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Meet our Sponsors: Post 9/11 Veterans

post911_Image_white_stars_vectorized (1)We are happy to have Post 9/11 Veterans on board as a sponsor of Push Nation Fest 2016! This wonderful non-profit organization was created by veterans who wanted bridge the gap between themselves and and the community. In doing so, they work  to create a strong sense of unity through social outreach and neighborhood events. Through these efforts, they hope to change some of the negative stigmas associated with veterans and help in any way that they can.

Stop by their booth at Push Nation Fest on April 22nd & 23rd to learn more about Post 9/11 Veterans and learn how you can get involved!

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Mike Phillips, center, works drills with the team during the Gwinnett HEAT basketball practice at the Monarch School in Duluth, GA on January 30, 2013.  The HEAT is a wheelchair basketball team under the coaching of Len Bourdeaux, Lynnette Swanson and Dain Weigle under the supervision of Gwinnett County Public Schools Coordinator for Adapted Sports Mike Phillips.

Adaptive Sports That Don’t Require Adaptive Equipment

If you love to play sports but don’t want to get the adaptive equipment to play then you are in luck! We have found some adaptive friendly sports that you can play without having to worry about getting specialized equipment.

Table Tennis

Table Tennis allows wheelchair users and able-bodied people to compete head to head against one another- making it an inclusive sport. This sport also accommodates multiple levels of players and is many times integrated into SCI rehab programs.

Bowling

Unlike many sports, Bowling lets you enjoy food, drinks and good times with friends or family. There is no equipment the bowling alley can’t supply you that you may need making it affordable as well.

Basketball

Basketball can be physically demanding, yet rewarding. Certain aspects of the game can be modified if requested by the needs of certain players. But in the end, all you need is a hoop, a ball and a love for the game!

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Spring and Summer Wheelchair Accessible Activities on a Budget

There are a lot of ways to have fun when the weather is starting to warm up! But sometimes you have to figure out what kind of fun you can have on a budget. We’ve come up with some fun, affordable and wheelchair accessible ideas!

Picnics in the Park

Most parks are easily accessible for you to sit at picnic tables or go watch live music. This is a fun way for you to spend some relaxing time with both friends and family on a nice warm evening.

Museums

Most museum entry fees are affordable and sometimes may even be free. They are also easy to move around in for wheelchair users and typically supply elevators if there is more than one level to the building for easy transportation. Museums are a great way to discover culture, history and classic masterpieces with the people you choose to spend your time with.

Family Game Night

Game nights can create fun family competition and they usually include some pretty tasty snacks. Not only is it a great time to bond with your family, but your home is already made accessible for you so there are no worries about getting around.

Horseback Riding and Fishing

Both of these activities can be therapeutic and fun for you and your family or friends to do together. Check out both Adaptive Horseback Riding and Adaptive Fishing


Volunteering
Volunteering is the least costly, but is the most rewarding. Try to find an organization with a cause you are passionate about and get a team of friends and family to give back with you!

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Get Out There and Dance!

maxresdefault[1]One of the activities that is becoming more and more popular for wheelchair users is Wheelchair Dancing. Many dance troupes like AXIS Dance Company integrate disabled and non-disabled dancers in an effort to challenge norms, encourage diversity and create and outlet for expression.

There are many types of dance that can be done with Wheelchair Dancing, but two of the most popular styles are Ballroom Dancing and Latin Dance. Many participants do this for fun, but a lot of them also enroll in dance competitions.

American Dance Wheels Foundation is one of the many non-profit organizations that support this style of dance. This organization focuses mainly on Ballroom and Latin Dance and integrates both people with and without disabilities. They welcome dancers of all ages and ability levels and will work with whatever level you come in at.

American Dance Wheels  Foundation promotes wheelchair dancing through educational seminars and performances in dance studios, schools and rehab facilities across the country.

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Meet Our Sponsors: Wheelchair Gear

urban wheelchair bagWe are excited to share that Wheelchair Gear has joined Push Nation Fest 2016 as the Giveaway Sponsor! Be sure to check out their website to shop awesome original, quality bags for your wheelchair.

As our Giveaway Sponsor, they have donated the Urban Wheelchair Messenger Bag to be raffled off to attendees who register for their FREE ticket prior to the event. This great bag has a padded sleeve and a fully lined pocket to hold your Lap-top tablet, and books or anything else you need during the day. It is secured with Velcro, has two zippered pockets on either side for water bottles.

So be sure to register for Push Nation Fest today for your chance to win Wheelchair Gear’s most popular bag!

*Must be present to win

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Get Ready for Spring: DIY Raised Garden Box

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Put on your gardening gear because spring is just around the corner! A great way for you to connect with nature this year could be through creating your own raised gardening box. Here you can plant seeds or harvest veggies, which will in turn supply you with a gentle workout as well. The box could take about a day or two to build and below are some DIY instructions!


Step 1:

  • Decide where you want the garden
  • Make sure the ground is flat and even so that it is safe for wheelchairs

 

Step 2:

  • Measure the size of your raised bed
  • Should be 18-30 inches tall and no more than 2 feet across so that they can reach across
  • Can be any length (example: 8 feet long)

 

Step 3:

  • Buy and cut lumber
  • Need eight 2X6 boards that are 8 feet long and eight 2X6 boards that are 2 feet long, plus six boards of any thickness that are 2 feet long to use as braces

 

Step 4:

  • Lay four of the 8-foot boards flat on the ground to create the panel that is 8 feet long and 2 feet high/tall
  • Use a hammer and nails to attach on of the 2 foot braces in the middle to hold the boards together

 

Step 5:

  • Build another panel, like above, with the other 8 foot board and on the braces

 

Step 6:

  • Build two similar panels with the 2 foot boards only for these you will want a brace on each end

 

Step 7:

  • Stand up one of the 2 foot panels next to one of the 8 foot panels so that the brace at the end of the 2 foot panel runs alongside the end of the 8-foot board
  • Nail them together to make a corner

 

Step 8:

  • Make a similar corner with the other panels

 

Step 9:

  • Nail the two corners together to make a box and stand it upright

 

Step 10:

  • Fill the box with a mixture of three or four parts topsoil and one part compost

 

Step 11:

  • Plant veggies, flowers, small berry bushes and other plants of your choice into the soil mix
  • Almost anything can be grown in these beds except for larger trees

 

Step 12:

  • Top off the raised bed with some fresh soil and compost every spring to make sure it stays full

 

Last Step: ENJOY!

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