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Wheelchair Accessible Van Saves Lives in Driving Accident

Over the summer, Sheila Harness and her family were driving back from a fun filled day at the Huron County Fair just outside of Cleveland, OH. Sheila’s son Adam was driving their 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van with a BraunAbility conversion back to their home in Lorain. With his Uncle Brad safely secured in his wheelchair in the backseat and his younger brother, mom and girlfriend all in the van, it was just like any number of day trips the Harness family enjoys taking.

Then, out of nowhere, Adam spotted a Ford F-250 barreling towards them driving the wrong direction at upwards of 65 mph! With quick reflexes, Adam swerved to his right avoiding a head-on collision and probably saving he and his girlfriend’s lives. Unfortunately, he was unable to avoid the truck completely as it swiped the entire side of their van leaving it completely destroyed, but luckily no one was seriously injured.

Now that months have passed since the accident, Sheila and her family are so happy to be alive. Sheila said that if they had not brought her brother Brad along that day, her family would’ve been riding in their small sedan. She knows that if that was the case they probably would not have all survived.

“We are so thankful for our van from MobilityWorks” Sheila states. “In the 5 years that we had it, never once was there an issue with the ramp or anything. BraunAbility makes accessible vehicles of the highest quality, and we are so thankful that this van saved our lives”

The Harness family recently purchased another BraunAbility conversion from MobilityWorks in Akron, OH. They decided to stick with a Chrysler, and took home their new accessible Pacifica! Sheila and her family planned on traveling in their new van to Franklinburg, MI this year for their family Christmas.

Building Homes for Heroes – A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime

Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes has been constructing mortgage-free houses for wounded American service members. Over the past five years, they have built more than 100 accessible homes, and in 2018, they are planning to donate a new home every 10 days!

The New York based non-profit is one of the fastest growing charities in the United States, and has grown almost 2000% since 2010. They were recently awarded the highest honor of four stars from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. Their Facebook page has over 115,000 likes, and Building Homes for Heroes has been featured on local and national news stations over 600 times in the past two years.

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Top 5 Accessible Resorts in America

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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.

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The Wheelchair Mommy

 

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.

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