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Embodying the spirit of Life Moving Forward
Did you know that 54 million people in the United States and 4.4 million people in Canada have disabilities? Or that more than 18 million people are living with restrictive mobility issues in North America?
When polled, about a third of people with disabilities reported inadequate transportation as a problem, with more than half noting it as a major problem.
Fortunately, every May the community comes together to support National Mobility Awareness Month, hosted by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). The event allows people to nominate and vote for Local Heroes, giving three deserving heroes a chance to win wheelchair accessible vehicles. The winners include one caregiver, one senior (60+) and one person in the general category.
Click here to nominate a local hero.
Click here to vote for a local hero.
NMEDA is a non-profit organization that understands the importance of transportation and is dedicated to expanding mobility options for people with disabilities. The non-profit organization is dedicated to working with members to provider safe and reliable adapted transportation solutions to help build the road to independence.
Did you know?
- People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States.
- One in five elderly have mobility issues.
- More than 65 million people in the United States provide care for people with disabilities or a senior family member.
- Caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week providing assistance.
- The value of the “free” services provided by family caregivers equates to roughly $375 billion annually.
- 4.4 million Canadians reported having a disability with 56% over 75 years old.
- Researchers estimate about 2.2 million Americans use a wheelchair for mobility.
- The number of veterans with disabilities rose 25% since 2001.
- As the population ages, the number of people with mobility impairments will increase by an estimated 22 percent over the next ten years.
At Q’Straint, we support organizations that work to make a difference in the lives of people affected by disabilities. These are just a few of the great organizations making a difference around the world.
Adaptive Sports Foundation
“The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community.”
Wounded Warriors learn to ski and snowboard.
The American Association of People with Disabilities
“The American Association of People with Disabilities is one of the nation's largest disability rights organizations. Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.”
The 2016 Leadership Awards Gala will be held on March 23, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Mobility International USA
“Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led non-profit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, USA working to advance the rights of people with disabilities globally. By implementing innovative programs, we are building bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities.”
EducationUSA Zimbabwe has bridged the gap for students with disabilities who want to study in the United States.
“PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.”
Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
United Spinal Association
“United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals.”
United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities.
Recently, at toy fairs in London and Nuremberg, Lego unveiled the newest set, ‘Fun at the Park’, which includes a minifigure in a wheelchair with a guide dog.
The introduction of this new addition came after some push from consumers to embrace children with disabilities in their product lines. Fortunately, Lego was receptive to consumer requests and so this set was developed. Fan group, Promobricks, were one of the first to share the news online and their photos quickly went viral.
Rebecca Atkinson, founder of the Toy Like Me equality campaign, has been working with consumers and toy manufacturers to represent the disabled community in the toy industry: "This is more than just about sales figures or disability access, it's about changing cultural perceptions. It's about brands such as Lego using their vast power of influence to positive effect."
At Q'Straint we support independence for everyone around the world, and feel sincere joy from these types of accomplishments within the community. Do you plan to add the wheelchair minifigure to your collection?Resources