Please submit either a two minute video OR a picture of the Local Hero AND a story with using 400 words or less. If your story is longer than 400 words, it will not be posted. The picture should be of the person overcoming the disability and should be 5 megabytes or less, Preferable the photo should be of the hero in his/her wheelchair. If submitting a video, the file must be uploaded to YouTube and then added to your entry form as the YouTube video URL. If your video is longer than two minutes, it will not be accepted.
We recommend putting your picture on your desktop, select the “Choose File” button, locate the picture on your desktop and then select it to be uploaded.
No, as long as you have permission from them, you are fine.
In addition to having your video on www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com, it would be great to post it on YouTube, Facebook and/or Twitter but always encourage people to vote for you on www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com under the Local Hero tab. You can direct people to your story by sharing your URL. The goal of this program is to grow awareness that there are mobility solutions for people with disabilities.
Every submission must be reviewed before it can be posted on the website. Due to this process, it may take 2-3 days before your submission is available for voting. We review them in the order they are received.
You will be able to preview your entry before it is submitted. Once a story has been submitted or approved, the entry cannot be edited.
No, the Local Heroes program allows only one entry per nomination. Encourage your friends and family ahead of time to look for your story on www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com. We will make every attempt to deny duplicate entries at the time of submission.
Go to www.nmeda.com/locate-a-dealer, type in your zip/province code and find the closest NMEDA dealer to where you live. Then contact them or stop by to ask for the dealer promotional code. Dealers were sent a promotional kit for this program. The 5-digit dealer code can be found on the cover letter. If necessary, you may remind them of this, when speaking to them. If your local dealer cannot locate their code, you can contact your second nearest dealer. They will also have some extra materials that are given to the Local Heroes that reach out, that can help promote yourself to your friends, family, social media, and others in your community.
The code is designed to be used only once during story submission. The code is worth 10 votes at the time of submission.
You may vote one time every 24 hours, per email address.
The votes are updated daily on the website.
Every day a new question will appear when voting and if you answer the question correctly, it gives your Local Hero an extra vote so they will have a total of 2 votes. If the question was answered incorrectly, the Local Hero will receive 1 vote instead of 2. Answers to these questions can be found on MobilityAwarenessMonth.com, NMEDA.com, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Many people are very excited about the promotion and the website experiences a tremendous amount of traffic, try voting again later in the day.
Local Heroes are increasingly getting coverage in their local news outlets, sending out e-blasts to hundreds of people every day, posting thousands of fliers around their community in addition to sharing their story on social media. You can also contact your local NMEDA dealer for extra materials that can help with this.
Making it into the top 10% of votes is the first step. The next step is where a panel of independent judges review all of the top 10% of stories with the most votes and from there pick the winners. The stories are judged on a number of criteria such, as is your story positive and uplifting? Are you inspirational to others? Can you travel to accept the prize?
If you are a semi-finalist, a notation will appear with your name/story on www.MobilityAwarenessMonth.com around June 3, 2016. The Local Hero will also receive an email notification.
You must be 18 years old or older to enter the contest and live in either the United States or Canada.
Due to the local laws, the program is not open to residents of Quebec.
Your email address will be used for contest updates, reminders to vote, deadlines, etc. By participating in this program you also give permission for your email address to be used by NMEDA members for promotional purposes, vehicle and mobility equipment specials.
The official contest rules can be found at www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/about/rules.
Voting begins on May 3 and ends on May 31.