MS Mondays: Accessible Fall Fun

Fall is here! Even if you didn’t realize that Fall started on Saturday, I’m sure you’ve felt a slight nip in the air that hints at cooler temperatures ahead. If you are heat intolerant, this is a welcome change! In honor of the changing seasons, I’ve rounded up several accessible travel spots that really let you enjoy what Fall has to offer. So grab your camera and possibly a scarf, and get outdoors!

 

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes  

As a kid, pumpkin picking was always one of my favorite fall activities. Now I just pick one up at the grocery store and call it a day. If you’re looking for an authentic pumpkin picking experience, check out one of these places.

Harvestville Pumpkin Patch– Donnellson, IA
Phone: 319-470-1558

Tim's Pumpkin Patch

Tim’s Pumpkin Patch

Harvestville Farm features a 10-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch. The farm is ” mostly handicapped accessible. Our 10-acre corn maze and farm grounds are on unpaved ground. Wheel chairs, strollers and wagons can be brought, and are encouraged on our farm. They are even able to complete the 10-acre corn maze! Like any farm, however, our ground can be bumpy in spots.”

Tim’s Pumpkin Patch – Marietta, NY
Phone: 315-673-9209
This 70-acre farm is handicap accessible with the exception of a handicap restroom. They also have services to help people pick their pumpkins.

Back Home on The Farm, Harrisonburg, VA 
Phone: 540-442-6493

Back Home on the Farm is a working farm with a corn maze and pumpkin patch. “The hayride and most of our activities are handicap accessible.  However, we are a working  farm and there are hills and slopes on the farm.  Paths are either graveled or sown in grass.  Most of the area is unpaved farm ground and uneven in spots.  Wheelchairs, strollers and wagons are welcome on the premises — to complete the large maze, however, visitors will have to carry wheel chairs, etc. over the bridges.”

If you don’t live near either of these patches, fret not. Most pumpkin patches have flat terrain that could easily accommodate a wheelchair or walker.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Experience fall foliage…from ABOVE!

An accessible hot air balloon

An accessible hot air balloon

Reach for the Stars Hot Air Balloon Foundation – Escondido, CA
Phone: 760-738-4040
The Reach For The Stars Hot Air Balloon Foundation is a California Non-profit corporation based in San Diego County and is recognized as a Federal 501 c3 corporation by the IRS. Our mission is to share the joy and excitement of hot air ballooning with all people, especially those with physical challenges.

Our unique, easy entry custom basket allows for those with limited mobility as well as wheelchair users to have the experience of a tethered or a free-flight (untethered) ride.”

Midwest Balloon RidesIndianapolis, IN
Phone: 317-863-0318
“We are Indiana’s experts in tethered balloon rides. For tethers we utilize the Easy Access Basket (it has a door) so our passengers can get in and out of the basket much easier and faster than all other baskets. We can even take walkers and wheelchairs in the basket!”

High Rise Balloon Adventures – Edinburg, VA
Phone: (540) 975-1194
“Located in the Shenandoah Valley, High Rise Balloon Adventures provides opportunities for both youth and adults to fly in a wheelchair accessible hot air balloon. We hope to inspire and bless each child and adult passenger through each and every ride.”

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly!

Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly!

Don some lederhosen, grab your beer stein, and get ready to listen to some polka. The official Oktoberfest is a 16-day German festival founded in Munich, Bavaria over 200 years ago. Here’s a fun fact: “Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12,1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. The festival was eventually prolonged and moved ahead to September to allow for better weather conditions. Today, the last day of the festival is the first Sunday in October.” (wikipedia.org)

Don’t want to make the trip to Munich? Here are a few accessible Oktoberfest celebrations.

Big Bear Oktoberfest – Big Bear Lake, CA
“Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest! Join our extended family for a true German celebration featuring live German music, food, entertainment and beer.”

Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Leavenworth, WA
Leavenworth Washington is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Today more than a million tourists come to Leavenworth each year for their Traditional Bavarian Village and Events. The first Leavenworth Oktoberfest was held in October 1998 which was attended by about 400 people. The next year the attendance grew, and entertainment was brought in directly from Germany. The festival continued to thrive each year and in 2003, a second weekend was added and two bands were brought in from Germany in addition to may performers from the US and Canada. By 2005 attendance had grown to 10,000+ and the Leavenworth festival was ranked as one of the top Oktoberfest celebrations in the Country.”

Helen Oktoberfest – Helen, GA 
“Beer, Brats and Lederhosen – the Helen Oktoberfest has them all. Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which runs from mid-September to October 28th.”

For a comprehensive list of Oktoberfest celebrations around the country, visit: http://www.gayot.com/events/top10oktoberfests.html

 

 

MS Monday Motivational Moment

I hope you are able to get out and do something this fall. Maybe it won’t be walking through a corn maze, but it could be something as simple as going outside and listening to the birds chirp. Just remember….

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

Uromed provides links to the following educational resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to help increase awareness, support and assistance for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

We are also strong advocates. Almost 20% of UroMed’s Customer Care Associates or one of their family members has some form of disability, enabling us to share our understanding and expertise when working with you.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

Just Diagnosed

You may have a wide range of questions and concerns if you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has created a special page to help you with the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life. Please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/newly-diagnosed/index.aspx

Advanced MS

Although MS is a progressive disease, the rate of progression differs from one person to another. The key message to anyone living with advanced MS is that there is always more that can be done to improve the situation. For people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—the NMSS has provided information about how to manage the challenges they face at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/living-with-advanced-ms/index.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis & Urology Questions

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has produced an excellent brochure to assist people with urological information, Living with an MS Bladder.


About the Author:
 Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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