An innovative organization that continually inspires us at Van Products is the United Cerebral Palsy “Life Without Limits” national initiative.
The campaign is lead by a group that ranges from company sponsors to congressmen, all of which aim to re-think the way people with disabilities can live their life, through envisioning pioneering changes to the world of care-giving and living with disability.
A Place for Parents of Children with Disabilities
One of the initiative’s biggest successes to date has been the ‘My Child Without Limits’ portal, a comprehensive health information site coupled with a lively social network. The website [http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/] has been hailed as a unique place where parents can share advice and discuss the progress their children are experiencing with other like-minded parents.
The site, a partnership between UCP New York and United Cerebral Palsy, also offers resources for families, caregivers and health professionals from authoritative and up-to-date sources.
Another unique venture from Life Without Limits is Ruby’s Bequest, a collaborative story-telling site where thousands of people have teamed up to think of new ways to facilitate care-giving in our society. The site launched in 2009, and tells the tale of the fictional town of Deepwell. One of its residents, Ruby Wood, has recently passed away, and a huge fortune is available to the town if they can put their minds together to think of ways to improve the care for those with physical handicaps or in need of wheelchair accessibility within the town.
The townspeople and visitors to the site must work together to think of the best ways to care for its people. Only then will Ruby’s money become available. Ruby’s will also has set questions such as “What is the best way to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s?” “How can we best care for someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?” “How can care be improved for those living with cancer?” The website has garnered thousands of suggestions and discussions from people around the world, and is an exciting venture that points towards the bright future of caregiving.
Improving the World for Handicapped People
It is partnerships like these, in which people share in each others struggles and victories, that the best work is done to improve the world for people with handicaps. If you are looking forward to a wheelchair accessible world, whether in the form of handicap accessible vans or better education for caregivers of those with handicaps, this is a great organization to get involved with. Let us know how we can support you, either by keeping you moving or helping you find the right organization for you!