On July 29, the Arizona Diamondbacks faced off against the New York Mets in a Sunday filled with baseball. This day at the ballpark offered more than just the game alone it also included the first-ever D-Backs Disability Expo.
From 11:00 am through the 7th inning, 20 different exhibitors of disability-related products and services displayed, educated, and entertained all around Chase Field. At center stage, a 40th-Anniversary BraunAbility Entervan, which also happened to be the lone wheelchair accessible vehicle at the Expo.
Ability Center and BraunAbility co-sponsored the Disability Expo, and were the only diamond-level sponsors at the event, which saw 33,456 pass through, most of whom had never seen a wheelchair accessible vehicle before.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Accessible Seating Klub (ASK) held the expo to increase awareness of services available to people facing a disability and the public issues they are challenged with on a daily basis. In addition to the 20 exhibitors, the event featured an adaptive cycling parade before the game, basic sign language workshops, sign language renditions of The National Anthem, God Bless America, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and finally, wellness initiatives and healthcare resources.
Our thanks to Chip Stoecker from Ability Center of Phoenix for his help displaying the van!
Micah Christensen is a freelance writer for BraunAbility and is enjoying getting to know the customers and the personal stories that make up our audience on AbilityVoice.