From reading my past posts about people in my family with special needs, you know these issues are near and dear to my heart. I firmly believe that people with a disability are stronger and more aware of their abilities than people without disabilities. My grandmother was blind and she used her other senses to a higher level to be able to function fully. I also recently saw a preview for a new show coming called Push Girls. I saw the interview of these four women confined to wheelchairs after accidents left them without the ability to walk again. They are all so beautiful, strong and confident women. One woman even claimed this was the best thing that ever happened to her. I can’t wait to watch it.
People with disabilities can live active and mobile lifestyles. Do you know anyone with a disability? Someone in a wheelchair that you consider a hero? As it is National Mobility Awareness Month in May, and NMEDA is asking people to submit their stories to be showcased by national and local media. Through online communities, NMEDA’s Facebook page, blog and website, they will share stories from Local Heroes, people who are dealing with or overcoming their mobility challenges. Local Heroes, friends and family members should encourage people to vote for their story on www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com to win one of the custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV). The favorite stories will be chosen and the winners will be awarded the WAV on a popular national television. A minimum of three custom WAV’s will be given away.
National Spokesperson, Mike Savicki, a 44-year old, C6, 7 quadriplegic, who is a veteran, athlete, advocate and entrepreneur is backing the event. His personal website is www.mikesavicki.com and he just recently purchased a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle from a NMEDA dealer.
Did you know that over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues, and that people with disabilities constitute the 2nd largest minority in the United States? Find a Local Hero in your community – whether a caregiver, veteran or person with disabilities, who is dealing with or overcoming mobility challenges. Submit their story and maybe they will be chosen as a favorite story. I can’t wait to read all these inspirational stories!