Coming soon: Ride Custom AccuSoft Cushion

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The rumors are true! We’ve designed a whole new Custom Cushion to meet the needs of those who require or request a softer, but highly accurate, cushion.

Learn more about this exciting addition to the Ride product line… listen in as Ride’s own Tom Hetzel and Joe Bieganek discuss the new Custom AccuSoft Cushion.

Feel it for yourself at the International Seating Symposium (booth 1009) or review complete details, including the brochure and order form, on the website.

Brrr… cold weather seating concerns?

Studies show that people who use wheelchairs often decrease their community participation in cold weather because of environmental and equipment barriers.

Don’t let your cushion become an excuse for not getting out. Ride’s wheelchair seating cushions perform consistently even when exposed to extreme temperatures. Read about a temperature and pressure demonstration done with the Ride Forward Cushion here. And learn about how Ride cushions manage heat and moisture when you’re inside by the fire here.

New representation in Canada

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As many of you are aware, Stephen Bourne has been instrumental in launching, developing, growing and supporting Ride’s presence in Canada. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service and hard work. As business has grown across Canada, we now require full time sales representation in our largest market: Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. Unfortunately, Stephen was unable to relocate so he will be leaving Ride Designs, effective January 1, 2019. We wish Stephen well with his future endeavors. 

As of January 1, 2019, Ride Designs will be represented by East West Medical Products, Ltd. Craig Royal will cover British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Maria Joannou will cover Toronto, Ontario, and east to the Atlantic Provinces.

Both Craig and Maria come to Ride with many years of experience in complex rehab technology and more specifically, custom seating. We are thrilled to have them on our team. We also have a robust plan in place to back up Craig and Maria with support from our deep field of highly experienced staff during and after this transition. 

These changes allow us to further our commitment to serving you better and be more responsive to your needs. 

2019 Custom Certification Courses

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We know you’ve been meaning to attend… so select now from among nine Ride Custom Certification Courses sessions offered for 2019!

February 28 – March 1
April 11 – 12
April 18 – 19
May 16 – 17
June 20 – 21
July 25 – 26
August 1 – 2
October 17 – 18
October 24 – 25

The course is designed specifically for clinicians and suppliers who want to take their seating skills to the next level. Learn why coming to Colorado for the course may be a game changer for your seating practice here.

Registration for all 2019 dates is now open. Register early here; class size is limited.

Advocacy: It’s never been more important

Funding for complex rehab technology equipment in the US is in jeopardy. It’s important for lawmakers to understand just how critical this equipment is to preserve and enhance health and independence. ADA requirements may be loosened… certainly issues for everyone to be monitoring.

How to get up to speed? One website to get an overview of the issues is that of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology.

It’s all about educating those for whom disability issues are a foreign language about the importance of these issues to the disability community. Ride Designs team members were among those who went to Capitol Hill in late April to advocate for complex rehab technology. Earlier this year, we hosted Colorado Senator Michael Bennet at our facility for Small Business Week. The Senator, shown here discussing wheelchair seating with veteran Andrew Kinard, seems open to learning more about both our products and the issues they are meant to resolve.

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You don’t need to travel to Washington to be involved… check out these resources:

• An interesting podcast with panelists speaking about their advocacy efforts has been posted online by United on Wheels.

• The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which focuses on spinal cord injury advocacy, urges “Lend your voice to our initiatives and you can make a real difference for people living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers.”

• Your member of congress is leaving, now what? Mobility Management outlines some ideas about how to how to keep CRT discussions going amid changes in D.C here.

• Visit “Protect My Mobility” regularly to get the latest updates on pending legislation.