If you are thinking about planning a relaxing getaway in 2018, there are several resorts across the country that offer outstanding accessible accommodations. Whether you are looking to explore the mountains, visit America’s premier theme parks, or just unwind by the pool, these five resorts can help meet any of those desires:
1) Little Valley Mountain Resort – Located in in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains just outside of Sevierville, TN, the Little Valley Mountain Resort offers accessible rooms for large groups or small luxurious cabins for two. All of their wheelchair accessible rooms include ramped entrances and open floor plans with first floor master suits. Every cabin has a unique design and charm, complete with a deck to take in all of the incredible views. The resort’s fishing area is also easily accessible by wheelchair.Read more
Priscilla Hedlin, also known as “The Wheelchair Mommy” has been blogging about her life for over 15 years. She documents her everyday life in Pflugerville a small suburb of Austin, TX and talks about what life is like raising three young boys. Her blog covers a little bit of everything from skydiving and purchasing a sailboat, to dealing with family hardships.
In the fall of 1999, Priscilla was in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. While recovering in the hospital, one of her nurses gave Priscilla a book titled “Joni: An Unforgettable Story” by Joni Eareckson Tada. After reading it, Priscilla realized for the first time that she wanted to document her life, and soon setup a website to share her stories. In the beginning, the blog was mostly about her life and recovering from the spinal cord injury. She then began writing more about her husband, children and their adventures.Read more
Finding activities for you and your family in the colder months can be limited, so we have put together a list of 10 fun wheelchair friendly ideas to try this Winter:
Visit a Museum – Checking out a local museum can be a great way to spend a cold weekend day. Typically, museums have plenty of special events during the Winter as they are some of their busiest months.
Attend a School Play – Almost every high school in America puts on a winter play or musical, and this is also a great way to support your community. School sanctioned events will always be easily accessible, and can make for an entertaining and affordable night out.
Arts and Crafts – There are thousands of fun arts and crafts ideas available online ranging in skill level from beginners to experts. You could even sell your work on sites like Etsy.
Learn an Instrument – The Winter months are perfect for learning a new hobby or skill. Resources like disbled-musicians.org have ideas for adapting instruments and links to music and lessons.
Join a Club – Visit your local chamber of commerce or library to find a list of clubs or events in your area. You could even start a club dedicated to finding fun accessible adventures in your area. If you know of any nearby, feel free to share them with us on Facebook.
Try an Accessible Winter Sport – If you live somewhere that gets snow and are adventurous, adaptive downhill or cross-country skiing may be for you. Several ski resorts have accessible equipment for rental and lessons for beginners.
Take a Cooking Class – This is a great idea for a fun date night or family friendly activity. If it’s not specifically listed on their website, you may want to call ahead and make sure they can setup accessible accommodations.
Volunteer at a Local Charity – Organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Humane Society are always looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Often times they need people for fun activities and events.
Find a Good Book or Podcast – Audiobooks have become a very popular alternative to traditional reading. If you enjoy keeping up to date on any number of topics or issues, then podcasts are a wonderful free option for entertainment this winter.
Trace Your Family Tree – Learning about your genealogy has become easier than ever before. Sites like ancestry.com or at home DNA tests are a great place to start. If you are really feeling ambitious, family tree books make for great personalized gifts.
Starting in the early 1950’s, when public awareness and understanding of muscular dystrophy was almost non-existent, the Muscular Dystrophy Association created their National Goodwill Ambassador program. Since that time, over 40 individuals have helped bring attention to the fight against muscular dystrophy by sharing their stories of inspiration and hope. Joe Akmakjian is the current ambassador, and throughout 2017 he has worked to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy.Read more
As two of the leading organizations dedicated to helping veterans across the country, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Disabled American Veterans organization impact the lives of our nation’s heroes on a daily basis.
Founded in 1946 through a congressional charter, the Paralyzed Veterans of America advocate for higher quality healthcare, research and education for spinal cord injuries and maximizing benefits for their members. One of their largest projects is their “Mission: ABLE” campaign which focuses on providing our most injured heroes the care and access to resources they have earned and deserve. This includes receiving benefits and health care as well as access to job training and career opportunities. Read more
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