OCTOBER IS DISABILITY MONTH and LETS OPEN DOORS’ KICKOFF!
ADA COMPLIANT DOOR HARDWARE BEGINS A HAMPTON ROADS REALITY: PATRONS VALUED!
First Annual Bike Benefit for Lets Open Doors – “CYCLISTS FOR LETS OPEN DOORS”
To be held in First Landing State Park October 8, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
Ride begins and ends at the Picnic Shelter parking area
Information at letsopendoors.net/events
VB Sheriff’s Department – VOLUNTEER WORKFORCE “HEROES of LETS OPEN DOORS”
Begin free Installation of ADA Compliant Hardware to Businesses’ Entry Doors
Businesses supply the hardware and request installation
* 1) Business will listed on letsopendoors.net Heroes as "Patron Friendly"
2) Businesses can request a Lets Open Doors decal for their window to show drivers they are "Patron Friendly"
VIDEO: ENTRY DOORS: ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS AND SOLUTIONS
To appear on You Tube, Senior Advocate, Lets Open Doors websites and other partners wishing to add their support.
Contact Dr. Gail H. Mottola, President-Executive Director, Lets Open Doors for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) -774-7935
The “Youthful Energetic Seniors in Spandex” (YESS), and Chuckatuck Chainring (CC), clubs of enthusiastic cyclists, are planning their weekly ride on October 8th, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The riders will meet in the Picnic Shelter parking area in First Landing State Park. The cyclists are riding to benefit Lets Open Doors, founded to educate and advocate the need for accessible entry doors. All persons with disabilities, seniors with age-related problems, and parents accompanied by small children and their gear require accessible entry doors for equal access to goods and services, a civil right since 1973.
Old heavy entry doors with non-accessible hardware are architectural barriers and dangerous to these persons. Other than someone coming to the doors to assist, better operating doors allow patrons to enter medical offices, banks, their favorite restaurants, many of them with double doors, creating a win-win relationship of empowerment. Patrons gain access. Businesses provide a higher and safer quality of life to their patrons, who remain valued. Businesses gain market share as a “friendly business to all” and have the benefit of a 50% tax credit for Disability Accessibility. Readily achievable solutions appear on the Lets Open Doors website.
Youthful Energetic Seniors in Spandex (YESS) and Chuckatuck Chainring (CC) add to the growing numbers of partners with Lets Open Doors. Partners include American Disabled Veterans Ch. 20, Vietnam Veterans of America Ch. 969, Senior Advocate, and Hampton Roads Parkinson Chapter. In addition to the support of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department in this mission, Lets Open Doors has received a Resolution of Support from the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and a certificate of Recognition from the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Committee of Persons with Disabilities.
To join in this weekly ride for pleasure, please sign up at Events Registration under Events at the Lets Open Doors website. Donations are accepted and appreciated for this event. SAG, cue sheets, water bottles and snacks will be provided. Come ride with us to support this cause.
Go to Shore Drive-Route 60 East towards beach.
Right at First Landing Park to Ranger’s entry booth.
Right at first road after entry booth.
Ride begins and ends at the Picnic Shelter parking area.
These are two of our Let's Open Doors Heroes!
Thank you! For your kindness, your concern and your thoughtfulness. We want to honor those businesses and individuals who are truly making a difference in the lives of others. This page is our way of expressing our gratitude.
Nail Palace owner, Hannah, personally opens the door for her clients when needed!
Gail and Ann Perkins, Past President of Hampton Roads Parkinsons, hold a "Let's Open Doors" decal
on the new automatic doors of the PNC Bank at 31st Street and Pacific, Virginia Beach, VA
Visitors and local persons will see the decal from afar and know the doors are accessible!