New Mobility Newsletter – Apr. 2, 2024

NYDJ Launches Adaptive Jeans for Women on QVC

Women’s denim brand NYDJ, known for its slimming jeans designed for a variety of body types, is the latest mainstream brand to enter the adaptive market. The Marilyn Straight Adapt-Denim Wheelchair Fit Jeans feature a higher back rise with a lower front rise, adjustable elastic waist, flatlock seams, zip fly with snap closure, faux front pockets and no back pockets.

Curaprox Samba robotic toothbrush

Designed for people with disabilities, the Samba toothbrush will clean your teeth without having to move your hand, according to the manufacturer. We asked Mike Franz to put the $299 robot in his mouth and see if it cleaned better or easier than his regular toothbrush. The verdict? Read the review to find out.

Nathalie McGloin: a driving force for inclusion in motorsports

Englishwoman Nathalie McGloin became the first woman with quadriplegia to win a professional car race. “My disability doesn’t matter because I’m on the track with non-disabled drivers and we’re all doing the same thing at the same time,” she says. Watch as McGloin races her Porsche 987 Cayman S and how she makes it easy for other people with disabilities to get out on the track.

Toyota Mobility Foundation launches innovation center for accessibility startups

The Toyota Mobility Foundation made headlines a few years ago when it launched a challenge for mobility product companies with a top prize of $1 million. Your current effort to encourage accessibility product startups may not offer the same cash reward, but it could have an even greater impact. The goal is to help companies make the difficult leap from a promising prototype to a sustainable business.

How to finance an expensive adaptable vehicle

Being able to drive your own vehicle is an important key to independence for many wheelchair users. But how do you pay for a modified vehicle that can cost between $60,000 and $100,000? We share how other wheelchair users have secured vehicle financing through VOC rehab, tax-deductible crowdfunding, manufacturer rebates, and accessibility grants. We also link to top web resources and offer expert advice from the United Spinal Association Resource Center.

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