Advocacy

As advocates for our readers with disabilities, AMS Vans brings you relevant news, emerging issues and inspirational stories. Significant, new ideas and events are transforming the lives of people with disabilities throughout the world. We cover individuals and organizations who help those with disabilities improve their living conditions. Read about celebrities who establish coalitions and non-profits in support of handicapped children. You’ll learn how people with disabilities use their personal struggles to modify the attitudes and perceptions of an unenlightened society with impressive results. It’s all about upgrading the status-quo for people with disabilities.

Accessible mobility

Leveling the field of play: Outdoor and athletic accessibility advances

The nationwide push for equal access to facilities for the special needs population has gained noticeable momentum. One vital area of the movement is outdoor accessibility to parks and athletic facilities — such as national parks, training facilities, and sporting arenas.

American philanthropist, founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit organization KaBOOM!, and disability advocate Darell Hammond explains, ‘Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur’. Continue reading

Disability expenses

Disability Expenses and 5 Myths Surrounding the ABLE Act

21 states currently offer these special needs savings accounts for disability expenses — with more states to follow. Products of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE Accounts empower individuals with significant disabilities to save and invest. Here’s an overview along with 5 of the biggest ABLE myths dispelled.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — better known to special needs advocates as ABLE — is legislation designed to level the playing field with respect to saving and investing money earmarked for disability-related expenses. The ABLE Act allows individuals to save this money tax-free without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits such as SSI or SSDI. Continue reading

Signs of support

Walk to Defeat ALS, with AMS Vans | March 2015

Start line at the Walk to Defeat ALS

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

 

On Saturday March 28, 2015, AMS Vans proudly sponsored the Walk to Defeat ALS in Jacksonville, Florida held at Tinseltown and Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery.  Over 2,000 walkers from 109 teams laced up and walked to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  This walk was the largest walk in the history of the Florida Chapter of ALS.

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

AMS Vans provided supplies for walkers to create personalized, hand-held signs to hold while walking the route.  Walkers were thrilled that they could show others who they were supporting.  One young boy, named Andrew, took much care as he colored his sign that read, “I walk for my Nanny.”

Signs of support

AMS Vans regularly participates in fundraising events for the ALS Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Spina Bifida Association, Fragile Kids, FOCUS, Houston Children’s Charity, and the Shepherd Center.

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission

Signs of support

photo courtesy of DD-Photography Services; used with permission