Mobilia Mania still going strong, pushing for more accessibility

Updated: May 18, 2020 06:01 PM

Mobility Mania has been around for five years, and they continue to make strides in Itasca County. But awareness, is always something they could use more of.


Myrna Peterson, one of the founders, said, "Until it really hits people personally, they don't really realize how inaccessible our world really iS. Until you have to push your son or daughter or wife in a wheelchair."

She and the other Mobility Mania folks are working tirelessly to change things. One automatic door opener at a time. "What we're hoping is that other businesses see how valuable it is to have a button there. Not just for wheelchairs. But for moms who have a child in one hand and a stroller in another. Or someone who has bags in both hands, and just needs easy access to the building."

Grants can help businesses pay for those installations. Mobility Mania also focuses on long-term change with contractors, who can make adjustments to building plans during construction.

Transportation is also something they are working on, as there is not a wheelchair accessible taxi in Itasca County.

"We hope to give transportation rides to people who are over 60 and folks are differently abled, or visually impaired," explained Lisa Arnold.

The pandemic has slowed some of their work. But they continue to plan for the future. The U of MN applied for a grant to study autonomous vehicles, and it could include people from Grand Rapids with different abilities, according to Peterson.

For more information about their mission:


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