RiseAsOne Initiative

What is RISE?

Rise is a grassroots movement created to foster inclusion and access for people with limited mobility and speech to local businesses and public venues.

 How does RISE foster inclusion and access for people with disabilities?

Rise educates local businesses and venue owners about opportunities to make their location more accessible to disabled customers and provides resources on easy, inexpensive solutions that make the location more inclusive.

Every week I meet with local business owners and managers and share how they can make their venue more accessible to a person with a disability. They can add a bell! It's easy, inexpensive and makes a huge difference for someone like me- who can't get in or ask for help easily. 

Together we work out a plan for the business to support RISE. Often the process looks like this: 

- Speak to a manager or to your businesses’ corporate office to request approval to add a Wireless Doorbell and a Ring to Request Assistance sign to an entrance at your location.

- Order a sign and wireless doorbell from Amazon or other corporate approved retailer. Typically available for less than $35 USD

- Once you receive the order, place the bell and sign in a visible location by an entrance. Both items come with peel and stick backing for easy installation.

How We Plan to Use Donations

Print Marketing and Educational Materials 

It is important for us that people lean more about making public venues more accessible. We can help spread the word by providing an easy to understand brochure. 

Assemble Ring Bell for Assistance Kits

We believe all businesses should be inclusive and we want to make it as simple as possible by putting together kits that include a sign and a wireless bell that are available for purchase  through a Rise volunteer.  (the kit funds will be continuously re-invested  to provide better access for more people.)

Events and Chamber of Commerce

The money that is being raised from GoFundme is being used to pay for events that the chamber puts on and for the Chamber of Commerce itself. We exist to provide a service to the businesses and then advocate for disabilities rights once we provided that service.

Website and Volunteer Development 

We know that the fastest way to share information is online. We've started by creating a very basic website but we need your help to make it better. You can visit our website at https://www.stepupandrise.com/

Why I Started Rise?

I started RISE because I wanted to help people who have disabilities like mine be able to participate more in their community.

This cause is important because it helps open real doors to opportunities like shopping independently.

It's a small change that makes a big difference in the lives of people with mobility challenges because we feel heard and included in our local community.

I hope that I continue to receive support from businesses like yours so I can also make a difference one door at a time.

Why is being inclusive important for local business?

Making small changes to your location will give customers more independence while visiting your store. A positive customer experience will create good-will and the more shoppers that are able to visit the location the more sales you can expect.

Donations (154)

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    • $20 
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    • $50 
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Jonathan Mancebo
Pompano Beach, FL

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