Do you know of a local hero who could use a little extra help getting around? The National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association (NMEDA) wants to help celebrate these heroes by giving them a chance to share their stories with the world. The Local Hero campaign is part of National Mobility Awareness Month, a month dedicated to letting the world know that people with disabilities can still live active, busy lifestyles.
Did you know that over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues? Think that doesn't affect you because you're not one of them? Think again. The average person has a 20% chance of becoming disabled at some point in their life. A disability shouldn't prevent anyone from living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle.
During National Mobility Awareness Month, everyone is encouraged to either share the story of a local hero that they know, or to urge that hero to share their own story. What is a local hero? It could be anyone. A firefighter, a soldier, a kind neighbor who watches your children so you can work. If you think they're a hero, then they are!
In addition to sharing a story, you can vote for Local Hero stories and help three people win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). These vehicles can make getting around much easier. NMEDA is a non-profit leader in creating mobility solutions that help give people with disabilities more freedom to get out and live life. They offer numerous tips for helping you through the buying process. I was impressed with their site because they offer practical advice in determining what you really need.
Vote for a Local Hero
Now through May 10th, you can check out the stories of Local Heroes and vote for the one that touches you the most. While that is definitely a challenge, as all the stories are touching in some way, your votes will help decide which three entrants will receive a WAV. Vote for your hero at the National Mobility Awareness Month website. Winner will be selected on May 20th and announced on May 30th.
Submit your own story
Submit stories to be shared on NMEDA's website and through their social media channels. You can either write your story or make a video. Who knows, you could be the winner! Who would you nominate as a local hero?