Wheel:Life Launches as New Social Community for People Who Use Wheelchairs

Today, Wheel:Life announced the availability of their new website [http://www.wheel-life.org] as a global information resource and networking community for people who use wheelchairs and their family members, friends and professional caregivers.

Wheel:Life resources help people:

  • Find quality health and medical resources, related research and news;
  • Explore educational and employment avenues;
  • Research the proper adaptive equipment, assistive technology, home modification and home medical equipment for their needs;
  • Network within local and virtual peer support groups;
  • Discover accessible travel destinations; and
  • Enjoy a full and active life as a wheelchair user.
  • “After working extensively on social media programs designed to assist people with Spinal Cord Injury, I discovered a greater need to serve wheelchair users worldwide with similar resources and support,” Wheel:Life founder Lisa Wells explains. “The wheelchair community shares similar questions, concerns and product needs, although the individual reasons may differ as to why they are using a wheelchair.”

    Membership is free for anyone who uses a wheelchair. Program materials are provided in English. Wheel:Life member resources include:

  • Global peer support group via Facebook
  • Daily updates via Twitter
  • Daily news, educational articles and other resources via Wheel:Life website
  • Monthly e-newsletter to members/subscribers
  • Wheel:Life e-book series available for Kindle and iPad readers
  • [published quarterly throughout 2013-14]

    A snapshot of recent stories on the Wheel:Life website includes:

  • Wheelchair-friendly workouts
  • Notable faces in the wheelchair community including patient advocate Skeeter Powell of David’s Table and Dr. Dale Hull of Neuroworx Rehabilitation Center
  • Exploring martial arts with two wheels
  • Will Privette storms the NC State basketball court in his wheelchair
  • The impact of Vitamin D on reducing symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
  • This summer, Wheel:Life will also host a motivational program in conjunction with SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Magazine that encourages wheelchair users to “Get Out & Enjoy Life.” The annual initiative helps people discover accessible travel destinations, summer programs and ongoing events that are wheelchair-friendly.

    Wheel:Life has partnered with a wide range of corporate sponsors who are helping to support its’ outreach initiatives by providing daily content, resources and special offers for Wheel:Life members.

    Current sponsors include: Medtrade; SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine; At Home Medical, Cure Medical and Hollister Incorporated. A limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities are available for organizations that serve wheelchair users.

    For more information on Wheel:Life, including sponsorship options, please visit www.wheel-life.org, contact Lisa Wells at lisa@wheel-life.org or call 678-232-1330.

    About Wheel:Life
    Wheel:Life is a global initiative that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair, allowing them to develop a network of friends along the way. Our motivational programs and free resources are available online for easy access, and we invite you to share them with a friend in your life who uses a wheelchair. Join us at http://www.wheel-life.org.

    About Medtrade
    Medtrade* is the largest tradeshow in the U.S. focused exclusively on the home medical equipment market, with two shows held each year on the East and West coasts. Medtrade is designed to give today’s providers the highest quality educational, networking and advocacy opportunities and the largest selection of HME products under one roof. More at www.medtrade.com.

    SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. S’NS reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users. Since 1975, S’NS has been a leader in wheelchair sports coverage and currently goes to more than 43 countries worldwide. Our readers come from all walks of life all having one thing in common: determination! SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is committed to providing a voice for the wheelchair sporting and recreation community. See our latest issue at http://pvamag.com/sns/.

    About At Home Medical
    Based in Atlanta, At Home Medical* serves customers with medical supply home delivery throughout the US and Canada. For more than 10 years, we’ve helped patients select the medical products they need at a price they can afford. 25% of our employees have a disability, meaning we personally relate to disabled customers who need advice or product assistance. View our current specials at www.athomemedical.com. Or, call 1-800-526-5895.

    About Cure Medical
    The Cure Commitment is unsurpassed in the industry. Only Cure Medical* has committed to donating 10% of net profits to scientific research for spinal cord injury. Only Cure Medical catheters are DEHP and BPA free. Simply by using new Cure Catheters® or Cure Catheter® Closed Systems for routine intermittent catheterization, you take part in the sustained pursuit of a cure. Learn more at www.curemedical.com.

    About Hollister Incorporated
    Hollister Incorporated is an independently-owned global company that develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products, servicing over 90 countries. From the earliest days of our company, there has been a strong sense of community – a connection to people. That connection is embedded in the very fabric of our company, and as we continue to develop new products and services, we are focused on meeting the healthcare needs of people throughout the global community. Visit www.hollister.com for more information.

    For more information on Wheel:Life programs, please contact:
    Lisa Wells
    email: lisa@wheel-life.org
    phone: 678-232-1330
    web: www.wheel-life.org

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