From February 28th to March 2nd Los Angeles will host the Abilities Expo. Admission is free and the event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A. HDS MEDALLION® is proud to be a part of this great event and will be exhibiting our designer carryall bags at booth 510.
We will be running show specials at the show and online. Classic Bags off while Premium and Metro are reduced 10%. Demi-Premiers are on sale at 5% off the regular price.
We are also introducing two new bags: a Premier Denim Bouquet and a Demi-Premier Leopard. Take a look at our web site on Thursday to see these new bags.
The Abilities Expo has become a necessary stop for anyone involved in the community of people with disabilities and now has regular shows in Houston, Atlanta, Boston, New York/New Jersey, the SF Bay Area and Chicago. The Expo features the latest technology in mobility devices and disability aides, informative workshops, dance performances, recreational activities and exhibitors from across the country offering products and services for people with disabilities.
HDS MEDALLION will be exhibiting at the New York/New Jersey, Chicago, Houston and Boston shows.
The Expo in Los Angeles will be open the following dates:
Friday February 28 from 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday March 1st from 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday March 2nd from 11 am – 4 pm
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area we hope to see you there!Read More
Many parts of the U.S. have been covered in snow for the past month and even though the warmer weather is starting to melt large blocks of ice and snow there are still plenty of sidewalks, driveways and crosswalks that are difficult to navigate for people who have to use a wheelchair.
Even able-bodied people have been complaining about the huge amount of snowfall that has occurred this winter and if they are having trouble using town and city sidewalks and streets, imagine what it must be like for someone using a wheelchair.
Without the ability to maneuver on streets and sidewalks with a path that is at least 36” wide, a wheelchair can become stuck. Not only is the disabled person’s independence limited but it also places them in an awkward position hoping someone will pass by who can lend a hand and get their wheelchair unstuck. Depending on the location and time of day it can be some time before another person comes along and in freezing and snowy weather this can seem like an eternity.
At HDS MEDALLION® we ask everyone to take a moment and check the sidewalks in front of their homes and offices. Clearing snow and ice from your sidewalks and driveways will not only make it easier for people using mobility devices, but will also reduce the chance of you being the target of a liability lawsuit should someone slip and fall on your property. After you have shoveled remember to throw down some ice melt that will help melt thicker sections of ice.
This has been a long winter for everyone but for the disabled it has been especially hard to navigate the snow covered walkways and sidewalks. Disabled people have to get to work, see their families and go to the store just like everyone else but it can be near impossible when snow and ice is blocking your way. It doesn’t take long to shovel snow so please lend a hand and make the sidewalks safe for everyone.Read More
The biggest sensation to hit New York’s Fashion Week wasn’t a model walking the runway it was Dr. Danielle Sheypuk rolling the catwalk in her wheelchair. Featured in the Carrie Hammer fashion show, Sheypuk has been in a wheelchair since age five due to spinal muscular atrophy but has never let that stop her from accomplishing her goals. A New York-based clinical psychologist who was also Ms. Wheelchair New York in 2012, Sheypuk modeled briefly in high school in Scranton, PA, but never thought it would go beyond that.
However, last year at a gala event, Sheypuk met Carrie Hammer and was asked to participate in her upcoming show. Hammer left a job in advertising sales to start her own clothing line and wanted “role” models instead of “runway” models when she was creating her show. Hammer also included CEO’s, entrepreneurs and a former Miss USA for this year’s show but it was Sheypuk who stole the show.
“I remember tons and tons of flashbulbs going off and people applauding a lot,” Sheypuk told ABC News. “The consensus afterwards was that the models, all of us, we exuded this happiness and pride that infiltrated the room, and the audience reacted”.
This spring Sheypuk will also be featured in the Raw Beauty Project, a series of glamorous and sexy images of women with disabilities. Sheypuk says it is time for all of the fashion industry to follow Hammer’s lead.
“Fashion is about dressing the body you have,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what disability you have, or if you have one, it’s about knowing what to accentuate”.
Hammer plans on featuring “role” models again when Fashion Week returns in the fall. Hammer joins London fashion label Debenham’s as the first in fashion to feature disabled women in ads and shows. Sheypuk is hoping with the barrier finally broken other brands will join in.
“I would like the whole spectrum of fashion designers to tune in, all the way up to high fashion like Tory Burch, Gucci and Louis Vuitton because why not”, Sheypuk said. “Many of us have successful careers and we have money and we want to spend it and we want to look good”.Read More
The Social Protection Commission (JPS) recently announced the donation of six wheelchairs to low-income residents of Guanacaste who live with disabilities. The modest ceremony was held at Chupis and Importaciones Melodia, two major providers of medical equipment in Costa Rica.
The wheelchairs donated are not simply for patient transport; each has been manufactured according to the measurements of the patients, the amount of time they expect to use the equipment, their lifestyles and their mobility requirements.
The JPS is one of the most visible government agencies dedicated to social outreach and welfare in Costa Rica. Two percent of the JPS funds are destined to benefit the elderly and the disabled. The estimated cost of the wheelchairs donated in Guanacaste is between $4,000 and $6,000.
Of major importance to the design of each wheelchair was its compliance with Public Law 7600, which guarantees access by the disabled to public transportation. Guanacaste is one of the more problematic regions in Costa Rica with regard to accessibility for the disabled. Remote areas are still a major challenge for the JPS but with the recent donations they are hopeful more can be done to help those in need.
At HDS MEDALLION® we’re pleased that other countries are starting to focus on disabled accessibility, transportation, devices and other issues.Read More
At HDS MEDALLION® we like to get in the spirit of the seasons. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we decided to launch our Red & Pink Valentine’s Day Sale that will feature discounts on all 14 of our stylish mobility device bags that have red or pink in the color.
From now until February 10th you can find reduced prices on high quality, fashionable and functional carryall bags that will make for a lovely gift for senior women or young women and girls with disabilities. Whether they need a bag for their walker, power chair, wheelchair or mobility scooter, we have a great selection of red and pink colored bags to match their unique style.
Pink and red have been featured prominently in our collection of designer carryall bags and those interested in saving on a new bag will find 14 different bags to choose from. From Classic and Premier Bags to Demi-Premier and Metro Bags, you are certain to find a bag that not only fits the device used by the recipient, but also a design and color scheme that will compliment her personal style.
Visit HDS MEDALLION® today and take advantage of this special offer that will brighten up anyone’s Valentine’s Day.Read More
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is not your typical wheelchair user. Since being in grade school, the 22-year old has had to use a wheelchair due to his spina bifida but this extreme sport enthusiast never lets it get him down, in fact it’s the reason he is able to reach new heights today.
When Fotheringham was only 8-years old he would watch his older brother riding a BMX bike at the local skate park in Las Vegas, NV and soon got the idea to try using his wheelchair on the park ramps.
“I love adrenaline,” Fotheringham recently told reporters, “When I was a kid I would knock on people’s doors and roll away as quickly as could”.
While Fotheringham is aware of his condition he never used it as an excuse.
“I’m not paralyzed”, he says, “I have spina bifida and it affects my back and blah, blah, blah. All that boring stuff I’ve never really read.”
Now, the wheelchair extremist they call “Wheelz” is intent on defying extreme sports with incredible tricks he is capable of performing with his wheelchair. Recently in Madison Square Garden at a WCMX, or wheelchair motocross event, Wheelz stared down an intimidating 50’ ramp and performed a front flip while jumping over the length of three parallel-parked cars. Special stunt air bags were there to catch him after he completed the stunt that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Right now Wheelz in the undisputed king of WCMX but more kids are coming out to each event to join the ranks of the wheelchair adrenaline army. Wheelz knows how daunting the tricks can seem but he claims with patience and technique any disabled person using a wheelchair can quickly learn.
“After a while of putting in hours, you start progressing and doing bigger tricks and bigger drop-ins”, he says. “Then I did a 360 and that got boring. Then I wanted to do a back flip. The kids at the skate park were saying I should learn how. I think they were messing with me, but I took it serious.”
Now Wheelz presides over a rapidly growing wheelchair sport. Currently he is part of the Nitros Circus Live tour that features some of the world’s best BMX riders, skateboarders and daredevils in a thrilling show of flips, spins and breathtaking jumps. Wheelz is right at home.
“A wheelchair’s got a misconception or something because I feel like people are always trying to put a limit or stereotype along with it,” he says. “And that’s what I’m trying to break. Like, yeah, I’m on a wheelchair, but I can go down a 50-foot ramp”.Read More
For centuries people with disabilities have relied on wheelchairs to be mobile. However, for most of this time, wheelchairs have been designed solely for function and have conformed to a uniform look. But, as more people with disabilities express themselves with mobility devices, adaptive clothing and wheelchair accessories, the style of the wheelchair itself is undergoing rapid changes.
From aerodynamic wheelchairs used by disabled athletes to custom wheelchairs made for people who are exceptionally tall or short, the design of the mobility device is becoming more important to the user.
Prior, a wheelchair was simply used to get a disabled person from point A to point B. Little thought went in to designing a wheelchair that would allow someone to enjoy the journey between the two points. Today, as more disabled people are integrating into society and becoming more involved in everyday activities, they want wheelchairs and mobility devices that are functional, comfortable and capable of expressing their unique needs and lifestyle.
Wheelchair users are now beginning to adopt an apt fashion quote, “People will stare so give them something to stare at”. People with disabilities are very aware that wherever they go someone will stare. Instead of feeling uncomfortable, the trend now is to present a wheelchair so stylish users will want people to look. From painting chairs vibrant colors and adding funky spoke guards to caster lights and even wheel rims that spin, wheelchairs are being tricked out as much as custom cars. To the user, this customization gives a feeling of self-empowerment and differentiates their wheelchair from anyone else’s.
Essentially, wheelchairs are becoming much more than transportation devices. Users can now use wheelchairs for extreme sports, dancing (like Auti Angel of Push Girls) and many other activities. More disabled people are expressing their unique character and they are doing it with wheelchairs, mobility device accessories and adaptive clothing that are stylish, fresh and contemporary. HDS MEDALLION® was built to offer designer mobility bags that allow people to express their unique style and personality.Read More