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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years
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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

She said when she moved back to Cabot with her mother during her adult years in the late 90s, she was homebound because Cabot did not have a transportation system and has been living there ever since. That’s 16 years of not having independence.

If you’d like to help Becky Justice regain her freedom, go to the Mobility Awareness Month website (http://on.kthv.com/1cCJ4sF) to vote for her. Voters are allowed one vote per email address a day.

About NMEDA:

NMEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding mobility options for people with disabilities. The organization promotes and supports members engaged in the modification of quality transportation and wheelchair accessible vehicles. Over 600 international members work to provide safe and reliable adapted transportation solutions to help build the road to independence. Transportation is the key to freedom and NMEDA is the key to quality transportation.

*According to the Spina Bifida Association (spinabifidaassociation.org), Spina Bifida is a permanently disabling birth defect that happens during gestation “and the spinal column does not close all of the way.” SBA indicated that eight babies per day are born in the United States with Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect.

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