Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
The 2013 Portland International Auto Show, held from Jan. 24-27th at the Oregon Convention Center, is the latest of several automotive shows across the country set to highlight mobility products when they open their doors to the public for the 2013 show year.
The trend is an indication that automotive shows are showcasing innovations beyond the general market. Last year Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, generally the most anticipated automotive show in the world, debuted its Mobility Center, and other shows seem to be following suit.
“We’re very excited to see world-class automotive shows finally paying attention to all of the new advancements in the mobility field,” said Vicky Aubry-Raeburn of Portland-based mobility dealer Performance Mobility. “These are fun, educational shows, and they should be for individuals with physical disabilities as well.”
The Portland Auto Show will feature a Mobility Zone, sponsored by Performance Mobility, showcasing wheelchair accessible vans from BraunAbility, as well as the Conquest accessible trike. New options in wheelchair sports equipment and all-terrain wheelchairs will also be on display, as well as representatives from the field of adaptive driving.
Show organizers have made the Mobility Zone interactive for visitors with a scooter obstacle course and an opportunity to meet Will Groulx, a Quad Rugby Paralympian who will talk about his experiences as a wheelchair athlete and what the sport and his team have meant to him.
Another sign of an outreach to attendees with physical disabilities – for the first time manual wheelchairs and scooters will be available for guests, free of charge.