"iLevel allows me to assist customers, giving them the best possible shopping experience while having eye-to-eye contact."
Doug Allan, McMinnville, OR
With his Q6 Edge® 2.0 with iLevel®, Doug Allan provides exceptional customer service in his job at Walmart. Doug has worked for the company for 14 years, enjoying the fast-paced retail industry. In his current position at the store in McMinnville, Oregon, iLevel technology enhances Doug’s work performance.
“iLevel allows me to assist customers, giving them the best possible shopping experience while having eye-to-eye contact,” Doug said. “Plus, I get to show off some great socks.”
In addition to his cool socks, the “Night Train” shroud on Doug’s power chair allows him to work in style.
Doug is grateful that the company has created a stronger team of employees by having an environment of diversity for both associates and customers.
“Thanks to my new iLevel, there is a new level of inclusion with both my customers and co-workers,” Doug said.
"I love the suspension on my 4Front Power Chair. My chair can go over rocky terrain so easily and smoothly. The adjustable safe seat elevation is awesome, too!"
Christian Budney, Scranton, PA
If you ask Christian Budney to describe himself in one word, he would say ‘adventurous.’ After all, he has gone sky diving once and can’t wait to do it again! Christian loves to travel and doesn’t back down from a challenge.
Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Christian was an avid snowboarder. In March 2006, when he was 17 years old, Christian broke his C5 vertebrae while performing a snowboarding trick he had done many times before. Though his life drastically changed, Christian didn’t let his accident keep him from achieving his goals. He obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and is a state-licensed social worker, interacting daily with individuals who have autism.
Christian uses the 4Front™ Power Chair to assist him in his daily life. In addition to helping him get around, Christian uses the power adjustable safe seat elevation at work.
“I often use the safe seat elevation if I need to teach a class and speak with co-workers and peers. Plus, when socializing, it’s always nice to be face to face with my friends.”
His disability hasn’t subdued Christian’s love for cold weather sports in the slightest. He has a huge passion for adaptive skiing.
“The second we get some cold weather and snow, I get antsy to get out on the slopes,” Christian said.
The 4Front suits Christian’s adventurous lifestyle.
“I love the suspension on my 4Front Power Chair. My chair can go over rocky terrain so easily and smoothly. The adjustable safe seat elevation is awesome, too!”
In between work and winter sports, Christian is a member of the NEPA chapter of the United Spinal Association. He has traveled to Washington, D.C. many times to lobby and advocate for laws to help people with disabilities. Working with young adults with disabilities every day in his job also gives Christian a unique perspective.
“I look for inspiration in others and many of their stories inspire me,” Christian said.
"iLevel allows me to participate in eye-to-eye conversations and to walk with family and friends as an equal participant."
Jim, Southwestern Michigan
For some, a power wheelchair offers many exciting possibilities for a life of mobility. For Jim, it was a feeling of liberation.
With late onset multiple sclerosis making mobility a challenge for him, Jim obtained a Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel®.
“Rather than feeling confined to a wheelchair, my Q6 Edge 2.0 liberates me to do the important things in my life,” Jim said.
With his power chair, Jim plays an active role in the lives of his grandchildren, attending their musical concerts. He joins family outings at restaurants and shopping malls. He also takes walks through the woods with his wife.
“iLevel allows me to participate in eye-to-eye conversations and to walk with family and friends as an equal participant,” Jim said.
Jim responds to the progression of his MS with a positive attitude, which he attributes to the support he receives from his wife and family.
"With iLevel, I can now walk with my peers, reach higher shelves, and live what other people see as a normal life."
Alison Chancellor, St. Louis, MO
The word ‘can’t’ isn’t in Alison Chancellor’s vocabulary. She is inspired to do things that other people believe are impossible for someone with a disability.
Born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Alison previously used a reverse walker to get around in school. As she grew older, the school hallways became too large and she began using a wheelchair. Currently, she uses the Q6 Edge® 2.0 with iLevel®.
“With iLevel, I can now walk with my peers, reach higher shelves, and live what other people see as a normal life,” Alison said.
She recently attended a wedding and hugged the groom’s neck, instead of his waist.
Alison loves to be active and recently participated in adaptive rock climbing for the first time.
“I’m passionate about fitness because it allows me to retain and gain strength, helping me maintain my independence,” Alison said.
In addition to her love for fitness, Alison is a diehard hockey fan and cheers for her beloved St. Louis Blues. Her fandom is evident with the St. Louis Blues custom design shroud and drive wheel accents on her power chair.
Alison is a firm believer in advocating for the disability community. She has performed with a theatre troupe that promotes disability awareness, acting out true stories about the culture of disability.
Life is full of challenges and Alison faces them head on. “I’ve learned to play the cards I’m dealt,” Alison said. And thanks to iLevel, she no longer struggles and has peace of mind.
"My Q6 Edge Power Chair helps me so much in everyday life. And it helps me get to and from my classes."
Alisha Tinker, Dayton, OH
Attending college presents a lot of challenges. For 30-year-old Alisha Tinker, the challenges are often bigger. As a student at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Alisha relies heavily on her Q6 Edge® Power Chair.
“My Q6 Edge Power Chair helps me so much in everyday life. And it helps me get to and from my classes,” said Alisha.
Her disability doesn’t slow Alisha down. She loves exploring different parts of the Dayton area.
“My chair does a good job of handling all the terrain,” Alisha said.
Alisha and her friend, Jenny, like to do different things together.
“It could be as simple as sitting outside and talking, or finding a new adventure to go on. My chair keeps right up,” Alisha said.
"I like iLevel because people seem to be more accepting and friendlier with me when I am at eye level with them."
Aimee Buswell, Mount Airy, MD
It’s just another day at work for Aimee Buswell as she stocks shelves and helps customers. Despite her physical limitations, Aimee has reached new heights in the workplace.
Born with cerebral palsy, Aimee cannot walk and uses the Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel® for mobility. Working for a major retailer keeps Aimee busy all day long. With iLevel technology, Aimee accomplishes more and faster than before. She loves having that independence.
“I’m able to reach things that I couldn’t before without help,” Aimee said.
Aimee also notices a difference in how people respond to her.
“I like iLevel because people seem to be more accepting and friendlier with me when I am at eye level with them,” Aimee said.
Aimee is proud of her accomplishments. She graduated from high school with honors and has worked for 16 years. She even earned a promotion!
When not working, Aimee keeps busy at her home in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with photography and crafts. She loves helping others, especially animals. Aimee donates to Guiding Eyes for the Blind every month. The organization provides blind or visually impaired people with trained guide dogs. Aimee is moved by organizations, like Guiding Eyes for the Blind, that help people with disabilities.
“What an inspiration for me!” Aimee said.
"My Quantum Power Chair is fast! I don’t need someone to help me over long distances or up hills."
Max Malec, Roaring Brook Township, PA
For Max Malec, playing his heart out is the only option. At just 10 years old, Max is an experienced athlete who gives it his all despite his disability.
Born with spina bifida, Max is paralyzed from the waist down. He lives in Roaring Brook Township, Pennsylvania, with his dad and older brother, Mickey. To get around, Max uses the Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel®.
“My Quantum Power Chair is fast! I don’t need someone to help me over long distances or up hills,” Max said.
With his iLevel, Max can reach things in the refrigerator or the upper cabinets. Plus, when elevated, Max is as tall as his brother.
Max is a diehard football fan and roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions. He plays football for the North Pocono Junior Trojans. His first tackle was a sack on the quarterback against Lakeland two years ago. Besides football, Max plays baseball and soccer on the Lackawanna County Challenger League team. He also loves basketball and swimming.
When Max isn’t busy playing sports, he and his dad participate in 5k and 10k races. In the fall of 2016, Max completed his first 5k race for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run and 5k & All Abilities Walk in Scranton.
In the summer, Max attends a camp for kids who have spina bifida.
“I get to do a lot of neat things with other kids like me,” Max said.
With so many interests, Max has no problem staying active. His love for sports, especially football, has Max looking towards the future. One day, he hopes to be a professional football player.