Jenny Siegle was awarded the NRRTS* Consumer Advocate of the Year Award during the Unite4CRT Town Hall Meeting on July 28th.
That masked man in the photo, surprising Jenny while she was hosting the town hall online, is Ride CEO Tom Hetzel. Jenny’s mother, Barb, joined in.
A sports producer and huge Colorado Rockies fan, you may have seen Jenny modeling in some of Ride’s photography over the years or lobbying on Capitol Hill. She uses a Ride Custom Cushion and Back to support her active lifestyle.
Jenny helped to form the advocacy coalition, Unite4CRT, and has been a driving force in planning the monthly town hall meeting topics and discussions. As host of the meetings, Jenny’s warm and welcoming personality encourages discussion among a diverse audience.
The group’s mission is to bridge the gap between the perception and the reality of living with a disability. Consider joining their next meeting… information on registering to attend (free) is here.
*NRRTS is the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers
For your reference in advocating for protecting access to equipment for all CRT users, this guide was developed by NRRTS and their CRT user coalition, Unite4CRT. Be sure to contact your member of Congress to ensure that they understand how important CRT is to the independence and health of wheelchair users. Tell your story to bring it home.
The battle continues…
The 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015 highlighted the continued need to fulfill the promise of that legislation.
Check out this video to review how important it is that Congress and other policy makers take action to protect, not compromise, access to CRT for those who rely on it.
To help advocate for continued access to CRT, visit www.protectmymobility.org.
Advocacy: join an online town hall meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7pm EST
CRT users are leading the way in efforts to get vital legislation passed that will protect Complex Rehab Technology. Recognizing the need for CRT users to be at the center of advocacy efforts, the new initiative #Unite4CRT was formed.
Led by Kyle Romano, Bobbi Kay Lewis, and Jenny Siegle, #Unite4CRT is asking everyone to join in the first of a series of online meetings. During this session, you’ll be provided with the tools to confidently and comfortably portray CRT’s vital role.
Help make a difference. Learn more here.
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that.
Then I realized I was somebody.”
— Lily Tomlin
A properly selected and fitted back support can help a wheelchair user maintain their balance and best position on their cushion, resulting in the stability needed for increased freedom of movement and independence.
Accurate support of the trunk can also help reduce the stresses of pressure and shear on the cushion, contributing to good skin outcomes.
Shown here, designed specifically for pediatric users (or very narrow adults), the Java Decaf Back
’s patented bio-mechanical design provides the flexibility to accurately fit both the trunk and pelvis for support, comfort and enhanced mobility. The Decaf Back fits any wheelchair 10-14″ in width. The highly adjustable hardware and personalized contour at the pelvis help to provide balanced support and freedom of movement.
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.