Ms. Wheelchair America Empowers Women with Disabilities

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Ms. WheelchairMs. Wheelchair America is a title awarded every year to a woman who has advocated on behalf of the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. At HDS Medallion, we are proud of the inspirational work that these talented women have done on behalf of people with limited mobility.

Ms. Wheelchair America’s mission is to offer an opportunity for women who use wheelchairs to successfully educate and advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, the goal of Ms. Wheelchair America is not to choose the most attractive contestant. It is a competition that recognizes courageous women for their advocacy, achievement, communication, and presentation to choose the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for people with disabilities. Ms. Wheelchair must be able to communicate the needs and accomplishments of individuals with disabilities to the general public, business people, and legislators.

Ms. Wheelchair has several duties during her one-year reign. She educates the public about the need to eliminate architectural and attitudinal barriers, shares the achievements of people with disabilities with the public, and helps to establish programs in all 50 states to promote Ms. Wheelchair America. She visits advocacy groups, makes public appearances, and conducts radio, print, and TV interviews.

We have sold, donated, and demonstrated our stylish wheelchair and walker bags with Ms. Wheelchair of Texas, California, New Jersey, and New York and Little Ms. Wheelchair of Texas. Shameka Andrews, Ms. Wheelchair of New York, stopped by our booth at the New Jersey Abilities Expo to thank us for the bag she won and introduced us to Ms. Wheelchair America, Samantha Schroth (Wisconsin). We are happy to support these women and girls and are proud that they like our bags. We just met Ms. Wheelchair of Illinois and Wisconsin at the Chicago Abilities Expo and will be supporting them as well.

At HDS Medallion®, we salute Ms. Wheelchair America and Ms. Wheelchair from every state for the valuable work they do on behalf of the disabled community. We hope that the work of these talented women will continue to advance the causes that are important to Americans with disabilities.

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Join HDS Medallion at the LPA Conference in St. Louis in July

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Walker Bags, Wheelchair Bags | 0 comments

Little People conference St. LouisLittle People of America is hosting its national conference this year in St. Louis, Missouri from July 3rd to July 9th. HDS Medallion is proud to be part of this exciting event. We will be participating in the Expo from July 5th to the 7th.

Our bags are popular with Little People, who often use scooters. Our stylish bags can be used with a wide range of mobility devices, including scooters and wheelchairs.

As many Little People know, purses designed for average women often fall too low. Our bags have adjustable straps, which makes them ideal to be used as totes and purses for many LP women who do not use mobility devices.

We will be offering several specials at the Expo. We will be selling our Demi-Premier bags at 5 percent off (including new bags), Premiers and Metros at 10 percent off, and Classics at 15 percent off. Pashminas will be $2.50 off. If you buy a bag, pashminas will be just $12.50, regardless of the starting price.

We will be selling two of our stylish new bags at the Expo. Our Demi-Paisley Pink and Blue bags are based on our best-selling bags in the Premier size with a beautiful jewel-colored paisley on a black background. This chic design is perfect for Little People who like our smaller 13” x 10” bags.

Come to our table and meet us, Carol and Bill Rady, the founders of HDS Medallion. And enter our drawing for an HDS Medallion Bag of your choice. We will also have our adorable mascot, Abby, with us. She is a fuzzy teddy bear sporting a slicker raincoat, fancy bow, and sweet expression. Abby will be celebrating 4th of July too. She is in a wheelchair with a matching HDS Medallion bag sewn by Sharon, our designer.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Come See Our Fabulous Mobility Bags at Chicago Abilities Expo June 12-14

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Abilities Expo, Wheelchair Bags | 0 comments

HDS Medallion wheelchair bagsThe Chicago Abilities Expo will be held from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. HDS Medallion will be in Booth 712, right in the center of the show. We will be holding a daily drawing for your choice of a free bag, regardless of price. Simply stop by and fill out a registration form.

We will be offering several show specials at the Expo. Our Demi-Premier bags will be 5 percent off (including new bags), Premiers and Metros will be 10 percent off, and Classics will be 15 percent off. Pashminas will be $2.50 off. If you purchase a bag, pashminas will be only $12.50, regardless of starting price. Plus no shipping!

We will also be premiering two beautiful new bags at the Expo. Our Demi-Paisley Pink bag is based on our best-selling bag in the Premier size with a fabulous jewel-colored paisley on a black background with a hot pink ribbon topped by an intricate black braid. This bag is also available in bright blue. Very chic for those who like our smaller (13” x 10”) bags.

Come to Booth 712 to meet us, Carol and Bill Rady, the owners of HDS Medallion, and our delightful mascot, Abby. She’s a fuzzy teddy bear with a slicker raincoat, a fancy bow, and a sweet expression. She is in a wheelchair with a matching HDS Medallion wheelchair bag sewn by our designer, Sharon. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

For those of you who haven’t been to an Abilities Expo, the Chicago Abilities Expo at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center is an opportunity for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans, and healthcare professionals to gather to share information, learn about products and services, and have fun. Products, services, workshops, and events can be of assistance to individuals with a wide variety of physical, sensory, learning, and developmental disabilities.

The Abilities Expo showcases an array of cutting-edge technologies that can help people with disabilities, as well as adaptive dance, exhibitions, sports, workshops, and service animals. Workshops are based on topics including travel, home modifications, finance, dating, physical therapy for children, technology, mobility devices, and much more. And of course, bags for mobility devices!

Abilities Expos are fun-filled events that provide valuable resources for people with disabilities. These events have been improving the lives of people, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals for over 30 years. Admission to the Chicago Abilities Expo is free.

We at HDS Medallion are excited to be a part of this year’s Chicago Abilities Expo. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Be sure to stop by Booth 712 at the Expo!

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Insurance Coverage for Durable Medical Equipment

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Disability News, General | 0 comments

durable medical equipment DMEDurable medical equipment refers to any specialized piece of medical equipment that a doctor prescribes for a patient to use at home. It must be able to be used on a long-term basis, be medically necessary, and not be useful to a person who is not ill or injured.

Even though hygiene is an extremely important part of life, Medicare and many private insurance companies consider bathing and showering equipment conveniences, not medical necessities, and deny DME claims. However, with persistence you can get funding for the equipment you need.

Congress has been tightening restrictions on Medicare’s DME reimbursements in an effort to cut costs. Medicare often rejects claims for bathroom-related DME, but disability advocates recommend filing a claim anyway, along with a prescription and letter of medical necessity. If your claim is denied, you can appeal and possibly get the item covered, although the process can be lengthy.

Medicaid coverage for DME varies from state to state. Several states follow the Medicare guidelines related to durable medical equipment. Many Medicaid waivers provide some funding for various types of DME. Check with your caseworker or state Medicaid office to see if coverage is available.

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for coverage for a shower chair or grab bars from the Department of Veterans Affairs if your doctor says the equipment is medically necessary. The VA also offers the Special Home Adaptation grant to veterans with service-related disabilities for home improvements to increase mobility. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service.

Private insurance companies vary in terms of coverage for DME, but the trend is toward following restrictive Medicare guidelines. However, some newer insurance companies are more likely to cover bathroom DME.

If your insurance claim for durable medical equipment is denied, you have the right to appeal. You may be able to get the decision reversed if you have a letter of medical necessity and a doctor who is willing to fight on your behalf. If you are persistent, your efforts may pay off and your equipment may be covered.

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Advocates Want More Accessible Cars for Hire in New York

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Disability News, Wheelchairs | 0 comments

wheelchair accessible vehicles New YorkSome New York residents who use wheelchairs and their advocates are pushing for new legislation that would require transportation services such as Uber to have more wheelchair-accessible vehicles. They wrote a letter to 213 state legislators saying that pending bills to regulate transportation network companies need to protect their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The bills would prohibit transportation network companies from charging more for services to passengers with physical or mental disabilities, but they do not explicitly require the companies to provide all passengers with equivalent service regardless of disability status. The advocates want to ensure that passengers with disabilities receive safe and dignified service.

Uber has been operating in New York City for four years, and there are more Uber cars than yellow taxis on New York streets. Uber and another transportation service, Lyft, operate in New York City but not in other cities or towns in the state.

Uber said it works with green taxis in northern Manhattan and the city’s other boroughs outside the area where yellow taxis operate to serve customers with disabilities. It said it provides about 300 trips per week and has an average pickup time of five minutes.

An Uber spokesman said the company’s app was created to improve access to safe, reliable transportation for all passengers. He said the company is looking for ways to expand its services for disabled passengers. Advocates and New York residents who use wheelchairs want more. They are urging lawmakers to pass requirements for all taxi services in the city, including areas where ride-booking services may begin to operate.

According to the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, there are an estimated 90,000 wheelchair users in the city and as many more in the rest of the state. According to census data, there are almost 1.2 million New York state residents with a variety of ambulatory disabilities.

New York currently plans to make half of the almost 14,000 yellow cabs in the city wheelchair-accessible by 2020. The Taxi and Limousine Commission requires all for-hire vehicle base stations to provide some accessible vehicles. The commission sold 100 pairs of medallions for wheelchair-accessible yellow cabs two years ago, which almost doubled the number in the city. Buses, trains, and some subway stations in New York are also wheelchair-accessible.

New York City has made significant progress in terms of providing wheelchair-accessible transportation for residents and visitors with disabilities, but more work remains to be done. We hope that the needs of disabled passengers will be taken into account when legislators meet to debate the bills currently before them.

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Roll on Capitol Hill to Take Place in June

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Disability News | 0 comments

roll on capitol hillThe United Spinal Association will host its 4th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill Legislative and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 7 to 10. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis, which is located only blocks away from the White House and many other famous Washington landmarks. This year’s event will take on special importance because 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Roll on Capitol Hill is an annual legislative advocacy event that addresses issues affecting the health, independence, and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The event brings together members of the United Spinal Association’s 47 chapters, 200 support groups, and over a million individuals from across the United States who are affected by spinal cord injuries and disorders. The Roll on Capitol Hill will include a variety of events, such as education sessions, speaker panels and presentations, advocacy training, and a sponsor expo.

Representatives of the United Spinal Association will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for the SCI/D community. They plan to take up issues such as the need for better access to individually-configured wheelchairs and assistive technologies, accessible transportation, and community-based supports and services.

The United Spinal Association will give awards to members of Congress who have worked on behalf of individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The group will also host an advocate recognition breakfast to honor the accomplishments of individuals who have worked to bring about changes to improve the lives of people with SCI/D.

The United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 to provide advocacy and direct services to people affected by spinal cord injuries and disorders. The organization works on behalf of people with multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and ALS and disabled veterans. We support their valuable work and tireless efforts on behalf of the SCI/D community across the country.

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HDS Medallion Will Be at NY Metro Abilities Expo May 1-3

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Abilities Expo, Walker Bags, Wheelchair Bags | 0 comments

HDS Medallion Abilities ExpoHDS Medallion will be selling our wheelchair and walker bags at the Abilities Expo from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 3 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. The event will be held Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Abilities Expo is an annual event that brings together people with disabilities from across the country to share information and resources. The event features speakers, workshops, vendors, and demonstrations of products that can improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

HDS Medallion will be at the Abilities Expo in Booth 609. Come visit us to see our collection of stylish and versatile wheelchair and walker bags. We will have daily drawings for a free bag and will offer show specials of 5% off our Demi-Premier bags, 10% off our Metro and Premier bags, and 15% off our Classic bags. If you are a repeat visitor, be sure to ask for an additional 5% off.

We will also be debuting several new bags at the Abilities Expo. If you love purple, blue, or black, come check out our Mulberry Criss-Cross, Amethyst Grandeur, Jeweled Ribbons, and Royal Blue Lumina bags.

We hope to see you at the Expo! We would love to see everyone who has stopped by over the past three years and meet some new folks, too!

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