DOOR HARDWARE REPLACEMENTS HONOR “PATRONS” IN HAMPTON ROADS starting OCTOBER, NATIONAL DISABILITY MONTH!

 

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. info@letsopendoors.net or (757) -774-7935

 

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CYCLISTS RIDE FOR LETS OPEN DOORS

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. 

Directions:

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.  

 

          

 

  

Individuals: Please add your name to our partner volunteers and well wishers!

We ask you to tell someone else about Lets Open Doors: 

a family member, 

a neighbor, a friend, a stranger.  

  Remember you can download a brochure or postcard to take to a business.

They need to know how their entry door excludes people

AND the solutions for the door to grow their business!

Equal access to goods and services for all is a win-win for all!

 

Rebecca Repass, Virginia Beach, VA. 

Mary Cromwell, Virginia Beach, VA. 

 

 

 

Ask us below for stick-on labels to wear and we will mail 5 to you!  

Leave them on favorite shirts or jackets, so people know you support 

the growing public consensus to make entry doors accesible for all!

Let us know how you would like to volunteer in this campaign!  

 

 

FAITH INCLUSION NETWORK

For persons with disabilities in Hampton Roads, we are pleased to show you a link to www.faithinclusionnetwork.org which lists places of worship friendly to the need and accommodations for accessibility. You can also contact them at faithinclusionnetwork@gmail.com

The TEAMSTERS RETIRED UNION 822 become PARTNERS with LETS OPEN DOORS

WELCOME to all the members of the TEAMSTERS RETIRED UNION 822!

Thanks to Floyd Newkirk for asking us to present LETS OPEN DOORS to their membership. Their members will take brochures to other organizations or churches to which they belong.  The word is spreading that it is time to update entry doors voluntarily!! 

Correct ADA loop handles and lightened door pressure allow equal access to goods and services with less danger of injury to a person using a walker or a wheelchair. It protects an assisting caregiver, and parents with small children and a stroller.

It brings more patrons to accessible-friendly businesses, so everyone wins. We're all in this life together! 

Thanks, gentlemen! We're delighted to have you as Partners. 

 

OUR COALITION continues to grow…!

 

OFFICERS

Robert Louk, President

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