PunkinFutz, creator of sensory play products and accessories for children with adaptive needs, enters the adult adaptive needs market with its introduction of Every Wheel Carry accessory bags, designed to keep critical items at hand, including wallets, phones, and licenses.
Prior to the launch, Every Wheel Carry partnered with the NYC Department of Veteran’s Services and the James J. Peters Veteran’s Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit (Bronx, New York) to provide the bags to their clients for testing and review.
“We have been making these products for children for the past four years,” says company founder and CEO Lisa Radcliffe, in a media release, “and realized that more than half of our customers are actually adults in wheelchairs. We specifically chose to make bags for veterans, as our entire team has family in the military. It is our way to recognize their service and to give back.” Radcliffe’s brother is a Colonel in the Army.
“The bag, itself, is very innovative. It’s very convenient,” says Julius Brice, Army veteran, vocalist, writer and producer. “Every Wheel Carry came to my VA hospital (James L. Peters), gave bags to veterans and asked for our feedback.”
All Every Wheel Carry bags are made in the United States by adults in adaptive work environments. and Every Wheel Carry employs a fully adaptive workforce, the release continues.
“The opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life for wheelchair users, and especially veterans, is vital,” says Radcliffe. “Our goal is to ultimately create a positive environment where adults with disabilities can work and thrive.
We want our staff to be empowered by their work experience,” Radcliffe adds. “The way we employ is central to our mission as a company.”
“I think more people should be aware of what our employees are capable of doing,” Melissa Rassmussen, of the Michael J. Raymond Resource Center in Jamestown, NY, shares. “We do our best to employ individuals with all types of disabilities, who help with the production of Every Wheel Carry. “This gives our staff the opportunity to work and to be independent.”
“All bags are put through quality control and then packaged for shipping in our Brooklyn headquarters,” adds Radcliffe. “After we decide that that the bags are of a quality we would put our name on, we ship them out. Our next step is always to go back to those who use the products to drive our next round of design.”
Created for both manual and motorized wheelchairs, as well as scooters and walkers, Every Wheel Carry bags are water resistant; made of highly reflective fabrics created for the US military and first responders; ensure easy access with reinforced pull zippers and Velcro straps; and are durable and washable to make for easy cleaning and use. They feature a grey background and a large hook strip to support patches.