are grateful for the dollars raised and the support of Hertz for Heroes,” Zurfluh said.

Learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America

New Operation PAVE Tampa Office Will Help Veterans Find New Careers

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Operation PAVE Provides Free Training, Education, Job Counseling & Placement Assistance

 

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A national vocational program that equips veterans with job skills and helps them find employment opened its Florida office Friday, July 12, 2013, at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), a vocational assistance program helps all veterans find jobs and navigate their employment, education and benefits options.

The Tampa office is the seventh PAVE center opened by Paralyzed Veterans of America, which operates offices at VA facilities in San Antonio, Long Beach, Minneapolis, Richmond, Boston and Augusta, GA. The organization plans to open an eighth center in Chicago next year.

“It’s unacceptable that so many of our nation’s veterans who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms are struggling to find jobs,” said Bill Lawson, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America, who officially opened the Tampa office. “Through Operation PAVE, we hope to reach these veterans, place them with employers who are looking to hire veterans and cut the unemployment rate among veterans.”

Joining Lawson at the grand opening was Rich Brooks, President of Agility Defense & Government Services Inc., the private sector partner that raised the money to fund the Tampa PAVE center.

“We owe a great debt to those who have served our country. We need to make sure they get every chance to find and thrive in productive, meaningful careers,” Brooks said. “I’m confident that employers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area and across Florida will step up and look to this center for help in hiring veterans. They understand the value veterans bring to the workplace.”

Representative Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded PAVE’s public-private partnership as a much-needed new resource to help veterans find meaningful careers.

“The PAVE program is a fine example of how the private sector and government are working  together to give our nation’s wounded heroes a better chance at achieving the American dream.”

Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, also commended PAVE’s collaborative efforts and innovative supported employment model.

“I applaud the partnership between the Paralyzed Veterans of America and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and welcome Operation PAVE to the Tampa Bay area. I am confident that through this program, many of Florida’s veterans will obtain the support they need to find jobs and pursue education opportunities, paving a better and brighter future.”

Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida’s 14th district and Congressional Representative for the Haley VA Medical Center welcomed PAVE as a valuable new resource for service members in the 14th district and across Florida.

“The launching of the Operation PAVE Tampa office will provide a valuable resource to Florida veterans who are returning home. Because PAVE is funded completely by private donations, the program will be provided free of charge to Florida Veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for their country.”

Florida is home to the country’s third-largest veterans population and the third-largest number of disabled veterans, according to the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs. The state is expected to experience a large influx of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as those veterans resettle, move into the civilian workforce or retire.

Anthony Hopkins, an Air Force veteran living in the Tampa area, also attended the center opening. He is going through the PAVE program and currently working with Tampa PAVE counselor Susan Deguzman.

“Working with Susan and the PAVE program has really helped with the transition from my military career to the civilian world,” said Hopkins, a 23 year Air Force veteran. “I highly recommend that any veteran seeking employment or looking for assistance with where to start should contact their closest PAVE program center – they are truly there to help.

Operation PAVE provides free one-on-one employment assistance, benefits counseling and support to any veteran and his/her family. The program also helps employers who are committed to hiring veterans.

Tampa’s Operation PAVE office is part of a national network built by Paralyzed Veterans through an innovative public-private partnership. For more information about Operation PAVE, visit www.operationpave.org.

Since 2007, 1,500 veterans have received services through the PAVE program, and 700+ companies and organizations in the PAVE Employer Network have committed to hiring a PAVE client.

33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games Welcomes Tennis and Water Skiing as Exhibition Sports

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As the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games came to a close in Richmond last year, speculation was already under way about what exhibition sports to present this year in Tampa. Four that were mentioned by Tom Brown, consultant to the Games for Paralyzed Veterans of America and former director of the Games for theDepartment of Veterans Affairss, were waterskiing, tennis, boccia, and fencing.

Tennis and waterskiing were selected. Boccia proved to be popular and accessible that the decision was made to offer it as a medal sport this year, waving the usual standard of having to be an exhibition sport for two years.

Tennis, according to Jeanene LeSure, local coordinator of the 33rd Games, has about 35 people signed up and ready to play.

Among the rules adaptations, players are allowed two bounces of the ball, but it must be returned before the third bounce. Serves are made with the server a stationary position but allowed one push before striking the ball. For a quadriplegic player, for which conventional methods for service are physically impossible, the player or an individual may drop the ball for the serve.

“It’s an exciting and physical game,” Brown said. “Athletes and fans will learn a lot about the sport at the exhibition.”

The exhibition takes place at Hillsborough Community College Wednesday, July 17, 8 a.m.–11 a.m.

will also be presented. Participants use various adaptive skis, including a “sit-ski,” which requires less balancing, or discs or “saucers,” that assist beginners and individuals with varying degrees of disability.

LeSure said that in the preregistration period, only 50 slots were allotted and they went quickly. There is now a waiting list to fill any slot that may open up if a registrant drops out. The events take place at Lake Seminole Park on Monday, July 15 with half the participants beginning at 8 a.m. and the other half beginning at 1 p.m. Brown and LeSure agreed that it’s highly unlikely that waterskiing will ever make it as a medal sport because it is an option not available to many locations across the country, but they knew it would be an excellent event for Tampa.

Exhibition sports are chosen to expose veterans to different possibilities and to let them expand their knowledge of recreational activities. For those sports to make it as a regular medal sport (of which there are 18 now), it must receive a good response from participants, it must meet goals from a rehabilitative standpoint and it needs to be feasible in terms of logistics and availability. The third criterion is what most likely will keep waterskiing from becoming a medal sport; the feasibility in terms of logistics is still being explored with tennis.

“In terms of fitting in to our allotted time and making sure that matches don’t run too long, we’re still exploring all of that with tennis,” Brown said. “It’s more unpredictable as to how long a match can go. And we need to look at the tournament format to see how that could work for us.”

Fans as well as nonparticipating athletes are encouraged to attend the exhibitions and learn more about these two sports.

Learn more about the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa

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What is SpeedyTV?

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Speedy, “the little man in the flying wheelchair,” is Paralyzed Veterans of America’s national emblem, which came to life from a drawing of a Paralyzed Veterans of America member back in 1946.   Speedy is symbolic of energy, drive, happiness, admiration and guts!

Speedy TV is a way to catch up via video webcast on the latest event-specific information from Paralyzed Veterans of America. Via the links below, explore video from various Paralyzed Veterans events. The direct link to Speedy TV:www.pva.org/SpeedyTV.

Join us here at Speedy TV— your place for all the sights, sounds, interviews and exciting play-by-plays during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games!  View the flyer

Coming in July in this space: Speedy TV from the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games from Tampa, FL!

2013 Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month SpeedyTV at this link.

2012 National Veterans Wheelchair Games SpeedyTV at this link.

2012 Summit SpeedyTV at this link.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games:Spirit of the Games – Veteran Phillip Rosenberg

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As a young boy growing up in rural Wisconsin, Phillip Rosenberg, 62, was surrounded by heroes. His father and three uncles had served in World War II. One uncle was shot down over the English Channel. His father fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

“It seemed like every adult male had served,” said Rosenberg, a native of Pulaski, Wis., a town of 5,000 people best known for “Pulaski Polka Days”, one of the largest festivals dedicated to the Polish in the United States. “When I came of age, it was just my turn, so I enlisted.”

Serving in the 1960’s almost certainly meant an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam. Arriving in 1969, Rosenberg served with the famed 82nd Airborne Division located at Phu Loi and the 9th Infantry Division located at Dong Tam. Midway through the tour, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

“I got knocked over by a blast wall,” remembered Rosenberg. “Somehow three of my fingers got severed. I picked ‘em up, put ‘em in my pocket and hustled over to the medic. Later, they re-attached my fingers.”

Injured, Rosenberg returned home in 1970 to a country that was eager to get out of Vietnam.

“It was not a very receptive society,” he said.

He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and played for the baseball team. Then in 1974, his life changed forever.

“October 2,” said Rosenberg. “A car accident. I spent 18 months in rehab at the Milwaukee VA.”

After physical therapy, Rosenberg gradually learned to re-adjust to his altered life. Bit by bit, a new sense of purpose arose. Then…a mission redefined.

From Injured to Active

“I was a three-sport athlete, served my country and I was just sitting around,” he said. “I deserved better for myself, we deserved better from our country.”

Rosenberg got involved with the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and started advocating for wheelchair accessi­bility and parking. He got back into school. He started making things happen. In the fall of 1979, he, along with three other Veterans, founded the Wisconsin Chapter of the PVA, a chapter in which he serves as President today.

“Disabled Veterans had a lot of needs,” said Rosenberg. “So we got to work.”

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from UWM in 1982, he launched a career in teaching in what he thought would be his life’s work, but his mission was redefined again.

“1982 was also the first year I attended the Wheelchair Games,” said Rosenberg. “They were in Milwaukee and with the encouragement of Dr. Atzla Gahatit, Chief of Spinal Cord Surgery and Don Schmitt from PVA, I decided to go. They were really pushing us guys to go. I’m glad they did because a whole new world opened up.”

Still a Competitor

A year later, Rosenberg left teaching and became a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis. It was a mission that lasted for the next 26 years, almost as long as his attendance streak at the Wheelchair Games.

“I’ve gone to 31 consecutive Games missing only the first one here in Richmond in ‘81,” said Rosenberg. “It’s amazing to think back on all of the lives these Games have helped. I am so honored to have been a part of it.”

Over the years, he has participated in nearly every event the Games have offered. Softball? It’s one of his favorites in the early years. Trap shooting? He was afraid he would go head over heels the first time, yet to this day he still travels the PVA trap shooting circuit. Quad Rugby? It’s built for his competitiveness.

“I tell the young guys, if me, at 62, and Bull, at 65, can still do it, so can you,” said Rosenberg referring to last year’s Spirit of the Games recipient, Jerry “Bull” Baylor. “I wish they had the event when I was younger though.”

Baylor first met Rosenberg at the ’82 Games in Milwaukee. He added “Like Phil, I’m a fierce competitor and we’re two of the oldest around playing Quad Rugby. I think it’s a testament to the healing power of these Games that we’re still so competitive after 30 years.”

Healing power, competitiveness and drive. These are some of the very attributes to live a full and happy life, reminds Rosenberg. It’s a message he wants to share with his brothers and sisters returning from overseas or those Veterans who have suffered a catastrophic injury.

“If you think your life is over, it will be,” said Rosenberg with his jaw set firm. “The Games are a teaching mechanism, not only with sports, but with life. You’ve got to build that first level of independence. Set goals for the future. Gain confidence and you will do anything you want to do.”

After 31 years coming to the Games and now three years into retirement, you might think that Phil Rosenberg is going to slow down a bit. Well, think again.

“There’s too much I still want to do,” he exclaimed. “I’m getting ready to hit the road, travel to Europe. I want to see all 50 states, all the parks and monuments this country has to offer. I don’t know if I’m gonna have time to pack it all in, but I’m gonna try!”

Phillip Rosenberg. Mentor. Advocate. Competitor.

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Discover the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

 

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, copresented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA), allows veterans with disabilities to rediscover their strength and potential through athletic competition with peers. The Games are the largest annual wheelchair-sporting event in the world, with hundreds of participants and thousands of volunteers attending, making planning and preparation a year-long process.

The 33rd Wheelchair Games will be held July 13–18, 2013, in Tampa, FL. The Tampa Convention Center met all of the criteria for hosting the Games, which included availability of a very large, open space suitable for the Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo and availability of appropriate venues around the city for the various competitions, including softball, basketball, track and field and trapshooting. Events will take place at the riverwalk, in parks, the host hotel, the zoo, a local high school and at the Convention Center, where competitions, ceremonies and the Expo will be held.

At the Expo corporate and nonprofit organizations showcase their brand and engage with hundreds of wheelchair athletes, coaches, family members, health-care providers and rehabilitation professionals.  Veterans can learn about a variety of health-care products and services and organizations that offer assistance or opportunities.

Local Host Coordinator (LOC) and VA Recreation Therapist Jeanene LeSure said the LOC just “recently secured all of our venues for the various sporting events and ceremonies. Our entire LOC is complete; we have a lot of dedicated VA employees as well as chapter members from the Paralyzed Veterans Florida Gulf Coast serving on several committees.”

LeSure is responsible for managing the LOC and its nonstop work to have everything ready for the Games in 2013. “We’re almost at the halfway point; we’ve been working for about a year now,” she said.

Without the generous and selfless support of sponsors, many of which have been supporting the Games for upward of 20, 25 and 30 years, the Games could not be the annual success that it is.  Sponsor and exhibitor recruitment is also a year-round process, conducted by Paralyzed Veterans corporate marketing team as well as the LOC.

“Simply put, our sponsors are the lifeblood to ensuring each year that we have the appropriate means to make the NVWG a great success,” said Pablo Sosa, associate director, Corporate & Cause Marketing. “Through our sponsors’ generous support, Paralyzed Veterans is helping improve the lives and well-being of these most deserving men and women.”

Back in Tampa, logistics take priority. Recently the LOC completed its warehouse inventory. “We went through about 17 53-foot UPS trucks full of equipment [for the sporting events]. We counted everything and took note of what we needed in order to ensure we have everything we need for the Games,” LeSure added.

Even with several accomplishments under its belt, the LOC still has a lot of work to do in order to make the Games a success. Currently, the LOC is working out the “finer details” of the Games, including finalizing the event schedule, ensuring that it has the necessary equipment for the various sporting events and ensuring that the venues are capable of holding the planned sports.

“In that area, the Tampa area has an advantage because many of the events that we are hosting at the Games are already hosted locally here in Tampa. So many of our venues are already familiar with the rules and regulations of these sports, making the whole process a lot easier for everyone,” LeSure said.

Tom Brown, Paralyzed Veterans’ consultant and program manager for the Games, noted, “The LOC in Tampa has been extremely cooperative and energetic. They are eager to ensure that the 33rd NVWG is the best ever.  We all share the same goal, that of making sure the veterans have an excellent, life-changing experience.”

In the months ahead, LeSure and the LOC will be busy trying to register the 2,500-3,000 volunteers necessary to work the Wheelchair Games. For those interested, there will be an online signup that will open in January 2013. This registration period will last until June.

Thirty-two years ago, the Wheelchair Games started out as a rehabilitation event, an extension of therapy in the community to help our nation’s wounded heroes know that disabled does not mean unable.

“The Games have never lost that focus and have been introducing veterans to opportunities in sports and recreation that they never dreamed possible. For many of our veterans, the Games are truly life changing,” Brown said. “We make it our priority to ensure that each veteran has a truly memorable and rewarding experience.”

Learn more about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

 

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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Early rehabilitation treatment is critical to help patients achieve their fullest potential following a spinal cord injury. At New England Rehabilitation Hospital patients learn how to adapt and return to a normal life. Patients learn how to avoid complications and increase independence. New England Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to offer a primary care practice for individuals with spinal cord injuries. This program provides individuals with spinal cord injury a community based physician that has the expertise and commitment to care for their special needs on an ongoing and proactive basis.

The Spinal Cord Injury Team of experienced clinicians at New England Rehabilitation Hospital may include some or all of the following professionals dependent on the patient’s individual needs:

The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Team Consists of:

New England Rehabilitation Hospital’s Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program is designed to help individuals maximize their functional abilities so they can successfully return to the community. This goal is accomplished through development of an individualized treatment plan for each patient by the interdisciplinary staff. New England Rehabilitation Hospital advocates for involvement of the family in all aspects of care, and ensures patient/family education, support and participation in life care planning. New England Rehabilitation Hospital is fortunate to have the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association at the hospital. The chapter is an invaluable asset in the rehabilitation and support of individuals with spinal cord injury.

  • Physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation) Board Certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Psychiatrist
  • Nurses specializing in 24-Hour Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Case Manager
  • Benefits specialist
  • Dietician
  • Other medical specialties to include;
    • Neurologist
    • Neuropsychologist
    • ENT
    • Oncologist
    • Pulmonologist
    • Infectious Disease Specialist
    • Wound Specialist

Program Components

The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program components include:

  • 24-Hour Rehabilitation nursing to address wound management, pain management, reinforce acquired functional skills, to assist with education of the patient and family.
  • Intensive and Individualized, goal-oriented treatment plans
  • Functional Approach to Activities of Daily Living and Community Re-entry
  • Availability of State-of-the-Art rehabilitation technology to include:
    • AutoAmbulator (partial weight support treadmill training)
    • Bioness H200 (Functional Electrical Stimulation)
    • Bioness L300 (Functional Electrical Stimulation)
    • Adaptive equipment for phone, computer and other aspects of communication.
  • Specialized insurance benefits coordination and management
  • Family conferences, education and support
  • Comprehensive case management discharge planning
  • Nutritional management
  • Daily Living Skills Training
  • Community Re-Entry Program
  • Splinting and Orthotics
  • Sexual Counseling
  • Educational Series
  • Driving Evaluation Program, as well as referrals to vendors for access and training to adaptive driving equipment.
  • Therapeutic Pool (Woburn only, 96 degrees)
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Services/Clinics including access to a physiatrist who specialize in the care of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Benefits Management and Coordination

An illness or injury may affect a person’s capacity for returning to work. If one of our patients is likely to be unable to return to work for a short or extended period, New England Rehabilitation Hospital offers the services of a Benefits Specialist to help the patient and family with practical matters of income replacement and health insurance concerns. The Benefits Specialist addresses such matters as: filing for Family and Medical Leave, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Social Security Disability, MassHealth and COBRA assistance. The Benefits Specialist is also able to address social concerns of emergency aid for those persons who may not have worked prior to the injury or illness.

New England Rehabilitation Hospital recognizes the importance of assisting patients back to their homes, communities and places of work. The benefits service is dedicated to achieving those goals by helping patients and families navigate through disability benefits systems and by providing support to patients and families as they go through this often difficult and confusing process. Many patients have commented that they would not have known “where to begin” and that this service completes their overall rehabilitation.

New England Rehab Offers Elder Assist Clinic

New England Rehabilitation Hospital in conjunction with the Senior Resource Center (SRC) now offers complimentary, weekly Elder Assist Clinics in Woburn. These pre-registered private appointments with SRC’s Eldercare Nurse Attorneys help patients and their families with important issues, to include:

  • How to pay for current and long term health care needs
  • How to protect your home and your hard assets
  • Advice on estate planning

These clinics serve as a bridge in helping New England Rehabilitation Hospital patients and their families deal with transition needs for a safe and timely discharge home, to a skilled nursing facility, or an assisted living facility.

Senior Resource Center, Inc. is a full-service eldercare planning advisory group, supporting seniors and their families throughout Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire.

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The New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) has developed a long and distinguished history of care, research, education, and service to people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the New England region.  NERSCIC Network headquarters is located at the Boston University Medical Campus, with Network members Gaylord Hospital and Hospital for Special Care located in CT.

The NERSCIC Network serves as an advocate and resource for patients; their families, friends, and caregivers; and health care professionals throughout New England.  Our goal is to improve the health and function of people with SCI throughout the lifespan through innovative science and technology in three areas:

1. Consumer-focused Rehabilitation Researchwhich focuses on topics for people with SCI, such as health care self advocacy training, better ways to measure functioning, and which wheelchairs have the most breakdowns.  Learn more about how to participate in studies.

2. Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Care

  • NERSCIC offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient SCI care available through Gaylord Hospital and the Hospital for Special Care in CT.
  • NERSCIC is leading the development and dissemination of a uniform New England Standard of Care (NESoC) for SCI, a first-ever collaborative effort among area facilities with SCI expertise.  Its goal is to enhance learning opportunities for professionals and ensure that all people receive the same level of care throughout New England.

3.  Education and Collaboration

  • In 2012, NERSCIC unveiled a new Consumer Education Program called “Knowledge in Motion,”  in partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and modeled after the Stepping Forward- Staying Informed program pioneered by NERSCIC.
  • The Rehabilitation Research Roundtable joins together leaders of the local SCI community to collaborate on a common research and corresponding service and advocacy agenda.

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Spinal Cord Injury
After a spinal cord injury has occurred, a person is no longer able to drive an automobile in the normal manner. However, there are several types of adaptive mobility equipment and vehicle modifications that can allow an individual with a spinal cord injury to drive. Depending on the level of injury and functional ability, either a sedan or van may be an appropriate vehicle choice.The following are considerations for selecting a vehicle:

Driving a sedan: When considering the use of a sedan, the individual must be able to do the following:

  • Lock and Unlock the door
  • Open and close the door
  • Transfer to and from the wheelchair
  • Store and retrieve the wheelchair (either independently or with a wheelchair loading device)

Since characteristics and dimensions of vehicles vary, it is important that the individual performs these functions in the vehicle being considered prior to purchase. A driver rehabilitation specialist can provide recommendations for sedan selection.

Driving a van: If an individual is unable to drive a sedan, there are several options available for driving a van. Specialized modifications can allow a person to transfer to the driver seat or to drive from the wheelchair.

There are several levels of driving control technology to compensate for the loss of strength and/or range of motion. Some of these include:

Adaptive mobility equipment and vehicle modifications for wheelchair access are available for some full-size and mini vans; however, all vans are not suitable for modifications. We can assist in making the correct van choice and can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine a persons ability to drive.

If you or those that drive with you notice any of the above warning signs and need a driving evaluation, give us a call at 508-697-6006 and we can, help you with with knowledge about medical conditions, and help with a comprehensive evaluation and determine your ability to drive. 

  • Visual Perception
  • Functional Ability
  • Reaction Time
  • Behind-the-wheel evaluation

This Fourth Of July, Show Veterans Your Gratitude

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Although we should show our gratitude every chance we get, the Fourth of July is an especially profound time to thank the nation’s military community for their sacrifices and for our freedom.

And our current and ongoing support is crucial, given statistics such as the fact that the the vet unemployment rate is hovering at 6.6 percent .

Show your patriotism this Fourth of July by checking out the organizations below and supporting vets in need:

Unemployed Vets
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA helps train and advise veterans in order to help them find jobs. The organization reports that it finds nine veterans a job each week. This July 4th – with the help of MedAssets, a health care management company – golfer Carl Meyers will host and play in the the 6th annual “100 Holes For Our Heroes” golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for Hire Heroes USA. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Military Families 
National Military Families Association
NMFA is a nonprofit committed to providing military service members and their families with much-needed financial and educational support. This Independence Day, the organization is encouraging Americans to send eCards to military families commemorating them on their service and sacrifice. On the Fourth of July, TravelCenters of America will also be hosting a donation drive to benefit the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Program. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Homeless Vets:
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
NCHV is a nonprofit that helps fund and offer administrative support for various local, state, and federal agencies in order to provide veterans with housing, food, health services, and employment opportunities. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Vets Struggling With Mental Health Issues
Veterans Crisis Line
With about 22 veteran suicides occurring each day, it is important that veterans receive adequate mental health and support services. The Veterans Crisis Line provides veterans with private 24-hour hotlines, online chatrooms, and text services to connect them to VA professionals who will consult them and sometimes perform suicide rescues. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Military Spouses
Hearts of Valor (formerly known as Wounded Warrior Wives)
This organization sponsors retreats for the spouses of wounded veterans to both relax and also discuss the challenges that they experience caring for their significant other.To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Young Vets
Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America
IAVA empowers and improves the lives of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with programs that support their health care, employment, and educational needs. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Vets With Disabilities
Disabled American Veterans
DAV employs hundreds of service officers nationwide to help struggling veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve from various government agencies – most notably the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more about how you can help out, click here.

Declare Your Independence on the 4th of July with a Wheelchair-Accessible Vehicle

  • Wheelchair Van VMi New England Boston Strong
  • Learn more about how to pick the right wheelchair-accessible vehicle that meets your needs.
  • Take a look inside the latest minivans, and other accessible vehicles like a pickup truck, motorcycle or snowmobile.
  • Buy new? Buy used? Convert your current vehicle? Here, we provide some factors to consider before making your decision.

Freedom. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? A wheelchair shouldn’t be a barrier to getting out and about, whether for work, day-to-day living or pleasure.

“we will always do all we can to deliver the driving freedom most take for granted to someone in a wheelchair, we are going to change the world one person on at a time” , -Jim Sanders 7/4/1988

Finding the right vehicle means analyzing your needs. Do you want to ride in your wheelchair or transfer to the vehicle’s seat? Will you be the driver or the passenger? If your muscle weakness is still progressing, how will your accessibility needs change down the line — and how can you accommodate them now?

What kind of vehicle do you want: car, minivan, van, truck, SUV or motorcycle? New or used? After-market conversion or built for accessibility from the start? Side or rear entry?

A great place to start answering questions is at the website for Vmi New England

The website is a treasure trove of tips for finding the right vehicle.

For an in-depth look into the life of Ralph Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, read CEO with SMA Brings Mobility to All . Learn how he turned his scooter and modified van designs into a multimillion-dollar business — all while battling spinal muscular atrophy.

 

 

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Of course, in purchasing a vehicle, monetary concerns always come into play. The New England Mobility Center site offers various directions to take in finding government funding and public assistance. You’ll also find tips on buying auto insurance, numerous blogs on accessible-vehicle-related subjects and info on many travel accessories to make life easier on the road.

Because of the tremendous number of variables in the custom fitment for each persons specific needs, it’s not possible to give exact prices for the minivans featured. However, we can provide some figures that will give you a ballpark idea of accessible vehicle pricing.

  • New side-entry converted minivans range from around $48,000 to $75,000.
  • New rear-entry converted minivans with manually operated fold-out ramps start in the low $40,000s.
  • You can find 3-year-old minivans with brand-new conversions starting in the low $30,000s.

For those with severe muscle weakness who want to drive their vehicle themselves, certified driver rehabilitation specialists (CDRS) can evaluate your needs at the Bridgewater, MA Mobility Center, and provide a prescription for adapted driving equipment and driver training.  (For more on this topic, contact us at 508-697-6006).

As you’ll discover, the scope of accessible vehicles is very broad indeed. Here’s a sampler of the myriad options currently available in the world of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and conversion equipment.

MinivansBraunAbility’s Chrysler Entervan features flexible floor plans
For easier boarding, the Entervan has an integrated “kneeling” system; while the door is opening, the rear suspension is lowered, reducing the slope of the ramp. To learn more, call 508-697-6006 .Because wheelchair transportation requirements can change over time, BraunAbility enables buyers to easily configure the floor plan of its Chrysler Entervan. Whether you want to be the driver or the front-seat passenger, removing the appropriate seat is literally a snap: Unlock the seat base and roll the entire seat out of the van.
VMI’s Honda Odyssey Northstar promotes easy entry

 

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In the side-entry, lowered-floor Honda Odyssey Northstar conversion by VMI, a remote control triggers the PowerKneel System, lowering the vehicle and activating a power ramp that telescopes out from within the interior floor.

The lower ramp offers a gentler angle, and the unrestricted entry means better maneuverability once inside.

VMI also offers the Summit accessible Toyota van conversion featuring a power fold-out, heavy-duty ramp system with an anti-rattle mechanism. It also has the power kneeling feature. To learn more, call 508-697-6006

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Consider a rear entry, says Jim Sanders
Although rear-entry vehicles don’t allow wheelchair users to park in the driver or front-passenger locations, Jim’s vision has always been to offer as many options possible including optional swiveling driver or front-passenger seat that may facilitate transferring from the wheelchair. (For more on the rear- versus side-entry question, see them at, the Bridgewater, MA Mobility Center.) To learn more, call 508-697-6006 .Believing that entering and exiting the van through the back sometimes avoids  barriers, Our viewpoint and vision has always been to offer as many options as is practical. Rear-entry, lowered-floor modification converts Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota minivans. An automatic remote-control option can even activate the ramp and door. This vision and technology of lowering the vehicle closer to the ground and the ramp to a more comfortable angle for wheelchair access.

 

‘A mobility concept vehicle’ starts out as a accessible ground up conversion; that can even go green
A car or minivan hybrid concept vehicle can be designed custom for you from the ground up with safety and accessibility as its top priority.

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Rental vehicles New locations are being added, before your next trip or give us a call to learn more at 508-697-6006. It’s may even be possible to rent a Rollx wheelchair-accessible Dodge or Chrysler minivan at selected airports around the country. Someone even told us Thrifty Car Rental, Dollar Rent-a-Car or Payless Car Rental companies were thinking about offer accessible vans at airports like T.F. Green airport 2000 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886, Manchester–Boston Regional Airport 1 Airport Rd, Manchester, NH 03103, Logan International Airport 1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128
Cars and SUV’s Sport an attitude with a flair for the freedom to have different concept vehicles built with optional Motors depending on your needs a Scion xB might even work.If you’re just not the minivan type, consider the freedom of a concept vehicle, Want a custom sporty wheelchair-accessible vehicle? Click the remote: Simultaneously, the driver’s door swings open, the rear driver-side door gull-wings up and the ramp unfolds, ready for you to maneuver your wheelchair into driving position.

 

A similar conversion can be configured on the passenger side. Or if rear entry suits your needs, we offer you the freedom to pick a model that work best for you. Prices range from the low $30,000s for a manual rear-entry model to the low $500,000s for a one off concept vehicle with automatic side-entry. To learn more, call 508-697-6006
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Hand controls and footless driving solutions
Systems from mechanical to servo actuated can be installed on most cars with automatic transmissions. The accelerator input can mounted within easy reach of the vehicle’s standard steering wheel, with the controls just inches away on either the right or left. Smoothly accelerate the vehicle remotely without use of your feel, designed to make hands only driving safe and easy.Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, installed prices start around $1,200, additionally we offer transportation of the vehicle to and from our mobility center. To learn more, call 508-697-6006
Buying used AMS pre-owned van might even be considered.Resale on them is typically incredibly low and these can be a ok deal if your able to bring it to a qualified mobility center to ensure it is in safe and working condition.

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There’s no getting around the fact that wheelchair vans are expensive; retrofitting new vans with accessibility equipment doesn’t come cheap. One way to cut costs is to buy a used van to avoid the  depreciation that happens when buying new.VMi New England offers many pre-owned vans outfitted with their new conversion equipment which can save buyers as much as $15,000 to $20,000.

Or, if you already have a fairly new Chrysler, Dodge or Volkswagen van, they may be able to convert it for you. Rear-entry conversions start at around $13,000, while side-entry conversions start at around $22,000, not including the price of the vehicle. To learn more, call 508-697-6006.

There are many grey market conversion vans available to you via the internet, ebay and private parties.

Many of these vehicles are being sold by direct marketing companies or individuals who bought them via the internet or ebay only to find out there were many problems with the van, it was unsafe and or wouldn’t work for there needs.

So in turn they are for sale again for what appears to be a great deal.

I wish i had a dollar for every customer who brought a “internet deal”, “used car dealer van”, “ebay wheelchair van deal” into our facility wanting to know what we could do to make it work for them.

Only to hear, i’m very sorry you didn’t visit with us before you purchased this van that your family member or friend in the wheelchair will not fit into the van.

Motorcycles

When it comes to motorcycles Jim Sanders has and will always promote accessible motorcycles and his personal belief that they offer the ultimate freedom when it comes to travel (unless it’s snowing in which case we need to talk about snowmobiles)

If you can operate a manual wheelchair, you may be able to drive a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle, says Sanders. Want a touring bike, a BMW, a KTM or how about a dirt bike. A remote-controlled drop-down ramp at the rear of the vehicle can be up fitted  allowing a rider to pull his or her chair into position, secure it with a push-button docking system, and ride off — no transferring necessary.

 

Bikes featuring a powerful BMW 1170 cc engine, a six-speed, two-button, thumb-operated gear shifter, and a rear-wheel-drive differential can be up fitted . Want a bike with a reverse gear for easier parking and maneuvering? To learn more, call 508-697-6006. If you can operate a manual wheelchair, you maybe able to drive a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle, says Sanders.

A remote-controlled drop-down ramp at the rear of the vehicle allows a rider to pull his or her chair into position, secure it with a push-button docking system, and ride off — no transferring necessary.

SUVs and trucks 

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A Stow-Away lift puts you inside

Bruno doesn’t sell wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but they do offer products that can be up fit  into vehicles.

Known for their home stair lifts and attachable vehicle lifts for transporting wheelchairs and scooters, they also make an add-on mechanism that may allow you to transfer you from a wheelchair up into the seat of a high-profile SUV or pickup.

 

Ryno no-transfer conversion for pickups 

Being a wheelchair user doesn’t mean you have to give up using a pickup truck. VMi New England has been offering pick up truck conversions for over 10 years allowing either driver-side or passenger-side entry into the cab of a GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado without ever having to transfer out of the wheelchair.

When activated with the remote control, the door opens from the cab, then the lift platform deploys which rests flat on the ground. The wheelchair user backs onto the platform, which then elevates up and into the cab as the door slides back into the closed position.

To learn more, call 508-697-6006.

 

Logan International Airport
General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is located in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, US. It covers 2,384 acres, has six runways, and employs an estimated 16,000 people.Wikipedia
Code: BOS
Elevation: 19′ 0″ (5.80 m)
Address: 1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128
Phone: (800) 235-6426
Manchester–Boston Regional Airport
Manchester–Boston Regional Airport, commonly referred to simply as “Manchester Airport,” is a public airport located three miles south of the central business district of Manchester, New Hampshire on … Wikipedia
Code: MHT
Elevation: 266′ (81 m)
Address: 1 Airport Rd, Manchester, NH 03103
Phone: (603) 624-6539
T. F. Green Airport
T. F. Green Airport, also known as Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport, is a public airport located in Warwick, six miles south of Providence, in Kent County, Rhode Island, USA. Wikipedia
Code: PVD
Elevation: 55′ (17 m)
Address: 2000 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (888) 268-7222
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Veterans’ benefits in the United States

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Veterans’ benefits in the United States

President Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, in 1865 towards the end of the US Civil War, famously called for good treatment of veterans: “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan”. The American Civil War produced veterans’ organizations, such as the Grand Army of the Republicand United Confederate Veterans. The treatment of veterans changed after the First World War. In the years following, discontented veterans became a source of instability. They could quickly organize, had links to the army, and often had arms themselves. Veterans played a central role in the post-World War I instability ofGermany, while in the United States, the Bonus Army of unemployed veterans was one of the most important protest movements of the Great Depression, marching on Washington, DC, to get a claimed bonus that Congress had promised them.

Each state of the United States sets specific criteria for state-specific veterans’ benefits. For federal medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, prior to 7 September 1980 the veteran must have served at least 180 days of active duty, after the above-mentioned date, the veteran must have served at least 24 months. However, if the veteran was medically discharged and receives a VA service-connected disability stipend, the time limits are not applicable.

American veteran experience after World War II

World War II Veteran on Memorial Day 2013 at the San Francisco National Cemetery

After the Second World War, in part due to the experience of the First World War, most of the participating states set up elaborate veterans’ administrations. Within the United States, it was veterans groups, like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, that pushed for and got the G.I. Bill enacted. These gave veterans access to free or subsidized education and health care. The newly educated GIs created a significant economic impact, and with the aid of VA loans were able to buy housing and establish themselves as part of a growing American middle class. The explosion of the suburbs created sufficient housing for veterans and their families.

American veteran experience after OEF and OIF

Many veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have had to face challenges unique to warfare in the 21st century. One significant difference between OEF and OIF and previous wars is a greater dependence on reservists and repeat deployments. Up to 80% of troops deployed at the beginning of OEF were part of the part of the Army National Guard and Reserve[5] and about 40% of currently serving military members have been deployed more than once.[6] This has meant that many deployed troops, not being as “ steeped in military culture ”[7] have had more difficult transitions into military life, and for many the increased redeployment rate has meant more transitions, more uncertainty, longer terms, and shorter dwell times, all of which contribute to greater stress.

Due to medical advances, warfare in the 21st century tends to yield more survivors with severe injuries which soldiers in previous wars would have died from.[8] This means that, though fewer service members die, more return from war with injuries more serious, and in turn more emotionally devastating, than ever before. Among these injuries is the increasingly common traumatic brain injury, or TBI, the effects of which can range from a mild concussion to amnesia and serious neurological damage.[9]

Female veterans in the U.S.

Women have served in the United States military for over two hundred years. Some female veterans perceive themselves as discriminated against by their male counterparts and, as such, women who have served in the armed forces have sometimes been known as “the invisible veterans”.[10] Women were not fully recognized as veterans until after WWII, and prior to this they were not eligible for VA benefits. The current percentage of U.S. Veterans who are women is more than 8 percent. Women make up nearly 11.6 percent of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans.[11] A tri-state (Washington, Idaho, Oregon) women veterans conference in Pendleton, Oregon, in April 2008, attracted 362 women veterans, according to the East Oregonian newspaper.

African American veterans in the U.S.

African Americans have participated in every war fought by or within the United States. Black veterans from World War I experienced racial persecution on returning to the U.S. from overseas, particularly in Southern cities.[12]Black veterans from World War II continued to be denied equality at home despite President Harry S. Truman‘s desegregation of the military after World War II. Black veterans went on to play a central role in the Civil Rightsmovement. The National Association for Black Veterans is an organization that provides advocacy and support for African American and other minority veterans.

Health effects of military service and treatment for veterans

The effect of active military service can be profound and lasting, and some veterans have found it difficult to adjust to normal life again. An article in the London Metro on 28 January 2010 was titled “Veterans prone to suicide” and cited a report by the Mental Health Foundation [1] which said that not enough was being done to care for the Afghanistan war veterans, and many “plunged into alcohol problems, crime and suicide” upon their return. Indeed, in the U.S., the suicide rate among veterns is 300% the national average.[13] Support services were found to be patchy from area to area. Figures from 2009 showed that twice as many veterans were in prison than there were British troops currently in Afghanistan. Homelessness, street-sleeping and relationship breakdown are also commonly reported. Research done by he UK homelessness charity CRISIS (1994) and the Ex-Services Action Group (1997) both found that a quarter of homeless people had previously served in the armed forces.[14] The Times newspaper reported on 25 September 2009 that in England and Wales the number of “military veterans in jail has more than doubled in six years”.[15] Another Times article of the same date quoted the veterans mental health charity Combat Stress[16] reporting a 53% increase in referrals from doctors

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment among veterans

Further information: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

New treatment programs are emerging to assist veterans suffering from post-combat mental health problems such as depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is becoming an important method for the treatment of mental health issues among veterans, and is currently considered the standard of care for depression and PTSD by the United States Department of Defense. CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to change the patterns of thinking or behavior that responsible for patient’s negative emotions and in doing so change the way they feel. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD among war veterans. Recently, online programs that pair CBT with therapist interaction have also proven effective in treating mental health problems among veterans. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is also an effective and non invasive, drug free treatment for PTSD, although it has not been tested against specific military traumatic exposure for efficacy.Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) also has applications in this field.

Help for veterans

Necessity has resulted in a number of sources of help being made available for veterans. Many of these are independent, charitable organisations, and in some countries the aftercare and rehabilitation services provided by Governments have been inadequate.[17] This may be because they do not wish to give attention to the negative effects of military service and the difficulties of readjustment to civilian life for it may have an adverse impact upon recruitment for their armed forces. Nevertheless, help is available and veterans should feel able to make contact and ask for assistance or advice without feeling that this is a weakness. Military service can be a profoundly unnatural experience and it is likely that some help may be needed in debriefing and rehabilitation into the community, whether it be medical, psychological, practical or financial.

Serving those who have Served

General Allison Hickey’s Visit to VMI

General Allison Hickey’s  Visit to VMI

VMI’s Operation Independence continues to gain momentum. Jeff Weston, VMI vice president of business development and a former US Army Captain has been establishing relationships and raising awareness with high ranking officials about the program. His effort recently resulted in a visit by retired Air Force Brigadier General Allison Hickey, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veteran Affairs, who was in the Phoenix area during a visit to the VA regional office there. 

Gen Hickey, Doug Eaton, Capt. Jeff Weston

Gen Hickey, Doug Eaton, Capt. Jeff Weston

Under Secretary Hickey oversees more than 20,000 employees in VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration, which is responsible for administering VA programs that provide financial and other forms of assistance to veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Major benefits include veterans’ compensation, veterans’ pension, survivors’ benefits, rehabilitation and employment assistance, education assistance, home loan guaranties, and life insurance coverage.

General Hickey in the VMI Factory

General Hickey in the VMI Factory

Under Secretary Hickey toured our Phoenix factory on June 4 and met with the management team.  Veteran employees and customers joined Weston and the Under Secretary on a factory tour and then shared ideas in an open town hall format.    

General Hickey with VMI Veteran Employees and Customers

General Hickey with VMI Veteran Employees and Customers

“Even though we have provided more benefits to Veterans over the last three years than at any other time in our history, we’re transforming our processes to better deliver the benefits they’ve earned and deserve,” said Under Secretary Hickey. “I always enjoy visiting with fellow veterans and particularly like seeing what other organizations are doing to improve the lives of our veterans.”

Hal Wochholz, General Hickey and Mike West

Hal Wochholz, General Hickey and Mike West

Access, in all forms, is a priority at the VA because of the enormous impact on the life of a veteran. Mobility is critical for access to medical care and employment opportunities.

VMI continues to pioneer programs that improve the buying experience for customers and improve dealer profitability,” noted Weston. “Since my time in the military, I’m particularly interested in programs that benefit fellow veterans. During the meeting with Under Secretary Hickey, VMI pledged to support the goals of VA’s transformation by improving awareness of mobility benefits for veterans through Operation Independence.”

General Hickey and Hal Wochholz

General Hickey and Hal Wochholz

Weston is a graduate of West Point, as well as the Army’s Airborne, Air Assault and Helicopter Flight schools. He was one of the few dual rated pilots (helicopter and airplanes) in the Army.  After leaving the military, he helped companies nationwide develop and grow their sales strategies and teams.

General Hickey with VMI Employees/Veterans

General Hickey with VMI Employees/Veterans

“Raising veteran awareness of their benefits is a top objective of Operation Independence;” commented Weston. “By educating veterans and then working closely with VA, we can help expedite the delivery of the vans. VMI’s approach will result in a better life with greater job opportunities for our veterans, as well as better business processes for our dealers.”

VMI Honda Odyssey Patriot Edition Van

VMI Honda Odyssey Patriot Edition Van

D-Day +1

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When most people think of June 6th, they think of D-Day, but one story told in the prologue of Citizen Solider will forever mark June 7th off in my mind. It involves the actions taken by one, southern boy from Mississippi named Waverly Wray. I will let Ambrose tell it:

At Dawn on June 7th, Lt. Waverly Wray, executive officer in Company D, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), who had jumped into the night sky over Normandy twenty-eight hours earlier, was on the north western outskirts of the village, Ste.-Mere-Eglise. He peered intently into the lifting gloom. What he couldn’t see, he could sense. From the sounds of the movement of personnel and vehicles to the north of Ste.-Mere-Eglise, he could feel and figure that the major German counterattack, the one the Germans counted on to drive the Americans into the sea and the one the paratroopers had been expecting, was coming at Ste.-Mere-Eglise.


It was indeed. Six thousands German soldiers were on the move, with infantry, artillery, tanks, and self-propelled guns – more than a match for the 600 or so lightly armed paratroopers in Ste.-Mere-Eglise. A German break through to the beaches seemed imminent. And Lieutenant Wray was at the point of attack.

Wray was a big man, 250 pounds with “legs like tree trunks.” He was from Batesville, Mississippi, and was an avid woodsman, skilled with rifles and shotguns. He claimed he had never missed a shot in his life. A veteran of the Sicily and Italy campaigns, Wray was – in the words of Col. Ben Vandervoort, commanding the 505th – “as experienced and skilled as an infantry solider can get and still be alive.”

Wray had deep South religious convictions. A Baptist, each month he sent half his pay home to help build a new church. He never swore. His exclamation when exasperated was, “John Brown!” meaning abolitionist John Brown of Harpers Ferry. He didn’t drink, smoke, or chase girls. Some troopers called him “The Deacon,” but in an admiring rather than critical way.

On June 7, shortly after dawn, Wray reported to Vandervoort – whose leg broken in the jump, was now in a cast – on the movements he had spotted, the things he had sensed, where he expected the Germans to attack and in what strength.

Vandervoort took all this in, then ordered Wray to return to the company and have it attack the German flank before the Germans could get their attack started. “He said ‘Yes sir,'” Vandervoort later wrote, “saluted, about-faced, and moved out like a parade ground Sergeant Major.”

Back in the company area, Wray passed on the order. As the company prepared to attack, he took up his M-1, grabbed a half dozen grenades, and strode out, his Colt .45 on his hip and a silver plated .38 revolver stuck in his jump boot. He was going to do a one-man reconnaissance to formulate a plan of attack.

Wray was going out into the unknown. He had spent half a year preparing for this moment but he was not trained for it. In one of the greatest intelligence failures of all time, neither G-2 (intelligence) at U.S. First Army nor SHAEF G-2, nor any division S-2 had ever thought to tell the men who were going to fight the battle that the dominant physical feature of the battlefield was the maze of hedgerows that covered the western half of Normandy.

How could the various G-2s have missed such an obvious feature, especially as aerial reconnaissance clearly revealed the hedges? Because the photo interpreters, looking only straight down at them, thought that they were like English hedges, the kind fox hunters jump over, and they missed the sunken nature of the roads entirely.

Wray moved up the sunken lanes, crossed an orchard, pushed his way through hedgerows, crawled through a ditch. Along the way he noted concentrations of Germans, in fields and lanes. A man without his woodsman’s sense of direction would have gotten lost. He reached a point near the N-13, the main highway coming into Ste.-Mere-Eglise from Cherbourg.

The N-13 was the axis of the German attack. Wray “was moving like the deer stalker he was” (Vandervoort’s words), got to a place where he could hear guttural voices on the other side of a hedgerow. They sounded like officers talking about map coordinates. Wray rose up, burst through the obstacle, swung his M-1 to a ready position, and barked in his strong command voice, “Hande Hoch!” to the eight German officers gathered around a radio.

Seven instinctively raised their hands. The eighth tried to pull a pistol from his holster; Wray shot him instantly, between the eyes. Two Germans in a slit trench 100 meters to Wray’s rear fired bursts from their Schmeisser machine pistols at him. Bullets cut through his jacket; one cut off half of his right ear. Wray dropped to his knee and began shooting the other seven officers, one at a time as they attempted to run away. When he had used up his clip, Wray jumped into a ditch, put another clip into his M-1, and dropped the German soldiers with the Schmeissers with one shot each.

Wray made his way back to the company areas to report on what he had seen. At the command post he came in with blood down his jacket, a big chunk of his ear gone, holes in his clothing. “Who’s got more grenades?” he demanded. Then he started leading. He put a 60mm mortar crew on the German flank and directed fire into the lanes and hedgerows most densely packed with the enemy. Next he sent D Company into an attack down one of the lanes. The Germans broke and ran. By mid-morning Ste.-Mere-Eglise was secure and the potential for a German breakthrough to the beaches was much diminished.

The next day Vandervoort, Wray, and Sgt. John Rabig went to the spot to examine the German officers Wray had shot. It turned out that they were the commanding officer and his staff of the 1st Battalion, 158th Grenadier Infantry Regiment. The maps showed that it was leading the way for the counterattack. The German confusion and subsequent retreat were in part due to having been rendered leaderless by Wray. At the scene of the action, Vandervoort noted that every one of the dead Germans, including the two Schmeisser-armed Grenadiers more than 100 meters away, had been killed with a single shot in the head. Wray insisted on burying the bodies. He said he had killed them, and they deserved a decent burial, and it was his responsibility. (Citizen Soldiers, 17-21)

Lt. Wray was killed in action on September 19th, 1944.

 

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.   Patton, George S.

Source: Attributed to General GEORGE S. PATTON, JR., speech at the Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston Massachusetts, June 7, 1945.These words were reported by William Blair in The New York Times, June 8, 1945, p. 6, and by Stephen Lynch in the Boston Herald, June 8, 1945, pp. 1, 16 . Other newspapers of that day have variant wordings.The speech was extemporaneous and is not included in his published papers. Biographers of Patton have used variant wordings of this quotation, and Mike Wallace as narrator of the 1965 David Wolper television production, General George Patton, quoted this as, Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived.Patton had expressed himself in similar words at a memorial service at an Allied cemetery near Palermo, Italy, November 11, 1943: I consider it no sacrifice to die for my country. In my mind we came here to thank God that men like these have lived rather than to regret that they have died.Harry H. Semmes, Portrait of Patton, p. 176 . · This quote is about soldier

 

D-Day Invasion at Normandy – June 6, 1944

Invasion at Normandy – June 6, 1944

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Invasion Date

June 6, 1944 – The D in D-Day stands for “day” since the final invasion date was unknown and weather dependent.

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Allied Forces

156,000 Allied troops  from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway

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Areas of Invasion

The Allied code names for the beaches along the 50-mile stretch of Normandy coast targeted for landing were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Omaha was the costliest beach in terms of Allied casualties.

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The Armada

5,000 ships and landing craft
50,000 vehicles
11,000 planes

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Commanders

United States – Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley
The United Kingdom – Bernard Law Montgomery, Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Arthur Tedder, Miles Dempsey, Bertram Ramsay
Germany – Erwin Rommel, Gerd von Rundstedt, Friedrich Dollmann

Casualties

Numbers represent total killed, wounded, missing or captured
United States – 6,603 (1,465 killed)
United Kingdom – 2,700
Canada – 1,074 (359 fatal)
Germany – Estimated between 4,000 – 9,000

The Outcome

By June 11, with the beachheads firmly secured, more than 326,000 troops had crossed with more than 100,000 tons of military equipment. Paris was liberated on August 25. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945.

Veterans Today

The number of remaining D-Day vets is estimated anywhere between 8,000 and 60,000. The Veterans Administration has detailed numbers on total WWII vets remaining available at www.nationalww2museum.org/the-greatest-generation

 

The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.  Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-527-6012 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter atWWIImuseum or visit our Facebook fan page.

 

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VMi Honors Veterans

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The Memorial Day weekend has passed again for another year. As much as this holiday traditionally marks the beginning of summer and a day off of work for many, its true significance is far greater. We remember the fallen soldiers from wars both past and present and also recognize those who continue to serve.

The Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit) will host the Saluting Service Open House and Resource Fair, an event tailored to Armed Service veterans, on Saturday, June 1. Among the main sponsors is our flagship VMI Mobility Center (VMI), located in Phoenix.

By all outward appearances, VMI is not the typical car dealership. As a company that installs driving accommodations for people with disabilities, they enjoy a strong connection with that community – one which often extends beyond the process of setting up hand controls or transfer seats. VMI’s General Manager Cindy Ketcherside and the company’s Vehicle Mobility Specialist Sherry Joseph describe the bond created between the staff and their customers as closer to that of a family: deep, lasting and caring.

The priority to foster a welcoming environment for those they serve is evident when you first enter the VMI building. Features like automatic doors at the entrance and ample space for wheelchair users to navigate the showroom floor are important to creating a welcoming environment. When we entered one of the conference rooms, only office chairs occupied three of the four spaces at the table and one was intentionally left open for a wheelchair user.

The showroom walls are also a key to understanding the company’s passion for helping their clients achieve greater independence by getting them behind the wheel. Each wall is decorated with large images of wheelchair users and others with disabilities, along with words like “realize,” “determination,” and “future” in bold lettering.

One wall is meant to honor United States veterans, and the planning and execution to develop a suitable tribute took some extra effort. Ketcherside explained that the company brought in specialists to advise them on what to include on the veterans’ wall.

“How we do our dedication to our veterans can imply that there is possibly a disability and they could be a wheelchair user. But very specifically, that wall is the only wall that doesn’t have a wheelchair user on it,” Ketcherside said. “We want to honor them for who they are and what they brought to our country [and] we want to make sure that we’re honoring it in the right way.”

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Another way in which VMI works to support veterans is by hiring them to work with the company.

Adam Kuehn, Sr., who is now a technician at VMI, served three tours of duty in the United States Army. He spent four years at Fort Bragg, NC, and was sent to Khost, Afghanistan and Fallujah, Iraq during that time. Kuehn then joined the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Fort Wainwright, AK for another three years, and was sent to Mosul, Iraq for another eight months. In total, he was deployed for two full years.

Kuehn’s seven-plus years in the military taught him valuable life lessons, including those that can translate to his work at VMI. One of the critical skills he continues to carry with him today is teamwork.

“The motto for the company right now is ‘One Team, One Journey,’” he said. “We’re all in it together for the same purpose of taking care of our physically challenged customers and their caregivers, just making everyone’s life that much easier.”

Both Ketcherside and Joseph agree that having Kuehn as a part of the company is invaluable, because he can both get the job done well, and also make veterans feel comfortable when visiting the dealership.

“He has such a great personality and he’s kind of a jokester at the same time,” Ketcherside said of Kuehn. “If you didn’t feel like family before… connect [the veterans] to Adam, and they’re instantly family for life.”

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According to Ketcherside, there are programs and benefits available to veterans and others with disabilities that many do not even know exist. Part of VMI’s goal – both through the Saluting Service event and overall – is to increase awareness about transportation options that these groups have available to them.

“A lot of the clientele that goes to SpoFit are clientele that we would like them to see our van as an opportunity or as an option for their transportation needs,” Ketcherside said.

On Saturday, VMI will have a vehicle on-site, along with a specialist to answer any questions. More information about the services VMI provides will be available at the event as well.

VMI and SpoFit have worked together in the past, including prior to and during the most recent Paralympic Games in London.

In addition to VMI, fellow sponsors include USAA, Hanger Clinics, Gorilla Capital, among others.

How to Buy a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle in New England and Save Time and Money

How to Buy a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle in New England and Save Time and Money

Maintenance is an inevitability with any vehicle, and the specialized parts of any wheelchair accessible vehicles can make finding a location for service and repairs difficult. This is not an issue with Vmi New England and Automotive Innovations. For over 25 years we have received specialized training in repairing and servicing wheelchair-accessible vehicles, wheelchair ramps and lifts, and any other accessory, no matter the model. A relationship with us can be the first step to maintaining a properly functioning vehicle.

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wheelchair accessible vehicle is a specialty vehicle and is different from your neighbor’s sedan. Purchasing online can make finding a repair and maintenance location a less straightforward process. A purchase from a Vmi New England and Automotive Innovations is a promise for maintenance at the same location (we have been in he same town for over 20 years).

VMi New England Wheelchair Showroom

No two people or wheelchairs are the same, and with that no two vehicles are the same. With the hundreds of options available for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, they can be made to fit any variety of needs. How do I know what options I want, what height I need my vehicle to be, or what preferences I have? Find out first hand what van or ramp combination fits you best. Come try a VMI Summit, a VMI Northstar Toyota Sienna 360 or VMI Honda Odyssey may fit you better than a  BraunAbility Toyota with Quiet Drive and or the new BraunAbility Honda Odyssey

 

Find out and see first hand why grey market online converted vans are not the value they might appear to be

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Nothing wrong with this van according to several internet mobility experts

Online shopping limits the buyer to taking the word of the seller at face value, but at Vmi New England all of these options can be tried out firsthand. 

It is important that an investment as big as a mobility vehicle is perfect for you, so it is a good idea to try out what fits your style best.

Vmi New England will work closely with you to help determine how you can qualify for the maximum amount of available manufacturer rebates as well as state & federal tax deductions. Both are excellent ways to save money, but the rules & requirements can be difficult to navigate if you don’t have experience applying for them. We’ve helped many customers receive these incentives and know exactly which steps you need to take to ensure the best chance of receiving them yourself. That level of service is hard to match online.

The internet is a fantastic research tool and can help you decide what vehicle is perfect for you, but no one vehicle is a one-size-fits-all match. 

Come visit Vmi New England where everyday is a Abilities Expo we are just a short ride away from Boson and try all the best mobility vehicles available out personally to make sure it is the perfect one for you. 

It is your life, your money, and you should get a vehicle that comes with great service, guaranteed maintenance, and fits like a glove.

Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? 

info@newenglandwheelchairvan.com

508-697-6006

Tips for Buying a Wheelchair Van / Mobility Vehicle Online

Can you buy a mobility vehicle online?
Yes. The question, however, is how to buy a vehicle appropriate for your needs, compliant with industry regulations and standards, and one with which you will be satisfied in regards to future service and warranty.

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What do state laws say about the online purchasing process?
Some states have specific laws concerning selling a vehicle across state lines. These laws are designed to protect the consumer, so check with legal counsel regarding the laws in your state.

Will I ever personally meet a representative from an Internet seller? Will they provide references?

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Probably not. Most Internet sales companies do not usually have regional sales representatives. You’ll be assigned an “in house” sales rep who will assist you but with the lack of personal interaction, they may not be able to fully assess your needs. By choosing a local seller, you can personally meet individuals who have purchased and used the services of your local retailer.

How would I obtain a license tag for a van I purchased online?

You will be able to go to your local tag office and purchase a permanent license tag. There may be a period of time when you cannot use your vehicle as temporary tags are usually not valid except within the state they are issued. Check with your local department of motor vehicles to verify.

How would I obtain a title for a van I purchase out of state?

An out of state Seller who is located in a state other than the state you reside in probably can’t obtain a title for you in your name. The seller may simply provide the title to you at the time of delivery. You would then be required to take the title to your local tag (DMV?) office and transfer it (for a fee) to your name. You should be very cautious about the titling process. Titles are complex and errors can occur. Correcting a title error is a time consuming and often complex task. Knowing the origin of your vehicle and title is extremely important.

If my van’s mechanical systems fail while I own it, who is responsible?

This is a question of warranty and depends on the OEM warranty and the warranty provided by the vehicle modifier. A more significant issue is failure of a vehicle system resulting in bodily injury or property damage. In this case, the vehicle modifier should have what is called “product liability insurance”. This insurance covers any damages to property or injury that might occur as the result of defects, which are the responsibility of the modifier. Without this coverage, the vehicle owner has no one to turn to for responsibility. Make sure to request a certificate of product liability insurance. Vehicle sellers also have what is called “garage keepers insurance” to cover the work they perform. NMEDA dealers carry both types of coverage.

If my van is involved in an accident or stolen after I have purchased it but is still in the care of the online mobility dealer, who is responsible for the damage or loss?
The answer depends on who has what insurance.  So make sure that your insurance starts upon your purchase even if you have not yet received the vehicle. It is a good idea to request a proof of insurance from the Internet seller.  Most reputable vehicle dealers have what is called Garage Keepers Liability Insurance. If they are liable for the loss or damage, this insurance should cover the cost. Sometimes there is a question as to whose insurance is primarily responsible – the Internet seller’s, the trucking company’s or yours.

What if I have substantial problems with a vehicle I purchase online?

Most states have “lemon law” statutes that address defective vehicles. However, YOUR state’s lemon law may not apply if the van was not purchased in that state. Confer with legal counsel about this question.  Aside from lawsuits, in many situations where there is a conflict, personal contact and established relationships help resolve the problem. In the case of on-line purchasing, you may never personally meet an individual from the Internet seller. See the section on Service & Warranty.

How will I know that the vehicle I purchase online will be properly converted and fit the needs of my disability?
Very important question. You really will not know until the vehicle is delivered to you. Every vehicle is different and mistakes can occur. Also, without the Internet seller meeting you personally and you having the ability to “test” the vehicle, there is no way to fully ensure that you or your loved one will properly fit in the vehicle and be able to use it as you desire. Make sure in advance that you have the right to refuse delivery of the vehicle and receive a full refund if, upon delivery, you do not like the way the van fits your needs; it fails to meet your reasonable expectations; or it does not match the description provided by the Internet seller.Come try out all the best wheelchair vans ever built at the oldest and best equipped Mobility Dealership in all of New England2013 Toyota Sienna  DS292397 Left Side View - Elias4Come and meet our all star cast of Veteran Mobility Ambassadors where everyday is a Abilities Expo just a little south of Boston at VMi New England in Bridgewater, MA

Three Questions to Ask Your Mobility Consultant about Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Three Questions to Ask Your Mobility Consultant about Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

When beginning your search for a wheelchair van in MA, RI, CT, VT, NH & ME, it is important to know which questions to ask your Mobility Consultant.  This could be the first time that you are going through this process, and VMi New England and Automotive Innovations wants you to have a memorable experience.

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We encourage your questions to help make purchasing your wheelchair accessible vehicle enjoyable and educational. Here are five of our most frequently asked questions proposed to our Mobility Consultants.

 Do you have a service department for wheelchair van repairs?

Our technicians are highly trained and certified and are able to handle any problems you may have with your wheelchair accessible van.  By adhering to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), becoming a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) facility, Automotive Innovations has shown its dedication to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities every day.

Can I test drive a wheelchair accessible vehicle before I purchase one?

Yes you can!  Our “Try Before You Buy” program means that you can test out our vehicles before you make your purchase, so that you can determine which vehicle will suit your needs.  Please contact us for more details.

How do you determine which wheelchair accessible vehicle will be right for me?

Our consultants take every step to get to know our customers to ensure that you purchase the right wheelchair accessible vehicle for you. Our Mobility Consultants go through a detailed step-by-step process to learn about your specific needs in order to get you the proper wheelchair van type, size and modifications to your wheelchair van.This mobility update has been brought to you by Vmi New England and Automotive Innovations your Bridgewater, MA New England NMEDA Mobility Dealer – Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features?

Contact us your local mobility equipment and accessibility expert!

Jim Sanders is one of of the most experienced people in the country at building High-Tech driving equipment and vans for passengers and individuals who drive from a wheelchair. He offers a unmatched practical and theoretical foundation in the application of vehicle modifications for individuals with disabilities. With over 25 years experience, he continues to spearhead new and exciting technological advancements in this growing and emerging market.

Shoppers in Search of a Dodge Wheelchair Van Near Boston, MA Save on Models with Mobility Sales Event

Shoppers in Search of a Dodge Mobility Van Near Boston Save on Models with Sales Event

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Shoppers in search of a new Dodge Wheelchair Van near Boston will have the opportunity to save on 1999 – 2013 and 2014 models at VMi New England. The dealership is celebrating the out of this world sales event, giving shoppers the opportunity to save tons!

Shoppers seeking a Dodge near Boston can take advantage of savings that are out of this world! VMi New England is celebrating the Out of This World Sales Event right now. If you’re in the market for a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram, Ability vehicle check out the Mobility vehicles available at the sales event!

The Sales Event is going on now at VMi New England. If you’re in the market for a Dodge Mobility Van near Boston, take advantage of the incredible savings available right now!

Shoppers looking to take advantage of Out of This World savings should visit VMi New England today. Some of the most popular models are available at incredible prices, including mobility equipment for the Jeep Wrangler, Ram 1500, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300. If you are looking to upgrade, accessorize or buy, now is the time to save at VMi New England.

Shoppers at VMi New England Enjoy Savings That are Out of This World


Shoppers seeking a Dodge near Boston will receive Out of This World savings on mobility equipment like hand controls, left foot gas pedals and spinner knobs for the 2012 Jeep Liberty, 2013 Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Patriot, Dodge Journey, Ram 1500, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Charger, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram 2500, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, 2014 Jeep Compass, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

With low monthly payments, shoppers at VMi New England will certainly get their money’s worth at the Sales Event! If you’re shopping for the long term, not a problem! We’ve got Out of This World savings for all of our shoppers. With savings up to $10,000 on left over and used wheelchair vans as well as special financing offers, you won’t want to pass this deal up.

Visit us today to save on the new Dodge Mobility Van you’ve been dreaming of. For more information about VMi New England online at newenglandwheelchairvan.com or call 508-697-6006 today!

email us at info@newenglandwheelchairvan.com

Dodge Families In MA Are Thrilled With The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

May 18th, 2013

VMi New England, a leading Dodge Mobility dealer in MA, is proud to announce that the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is the best-selling and most-awarded minivan!  Offering a spacious and comfortable interior, impressive entertainment features, and great safety, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is perfect for Massachusetts families.

The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is available at five different trim levels, including the Grand Caravan AVP, the Grand Caravan SE, the Grand Caravan SXT, the Grand Caravan Crew, the Grand Caravan R/T.  All five 2013 Grand Caravan trim levels feature a 3.6L V6 VVT engine with the choice between a six-speed automatic transmission or an AutoStick automatic transmission.

The 2013 Grand Caravan receives an EPA estimated 25 mpg highway, and offers seating for up to seven passengers.  All of the trim levels except for the Grand Caravan R/T offer cloth low-back bucket seats.  The 2013 Grand Caravan R/T features leather-trimmed bucket seats.  The Grand Caravan R/T also offers power driver and front passenger seats and a two-way power adjustable driver lumbar support.  Thanks to foldable seating, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan offers up to 143.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, perfect for fitting everything you’ll need on a family roadtrip!

The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan also offers a number of entertainment features to keep the family occupied on long drives!  Available entertainment options include a 6.5-inch touch screen display, a 40 GB hard drive, audio jack input, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Uconnect featuring a CD player, DVD player, and MP3 capabilities.

Impressive Safety Features

The 2012 Grand Caravan was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and there are many great safety features included in the 2013 Grand Caravan to give you peace of mind when driving around your most precious cargo.  The 2013 Grand Caravan comes standard with seven airbags, including front multistage airbags, a driver inflatable knee-bolster airbag, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags in all rows.  It also features active front head restraints, Electronic Stability Control, Roll-Resistant tires, and other accident-avoidance measures.  The 2013 Grand Caravan also includes impressive security features, including keyless entry with immobilizer.

For more information about the 2013 Grand Caravan, visit the VMi New England website or call (508) 697-6006.  VMi New England offers a full line-up of new Dodge mobility wheelchair accessible models, as well as used vehicle options from a number of different automotive brands.

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Give an Hour’s “Commitment to Service” Award

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MEDIA ADVISORY

May 29, 2013

Colonel David W. Sutherland & Debbie Gregory Recipients of
Give an Hour’s “Commitment to Service” Award
 

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2013) – Give an Hour™ (www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization that provides no-cost mental health services to active duty military, Post 9/11 veterans and their loved ones, has named Colonel David W. Sutherland and Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory as this year’s recipients of the “Commitment to Service” award. The awards will be presented on June 2, 2013, at a benefit concert at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, New York, hosted by Give an Hour.

The concert, titled “A Celebration of Service: Honoring Our Military Men and Women and Those Who Serve Them” will feature Little Big Band, featuring Mark Rivera, long-time member of The Billy Joel Band and Ringo Starr’s Music Director, and American Idol winner Kris Allen. Additional performers include: accomplished country musician Danielle Peck; actress, singer and social activistGloria Reuben; up-and-coming indie rock band The Secret State, which counts three veterans among its band members; and alternative funk rock musician, The 9th.

“These events over June 2-3, 2013, will bring together colleagues from the military, government, corporate, educational, and nonprofit worlds to focus on service and train the next generation of mental health professionals while encouraging voluntarism, engaging communities, and creating awareness of the need for critical mental health services,” notes Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “We are excited to celebrate our good work and to honor those who serve, in uniform and out.”

Debbie Gregory stated “I have always considered it a privilege to serve our nations heroes, those who step up to keep us safe. Each of us owes them a debt of gratitude. Give an Hour is an extraordinary organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of those who serve and their families.” Gregory added, “I am honored to receive this prestigious accolade.”

Concert tickets range from $25-$300 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster at:http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004AA2DC18F73F?brand=bbkingblues&camefrom=cfc_bbking_website

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About Colonel Dave Sunderland
Admiral Michael Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joints Chiefs stated that “Dave Sutherland has defined the American model of excellence for the successful reintegration of our veterans and military families. From his tireless work in the Pentagon to the emergence of Dixon Center, Sutherland inspires and encourages all of us to break down the silos and never forget to put the veterans and their needs first. His vision for collaboration and consolidation will greatly help our country drive the systemic changes that our brave veterans and their families deserve.” Following 29 years of military service, Colonel Sutherland now serves as the Chairman for the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center) and actively contributes to numerous national veteran and military family committees and boards.
To learn more visit www.sutherlandpartnership.com.

About Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory is CEO of Military Connection and founder of Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA). Through her website, MilitaryConnection.com Ms. Gregory advocates for honoring and hiring Veterans. Military Connection is known as The Go To Site for all things military and Veteran. Debbie utilizes the significant reach of Military Connection to assist non-profits, associations and government agencies that are serving the military and veteran communities and also facilities win/win partnerships between corporations and these organizations. Ms. Gregory serves on California’s Interagency Council for Veterans and is an officer of the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation and a member of the California Collaborative. Ms. Gregory’s father served in the military with seven of his brothers, and died in a VA hospital.
To learn more go to www.militaryconnection.com.

About Give an Hour™
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided over 82,000 hours of no-cost service, valued at more than $8.2 million.
To learn more, visit www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.

Dreams While On Guard In A Fox Hole

Grandpa Sanders wrote this 68 years ago today
P.F.C. Earl H. Sanders
Written 1945 – May 29

Dreams While On Guard In A Fox Hole

As I sit in my fox-hole on guard, at night
With the machine-gun on my right
A fellow starts thinking as he sits there alone
And his thoughts are always, dreaming of home.
Home might be a small Town, In any 48 states
But with the fellow on guard, theres only one that rates
While I am thinking, I’m still on the alert.
For if these Jap’s get too close, somebody might get hurt
Just then, out in front, I hear a sound
And from the hole on my left, they fire a “round”
I move to my gun, to sweet out the Nip
But if it was a Jap, he gave us the slip.
So back to guard, I go once more
And back to dreaming of “after the war”
My first thoughts are always, of my two boys
Of Johnny and Jerry who are such joys.
And I hope that they never have to sit on guard
Maybe thats why we fight so dam hard
For we want to write “finish” to these Japanese
So that all of our sons at home, will only know peace.

Disabled Veterans: Enter to win this FREE wheelchair van!

Veteran Wheelchair Van Boston MA

Veterans Star Spangled Salute

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, VMI will be saluting our Veterans by giving away a brand new 2013 Toyota Sienna VMI Van with Northstar Conversion. If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran that deserves a wheelchair accessible van, Enter TODAY!!

Enter for your chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with a VMI Northstar Conversion.
Registration for all disabled U.S. Veterans is open from March 13, 2013 to November 10, 2013.

**Limit one entry per household

For more information call:
VMi New England
508-697-6006

 

Memorial Day Remembrances 2013

VMi New England, Automotive Innovations Bridgewater, MA and the Sanders family honors and supports all U.S. veterans and military personnel – and on this Memorial Day ‘Honor, Reflect & Remember the many brave men and women who have gone into harms way or given their lives in the service and protection of our country.

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These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. — Robert G. Ingersoll

In appreciation of the great sacrifices made by my forefathers and the men and women of our armed services, Jim Sanders of VMi New England and his family wants to ensure that every disabled American veteran has the safest and most reliable modified equipment possible and is why we provide FREE operational maintenance. A comprehensive preventive maintenance program to preserve and enhance the value of all vehicle modifications and automotive adaptive mobility equipment for any disabled American veteran, with the Vets Mobility Maintenance Program.

Vets Mobility Maintenance Program Benefits

Every six months, you may take advantage of the unique and revolutionary Program by bringing your VA funded modified vehicle to our Bridgewater, MA mobility dealership for your FREE accessibility and maintenance check-up

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May.[1] Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.[3] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

VA Nurses: Quality and Innovation in Patient Care: VMi New England and Automotive Innovations are proud to Raise Awareness for National Nurses Week.

Army nurse in uniform

Veteran Nurses Week

“Veterans and Nurses, in partnership, make a world class patient experience,” says Cathy Rick, VA Chief Nursing Officer.

Celebrate National Nurses Week with VMi New England and Automotive Innovations.

The American Nurses Association has designated this year’s National Nurses Week theme: “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.”

Join us in celebrating the men and women who serve this country by caring for its Veterans.

80,000 Nurses Caring for America’s Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has one of the largest nursing staffs of any health care system in the world.

Numbering more than 80,000 nationwide, the VA integrated nursing team provides comprehensive, complex, and compassionate care to our nation’s Veterans.

The Veterans Affairs nurses are a dynamic, diverse group of respected, honored, and compassionate professionals. The VA is the leader in the creation of an organizational culture where excellence in nursing is valued as essential for quaity health care to those who served America.

“VA nursing is at the center of generating value-based innovation. Their work is a demonstration of integrity, commitment, respect and excellence as we shape efforts to ensure access to personalized, proactive health care for Veterans,” according to Cathy Rick, VA’s Chief Nursing Officer.

She adds, “I am extremely proud to call myself a VA nurse.”

National Nurses Week: Every year — May 6th through May 12. May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

VA nursing provides the largest clinical training and cooperative education opportunities in association with undergraduate and graduate programs at numerous colleges and universities.

The VA nursing team is composed of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs), nursing assistants, and intermediate care technicians.

In the 1990s, VA provided clinical experience to one out of every four professional nursing students in the country. VA nurses are highly valued members and leaders of the health care team, contributing their expertise and knowledge to the care of patients.

In addition to clinical care, VA nursing is also a significant part of advancing research in VA and keeping up with the latest technological innovations. Nurse researchers help to promote inclusion of evidence into practice to provide quality care for Veterans.


Components of VA Nursing

Professional nursing supports the mission of the VA health care system by providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective care to patients and families as they respond to illness and health issues.

In addition to medical, surgical and psychiatric units, VA nurses work in intensive care, spinal cord injury, geriatric, dialysis, blind rehabilitation, specialty care (such as diabetes clinics), hospice, domiciliary, oncology, and organ transplant units.

VA nurses provide care across a variety of settings including primary, ambulatory, acute, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and extended care settings.

They work in outpatient clinics, community living centers, and home-based primary care programs.

VA nurses also play a considerable role in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

VA nurses proudly serve America’s heroes by practicing the art and science of nursing in order to provide holistic, evidence-based, high quality care.

Interested in a career as VA nurse? Start here: VA Careers

Paralyzed Veterans of America and VMi – A WINNING TEAM!

PHOENIX, Ariz. – April 16, 2013 – Vantage Mobility International(VMI) will join Paralyzed Veterans of America’s The Big Push for Progress national tour when it stops in Houston to raise awareness during Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month about helping veterans with disabilities receive the care, benefits and jobs they deserve.  The tour stop will be held on April 17 at Adaptive Driving Access, which is located at 6836 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W in Houston.  The public is invited to attend the event and show their support for disabled veterans.

Bill Lawson PVA President

Bill Lawson – President, PVA

“According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 3.5 million veterans who now live with a service-connected disability,” said Doug Eaton, president of Vantage Mobility International. “Many of those disabled veterans struggle to find employment because they don’t have access to reliable transportation.  So, in addition to supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America national tour, we’ve also teamed up with Toyota Motor Sales USA to give all disabled veterans a chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with our Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. We hope veterans in the Houston area will join us at Adaptive Driving Access in Houston to learn more about our Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest.”

The Big Push for Progress national tour was developed to honor April’s Paralyzed Veterans Awareness month and help local communities “take a stand for veterans and their families.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America, which is celebrating 67 years this year, is urging all Americans to take a stand for veterans.  “Our disabled veterans face an unemployment rate three to eight times higher than average,” said Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran and national president of Paralyzed Veterans.  “That’s just one reason I’m asking my fellow Americans to help redouble our efforts for positive change.  We need everyone to be a part of our big push for progress.”