HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - May is National Disability Awareness Month. To celebrate, National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is sponsoring the "Local Heroes Contest". Winner receives an accessible van valued at $50,000.00. Pauline Aughe, Big Island based disability activist and mom, born without arms and legs, is in the running.
In order for Aughe to win, she must first get the highest number of votes. People can vote every day (per 24 hours) until May 31 and can earn an extra point by correctly answering the bonus question before voting.
Aughe says, "Winning this van will get me one step closer to the independence and freedom driving provides. It will give me the ability to bring my son to his activities and continue advocating for people with disabilities in our community."
It has been a year since Aughe launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise $150,000 for a customized van that she can drive independently. She has raised almost $63,000 toward her goal. The funds she has raised is enough to install the necessary conversions if she wins this van.
Aughe is a graduate of Santa Clara University in California. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Full Life and Aloha Independent Living Hawaii. She's also the Vice Chair for the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and sits on the Disability Communication Access Board.
People with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the United States. Over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues. But there are automotive mobility solutions available for people with disabilities, enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (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.
For a direct link to Aughe's "Local Hero" page on the NMEDA website where people can register and vote daily click here - http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/pauline-aughe-hilo-hi/
They can also go to www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com, and enter "Pauline" to access the voting site.