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Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Disabled Persons

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Happy family celebrating with sparklers on New Year’s Eve.

One of the ways disabled persons achieve the greatest happiness in life is by living as normally as possible despite the disadvantages they may face. They will often do whatever it takes to do perform the same functions and even achieve similar goals as those who are not limited in their abilities. In this light, from this recent list of Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Success and Happiness, the most popular propositions are just as easily accomplished by anyone regardless of the challenges they may have in life.

  1. Diet or eat healthy (71%)
  2. Exercise more (65%)
  3. Lose weight (54%)
  4. Save more and spend less (32%)
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26%)
  6. Quit Smoking (21%)
  7. Read more (17%)
  8. Find another or different job (16%)
  9. Drink less alcohol (15%)
  10. Spend more time with family and friends (13%)

For the first three new year resolutions, be sure to consult with your physician before starting any type of diet or exercise regime depending upon your unique conditions or circumstances. Together you’ll put together a program that will work best for you.

Saving Money and Spending Less

One of the easiest ways to save money is to sign up for an automatic withdrawal from your primary banking account for deposit into savings, retirement or another type of account. This way you’re saving money without even thinking about it and it happens regularly.

If you don’t already have one in place, set up a budget and stick to it to spend less money in the New Year. There are plenty of online options available to create one of these worksheets. Providers like NerdWallet suggest using the 50/30/20 rule where:

  • 50% of income goes towards necessities
  • 30% of earnings are meant for wants
  • 20% of income goes into savings and debt reduction

Reduce your budget and spend less by trimming from the 30% category and limit items you want by sticking with more necessities.

Learn a New Skill or Hobby

Here the possibilities are practically endless and could include anything from reading more as suggested in the roster above to taking on a new crafting project or learning to play a musical instrument. But don’t limit your choices to sedentary activities as suggested in this list of hobbies as suggested in this roster from Very Well Health.

Quitting Smoking and Drinking Less Alcohol

Often these two unhealthy habits go hand in hand. Thus, quitting might make both tasks easier when combined for new year resolutions. As everyone who has attempted or successfully stopped drinking or smoking knows, making this transition is difficult at best.

Be sure to reach out for assistance and use resources available to help conquer these addictions. This is another avenue where your physician should be able to help you with medications to make quitting easier and therefore more successful in the long run.

Finding a New or Different Job

Sign up for automatic job postings that arrive in your email inbox at sites like Indeed to find a new or different source of employment. At this particular website, users have the ability to perform refined searches for job opportunities available in their area according to different parameters that meet your experience and skills. Upload your resume and you could have potential employers searching for you instead.

With a rise in the trend of more people telecommuting, working from home is becoming more popular than ever. Stay at home jobs are also available from many of these providers and your new line of employment could find you working in your pajamas from the comfort of your domicile.

Reading More

If you’ve signed up to receive regular job updates, you’ve filled two needs with one deed when perusing these posts. With the world-wide-web available at nearly everyone’s fingertips, finding more content to read is easier than ever before. Perform a search online for “free novels to read now” and you’ll find a plethora of platforms offering these books at no charge. What an easy way to complete new year resolutions.

Spending More Time With Friends and Family

If mobility is an issue when it comes to transportation to see more of your family and friends, please check out our inventory of new and used handicapped and wheelchair accessible vans for sale. There are hundreds of vehicles available for purchase and come in a variety of makes and models.

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From everyone here at AMS, here’s wishing you and yours the happiest and most prosperous New Year.

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New Year’s Eve Guide for Wheelchair Users

Many people don’t realize in the midst of all the party planning and celebrations, there are many limitations for wheelchair users to overcome on holiday’s such as New Year’s Eve. Sadly there are few venues, bars, clubs, and hot spots that are wheelchair accessible, leaving options for wheelchair users confined to a handful of places. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has done a lot to promote awareness of and accessibility for people with disabilities, there are still considerable frustrations for those traveling by wheelchair during the holidays.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 addressed the issue of accessibility to workplaces, transportation, government and public buildings, stores, theaters, hotels and restaurants, requiring that buildings be modified as much as possible to accommodate people with disabilities. Requirements for new buildings are explicit and extensive. If a new building is open to the public, it must be open to the entire public, providing accessible entry and use of all facilities and services. Where most problems arise for wheelchair-using patrons, is in buildings constructed before 1990. The ADA requires what has come to be described as “reasonable accommodation.” What may seem reasonable may or may not be realistic, and, try as they may; some building owners are unable to provide full accessibility.

Many accessibility problems are a function of geography and economics. Accommodating any large number of people can mean stairs both outside and in. To this day, buildings reflect early construction problems. Given the issue of “reasonable accommodation,” asking very direct questions will ensure a pleasant experience in independent restaurants. Staff may be ignorant of how “reasonable” translates for someone using a wheelchair, and “uh, sure” is not an adequate answer to questions about accommodations.

  • Do you have steps outside, inside?
  • Is there a path of travel accessible by wheelchair from the street to the event location which will enable people in wheelchairs to reach the building in which the event is located?
  • Are sidewalks even and in good repair and are they clear of ice, snow, or other debris?
  • Is there a ramp?
  • Are the bar and the dining area on the same level
  • Is there room between tables for a wheelchair?
  • How often do people in wheelchairs dine in your restaurant?
  • Are there steps to get in the building or elsewhere that must be used? (fire exits)
  • Do you have wide doorways?
  • Are there accessible bathrooms?
  • If parking is provided as part of your event, are “handicapped parking” spaces provided as well?
  • If food is served at the event, is the food service accessible to a person in a wheelchair or with another type if mobility impairment?
  • If the serving is buffet, can a wheelchair user negotiate the spaces around and between the tables?

If you are staying at a hotel, be sure they are accessible too.

  • Is the bed the correct height for me to transfer?
  • Does it have a roll-in shower?
  • When I make a reservation, will I be guaranteed an accessible room is reserved for me?
  • Confirm your reservation a few days before leaving for the event.

A direct question is the best way to determine whether a restaurant stays on your list. Where is the bathroom? Is there room to get to it in a wheelchair? Direct questions will prevent it from becoming an exercise in futility or humiliation.