As technology evolves so does the ability to provide greater access into vehicles for those with limited mobility. And, as a leading provider of disability vehicle lifts and access products Vapor Ricon will be showcasing its full range at this year’s Mobility Roadshow.
Located on stand H2-56, Silverstone Circuit, 26-28th May, the team at Vapor Ricon will be on hand to discuss the latest innovations in supporting disabled people and their carers with a range of products designed to be user and passenger friendly making travel simplistic and hassle free.
Michael Dickinson, sales manager for Vapor Ricon said: “Mobility Roadshow is a great exhibition dedicated to providing its visitors with the latest news, technology and products. We will be showcasing our full range of products which offer wheelchair users the freedom and safety to travel within their own, and other vehicles.
“Our stand will include a specifically designed demonstration vehicle which shows our renowned K series lift plus a host of other access support products including, ramps, hoists, winches and secure fit systems, and allows visitors to get hands on.”
The K Series domestic wheelchair lift benefits from front and rear roll stops and handrails securing passengers whilst the lift is operating. Its folding platform design and simple and reliable operation gives convenient vehicular access for wheelchairs and scooters and the powerful hydraulic pump assures a smooth, stable operation. Read more….
R82 UK Mustang Walker is a highly adaptable walking aid for children and young adults. It can be configured in an anterior or posterior position to meet a range of walking needs.
Mustang is designed to assist gait training for a wide range of abilities ranging from those with reduced motor skills or needing some weight bearing and/or trunk and pelvis support (GMFCS 3-5 in CP) to users able to fully weight bear with a lesser need for postural support (GMFCS 2-3
The interactive workbook with contributions by Frances George, Highly Specialist Physiotherapist, takes a detailed look at Mustang including different positioning options and how it can be used for different stages of walking development. We look at a current case study being undertaken following the progress of 3 year old Tommy and also include a look at accessories.
Stephanie Leaf, 24, from Cottingham, East Yorkshire, has been appointed as Event Ambassador for The 2016 Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! at Silverstone Circuit, Northants. 26-28th May.
Stephanie lives with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare progressive disease that causes damage to the nervous system and affects coordination. A regular annual visitor and volunteer at The Mobility Roadshow she has found the event crucial when researching accessible vehicles and assistive products for independent mobility.
The free-to-attend Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer focussed event for people of all ages living with restricted mobility. Organised by charity Mobility Choice, it provides visitors with unique test- driving opportunities in adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVS) around the historic Silverstone circuit. The Mobility Roadshow also displays the largest range of specialist adapted driving controls at any UK disability event. The popular Get Going Live! feature for young and novice drivers with disabilities, age 16 plus, provides free test drives in the safe presence of a professional driver, the chance to try an impressive range of adapted controls and even take a mock theory test. Plus, inside the Silverstone Wing, a diverse showcase of mobility products, including wheelchairs, scooters and trikes, are available to compare at leisure.
Stephanie first noticed her mobility had altered whilst taking her GCSEs but successfully managed to complete her exams. However, starting driving lessons soon after in a manual car left her struggling, and she changed to an automatic after a few lessons. It was at this point that Stephanie’s instructor introduced the idea of hand controls which she subsequently found much easier than using her feet. Having passed her driving test in July 2012, Stephanie found visiting The Mobility Roadshow invaluable in helping her decide on a suitable accessible vehicle purchase with adaptations and controls to meet her requirements. Read Stephanie’s full story here
At Guidosimplex, we are constantly on the lookout for better ways to support end users’ needs. In order to do this we have established strong relationships with numerous Car Manufacturers such as FIAT, Renault, VW and Mercedes Benz to name but a few. This enables us to keep pace with a continuously evolving industry. It is because of these relationships that Guidosimplex can today offer a vast range of fully certified and approved Driving and Passenger Transfer Solutions.
Stefano Venturini, CEO GUIDOSIMPLEX Srl: Our goal is to enable agents and end users to succeed worldwide. We believe that sharing knowledge is important as is the ability to understand and help those with different requirements. We endeavour to create the perfect solution for individual needs and every project is unique, just like the end user.
Guidosimplex has understood this concept now for many years and it continues to be the driving force behind our success today. Martin Luther King “had a dream” and in the 1950’s so did the Venturini Family (Otello Venturini and his sons Giancarlo and Stefano) – to “enable people, with a reduced mobility capacity, to drive”. The post war boom was in place and FIAT were turning out economic vehicles at an extraordinary rate which allowed more and more people to take to the road, but not disabled people….
They presented their first driving solution to the Italian Ministry of Transport in 1958 and received full approval. The “F” License was born as was Guidosimplex Srl.
Guidosimplex passenger transfer solution“Your Satisfaction, Our Competence”: We have tried to remove the word “NO” from our vocabulary. We understand that every individual has specific needs which we can fulfill whether our driving devices are used for standard everyday usage or for competitive racing.
Visit Guidosimplex at Stands H1-11 and H1-25 or for further information: www.guidosimplexuk.com
John Jenkins MBE, 68 from Wallingford, is a retired Team GB disabled swimmer and table tennis star that now owns a rugged Top Gear winning Breeze S4 so he can continue enjoying outdoor pursuits in rural Oxfordshire.
John has used a wheelchair since the age of five when he was diagnosed with Polio. Nevertheless this condition has not stopped him from living a life full of achievement. He completed a successful 25-year career in IT fulfilling several senior positions at blue chip corporations such as IBM and ICL before setting up his own business. Outside of work, John has always led an active lifestyle with a love of sport and outdoor pursuits. In addition to fly-fishing in many countries around the world, John competed at the top level of wheelchair table tennis and swimming for over 10 years – representing Great Britain at the 1984 Paralympics. He also represented his country at several World Championships in both sports achieving a bronze in Breaststroke.
Since retirement from competitive sport and a full-time career, John now focuses more on his charity work for SportsAble. SportsAble promotes awareness of disability through sport and encourages the integration of disabled and able-bodied people. John’s invaluable work for this charity that spans over 40 years was formally recognised in 2015 with a MBE from The Queen.
Despite John’s zest for life, accessing the countryside has always presented a challenge in a wheelchair until he discovered the TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter. Read more…..
Lauren, 11, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, uses an Etac Cross 5 wheelchair that offers multiple options for improved sitting positions and manoeuvrability.
Lauren, an engaging pre-teen, was diagnosed at 4 months old with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and has a history of epilepsy, currently under control with medication. Lauren happily splits family time between her mum Ann’s house and her dad Kevin’s house that he shares with partner Nicola and her children, Tom and Harry, age 10 and 12. The extended family are extremely supportive of each other and determined to provide ideal care for Lauren’s requirements. When Lauren broke her leg falling from a swing in 2015, Kevin took a month off work and he, Nicola and Ann worked together to provide Lauren with vital support in both homes – including carrying her to upstairs bedrooms and endeavouring to maintain a normal routine for Lauren, which is so important to her.
Following this difficult period, Lauren is now happily 90% recovered and the family aim to keep Lauren as mobile as possible. Although she has a right-sided hemiplegia and wears a calliper to keep her ankle straight, Lauren enjoys walking at home and using the stairs. Lauren attends Exeter House Special School where she uses an R82 Crocodile walker, receives physio on a weekly basis and regular use of the hydro pool.
Lauren requires a specialist wheelchair for longer distances as she has Hypotonia in her trunk, meaning she has low tone. She needs a chair that supports her in an upright seating position, with a 4-point lap belt to keep her hips fixed. Unfortunately, a chair provided by Wheelchair Services, provided inadequate support and caused Lauren to sink into the seat, which in turn has led to rounded shoulders. Lauren also used the fixed footrest plates to push away. The family sought a replacement wheelchair that could provide optimal back support for a growing child and the correct seating position to resolve these issues. Ideally they also needed a wheelchair that could be easily folded and lifted into a car. They were fortunate to meet Etac R82 Product Advisor Sarah Aspinall who was visiting Lauren’s specialist school to demonstrate Etac’s Cross 5 wheelchair.
Sarah Aspinall felt the Cross 5 would provide Lauren with ideal posture positioning to help with the low tone in her trunk. She explains: “Crucially, the shape of the Etac Cross 5‘s back rest can supply Lauren with maximum support through her spine whilst still allowing her free movement in the wheelchair. The unique 3A backrest and seat are adjustable in height, angle and shape and the footrests can be set in different positions. So not only can the wheelchair be made bespoke for Lauren’s current needs, but simple alterations will allow for growth spurts or changing body shape. The Cross 5 can provide Lauren with enhanced balance and stability, meaning she is less likely to slide forwards in the seat.” Read more….
The new streamlined Breeze S4 mobility scooter from TGA will be unveiled at the 2016 Mobility Roadshow.
TGA Mobility, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist, will be unveiling its new look Breeze S4 mobility scooter for the first time in the UK at The Mobility Roadshow (Stand H2-54, Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 26-28th May 2016).
Experienced and friendly TGA Product Advisors will be on-hand to demonstrate all the exciting new features this latest 4-wheel Breeze S4 has to offer. The TGA Breeze brand is synonymous with quality, reliability and assured performance – the latest model will further reiterate this with the addition of extra features and a remodeled look.
The new high specification 8mph Breeze includes an enhanced ergonomic tiller with ultra-advanced LCD control panel, a mobile phone holder and USB charging socket. The alloy wheels has been streamlined and the wing mirror design has evolved so greater rear visibility is provided. There is also an optional seat with a higher backrest available for taller users. All these innovative features are also available on the face lifted 3-wheel Breeze S3 which once again provides the ideal solution for those seeking even better manoeuverability.
Famous for its stability and off-road capabilities demonstrated on BBC 2’s Top Gear TV programme, the Breeze S4 is a trusted scooter ideal for challenging rural setting and tough urban streets. Heavy-duty batteries deliver a range of up to 30 miles on a single charge and pre-injected TGA puncture sealant reduces the risk of experiencing a flat tyre. Built with all the quality components, superior suspension and precision finish expected from the respected TGA name, the pioneering Breeze S4 is set to raise the bar in terms of mobility scooter technology, styling and comfort.
Daniel Stone, TGA Mobility Managing Director commented: “Our new Breeze S4 promises to once again deliver personal independence with peace of mind and performance that is second-to-none. This latest design successfully combines a new streamlined look whilst retaining the popular visual character of the renowned Breeze. Maintaining this personality was deemed important by us, as its shape has become iconic similar to well known car brands such as Audi. Known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of mobility scooters by many, we are confident no other mobility scooter will come close to the driving experience our new Breeze is ready to offer.”