This post brought to you by NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.
You don't think twice about going somewhere when you are young and healthy, but for the 18 million elderly and disabled people in the U.S. and Canada this is often not feasible, because they depend on others when wanting or having to go places.
There are solutions to this problem though and to educate the public on and inform them of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, certified driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals in their communities, May is recognizes as National Mobility Awareness Month.
Sponsored by NMEDA, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association and their partners BraunAbility, Bruno Independent Living Aids, VMI (Vantage Mobility International), Toyota, Chrysler and SanTan Honda Superstore in Chandler, Arizona, attention is drawn to improving the lives of people with disabilities, giving them back their freedom and an active, mobile lifestyle.
You can help by submitting a story of a local hero which will be shared through online communities, NMEDA’s Facebook page, blog and website. The story can pertain to a caregiver, veteran, someone with disabilities who overcame them like national spokesperson Mike Savicki, or your own personal endeavor.
Encourage as many people as you can to vote for it on www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com; the favorite stories will be showcased by national and local media and three chosen winners will receive a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle on a popular national television show.
Look around, submit, and give a local hero a chance to get around!