10 Days Left to Enter and Vote in NMEDA National Mobility Awareness Campaign; Local Heroes Contest to Award Four Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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It is not too late to enter and vote in the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations (NMEDA) National Mobility Awareness Month Local Heroes Contest. In its fourth year, this annual contest will soon announce the four deserving “Local Heroes” winners of wheelchair accessible vehicles tailored to their needs through an online contest; the entries and all votes must be completed by midnight EST, May 31st.

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“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,” said Dave Hubbard,NMEDA CEO.

It is not too late to enter and vote in the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations (NMEDA) National Mobility Awareness Month Local Heroes Contest. In its fourth year, this annual contest will soon announce the four deserving “Local Heroes” winners of wheelchair accessible vehicles tailored to their needs through an online contest. The entries and all votes must be completed by midnight EST, May 31st. Currently there are more than 800 Local Heroes who have entered the online promotion and more than 800,000 votes have been cast through the website at http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com. Anyone can visit the site and cast one vote a day for a Local Hero.

The awareness movement and campaign is 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. Major sponsors providing the vehicles for the 2015 contest are Chrysler, Toyota Mobility, Chairiot Mobility, and Valley Honda Dealers that will be customized by NMEDA Members BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) and ElDorado Mobility.

“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 our 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,” said Hubbard. Submission and votes will be accepted through May 31st. Winners for 2015 will be notified and announced in June immediately following National Mobility Awareness Month in May.

In 2014, votes from across the country that resulted in four deserving Local Heroes in Riverview, Florida, Moulton, Alabama, Oak Lawn, Illinois and Val Therese, Ontario, Canada being awarded fully customized wheelchair accessible vehicles, and an additional two dozen Local Heroes contestants whose communities rallied to provide them with vehicles when they learned they had not been a contest winner through NMEDA.

If you are interested in entering the contest visit http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com.

About National Mobility Awareness Month: May is National Mobility Awareness Month and is the annual celebration that encourages seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit trade association, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) supports the awareness month with the assistance of approximately 600 mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists located in the United States and Canada dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. For updates, please visit MobilityAwarenessMonth.com, as well as Facebook, Twitter (@NMEDAcom) and Pinterest.

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