Coming up this weekend is the first Abilities Expo of the year to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, 2018 where Convaid |R82 will premiere the Convaid Flyer to customers. The recently launched pediatric tilt-in-space wheelchair that grows in length, width and depth was launched in January 2018.

The Convaid | R82 team will be in Booth 426 where the pediatric team will present R82 products in addition to the Convaid Flyer. The adult division representing the Etac, Molift and Immedia brands will share the booth presenting lifts, hoists and aids for daily living – many of which can also be used by the pediatric population.

R82 products to be featured at Abilities Expo Los Angeles include the R82 Mustang, an anterior/posterior gait trainer; the R82 x:Panda, a multi-adjustable dynamic seat that offers seat width and depth adjustment and sliding back growth; the R82 Caribou, a standing frame supports prone or supine standing positions that easily toggles between horizontal and vertical positions; alongside R82 Wallaroo, a forward-facing child restraint.

To show customer appreciation, we are offering a Abilities Expo Los Angeles SHOW ONLY discount of 25% on the R82 Scallop that is currently part of a world-acclaimed Smithsonian Museum’s Cooper Hewitt Design Gallery Access+Ability exhibition.

The R82 Scallop, winner of a prestigious design awards in Australia, is now on display at the Smithsonian through September 2018 is a comfortable portable seating unit consisting of a flexible shell and positioning cushion that are held together with Velcro and can be used for sitting on the floor or in a chair. When not in use, it packs into an attractive tote bag.

The Scallop encourages active participation, is good for early intervention, stimulates balance without preventing movement, enables users to sit on a chair, provides tactile stimulation and improved seating alignment while enabling extended sitting sessions. For many R82 Scallop users, it is the first time they are able to sit at a dining table in a typical chair.

Convaid | R82 will also host a selfie contest during Abilities Expo Los Angeles to familiarize customers with the company’s new mascot Bamboo. To participate Expo attendees must simply stop by the Convaid | R82 Booth 426, snap a picture with Bamboo and post to Social Media. The 10 most shared and liked photos on Facebook will each receive a Bamboo plush toy.

The Convaid | R82 team attending Abilities Expo Los Angeles are Territory Manager Rebecca Hombs, Marketing Communications Manager Milena Rimassa, Inside Sales Lead April Love Gago and additional members of the Marketing and Insides Sales teams. Kim Wienecke will represent the Etac brands.

Abilities Expo Los Angeles is free to the public and will operate from 11AM to 5PM on Friday, February 23; 11AM to 5PM on Saturday, February 24; and from 11AM to 4PM, on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

“The Abilities Expo franchise is an optimal set of venues to share all-day and whole-life solutions provided by Convaid | R82 and other Etac brands. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with local Convaid | R82 families, prescribers, caregivers, physical therapists and members of the community. It also provides a friendly atmosphere where families can try out our new offerings where we can carefully listen to our customers,” said Ryan B. Williams, President, Etac NA.

About the Convaid Flyer

For therapists working in Early Intervention with three to five-year olds transitioning into the school system, the dilemma arrives with parents often preferring a lightweight stroller base versus the standard heavier wheelchair.  Another scenario occurs when the older child or young adult lacks endurance, strength to ambulate throughout the day or self-propel, but does ambulate in classroom brief periods. Bridging this gap is the Convaid Flyer is a lightweight, modular and portable wheelchair developed with youth-orientated aesthetics and growth in mind.

The Convaid Flyer is a width-expandable pediatric wheelchair that has a uniquely designed tilt-in-space base and accepts more complex adaptive seating, comes with optional recline and a large selection of options and accessories to achieve ideal positioning and support. The modular design allows for easy removal of the seating module from the mobility base for simple lifting and more compact transport.

About Abilities Expo

For over 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. In addition to the Los Angeles event, Abilities Expo is held in several cities throughout the United States, bringing new technologies, new possibilities, solutions and opportunities to members of the special needs community.

The Etac Group

For more than 40 years, Etac has developed products and services that create possibilities for users and caregivers. Our products are aimed for people with physical disabilities and their caretakers. We provide a well-designed product range for short and long term care whether this be in the home, hospital or other healthcare setting.  Etac’s track record in functional, innovative and comfortable products includes a number of international design awards that have repeatedly set new standards in the market. The Etac Group has six product brands; Etac, Immedia, Molift, Star, Convaid and R82.

Headquartered in Stockholm, the Etac Group has sales companies in Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States with supply units in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

Convaid | R82

Convaid | R82 enriches the lives of special needs families by developing and manufacturing best-in-class, easy-to-use, convenient and attractive seating, standing, walking / gait, transportation and hygiene products for all stages of a young person’s life – from childhood through young adult. We develop products tailored to individual needs. Through comprehensive development, Convaid | R82 is constantly moving forward — without compromising quality of service and closeness to the customer.

The objective of each and every Convaid | R82 employee is: adjustment to individual needs to provide the child the greatest possible freedom – in a world in movement. As part of Etac, the company believes that everyone should be able to live a free and independent life and pursue their dreams regardless of any physical circumstances.

Convaid | R82 offers seating, standing, walking, transportation and hygiene solutions for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.


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