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Stuck at Home: I Need My Wheelchair Fixed!

Trapped…and if you do move, you are likely to fall. This is what many wheelchair users are experiencing when their wheelchairs are in disrepair. When you get your wheelchair delivered, you expect it to be repaired by the same wheelchair supplier according to most insurance policies, however, due to Medicare’s competitive bidding program, many companies, […]

Join Jenn Wolff in the Battle to Save the Wheelchair

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UsersFirst is going to battle and I am one of the warriors. My name is Jennifer Wolff. I am an occupational therapist in northeast Iowa and a wheelchair user (from a tumor inside the spinal cord, subsequent surgery and radiation) for 11 years. When Medicare denied my first replacement chair and I had to fight […]

CHANGE AT THE TOP: Tobin’s departure opens slot for Seattle activist to lead United Spinal

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By FINN M. BULLERS | Usersfirst blogger (Dec. 13) — In eight short months, a former D.C. lobbyist, wireless industry executive and wheelchair user from Seattle has gone from United Spinal Association board member to interim president and chief executive officer. Joseph Gaskins will take the helm of the largest support, advocacy and lobby group […]

Need good wheelchairs – 365/24/7

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Thank you for speaking out to your congressional representatives. Together, we sent almost 800 invitations to Congress to attend a briefing where members of congress and staffers had the opportunity to learn that good wheelchairs and other assistive devices are vital to people with disabilities. (Very cool to see how many people took action). We […]

Grassroots Rolling Strong at Leadership Summit

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  Last week chapter leaders arriving from every region of the country, representing 40,000 members and almost 200 support groups gathered in Orlando, FL; to exchange information, learn grassroots strategies, discuss issues important to their members, and to continue strengthening our collective voice. The passion in the room was palpable as attendees shared their goals, […]

From Everywhere USA to D.C. – Grassroots Efforts Are Successful

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As a grassrooter, some days can bring frustration when reaching out to connect like-minded people with one another. Not just through social media, although an effective tool to communicate to a large audience quickly, but heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind. This affinity for each other is built by sharing our time and our lives as we roll […]

UsersFirst Advocate Speaks Out to Illinois Medicaid

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Ms. Wheelchair Illinois 2012, Kim Brown, sat tall and moved with grace, poise and determination as she met with Illinois state representatives and Medicaid officials recently. These qualities are very helpful when meeting with the Deputy Administrator of Medical Programs for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Not only is the title a […]

UsersFirst Goes to Washington, D.C.– Advocates for Good Wheelchairs

The wheelchair that works best in your life is disappearing. The main reason is NOT that the government needs to save money and wheelchairs are so expensive. It is because we (wheelchair users, wheelchair makers, wheelchair suppliers and advocates) must make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. The total cost of wheelchairs that are “complex” […]

Help Improve Your Access to Wheelchairs and Medical Equipment

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UsersFirst protects your rights to receive the medical devices and service you deserve. Please take part in a short survey about your access to wheelchairs and medical equipment. Your information will not be shared without your permission. This is a secure form. Your voice will help us advocate in Washington, DC to change policies that […]

Welcoming the New Year With a Strong, United Voice

Oklahoma chapter leaders making a difference.