The fifth annual National Mobility Awareness Month contest kicks off today -- and three wheelchair accessible vans are up for grabs!
Started by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), the awareness movement and its online contest are designed to educate seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options that enable them to live an active and mobile life. And it's working. In the last four years, the online Local Heroes Contest has touched the lives of more than 10 million people across the U.S. and Canada.
Bussani Mobility Team is proud to join NMEDA in this year's contest, which starts today! Those eligible to win the wheelchair accessible vehicles are encouraged to submit either written or videotaped stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility issues through their academic and career ambitions, as well as their family and local community contributions. Caregivers, friends and family members are also welcome to submit entries.
Stories will be accepted at MobilityAwarenessMonth.com from April 12-May 31, 2016. Voting takes place May 3-31. This year's winners will be announced in mid June.
Sponsors Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Valley Honda Dealers, BraunAbility, VMI, and ElDorado Mobility have rallied together to provide the vehicles and conversions, which will later be customized to the winners by local mobility dealers like Bussani Mobility. National Mobility Awareness Month is also supported by prominent spokespersons and advocates for those with disabilities, Mike Savicki and Chad Blake.
In 2015, 914 entries received more than 1.3 million votes from across the country that resulted in four deserving Local Heroes in Oakley (California), Holland (Michigan), Derry (Pennsylvania) and Emeryville (California) being awarded fully customized wheelchair accessible vehicles; and an additional two dozen Local Heroes contestants whose communities came together to provide them with vehicles when they learned they had not been a contest winner through NMEDA.
“It is rewarding to work on such an important project each year that literally changes the lives of people with inspirational life stories. It is their contributions and triumphs we recognize and celebrate through the Local Heroes contest,” said Dave Hubbard, Executive Director and CEO of NMEDA. “We encourage caregivers, friends and family members to submit written or video stories of how they are triumphing over their mobility challenges and positively impacting the lives of the people around them."
Go to MobilityAwarenessMonth.com to learn more and submit stories. Tell how you are a Local Hero who triumphs over the daily obstacles of living with mobility challenges. Then get all of your friends and family to vote for you. Plus we can help you get over 1,000 bonus points -- just ask anyone on Bussani Mobility's staff and we'll show you how. One of those three wheelchair accessible vans could be yours!