Team Gleason and Permobil Foundation Announce 2019 Program to Help More People Living with ALS

NEW ORLEANS, LA – (April 1, 2019) – For the second year in a row, Team Gleason and the Permobil Foundation are proud to announce a partnership that will continue to give more people with ALS access to expanded functionality on their Permobil wheelchairs. Team Gleason and Permobil have a shared passion for improving the quality of life for people with ALS and also empowering them with greater independence.

The Permobil Foundation has once again committed to support Team Gleason through a national partnership that involves equipment and sponsorship donations in 2019. Team Gleason will facilitate the distribution through the group’s equipment program.

Included in the contribution are:

  • Seat elevators on new chair orders
  • Attendant controls on new chairs

“Our focus each day is to explore ways to better meet the extraordinary needs of the ALS community,” said Paul Varisco, Team Gleason’s Executive Director. “We are so grateful to have the continued support from the Permobil Foundation,” he added. “Most insurance doesn’t cover these personalized features that provide added comfort and greater independence. This generous gift from Permobil gives us the opportunity to reach so many more people in need.”

“Our goal is to ensure that every person has the right to mobility and through impactful partnerships with non-profits such as Team Gleason and assisting individuals who are denied by insurance, we can better fulfill a life of independence for our customers needing assistance with complex rehab technologies. Additionally, for ALS we take this a step further by fast tracking orders through production to ensure each ALS patient gets the chair they need in a timely manner,” said Ashley Davis, Executive Director of Permobil Foundation.

In addition to providing the wheelchair accessories, the Permobil Foundation will once again be the exclusive sponsor of the ALS tent at Gleason Gras’ 9th annual event. The ALS tent provides food, drinks and front row access to the event music stage for people with ALS who attend. The funds raised at Gleason Gras benefit Team Gleason’s missions.

Team Gleason is accepting applications from those living with ALS interested in Permobil seat elevators, attendant controls, and anterior tilt upgrades. Please visit to fill out an application and to learn more about the assistive technology program at Team Gleason.

About Team Gleason

The Gleason Initiative Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit based in New Orleans, LA. Team Gleason was founded by former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, after his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. Team Gleason aims to provide individuals with ALS with leading-edge technology, equipment, and services, to create a global conversation about ALS, and to raise public awareness towards ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

Social Media:


Twitter: @TeamGleason

Instagram: @TeamGleason

About The Permobil Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of Permobil, the Permobil Foundation believes that regardless of disability, everyone deserves a chance to reach their dreams without limitations. This is the heart of why Permobil Cares. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by empowering strength and independence through community support, employee engagement and working in partnership with non-profit organizations and assisting individuals with disabilities to provide support and services so they can live a life without limitations.

About Permobil

Permobil is a leading global company of advanced rehab technology, with a strong focus on improving the daily lives of people with disabilities. Permobil’s products include power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, and seating solutions. Founded in Sweden, Permobil’s North American headquarters is located in Lebanon, TN.

Social Media:

Facebook: @PermobilFoundation

Twitter: @PermobilCares

Instagram: @PermobilFoundation