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WELCOME VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, Chapter 969, our newest PARTNER!

"We went as strangers – We came back as Brothers" was such a heartfelt emotion as I presented 

Lets Open Doors last night to Chapter 969 of Virginia Beach, VA. As I told them, they were Lou's brothers;

therefore, they are forevermore my brothers. I am so honored they have chosen to partner with us. 

Together, we will open doors.

The words of HONOR, DIGNITY, LOYALTY and COMMITTMENT resonate through each of you!!

Thank you all, Gail

DAV

WELCOME TO OUR THIRD LEADING PARTNER!  

 

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 20

 

   Haywood Cannady, Commander

Parents and Small Children

Let's remember today and everyday, the the Mom or Dad walking alone, with "little ones", stowing gear under their arm with a toddler held by one hand, while pushing another child in the stroller… they deserve TLC, too.  LETS OPEN DOORS!

We hear in New Jersey around the Clifton area, employess ARE coming to the door when they see someone approaching who may need assistance!  BRAVO!!     People and businesses are gaining everywhere!  

                                                                     End the pain AND create gain!!

Mission Description

We describe "Let's Open Doors" as the hub of a wheel. A hub alone can't move the wheel, but it brings together and connects to the spokes. When there are enough spokes, setting the rim in place can allow the wheel to move," explained Gail Mottola.  The spokes are organizations who represent their members' needing assistance or adaptive equipment by advocating their civil right of equal access for goods and services.  The wheel’s rim is the event we are planning together as a unified coalition for equal access.

We envision thousands of members of all the "spoke" organizations celebrating their civil right by walking, wheeling or riding in a large intergenerational event to show public consensus that the time has come to make equal access to goods and services a reality – on the same day over many locations throughout Hampton Roads." She continued, "Just think, this same event can take place anywhere in America with the outreach of any organization on the same day."  

 

 

 

"Your work is beyond any one disease or physical challenge and, as we talked about that beautiful spring day in Virginia Beach, it is a very deep human instinct that you are working to stimulate…  Kindness can’t be legislated, just awakened."  

Kathy Whitfield, Vice President, American Parkinson Disease Association

 

Descriptions of Partnerships

LEADING PARTNERS

Leading Partners in addition to LETS OPEN DOORS will be five (5) in number, representing the following categories:

1) Diseases of all kinds   –  Hampton Roads Parkinsons (Committed)

2) Seniors – Senior Advocate  (Committed)

3) Disabilities of all kinds from Mililtary Service  –  Disabled American Veterans  (Committed)

4) Business Associations/ Business –  WHO WILL STEP FORWARD TO LEAD IN THIS CATEGORY????????

5) Healthcare Provider Facilities – One of the area’s hospitals who also have  doctors’ medical offices

 

LEADING PARTNERS will commit to the mission of LETS OPEN DOORS in the following ways:

 

a) Be the steering committee for a large major event to be designed and planned by the steering committee after a large coalition has been formed of organizations and persons advocating accessibility to goods and services; in partnership with LETS OPEN DOORS for participation of all organizations and citizens celebrating equal access to goods and services; within the guidelines of LETS OPEN DOORS by approval of its Board of Directors; to demonstrate to the Hampton Roads community the viability and reasonability of accommodating equal access as an economically sound investment for the community

 

b) Educate their memberships of their equal right to accessible goods and services by inviting a speaker from LETS OPEN DOORS and others to advise their members of this right and how to seek it with grace and dignity as a unified coalition

 

c) Provide their membership with a  LETSOPEN DOORS brochure by printing or emailing to each member of their organization

 

d) Encourage members to visit the www.letsopendoors.net website and tell others to seek information

 

e) Promote the public education of the solutions to providing equal access to goods and services by emailing/ printing and sending postcards or brochures to businesses; or, elect a method of  choice (for approval by LETS OPEN DOORS)  to be sent to businesses that reflect the mission of LETS OPEN DOORS.

 

f) Engage in strategic planning for events supporting equal access to goods and services within their  own organization

 

g) Encourage and advocate other organizations related to their mission to join as Partners, gathering the approximate 187,000 persons in the disabled and age-related disabled community into a coalition, in support of inclusion rather than exclusion from the larger community of 1.6 million persons in Hampton Roads.

 

h) Work within the value system of the mission of  LETS OPEN DOORS; to engage in positive discussion with dignity and respect for other viewpoints and hardships for all, including businesses, in accommodating accessible needs; to educate businesses on solutions and provide information to tax credits available for accessibility improvements to their premises; and to raise money for manual accommodations by low-income businesses that qualify.

 

PARTNERS

Partners will be all other organizations beyond the Leading Partners who join in the coalition to attain equal access to goods and services for all the population.  PARTNERS will commit to the mission of LETS OPEN DOORS in the following ways:

a) Educate their memberships of their equal right to accessible goods and services by inviting a speaker from LETS OPEN DOORS and others to advise their members of this right and how to seek it with grace and dignity as a unified coalition

 

b) Provide their membership with a  LETSOPEN DOORS brochure by printing or emailing to each member of their organization

 

c) Encourage members to visit the www.letsopendoors.net website and tell others to seek information

 

d) Promote the public education of the solutions to providing equal access to goods and services by emailing/ printing and sending postcards or brochures to businesses; or, elect a method of  choice (for approval by LETS OPEN DOORS)  to be sent to businesses that reflect the mission of LETS OPEN DOORS.

 

e) Engage in strategic planning for events supporting equal access to goods and services within their  own organization

 

f) Encourage and advocate other organizations related to their mission to join as Partners, gathering the approximate 187,000 persons in the disabled and age-related disabled community into a coalition, in support of inclusion rather than exclusion from the larger community of 1.6 million persons in Hampton Roads.

 

g) Work within the value system of the mission of  LETS OPEN DOORS; to engage in positive discussion with dignity and respect for other viewpoints and hardships for all, including businesses in accommodating accessible needs; to educate businesses on solutions and provide information to tax credits available for accessibility improvements to their premises; and to raise money for manual accommodations by low-income businesses that qualify.

 

AMBASSADORS

Ambassadors are those people who volunteer as such to actively engage in speaking and sending information to organizations, businesses and the general public to join the coalition to attain equal access to goods and services for all the population. 

 

a) Board members are automatically Ambassadors in representing LETS OPEN DOORS by speaking to groups and individuals, but anyone can also be an Ambassador.

 

b) An individual is an Ambassador once submitting their name online or in personal contact to LETS OPEN DOORS;  agreeing to the principles of approach in its mission:  positivity, grace, dignity, and kindness; and participating in an online brief workshop.

 

f) Promote the www.letsopendoors.net website by telling others to seek   information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postcard to Download

This is the text of the Postcard to send to any establishment that is observed to have outdated, heavy non-accessible doors.  Please do not attempt to download this preview of the postcard.

TO DOWNLOAD: Go to the menu button that says "Postcard".  Click on the words " Click here for Adobe Reader Format...or… Click here for Microsoft Word 2010 Format"   Next, click on the red title LOD Postcard to see and print  the postcard.

 

Your Organization here

(your website here)

Your annual event here

 

It only takes a minute…      

(FRONT of  POSTCARD)                                                          ADDRESS to SEND

 

___________________________________________________________________________

(BACK of POSTCARD)                                                     Persons with ____________________ care about all persons who have

physical and mental challenges, including the elderly and children.

Please consider a "Let's Open Doors" policy for your patrons.

If your place of business does not have an automated button or

accessible manual handles and controlled pressure

to open your entry door, please ask your emplyees

to open the door for all your patrons needing assistance.

It's good business done easily! Thank you!

 

_______________Member,  (your organization_______)

 

New Officers of hampton roads parkinsons.com

 Congratulations to the new officers of hrparkinsons.com

A  LETS OPEN DOORS Leading Partner

 

Don Bradway, President

Armond Reich, Vice-President

Hind Baydoun, Communications

Bob Ulrich, Treasurer

 

All officers may be contacted through info@hrparkinsons.com and (757) 495-3062

Issues of Wheelchair Accessibility

                               ISSUES OF WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY*      

  

Common to many persons with disabilities needing wheelchairs:

          Potential Isolation

          Two or more disabilities in Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

          Potential susceptibility to depression, lack of self esteem

          Special needs can include feeding, toileting, bathing

         

Drivable vs. manual wheelchairs

          Automated or drivable wheelchairs require judgment and use of hands

          Manual require some judgment and use of hands

          Cognitive issues can require a caregiver

          Variety of wheelchairs and their accessories for different needs is extensive

 

Accessibility Issues of Automated and Manual Wheelchairs

Weight and size can require home alteration, special entrances for van

Transport wheelchairs are lighter and more easily placed in a trunk of a car; they  require less space to go inside older buildings, many of which do not have 36” wide entry or inner door

The pressure on doors of buildings constructed prior to 2000 have more pressure in opening and closing than a refrigerator door, which is approximately 8.5 lbs of pressure to open. The refrigerator does not close unless you physically push it, but  older, heavier high pressured doors, close very quickly and are heavy when they do close.

 The length of time that these older doors close is faster than a wheelchair or a person with a walker can enter, thus closing on  their backs and endangering entanglement with their legs. Therefore, many do not return to that place of business, restaurant,  bank, place of entertainment or even a doctor’s office.

 Automated buttons for entry doors allow the space needed without having to back up in a wheelchair after manually  opening a door.

 Manual doors require side space to open the door, then wheel around it with one hand, while holding the door open with the other. If the door handle is a flat panel-type door handle, then one must disengage his hand awkwardly to remove his hand before stretching his arm too far and catching himself in the door helplessly. 

An observed veteran had another technique. He used an umbrella to strongly push himself back from a doorway, while  pulling the door open with his other hand. The curb (not an incline) behind him was not that far away. Then, he pulled the mbrella back and holding it under his arm, manually wheeled himself through the doorway with both hands, with no time to  spare before it closed. He must have practiced this over and over and probably was hit by the door many times. If anything had gone wrong in pushing himself backwards, he would have toppled over the curb behind him. By the way, that door on a  large department store in a large local mall, had the handicap sticker on it!

Manual doors opened by a caregiver with wheelchair in front, require the caregiver to lean over the person in the chair, physically pull the wheelchair back at the same time as pulling the door open; if the door is heavy, the caregiver can be injured, pulling muscles in the arm (much needed for caregiving!).  When the door is fully open, the caregiver has to hold the door open (usually heavy against the back), while pushing the wheelchair through the door, usually getting hit in the back or leg, which is outstretched to keep the door open until almost through the door.

Some persons in wheelchair with a caregiver, can open the door to a degree, then the caregiver must reaches over  the  person’s shoulder for the door. The person in the wheelchair then holds the door open with his or her arm. If that person has   dementia or cognitive issues, a warning must be given to him in time hopefully to remove his hand before it reaches the area of the door jam, so as not to catch his hand as the door closes.  With heavy doors, heavy pressure, and a swift timing of the door   closing, this is a major concern. And here’s the significant question, “What if the person with dementia in the wheelchair doesn’t  understand in time to move his hand?”

Unfortunately, these same problems can exist in attempting to enter or exit  “handicapped” bathrooms. The sink is accessible, the toilet is higher, the rails for support are in and there is enough room to maneuver the wheelchair.  But, the designers have  forgotten to lower the door pressure, slow down how fast the door opens and closes, and change the door handle. Now,  humorously,   that’s a major barrier to goods and services!

          LETS OPEN DOORS!

*I hope that those persons using manual automated wheelchairs will add to this list of ISSUES through comments, which can be posted.  

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