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We hope you have been enjoying our list of top 10 most popular and inspirational movies about for physical disability awareness. Click here to read the first part of this blog.

Stronger (Rated R) 

The movie Stronger is based on the story of real-life Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman. The bombing left Jeff an amputee and has thus forced him to deal with accepting his new identity as a symbol of resilience from an act of terrorism. Is he capable of being the hero America needs?  

Soul Surfer (Rated PG) 

Soul Surfer is about the true story of the talented teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton, who loses an arm in a shark attack. After seeing the devastation from the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand, Bethany refuses to give up on the sport she loves. She begins to discover a greater purpose: to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (Rated R) 

This new Netflix documentary was released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination, and possible institutionalization. At Camp Jened, a camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, these confines were exploded. The teenagers go on to become important political figures who help make vital changes for the disability community.  

The Intouchables (Rated R) 

The Intouchables is a true story about the aristocratic, intellectual, quadriplegic billionaire from France. It tells the story of the newly disabled man interviewing candidates for a caretaker and the subsequent relationship that develops once he finds the person to fill the role. His unlikely choice is a man from the projects, frustrating his friends and family. The friendship that evolves is endearing and proves to be life-changing for them both.  

Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (Rated PG) 

An incredible, heart-wrenching true story of nationally ranked barrel racer Amberley Snyder is as motivational as they get. Amberley, at 19 years old, barely survives an automobile accident. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Amberley, with the support of her mother, friends, and physical therapist, is determined to earn back her place in the sport she loves. Her relationship with her horse helps her overcome adversity.

At Next Day Access, we understand that living with a physical disability can be challenging. We hope you enjoyed perusing this list of movies and would love to hear if you have any other suggestions. Feel free to contact us for your accessibility and mobility needs.  

Movies can be a powerful tool. They can educate, enlighten, and inspire us. When we watch people overcome hardships and achieve their dreams despite adversities, their courage and determination is empowering. Whether it is a sports film, a French love story, or a tale of overcoming adversity while physically disabled, certain movies can encourage and inspire us to do more and be more. 

At Next Day Access, we, like many others, enjoy a good inspirational story. We put together a list of ten films that are about learning to live with a physical disability. The list has an assortment of styles. Some movies on the list are family-oriented, while others deal with adult topics. Be sure to check the ratings included next to each title. If you get a chance to watch one of the films, let us know what you think.

The Theory of Everything (Rated PG 13) 

At the peak of famed physicist Stephen Hawking’s career, he was diagnosed with ALS, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. The movie, was told from his wife’s perspective and based on her memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.” The memoir is a loving tribute to the man who discovered black holes and taught the world about Physics while also battling a debilitating disease.  

My Left Foot (Rated R)

Based on a true story, Christy Brown, is an Irish man born with cerebral palsy. Encouraged by his mother’s fortitude and ambition for her son, Mr. Brown becomes a world-renowned artist and writer by using his only working muscle, his left foot.  

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Rated PG 13) 

At only 43 years old, Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby suffers a massive stroke leaving him with locked-in syndrome. The condition leaves him paralyzed, including not being able to speak. With the help of his family and therapists, Mr. Bauby learns to communicate using his eye muscles. Although the communication method is frustrating and slow, he learns to communicate effectively. He decides on the monumental and impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of authoring a book, changing its focus to life in his current state.  

Rust and Bone (Rated R) 

This film is a beautiful, yet haunting and tender love story set in France. A woman working as a whale trainer has a terrible accident and finds comfort in an unlikely suitor. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, has her wrestling with love. She gradually finds the courage to go on living after transcendent moments spent with him.  

The Terry Fox Story (Rated PG) 

Terry Fox lost a leg to cancer. After becoming frustrated with little community support and awareness for amputees, he sets a goal of running across America, with only the use of one leg, to spread awareness, calling it his “Marathon of Hope.” 

At Next Day Access, we hope these movies sound interesting and perhaps will be enlightening. You can find some of these movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. Check out part two of this blog to read more of our movie suggestions.

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On July 26th, 2021, at an event to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the signing of the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared that the State of Maryland would yearly celebrate July as ”Disability Culture and Achievements Month.”  

“Today, the State of Maryland is taking another step forward to ensure that all of our citizens are confident in their ability to contribute to their communities and assured that all value those contributions,” said Governor Hogan. “Every July, we will promote and enhance events and activities all across the state focused on disability pride, culture, and contributions to society.” 

During the event, the governor also honored Becca Meyers; Meyers, 26, was born deaf due to Usher syndrome and has gradually lost her vision. Despite her disability, she amazed fans when she went on to win six medals as a Paralympic swimmer: three gold medals and a silver in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and a silver and bronze at the 2012 London Games.  

Ms. Meyer’s dealt with an unimaginable frustration this year when she had to withdraw from the Paralympics games because officials would not allow her to bring her Personal Care Assistant, due to Covid mandates. When interviewed, Becca said, “It makes me upset. I am a person with a disability. And I do not feel safe going to Tokyo without my PCA. I should not have to fear my safety in Tokyo because I have been denied my PCA. How can an organization that prides itself on celebrating athletes with disabilities do this to an athlete with a disability?” 

Meyer’s father, who is equally as upset as his daughter, said, “he reckons the blame falls solely on the laps of the USOPC.” “We contacted the Maryland secretary of state, Becca deserved to be able to compete.” “While we are all so disappointed for her, we are unbelievably proud of Becca for having the courage to speak up and speak out against this injustice,” said Governor Hogan. “Becca, you are an inspiration to so many people—including me.” 

At Next Day Access, we are inspired by Ms. Beyer’s bravery. We think it is important to share these stories of resilience in the face of adversity. Every time you are faced with fear, exhaustion, sadness, or anger, we hope you will remember that you have people on your side that care. At Next Day Access, we are proud to offer accessibility and mobility equipment for your home. We specialize in product installation, free in-home consultations, and custom products. Contact us for all your accessibly and mobility needs.  

Brian and Dave Clark, the founders of Next Day Access have been in the accessibility/mobility industry since 1997. At that time, there were few companies of this type in existence. In the beginning, they installed wheelchair ramps provided for homes, churches, schools, and more with aluminum modular ramps.  As time went on, the request for more accessibility products grew. The brothers found themselves installing grab bars, ADA toilets, patient ceiling lifts, vertical platform lifts, stairlifts, among several other mobility & products. With over forty million Americans in the disabled community, they knew there was a need to get their services out there. 

Then, in 2010, they began to research ways to help more people in other communities. In 2012, they developed a franchise business centered around supplying accessibility products as quickly as “the very next day.” That is when the Next Day Access brand was born and in 2013, they launched their first franchise. Today, we have over twenty-three locations and are growing quickly nationwide and internationally.  We saw the need and delivered.

Our Next Day Access Team

Along with making sure we are near our customers, we also have made sure that we have the best and most compassionate team available at each location. Our expertise is second to none, and our team members are passionate, driven, and knowledgeable. We provide solutions to create a safer and more accessible space in all areas of the customer’s home and life. Many of the products that we offer can be installed very quickly with as little interruption to your daily activities as possible. We respect your time and privacy and will work around your schedule to make the process a pleasant experience. Our installation team is highly skilled and will install products safely and efficiently. We understand that having to make your home accessible can be a sudden and unexpected expense. 

Our experts can help you set up a payment plan or offer rental options. We do our best to determine the right plan for you. To ensure you have everything possible to keep you safe and comfortable in your home, we offer a free in-home evaluation. The evaluation allows our accessibility experts to understand your needs and wants to make your home accessible. Whether it is showing you the proper placement of grab bars or measuring for a wheelchair ramp, we can help find what solution works best for you. Contact us today if you have any questions or to schedule your home evaluation.

The first mobility scooter that ended up being a commercial success, was invented in 1968 by plumber, Alan R. Thieme. The idea came to him when he realized the lack of mobility options that was available for a family member who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His scooter could travel at three to four miles per hour, and before he knew it, people from all over the United States began making requests for the scooter. 

Every year, new scooter models are created with better comfort, tech, and ergonomics. They have become more comfortable and easier to operate. A scooter is often best for people who tire easily, have limited flexibility in the upper body, and whole-body disabling conditions. 

There are several benefits to purchasing a mobility scooter. Here are some of the ways a mobility scooter can improve your life: 

  • Increased Accessibility- Modern mobility scooters fit perfectly with the ever-changing ways people socialize. Shopping Centers are constantly improving accessibility, making it much easier for mobility scooters to access. 
  • Injury Prevention- With the aid of mobility scooters, the chances of fall-related injuries decrease significantly.  
  • Comfort- Owning a mobility scooter limits the need for physical movement. If you have had an injury or illness, not having to overly exert yourself can allow for a more comfortable healing process. 
  • Increased Independence- Mobility scooters mean independence on wheels. Rather than having someone push on a wheelchair, scooters make it easier for the user to leave the house when they want.

We are proud to offer mobility scooters. At Next Day Access, we provide a free consultation to help you determine which scooter meets your specific needs. Contact us to schedule your free consultation. 

Living with a disability can cause loneliness. It is nice to find a place where you can talk and read about other people in similar situations. There is a community of individuals with disabilities, looking to connect with others. Here are a few resources that can be helpful and assist in bringing this community together.

Assistive Technology 

The Assistive technology website aims to give people with news and resources about new developments in technology to aid people living with a disability. The website brings you the latest news about new apps, electronic devices, and prototypes of accessibility equipment. 

Disabled World 

Disabled World shares information from world governments, educational institutions, disabilities, and organizations. It contains a range of topics. From medical research to tips on maintaining good health while living with a disability, the website can be a great resource to learn more about the disability community.

Uncomfortable Revolution 

This website started in Ireland. It is a favorite among individuals with disabilities because of its humor. Their website description page reads as follows, “Living with chronic illness and disability means having some pretty awkward conversations. Uncomfortable Revolution is the place to share and vent those uncomfortable moments.”  Their tagline is the best, “Let’s get awkward together!”  It is a light-hearted and fun website, perfect for when you are having a no-good, unbelievably difficult day. 

These are just a few of the top web sources that help guide, entertain, and build a community for individuals with disabilities. At Next Day Access, we provide resources to help you bring back your independence and confidence. Contact us to schedule a free inspection of your home. Our evaluations will tell us what your home needs to better accommodate your lifestyle. Next Day Access is here to help your “Whole home and your Whole life.” 

As you get older, you become more susceptible to getting pneumonia. According to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, studies show that people aged 65-69 get pneumonia at a rate of 18.2 people per 1,000 people. And in the age group of 85 years and older, cases increase to 52.3 people per 1,000 people. Developing pneumonia can be severe for seniors, especially if they have any other underlying conditions. Maintaining healthy habits is critical as they continue independent living, and here are some facts about pneumonia.

Common Pneumonia Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms and signs of pneumonia include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chest pain while coughing or breathing normally
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing with phlegm

These symptoms may be more severe in some seniors than others, so it’s important to prioritize senior care and take all the precautions necessary to keep them safe. As a caregiver, monitor these symptoms very closely and if they begin acting out of the ordinary, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Risk Factors For Getting Pneumonia

Age is a risk factor for getting pneumonia. People who have weak immune systems are also more susceptible to getting pneumonia since their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight off the infection. And people with existing respiratory issues or who have experienced viral infections in the past have a higher risk of getting pneumonia. If your elderly loved one is considered high-risk for developing pneumonia, help them incorporate healthy habits to boost their immune system as much as possible so their body can fight off the infection.

Preventing And Treating Pneumonia

As with any infection or disease, prevention is not always possible; however, there are several things you can do to lower the chances of getting pneumonia. Your doctor may recommend getting the pneumococcal vaccine and the flu shot. But some other ways are practicing healthy habits like eating balanced meals, staying physically active, and washing hands thoroughly.

As far as treatment goes, it’s recommended to visit a doctor when you start showing signs. Since there are different types of pneumonia, the doctor needs to examine you to determine the best treatment. The goal is to stop the infection before any major complications arise, and you can often do that from the comfort of your home rather than in a hospital.

Developing pneumonia can be devastating for seniors. Staying physically active is a great way to boost your immune system, and Next Day Access can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn about our mobility products that can help your elderly loved one move around with ease.

Olympic Day was made back in 1948 and designed to recognize and rebirth of the Olympics. The Olympic Games first began in 1896, and changed to Olympic Day to strive for inclusivity. In the last couple of years, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee changed the name of Olympic Day to Olympic and Paralympic Day to acknowledge the importance and shine a light on the Paralympics. It has been a long time coming, and the expectation is this is just the beginning of how the Olympics and Paralympics will intersect.

How The Olympics And Paralympics Intersect

Just because an athlete competes in a wheelchair doesn’t mean they are less of an athlete than someone who doesn’t. The Paralympics have slowly begun intersecting with the Olympics since 1960 when Rome hosted the Paralympics and the Olympics in the same year and was the first city to do so. Although the Paralympics and the Olympics are two different entities, they have intersected in many ways throughout the years and will continue to become even closer.

U.S. Paralympians And Olympians Often Train Together

Having a physical disability hasn’t stopped many Paralympic athletes from training with other Olympic athletes. Two of the most notable and decorated Paralympic and Olympic athletes, Michael Phelps and Jessica Long, have trained together in the past. The respect these athletes have for one another is strong behind the scenes, and they look past a physical disability and focus on training to win Olympic and Paralympic medals. In the cases of Phelps and Long, they have combined to win a total of 51 medals from their respective events.

The Olympics And Paralympics Are More Inclusive Than Ever Before

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have taken strides to make both entities inclusive of one another. Instead of feeling like two separate entities, they are becoming closer to identifying as one “Team USA.” The Committee has decided to increase the Paralympic payouts for winning medals significantly, starting with the Tokyo Games this year. Paralympians will now receive the same prize money as Olympians for the medals they receive.

Television coverage of the Paralympic Games is expected to increase this year and going forward. It may be worth your time to watch these amazing athletes compete at high levels despite the physical disability they have to overcome. Our team at Next Day Access will be tuned in, so contact us if you’d like to talk Olympics and Paralympics with us.

The Paralympic Games used to be one of the top events that not many people knew about or watched. Now it has evolved into a can’t-miss event that features thousands of athletes with a physical disability across the world. It seems like there are always new Paralympic athletes who steal the spotlight at every event. We’ve taken a look at some of the most impressive athletes to watch out for this summer at the Paralympic Games.

Oksana Masters

Oksana Masters is a Ukrainian-American Paralympic who has had great success and continues to strive for even more. In her previous Paralympic Games, she won two gold medals and five overall. She has medaled in Nordic skiing and rowing and is now looking to medal in cycling. Her adaptability after recovering from a fractured elbow in her previous games shows how resilient she is and should be a fun athlete to watch this year.

David Brown

David Brown hasn’t let his blindness hinder his ability to compete at the highest levels. He previously won the 100m race in the Rio Paralympic Games and has two other 100m titles. He broke 11 seconds in the race and is the first blind athlete to do so. Look for Brown to make some more noise in the Summer Paralympic Games this year.

Allysa Seely

Allysa Seely made her triathlon debut in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. She has since medaled in the world championships from 2017-2019. Her impressive track record leaves no doubt that she will be a name to watch this year.

Chuck Aoki

Wheelchair rugby is one of the most popular events at the Paralympic Games, and Chuck Aoki is the star for the United States. Formerly a wheelchair basketball athlete, Aoki has focused on wheelchair rugby for the past 15 years and is seeking his first gold medal in the event. He has previously won the bronze and silver in the event in 2012 and 2016, respectively, and he appears primed to take the next step forward this year.

Jessica Long

Jessica Long has won a total of 23 Paralympic medals in her decorated career and is constantly looking for ways to improve. After making her debut at age 12 in 2004, she has consistently won world titles and Paralympic medals. She expressed disappointment following the Rio Games in 2016 after winning six total medals, so expect some impressive performances from Long this year in Tokyo.

It’s hard to fully appreciate the talent Paralympic athletes have until you watch them compete at the highest levels. We will be tuned in at Next Day Access, so contact us if you want to talk about some of the most impressive Paralympic athletes you see this year.

The year 1948 signifies the first year when the Paralympic Games first took form. But the Games didn’t technically become official until 1960;  it was held in Rome and featured roughly 400 Paralympic athletes with a physical disability. Since then, the Paralympic Games have grown to include more than 4,000 athletes spanning over 170 countries. Here are some intriguing facts about the Paralympic Games and how they have evolved.

Some Athletes Compete In Olympic And Paralympic Games

While the Paralympic Games did not exist until a century ago, athletes with a mobility concern or a physical disability participated in sporting events. Notable athlete Ray Ewry participated in the Olympics from 1900-1908 and had eight gold medals despite his battle with polio. Now that the Paralympic Games are in place and designed for people with a physical disability, some athletes still participate in both. Athletes rarely participate in both Olympic and Paralympic events, but it’s possible and has happened.

Summer Paralympic Games Occur Alongside Summer Olympics

The Paralympics Games have long been an organized event, but they were clearly separate from the Olympic Games. Now the divide is a little blurrier as the Games have merged to feel like a single event. The Summer Paralympics now occur two weeks after the Summer Olympics conclude and are located at the same venue.

Miscellaneous Paralympic Games Facts

The inclusivity of the Paralympic Games with the Olympic Games has shed a tremendous amount of light on Paralympic athletes. The Paralympic Games have grown significantly and peaked in 2012 when over 4,200 athletes represented 164 countries and participated in 20 different sports.

To fully appreciate the evolution of the Paralympic Games, you have to look back to 1948, which was the introduction of the first wheelchair sport. That first competitive event led to the official Paralympic Games just 12 years later and has now blossomed into a worldwide competition that millions of people watch.

Our team at Next Day Access finds the Paralympic athletes to be some of the most impressive in the world. We are looking forward to watching the Paralympic Games this summer and encourage you to do the same. For more facts or to learn more about the Paralympic Games in general, contact us and we would enjoy the discussion with you.

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