BraunAbility News & Press

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06/03/21 - BraunAbility and Q’STRAINT Announce Transformative Mobility Venture

The complementary companies come together to accelerate innovation in wheelchair-accessible transportation technology for the disability community. 

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05/18/21 - BraunAbility Recognized as Valuable 500 Founding Member

BraunAbility joins 500 global companies to create the world’s biggest community for disability business inclusion. 

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05/18/21 - BraunAbility Launches First-Ever Hybrid Conversion

Investing more than 55,000 engineering hours, BraunAbility launches the upgraded Toyota Sienna conversion, adding fuel efficiency and best-in-class accessibility.

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12/03/20 - BraunAbility Unveils Most Spacious Wheelchair Accessible SUV

Built on the Chevrolet Traverse, the new BraunAbility wheelchair accessible SUV was engineered to provide more space and maneuverability than any other accessible SUV on the market.

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10/29/20 - BraunAbility Announces Mentorship Program for College Students with Disabilities

The program is an extension of BraunAbility’s Drive for Inclusion effort, taking action for greater access, and ultimately inclusion for anyone living with a mobility challenge.

08/19/20 - BraunAbility Partners to Bring Accessibility to Autonomous, Electric Shuttle Pilot in Detroit

A self-driving, paratransit shuttle made accessible with BraunAbility engineering innovation has deployed for use in a senior community in Detroit.

07/23/20 - BraunAbility Publishes First Drive for Inclusion Report Card

BraunAbility has published its first Drive for Inclusion Report Card highlighting the remaining challenges facing people with physical disabilities 30 years after signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

10/01/19 - BraunAbility Commits to Recruiting More People with Mobility Disabilities

BraunAbility is taking another leading step toward creating a mobility-inclusive society by committing to increase the representation of candidates with disabilities within its workforce and ensuring a work environment that is accessible for those with mobility challenges.

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07/26/19 - BraunAbility Rolls Out 3D Access Aisles Nationwide on ADA Anniversary

BraunAbility, in partnership with 17 mobility dealership locations across the United States, is installing 3D accessible parking designs to combat illegal parking in spaces designated for those with mobility disabilities. 

05/01/19 - BraunAbility’s Drive for Inclusion Program Launches with Unveiling of 3D Accessible Parking Space

BraunAbility is launching the first-ever effort to gather and unify the voices of people across the mobility disability spectrum to take action for greater access, and ultimately inclusion, for anyone living with a mobility challenge.

04/25/19 - BraunAbility Gifts President George H.W. Bush Van to Deserving Vet on The TODAY Show

BraunAbility worked with Jenna Bush Hager and Jay Leno to present the accessible BraunAbility van that was used by President George H. W. Bush to Officer David Miller, a fellow Navy veteran, on The TODAY Show.

03/15/19 - BraunAbility Joins Major Global Brands in the Fight for Disability Inclusion As Part of The Valuable 500

BraunAbility joins The Valuable 500, an initiative founded by Caroline Casey, a disability advocate who is legally blind, which aims to have 500 companies commit to improving disability inclusion by putting the topic on business leadership agendas.

02/13/19 - BraunAbility Announces New Global Headquarters Location

Carmel, Indiana will be the home of a new technology center and global headquarters of BraunAbility, while the company’s manufacturing operations remain based in Ralph Braun’s hometown of Winamac, Indiana.

01/07/19 - BraunAbility Launches The Turny Evo Rotating Seat

BraunAbility expands its product offering to now include an additional mobility transportation solution, the BraunAbility Turny Evo seat.

05/03/18 – BraunAbility Re-Launches Save My Spot Campaign for National Mobility Awareness Month

As part of National Mobility Awareness Month, BraunAbility has re-launched its Save My Spot campaign to educate the public on the different types of handicap parking spaces and why they are so important to wheelchair users.

04/03/18 – BraunAbility Acquires European Mobility Manufacturer Autoadapt AB

The acquisition solidifies the BraunAbility presence in Europe and includes two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Unwin, based in the United Kingdom, and Martech, based in Denmark.

11/27/17 – Staci Kroon Welcomed as New BraunAbility CEO

Staci Kroon, former Executive Vice President of Eaton Business Systems, takes over as BraunAbility CEO today. Former CEO Nick Gutwein will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

08/16/17 – Jay Leno, Chrysler and BraunAbility Team Up for a Memorable Donation

Army Veteran Craig Andrade had no idea when he was invited to meet Jay Leno at his world-famous garage that he’d be driving away in his very own BraunAbility Pacifica.

03/07/17 – BraunAbility Introduces Q-Series Inboard Wheelchair Lift to International Market

The Q-Series lift represents a new standard in wheelchair lift innovation with a design that eliminates unwanted noise while the vehicle is in motion.

02/09/17 – BraunAbility and Chrysler Partner to Unveil All-New Pacifica at Chicago Auto Show

Featuring patent-pending AccessAbility Technology, the BraunAbility Pacifica is the most spacious wheelchair accessible vehicle on the market.

10/21/16 – Ally and BraunAbility Team Up for Memorable Donation

Ally and BraunAbility® joined together to surprise the family of a local high school student with a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

08/01/16 – BraunAbility Acquires Transfer Seat Base Leader B&D Independence, Inc.

The BraunAbility and B&D Independence partnership unites two global leaders in mobility and promises a better automotive experience for mutual customers.

06/24/16 – BraunAbility Announces Partnership with The Humberview Group, Ontario’s Largest Automotive Retail Network

The largest automotive retailer in Toronto is now selling and servicing BraunAbility wheelchair accessible vehicles and lifts.

06/22/16 – BraunAbility and Permobil Announce joint Research and Development Venture

The two global leaders in wheelchair and wheelchair accessible vehicle production announce collaboration to integrate mobility technology for individuals with physical disabilities.

05/09/16 – BraunAbility MXV Received Perfect Score from Ford Motor Company

Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program evaluated the BraunAbility for safety, quality control, customer support and a commitment to continuous improvement and gave the MXV a perfect score.

03/02/16 – Forbes: “Finally a Wheelchair-Accessible SUV from Ford and BraunAbility" covered the BraunAbility MXV, and confirms that “cool wheels are making a comeback in the form of the BraunAbility MXV.”

02/27/16 – Consumer Reports Applauds BraunAbility MXV

The BraunAbility MXV caught the attention of Consumer Reports following the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and after some in-depth research on the vehicle’s innovative technology and sporty design, dubbed the BraunAbility MXV as the “coolest wheelchair-accessible ride.”

02/11/16 – BraunAbility and Ford Showcase MXV at Chicago Auto Show

Ford Motor Company invited BraunAbility to showcase the MXV, built on the Ford Explorer, during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. According to Ford, “Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation.”

01/27/16 – BraunAbility Launches Campaign on Handicap Parking

BraunAbility launched the Save My Spot parking campaign to help educate the public about the importance of respecting accessible parking spaces. The effort includes a shareable Public Service Announcement and the opportunity to sign up for a free parking kit.

11/23/15 – BraunAbility Joins Partners to Donate Wheelchair Van to Kentucky Student

BraunAbility, Ally and Superior Van and Mobility joined up for an unforgettable van donation at a Kentucky elementary school just before Thanksgiving.

10/06/15 – BraunAbility is a 2015 HME New Product Award Recipient

The BraunAbility MXV was announced as a winner of the HME Business 2015 New Product Award honoring outstanding product development achievements by HME manufacturer and service providers. A revolutionary wheelchair accessible vehicle build on the Ford Explorer, the BraunAbility MXV has excited a market looking for new options in automotive mobility.

09/23/15 – BraunAbility Acquired by Patricia Industries – a Division of Investor AB

Patricia Industries (“Patricia”), a division of Investor AB (“Investor”) focused on private companies, has signed an agreement to acquire BraunAbility, the industry leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts. Investor is the Sweden-based investment company founded by the Wallenberg family over 100 years ago. BraunAbility will join a roster of high-quality, high growth companies in the Investor family, including Permobil, the innovative provider of power and manual wheelchairs for people with physical disabilities.

07/24/15 – Ford Explorer and BraunAbility Announce Partnership on First Wheelchair Accessible SUV

As our nation marks 25 years of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, BraunAbility and Ford Motor Company are introducing a vehicle with the potential to change the face of an industry and bring greater mobility to people in wheelchairs. The BraunAbility MXV – a wheelchair-accessible vehicle built on the Ford Explorer – gives wheelchair users the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle and the adventurous, “unstoppable” spirit of the world’s best-selling sport utility vehicle.

04/15/15 – New Partnership Between BraunAbility & Purdue University

BraunAbility is proud to announce a partnership with Purdue University focused on the research and development of innovative and safe wheelchair lift systems to improve mobility worldwide. This collaboration places BraunAbility in the company of manufacturing leaders like GE, Caterpillar and Boeing – all of whom have joined forces with the leading engineering university to improve product design and function.

01/27/15 – BraunAbility and Life Rolls On Partner

Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) today announced BraunAbility as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 “Get on Board” Tour. The leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles will participate in each “They Will Surf Again” and “They Will Skate Again” events throughout the 2015 tour.

09/05/14 – BraunAbility Products to be Included in VA’s FSS

The BraunAbility lineup of wheelchair-accessible vehicles is now included in the Veterans Affairs Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). According to a BraunAbility news release, via a partnership with the Adaptive Driving Alliance (ADA), a wide variety of BraunAbility vehicle and mobility configurations will be available in the FSS, effective immediately.

12/11/13 – BraunAbility and Ally Financial Join Forces to Offer Mobility Financing

Ally Financial Inc. (Ally) and BraunAbility, the leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts worldwide, announced today that Ally has joined its network of finance providers.

08/12/13 – BraunAbility Expansion Creates More American Jobs

The Braun Corporation® will expand its manufacturing operations at its headquarters in Winamac, Indiana, creating more jobs, more mobility solutions, and more freedom for its customers across the world.

08/04/13 – BraunAbility and West Coast Customs Team Up on a “Cool-Capable” Explorer

BraunAbility teamed up with custom-vehicle kings West Coast Customs to build a one-of-a-kind accessible Ford Explorer for a deserving American hero.

09/25/12 – Five Questions to Consider When Choosing a Wheelchair Van talks with BraunAbility President Nick Gutwein about the important points to consider when beginning the search for a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

08/21/12 – CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles Ralph Braun

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles Ralph Braun, and discusses overcoming societal stereotypes and a physical disability to achieve business and personal success.

05/09/12 – Ralph Braun Named a “Champion of Change” by The White House

Ralph Braun was one of 14 individuals honored as a Champion of Change by the White House administration for his work in the fields of engineering, science, math and technology for individuals with disabilities.

04/03/12 – Nissan Announces Partnership with BraunAbility to Build Accessible Taxi of Tomorrow

Nissan announced it has partnered with BraunAbility to provide a mobility solution for the NV200, which was recently named the Taxi of Tomorrow for New York City.

08/31/11 – Truck Trend Highlights New BraunAbility Honda Conversion

With the newest version of the Honda Odyssey now available, the wheelchair accessibility specialists at The Braun Corporation® have stepped up to the plate with their latest conversion.

08/05/11 – Paralyzed Bride and New Husband Surprised with Mobility Gift

BraunAbility and Toyota Mobility teamed up to surprise a very deserving couple with a BraunAbility Toyota Sienna Rampvan at their wedding. Read more about one of the year’s greatest love stories and the difference this accessible van will make in their new lives together!

03/21/11 – Braun Corporation® Becomes Part-Owner of Autoadapt

The Braun Corporation®, world leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles, has acquired a substantial ownership position in the Swedish company Autoadapt from Bruno Independent Living Aids.

12/07/10 – Ralph Braun Honored as Mobility Pioneer

Doctors who diagnosed Ralph Braun’s muscular dystrophy handed him a death sentence. He could sit and wait for their prediction to come true—or use those words as fuel to prove them wrong.