CHATSWORTH, California, July 2, 2012 -- Although TheMobilityProject.com, a Web site aimed at people with mobility-related disabilities, their families and caregivers, launched March 1, the project has been 10 years in the making.
The MobilityProject.com is a production of 1105's HME Media Group, whose print publications, e-newsletters, Web sites and educational Webinars cover the home medical equipment and complex rehabilitation technology markets for industry professionals. Specifically, the new Web site complements the magazine Mobility Management, whose readers include clinicians and providers who work with people with highly complex conditions, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and ALS.
"TheMobilityProject.com is a natural progression in this environment, where the industry professional is so intimately involved day to day with the consumer," said Karen Cavallo, group publisher of the HME Media Group. "TheMobilityProject.com is a community where end-users and caregivers are empowered by information on governmental funding, the latest wheelchair technology and accessibility issues, whether they're at home or traveling to a big city."
Over the last 10 years, Mobility Management has reported on how mobility equipment can change a person’s life by increasing independence and overall health. These stories have run the gamut of power wheelchair intervention in toddlers to the latest in adaptive van conversions, but have failed to reach an important audience: the people who use and need this equipment.
Now-through TheMobilityProject.com-these stories are being written specifically for the consumer. Sections such as the Enabled Life series focus on conquering everyday challenges, such as going to the dentist or talking with physicians, while other topics explain the benefit of seating evaluations, home accessibility options for apartment dwellers and the latest legislation for people who use complex rehabilitation equipment.
In fact, after an exciting launch, TheMobilityProject.com is already empowering people with mobility-related disabilities to adopt the attitude that mobility equipment is not simply a necessity but also a lifestyle through coverage of nutrition, aging, and sports and recreation news. The site also features a Veterans Portal, an events calendar, a Kids and Families section, and product comparisons on everything mobility, from ramps to power wheelchairs.
"Since launching in early March, TheMobilityProject.com has tallied its first thousand Facebook 'likes' and answered visitor questions on topics ranging from assistive technology to home accessibility," said editor Laurie Watanabe. "Even better, TheMobilityProject.com fans are answering each other’s questions, too-and we're well on the way to building the inquisitive, knowledgeable and supportive community we hoped for."
In addition, the new Web site incorporates responsive design technology for optimal display of information on all types of devices, including smart phones, tablets and various desktop monitors. The design team also used larger font sizes and buttons in conjunction with increased white space between elements to make selecting from a list of choices easier.
"Our goal is to be a helpful resource that is easy to access. So we used the latest in tools, Web technology and design to support this objective,' said Marlin Mowatt, 1105 Media's online product manager.
Please visit: http://themobilityproject.com for more information.
About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including specialized sectors of the information technology community; industrial health, safety and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105’s offerings span print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences and trade shows; training courseware; and web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with offices throughout the United States. www.1105media.com