FJA Member is #WheelChairedForADay || August 5, 2015
Gainesville personal injury attorney Dan Vazquez of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. was the first participant of the first annual “Wheelchaired for a Day” challenge organized by the Florida Disability Access and Awareness Foundation (FDAAF).
The FDAAF’s mission is to inspire inclusion for everyone through educating the public on civil rights, encouraging business to become wheelchair-accessible, and promoting awareness of individuals with disabilities while helping them lead more fulfilling lives.
Vazquez, a lawyer and member of the Florida Justice Association, said the experience was tough, positive, and enlightening.
“The physical challenges alone were surprising,” said Vazquez. “Add to that the frustration of not being able to do simple tasks like reaching and carrying what you’re used to and needing to rely on others for help, I began to see within a few hours of being in the chair just a fraction of what the disabled deal with on a daily basis."
Recently, the FJA launched a social media initiative called “#IAmFJA” through which members were tasked with sharing their community involvement with other members.
“I have worked with many clients who have become wheelchair-bound due to spinal injury or leg amputations,” says Vazquez. “And though I learned of what their life was like by talking with their doctors, friends, and family, living that experience, if only for just day, has enabled me to better understand their life challenges on a level I never truly understood before the FDAAF brought me on board with this project. It was a wonderful experience, and I’m honored to have been the foundation’s first participant."