Even though Asheville is one of the largest mountain towns east of the Mississippi River, we have continued to maintain tight-knit communities and a small-town feel throughout the region. Southern hospitality abounds, and neighbors often come together to help those in need. Because of the number of people residing in Buncombe County, restaurants, grocery stores, gyms and all kinds of other businesses are able to thrive. We are also blessed to have excellent healthcare providers close by. From Mission Hospital to private physicians, to physical therapists, there is no shortage of qualified medical professionals around.
March is colorectal cancer awareness and prevention month and what better way is there to support and promote this very important cause than to participate in a fun, family-friendly 5k run on a beautiful Spring day in Asheville. “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5k was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accessible travel is on the rise; this is great news for those of us who live with disabilities and do not let them stop us from traveling to see friends and family, for work, and to explore the world. Fortunately, the travel and hospitality industries are making strides in accommodating special needs, and there is a lot of information out there to assist you in your planning. Still, challenges remain when you are traveling with disabilities. We’ve put together some helpful tips to help you make the most of your journey!
Many people consider wheelchairs, canes, walkers, or other aids to be hindrances or obstacles… even burdens. But for people with disabilities, they can represent mobility, possibility, opportunity. Being able to navigate the world - and your own community - means that we are independent and can move towards our goals, whatever they may be. There are, unfortunately, mobility barriers for people with disabilities. Knowing where you might encounter issues is important, as is knowing how to overcome them.