Emily Ladau, a member of the Northeast Bloggers Network, was born with a genetic physical disability called Larsen syndrome, leading her to dedicate her life to advocating for the rights of the disabled. Her career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about living with a disability. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University, and since graduating, has been both employed and volunteering with multiple organizations as a devoted disability rights advocate, but she cannot drive herself anywhere, which significantly limits her chances to be independent.
Currently, Emily works from home, but her goal is to conquer independence so that she can continue to pursue her passion for advocacy. She recently got her driver's license after quite a bumpy road, (http://wordsiwheelby.com/
By voting daily in NMEDA’s National Mobility Awareness Month Local Heroes contest, you can help Emily's dream of independence a reality by giving her a chance to win a custom adapted van. You can sign up to vote via e-mail or through a social media account. If voting via e-mail, be sure to check spam folders for the password that will be sent. Voting continues until May 9th, and it is a quick, easy process. Winning a wheelchair van could positively change Emily's life forever. Any and all votes and efforts to help spread the word about the contest would mean the world to Emily, and it only takes a minute! To learn more and to vote, please visit this link: http://www.