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Happy Anniversary to Us!

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Mobility Management published its first issue in the spring of 2002. That simultaneously feels like a very long time ago and just a few years back.

While launching any business, publications included, is difficult, MM’s birth came during a particularly uncertain time. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had happened just six months earlier. I was working on a motorcycle industry magazine named Dealernews at the time; the following month, my employer, which owned a large number of hospitality magazines and events hard hit after the attacks, laid me off. That’s why I answered an ad for a start-up publication at a small, family-owned media company in Los Angeles.

MM’s year of birth was also the year that Pres. George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security. It was the year that the criminal investigation of Enron began. A Beautiful Mind won the Best Picture Oscar; our local Anaheim Angels won the World Series (and alas, haven’t won another title since).

Much has changed since 2002… MM didn’t even have a Web site when we launched! But much has stayed the same, including our commitment to the Complex Rehab Technology, mobility, and accessibility industries, and our deep admiration for the professionals who work tirelessly to support those with disabilities. Thank you for making this 20th anniversary possible. And for celebrating with us and with these colleagues who shared their own anniversary messages.

— Laurie Watanabe, Executive Editor


Amylior

Amylior is celebrating 25 years of improving customer mobility and quality of life! We are very grateful for the dedicated contribution of our employees and the trust-based relationships we continue to cultivate with our clients, providers, clinicians, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

“It’s our employees’ creativity and dedication to work that have made Amylior what it is today,” said Eric Dugas, President of Amylior. “We all share the same respect and compassion for our customers, who continue to inspire us and are the reason for our success.”

It all started with four colleagues in the family garage who worked together on building power tilt modules in an era when tilt was a scarce custom option. Later, Amylior (aka, Amysystems) became renowned for complete power seating solutions and Complex Rehab expertise. As the market evolved, Amylior adapted to the realities of the changing industry and began manufacturing its own power wheelchair bases. From these humble beginnings, Amylior has grown to be the successful international power wheelchair manufacturer it is today. It now employs over 100 people.


Nationa Seating & Mobility 30th

National Seating & Mobility is proud to celebrate 30 years in the Complex Rehab Technology industry this year. Over the years, we’ve been honored to serve more than 2.5 million clients, helping keep our clients moving through life. It is our privilege to play a role in furthering the independence of those who entrust us with their mobility needs, from customizing wheelchairs to installing chair lifts and servicing equipment. We look forward to providing mobility solutions for many more clients in the years ahead, continuing to advance the industry to exceed the needs and expectations of those we serve.


NRRTS 30th

NRRTS wants to thank MM for their commitment to support the CRT industry.

As NRRTS celebrates 30 years and MM 20 years, we realize how young our industry is.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds in terms of technology advances and the new generation of Rehab Technology Suppliers. Thanks for going down that path with NRRTS.

— Weesie Walker, ATP/SMS


BraunAbility 50th

BraunAbility celebrates a major milestone this year: 50 years of engineering independence. What started as Ralph Braun tinkering in his family’s garage with his father and uncles has evolved into the global leader in mobility solutions, impacting millions of individuals with mobility challenges around the world. When we look back on the past 50 years, it’s incredibly rewarding to see what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you to the mobility and healthcare professionals who have joined us along this remarkable journey.


Who Else Is Celebrating in 2022?

Some other big anniversaries this year have a personal connection to Mobility Management… or at least it feels that way.

I saw the Lincoln Memorial for the first time while in Washington, D.C., to lobby for access to Complex Rehab Technology and durable medical equipment. The Lincoln Memorial turns 100 this year.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., also celebrates its centennial in 2022. Having grown up in Southern California with cousins who live near Pasadena, I spent my childhood watching UCLA football games there, and memorably watched the Army Cadets and Navy Midshipmen march in for the 1983 Army-Navy game. MM Sales Manager Randy Easton says visiting the Rose Bowl is on his bucket list.

My first trip to Canada came thanks to MM, when I went to cover the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver (pictured). Anecdotally, I believe that the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, B.C., is probably the favorite event destination for Complex Rehab. More officially, Canada celebrates its 155th birthday this year.

Within our industry, it’s the 45th anniversary of “Section 504,” which requires school districts to provide a “free and appropriate public education” to students with disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

And Permobil is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year… while the Permobil Foundation, the manufacturer’s philanthropic arm, is celebrating birthday number 5.

Finally, in appreciation for getting us through late-night press dates and for quieting those hunger pangs that creep up in the second hour of a five-hour flight, we celebrate the 110th birthday of the OREO cookie, in all its many delicious forms.

If we’ve missed any anniversaries, let me know… and I’ll do an update. In the meantime, congratulations to everyone celebrating a special birthday in 2022.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

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