ASC announced today that it presented the Baker Family of Troy with a
check for $5000 and a Q-straint system for their new
universally-accessible MV-1 van. The MV-1 is the only American-built
vehicle specifically designed from the ground up to meet or exceed the
needs of wheelchair passengers and Americans with Disabilities Act
guidelines. The money was raised through a company-wide fundraiser after
the ASC team learned about the challenges facing the Baker family. ASC
provides the ramp for the MV-1, which is built by Mobility Ventures, LLC.
13-year-old Jarrod has cerebral palsy as well as seizure, vision and
hearing challenges that require 24-hour care. For Angela and Gerald
Baker, this meant lifting him in and out of an adaptive car seat and
then putting his wheelchair in the rear of the vehicle whenever they
went for a drive, something only Gerald could do.
This spring, the family received funds to make the down payment and
acquire the MV-1. But they still faced challenges. Angela's mother is
paralyzed and also in a wheelchair, making it impossible to transport
her and Jarrod at the same time.
"The MV-1 has a device called a Q-Straint which allows you to secure two
wheelchairs, so we could travel with Jarrod and his grandmother
together," says Angela. "The van was designed based on input from the
disbled community, so with the Q-straint we can now travel easily,
safely and comfortably as a family."
"When we learned about the Bakers from Channel 4's story, we immediately
knew we had to help them," said Joe Bione, President and CEO for ASC.
"On top of caring for her family, Angela works as a special education
teacher and volunteers to help the homeless. We felt we needed to get
involved in helping her."
Sam Schira, an ASC employee, initiated a company-wide fundraising
campaign that was matched by ASC and the Whitehall Group. The company
installed the Q-Straint in the Baker's MV-1 and provided the remaining
funds to offset car payments, insurance and gas.
"We can now take the whole family out, something we haven't been able to
do," said Angela. "We can't thank Sam and everyone at ASC enough for
making this possible."
If you'd like to help the Baker family, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/6gks5s.
ASC is known worldwide as one of America's most experienced
independent transportation design firms. From design, prototyping,
concept build, manufacturing and marketing, ASC is a major OEM player in
specialty car systems. Founded in 1965, ASC Headquarters, design studio
and engineering center are in suburban Detroit, Michigan with
manufacturing and assembly plant operations in Lexington, Kentucky. For
more information, visit ASC at http://www.ascglobal.com/.
Mobility Ventures LLC is an industry innovator in purpose-built
wheelchair accessible vehicles for public and private transportation
providing automotive design, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer
service support. Mobility Ventures LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of
AM General LLC. For more information, visit Mobility Ventures LLC at www.mv-1.us.
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