More MS news articles for February 2000 Merges With To Unveil Premier Internet Gateway For The Mobility-Impaired Community

Partnership Brings Patent-Pending Proprietary Technology, Unique Business And Consumer Services, Top Management Team Expertise, Community Traffic, Special Advertising and Sponsorship Initiatives

Thursday February 24, 11:00 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ --, the global Web community for the 750 million people living with disabilities, today announced a merger with ( is a dynamic Web community serving people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, post polio and other central nervous disorders. The combined company, to be called, creates a powerful online resource for the mobility-impaired market, including families and caregivers.

The market represents approximately 19 million people in the U.S. alone and more than 250 million persons globally. will gain access to's patent-pending, proprietary Web accessibility technology and will leverage its top management team, notable advisors and board members.

"The merger between and is part of our overall strategy to be the dominant Internet destination to serve the disability community,'' says Mark Pinney, CEO of "The combined business addresses one of the largest disability groups, the mobility-impaired community, which represents nearly 40 percent of the U.S. audience. This merger not only makes sense for our investors but also for the global community we ultimately are committed to serve.''

Pinney, co-founder and CEO of LifeWire, Inc., the company that created and launched, is a successful entrepreneur and businessman who has been living with a spinal cord injury for more than 10 years. Zaydoon Jawadi, the founder of, is also an entrepreneur and businessman. He will serve as's chairman.

LifeWire, Inc.'s other founder, Dr. Wise Young, a world-renowned neuroscientist who runs the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neurosciences at Rutgers University, will join as Scientific Director, contributing editor and advisory board member.

Sam Maddox, the editor-in-chief of and a respected journalist in his field, will join's editorial team as Editor-In-Chief. Maddox is the author of Spinal Network, the seminal resource for spinal cord dysfunction, and founder of New Mobility Magazine. Others from LifeWire's management and editorial staff will join's highly-experienced management and editorial teams, advisory board and board of directors.

" is about convenience, utility and lifestyle opportunities to maximize individuals' independence and to help them access the tools for better daily living,'' said Jawadi. "While our primary focus for our debut this spring is on the mobility-impaired population, we will also serve the hearing, vision and cognitive segments of the community.''

The site will also offer e-commerce, featuring a range of products for people with disabilities.

About is the first results-oriented Web destination for people living with disabilities and for their families, friends, and support circles. A privately-held company, provides personalized assistive online tools, community, content, products, resources and services, to maximize individuals' independence and access for better daily living. is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the site at