December 2009

An Incredible Gift – A Wheelchair Van It’s the season of giving, right? With that in mind, here’s a shot of inspiration before we take off for the holiday weekend. Christmas came a little early for the Hurt family in Halls, Tennessee. Cherry Hurt and her 29-year-old son, Jeffrey, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have… Read Article

I think for just about all teenagers turning 16 is a right of passage. I know it was for my friends and me. In Alabama, turning 16 means you are able to take your driver’s license exam and, if you pass, become a legalized driver. WooHoo!! And, even better, you get to drive your very… Read Article

Shortly after Ralph Braun built the world’s first wheelchair lift for his own use, the future arrived in a hurry. Chapter 11 of “Rise Above” follows the first lift orders, which came from very insistent customers who would not take no for an answer. They had seen what the lift had done for Ralph, and… Read Article

Ralph Braun Featured in Inc. Magazine Article Ralph Braun and BraunAbility are featured in the “How I Did It” column of Inc. magazine in its December 2009/January 2010 issue. The article is a firsthand account of how Ralph’s part-time business took root in his parent’s garage and grew into the leading manufacturer of wheelchair vans… Read Article

Wheelchair Vans: Brand Loyalty Earlier this year, I purchased a new BraunAbility Entervan, my fifth one, to be exact. Talk about brand loyalty! For me, it’s the total package – accessibility, dependability, and independence. And to top it all off, it just looks COOL! It’s been nearly 18 years since my parents purchased my first… Read Article

Service Dogs, More Than a Companion My service dog, Blitz, made his debut on the AbilityVoice blog last week. If you read my blog, you know Blitz and I have been the best of friends for over 11 years now. Of course, most service dogs are needed for more than just companionship. They’re used for… Read Article