We have an update!!!
We would like to write each and every one of you a personalized note, but want to make sure all of you get the word in a timely manner.
Through your help, gift, and support, we were able to purchase a MV-1 van over the Christmas & New Year holidays!!
In true Barton and Megan style, this was not the avenue we thought we would take, but through a fun and adventurous turn of events, found a MV-1 dealership with a used 2011 factory model MV-1. We share our adventures here on our blog, so you can find the full story here: http://www.loverollson.com/accessible-van-keeps-dream-alive-for-interability-couple/.
In 2013, we gifted service back to Raleigh City Farm and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. We will continue working with these organizations in 2014, and will also work with Christ Church Step Up Ministry (mentorship program) and Read and Feed.
And, one of our first speaking engagements on the road will be in March 2014, at The Abilities Expo Atlanta, in Megan's hometown!
If you are not in the area, we would love to come to you!! You can help us out by finding an organization that we can partner with to bring us to where you are! It may be a disability organization, work place, church or religious institution, or service organization!
Send us inquiries through Go Fund Me!
Again, your support and involvement has been such an integral part of our journey, and we are so very grateful!
We hope to SEE you soon!!
Barton and Megan Cutter
Barton enjoying our MV-1!
Pay It Forward CampaignFor every $50 we raise, we will contribute an hour of service back to the community!
Contribute and be sure to add a note that says:
Please contribute (hours) towards (organization from the choices below) in honor/memory of (name).The organizations we will be gifting time back to are:Read and Feed http://www.readandfeed.orgRaleigh City Farm http://raleighcityfarm.com/Habitat for Humanity of Wake County http://www.habitatwake.org
Contribute $50, and we'll donate a full hour of service to the organization of choice. For those that would like to donate $25, we'll contribute .5 hours for the organization of your choice.Our Story
Cutter, and his wife Megan) have surpassed many challenges and barriers as an
inter-ability couple, and yet one remains- an accessible van. Barton has
Cerebral Palsy, and uses a motor wheelchair for mobility.
released our memoir Ink in the Wheels:
Stories to Make Love Roll
sharing our journey of relationships, love, and marriage, impacted by
disability in February 2013. Our memoir is an extension of the work we do
with individuals and families impacted by disability to foster a paradigm of
full inclusion within the community. Yet, our plan for taking the book and its
message on the road, however, has been stymied by our current situation.
The week after
the book release, our '99 non-accessible Honda Civic- with over 250,000 miles
was found beyond repair, and in the midst of our greatest success to impact the
lives of people with and without disabilities, we also faced our greatest
challenge. How can we spread our vision without a way to get there?
A new accessible van can cost upwards of $50,000, and since
we were married in 2004, we do not qualify for federal or state disability
benefits. And, while loan programs exist to purchase accessible vans, the
monthly costs are high and the loan duration often far exceeds the life of the
Yet, transportation continues to be a challenge for Barton.
One evening, with an after hour's meeting across town, Barton contracted an
accessible taxi service, but a miscommunication between the dispatcher and
driver led Barton to wait on the side of the road until 11pm.
So Close, but So Far
possibilities exist when you believe you can surpass any barrier? This is the
question that Barton Cutter asked for the NMEDA National Mobility Awareness
Contest, where 3 families would win accessible vans. While Barton made it to
the semi-finalist round, he was not chosen as a winner.
Read Megan's journey and vision in an Open Letter to the NMEDA here, a powerful testament to the vision that we both hold: http://www.loverollson.com/an-open-letter-to-nmeda-national-mobility-awareness-month/
Watch the video that we made for the NMEDA Campaign (in true Barton & Megan style)!
We're Not Giving Up!
We are now looking at additional avenues to reach our dreams of an accessible van. And we know- honestly- we can't do it alone. This is one barrier we just have not been able to break through, it seems so impossible to us. And, as always with Barton, our dream is to do the impossible.
We strive to
continue on our path toward accessible transportation so that we can inspire,
motivate and empower those of all abilities.
Join in our
journey toward accessible transportation and transformation by contributing to
our Go Fund Me Campaign!
We need some New
Wheels for Barton to Spread the Ink!!
For more information about Barton and Megan Cutter visit http://inkinthewheels.com