Convaid today announced its roster of 2016 Convaid Ambassadors, community volunteers who will serve a one-year term representing Convaid at community events, engage on line and participate in other activities.
The inaugural Convaid Ambassador program was established in 2015 to promote information and resource exchange among the Convaid online and special needs communities. Convaid Ambassadors were chosen from current users of the Convaid Cruiser, Rodeo, Trekker or EZ Rider models. Many ambassadors also use Convaid’s child restraint system, the Carrot.
Starting immediately, 2016 Convaid Ambassadors will attend regional events in their Convaid products; make special appearances with Convaid at Abilities Expo; write blog posts and share videos; participate in Convaid case studies; share photo essays of the places they visit in their Convaid product; and, engage with Convaid’s on-line community.
The following families have been selected as 2016 Convaid Ambassadors:
The Pacheco Family (New Jersey): Convaid became acquainted with Andrew Pacheco’s family when grandmother Dawn Moreno posted a Facebook comment that her grandson’s Convaid Cruiser had been stolen. Within minutes, a Convaid dealer in New Jersey, called Convaid in Los Angeles, and a new donated wheelchair was in construction and delivered to the family within a week. News of the donation made network news. The Pacheco family is dedicated to raising awareness for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a rare disease that affects young Andrew.
The Cobb Family (Northern California): Smiley Miles is at the center of the Cobb/Sellai family, who are active in the cerebral palsy and hypoxic encephalopathy communities and Support for Families in San Francisco. His family documents Miles’ adventures on a blog entitled, Smiles for Miles.
The Hamilton Family (Southern California): Emerson, a 4-1/2 year old is at the center of this family, who are engaged in the hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy community. Emerson, who often goes by Emmy, uses a Convaid Cruiser and Convaid’s seating restrain system, the Carrot 3. The Hamiltons will be making their first public Convaid appearance at Abilities Expo in Los Angeles, to be held February 5-7, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. She will be in Booth 807 on Saturday and Sunday of the expo.
The Winebarger Family (Florida): Blake, a 5-year old Convaid Cruiser user who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, will participate with his mother, Rachel, at Convaid events in the Southeast. Rachel is active in autism and sensory processing communities.
The Cervara Family (Pennsylvania): Sammy, a 2015 Trekker winner, now joins Convaid as a 2016 Ambassador. Sammy and mom Ashley will be participating in Convaid events throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
The Dahl Family (Kansas): Kelsey was also a 2015 Trekker winner. Kelsey and mom Kelly will participate in Convaid events through the Central states, mainly in Kansas and Texas.
The Garrison Family (Illinois & Indiana): The youngest 2016 Convaid Ambassador is 2-year old Kyla. She and mom Lynn, who is active in the cerebral palsy community, will participate in Convaid events throughout the Midwest. Kyla is a Convaid Cruiser user.
The Lymer Family: The Lymer family is the first Canadian Convaid Ambassador family. Convaid extended its Ambassador Program to Canada for the first time in 2016. Convaid Canada Ambassador Teagan is joined by mom Ashley, who is active in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, neurological epilepsy and autism groups in Canada. Teagan’s Convaid ride is a Rodeo. The Lymers will participate in the annual Walk of Autism Speaks and other events in Ontario.
Convaid has established a new category of ambassador this year, the Ambassador Emeritus. The Ambassador Emeritus families will be focused on bringing awareness to their specific causes, by participating in Convaid case studies and other ad hoc events and activities.
The Snyder Family (Massachusetts): Alexis Synder, author of blog posts on Invisible Disabilities that received global recognition, stays on as a Convaid Ambassador Emeritus with daughter, Sara, a Convaid Cruiser user. They mother-daughter team will continue to champion awareness bulding on invisible disabilities and other causes.
The Warden Family (Colorado): Stacy Warden, mother of Ambassador Might Matt, plans to focus on establishing a not-for-profit independent resource for Convaid families and others wishing to recycle their Convaids for reuse by other families may do so. She was inspired to create this utility when she learned of Andrew Pacheco’s stolen Convaid on the company Facebook. Might Matt rolls in a Convaid Cruiser.
“The Ambassador Program is an important part of our community outreach. Not only are our ambassadors faithful brand fans, they are Convaid’s eyes and ears on the ground in their various treatment sectors. They contribute valuable product and community insights which we use for research and development to deliver improvements and new products,” said Nanneke Dinklo, Director, Global Marketing & Business Development.
Convaid manufactures lightweight compact folding pediatric wheelchairs that accommodate functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort. Convaid wheelchairs are typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal cord injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial diseases, metabolic diseases and sensory processing disorders, among others.
Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to adulthood. Each product is custom-build to individual specifications to provide optimal comfort, safety and convenience.
Convaid was acquired by Sweden-based Etac AB in December 2015. Etac AB offers a wide range of mobility solutions, advanced seating, patient transfer, bathing and toilet. Etac markets its products under Etac, Molift, Immediate and R82 brands, operating sales companies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom Australia and the United States, with an extensive network of distributors in 40 other markets around the world.