My Thanks for a Magical Moment
About 40 miles north of Chicago, in Lake County, there is a special school called Laremont, and it was there a few weeks ago that I was reminded how fortunate I am in my line of work.
You see, I’ve worked for the last five years in customer service for Rifton. And because I cover the state of Illinois, every two years I attend an event there for school therapists. This year I scheduled an extra half...
Biking, Love and a Brother with Disabilities
I’m not normally one to get excited over a commercial masquerading as a feel-good documentary, but here’s one that might just make you feel a bit better about life. It comes from Schwinn, the bike manufacturer. Stay with me for the beginning and watch for the transition around the 2-minute mark. (Spoiler alert: Rifton makes a cameo!)
Hear It from the Only One Who Counts
Usually we run blog posts from or for clinicians. It’s rare that we have the chance to share the user’s experience, so when we received a product review from a sixth-grade student we knew we had to run it. Jenny Cashion, Ana’s therapist, writes:
One of my students, Ana, hadn’t had much success with previous trials on adaptive tricycles. When I introduced her to the large Rifton...
Small World Connection
Malcolm Gladwell writes about the six degrees of separation connecting any two people in the world. But in my experience it only takes one special needs child to connect hearts.
Attending a high-tech symposium last week was a new experience for me. My trade show experience has been limited to demonstrating Rifton items at DME shows or conventions attended by therapists. This time I was in the...
Opportunity with a New Set of Wheels
Patrick received his first trike over two years ago because of the difficulty he was having with walking. His endurance was poor, he tended to use a crouch gait and his feet frequently hurt after any ambulation. He started with a small red Rifton Tricycle and it soon became one of his main options for outdoor mobility. Since using the trike over the past two years, Patrick’s lower extremity strength...
Made in the USA: A Gallery of Our Manufacturing Process
I have this habit of looking in a new garment or pair of footwear to see where it was made, and I’m comforted when I find the mark of American craftsmanship and manufacturing. But that doesn’t touch the assurance we need when we are sourcing devices for the members of our society for whom only the best is good enough. That ‘best’ is delivered by our own citizens’ hands, and...
Third Time Lucky
It was in June 2009 that I first met Mike George. I was attending a MOVE International Trainers conference in Bakersfield, California, and Mike had flown all the way from New Brunswick to attend. There, he told me about his son Ben who had Cytomegalovirus (CMV) with resulting severe and multiple disabilities. Mike had met resistance from local therapists when trying to get the MOVE Curriculum adopted in...
Kandi An Inspiration to Rifton
Kandi Elmore likes her independence. And a good challenge. At the age of 43, Kandi has a long history of creating change.
Diagnosed as having cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia before the age of two, Kandi faced an uncertain future. But with a positive attitude and her mother’s unwavering support, Kandi grew up a determined young girl who challenged boundaries and unwittingly became one of...
For a child with disabilities, joining his peers in daily activities is huge. And though sometimes we lose sight of this, we can count on people like Kamran Lloyd to remind us. Take a moment to watch this short story broadcast on WLTX-TV. Kamran eloquently shows us what a special needs adaptive tricycle can do, not only for him, but everyone around him. Enjoy!
Olivia's Dream: Adaptive Bike Donations
Olivia loves cycling and she wanted to make sure other children with special needs got to experience the same thrill. As part of her Bat Mitzvah project Olivia worked with Friendship Circle to provide 100 children with adaptive bicycles and tricycles. I loved the radiant faces of the children in this video as they debuted their bikes. Don’t miss it.