What makes Accessibility for New England different than the other accessibility providers?
SHELLEY LAKE, President of Accessibility for New England holds a MS degree in Employment Law from Nova Southeastern University, BS degree in Business with a Concentration in Human Resources Management from Southern NH University and an AS degree in Medical Sciences. Shelley is responsible for office management and is currently working on obtaining the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) certification through the NAHB.
My passion for the accessibility industry comes from personal life experiences. My “Aunt” Mary had suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed in her right arm and partially in her leg. As a small child and throughout my teen years, it was my job to assist her with everyday tasks (like tying her shoes and preparing dinner etc.) that she was unable to do because of her physical challenges. Later on in life, I met my husband and his mother had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis which made everyday tasks like laundry and vacuuming almost impossible to do. These wonderful people in my life demonstrated to me that life presents challenges which we can’t always control. With the assistance of accessibility equipment combined with their inner strength and beauty, they lived positive and fulfilling lives. The utilization of accessibility equipment allowed them to live independently and experience all that life had to offer.
Brian & I are excited to have the opportunity to provide accessibility equipment to New Englanders. It is our privilege and honor to be able to help provide services for greater mobility and independent living.
BRIAN LAKE, Vice president of Accessibility for New England holds a BS degree in Business with a concentration in marketing from Southern NH University. Brian has been in the accessibility business for over 8 years and has enjoyed helping people with their mobility whether it is with the aid of a stair-lift, wheelchair lift, residential elevator or ramp to access their home. Brian manages the day to day operations.
As Shelley mentioned, my mother had rheumatoid arthritis and for years I watched her struggle with normal day to day activities that most of us think nothing of like climbing stairs, turning a door handle or sliding a door open. My father moved our family to Florida in hopes that the warm weather would make her feel better. My grandfather built a bathroom on the first floor in his Massachusetts home so she could visit. My mom’s arthritis was just one disability out of many. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to help so many people through my eight years of industry --experience to improve the quality of their lives through the products that we offer.
We are partners with some great organizations who provide industry leading quality products like ThyssenKrupp Access, EZ Access, Acorn and ARJO Safe patient handling. In addition we have a great team of committed installers, contractors for home modifications and service technicians who share the same vision of improving the quality of life for those who need it.