Did you know that May is National Mobility Awareness Month? May, 2014 marks the 3rd year anniversary which was created to raise awareness of mobility solutions available in all communities. Presented by the Mobility Works company, partners of the awareness month include fortune 500 brands like Toyota, Braun Ability, VMI, Chrysler, and MV1.
Mobility Works is a company providing a national chain of mobility vans for people with physical challenges. They have showroom locations in 12 states across the country, allowing individuals from coast to coast to be able to try out their products in person and find a mobility solution that works for them and provides them increased independence. They also partner with several well-known mobility companies to allow them to provide comprehensive solutions for customers. Some of their partners include BraunAbility, a company providing wheelchair lifts, and Bruno Independent Living aids which offers seating and lift aides.
To celebrate their 3rd annual National Mobility Awareness Month, Mobility Works is looking for local heroes. They are currently accepting nominations for local heroes, which their website www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com describes as “someone who volunteers, educates, advocate, achieve, and persevere.” You can vote for your favorite local heroes until May 9th and the organization will be giving away at least 4 custom wheelchair accessible vehicles to the winners. There are nearly 120 individuals currently entered into the contest, all sharing their own personal stories and stories about their loved ones' disability journey and what makes them an every day hero. You can check out all the stories right on their website and vote on your favorites.
So how can you help celebrate National Mobility Awareness month? Share a link to mobilityawareness.com on your Facebook or social media profile. If you’re someone with a disability who drives, share your story on social media, blogs, or your local newspaper to help gain recognition and awareness. Consider leaving some positive reviews online for mobility equipment that you have found has helped increase your own mobility and independence or look into a mentoring program through a community organization to encourage youth that mobility is possible. So often youth with disabilities are left out of drivers ed and the normal teenage experience of learning to drive because resources and information are not available. Think about becoming a mentor for a young person in your community to help them research into possible mobility solutions that may work for their needs.
What other ideas do you have to celebrate National Disability Awareness Month? How would you encourage others to spread recognition of the importance of mobility options for people with disabilities? Share in the comments!