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County Boards Making Fairs, Festivals

More Accessible in 2024

Summer weather brings a full schedule of fairs, festivals, and fun outdoor events. For most it is simply a matter of making plans and getting there. For people with unique personal care needs, it can be a bit more complicated.

That is why the Belmont, Harrison, and Noble County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (BHN Alliance) applied for and received a grant to bring Momentum Refresh, America’s first fully accessible mobile restroom, to a variety of community events across the Ohio Valley this year.

“This service provides dignity for people with disabilities whose personal care needs have made it difficult for them to attend and enjoy community events,” said Gloria Llewellyn, Superintendent of the BHN Alliance.

Llewellyn noted that ADA accessible restrooms do not always meet the needs of people with disabilities. Because of this, most cannot or do not attend activities.

Based in Thousand Oaks, CA, Momentum Refresh was born out of the desire to redefine inclusivity after witnessing the challenges faced by people with mobility issues in accessing basic facilities.

“Momentum Refresh removes a major barrier because it means people know their personal care needs can be met while they attend community-sponsored events.”

The unit is equipped with a full-size adjustable adult changing table, lift system, and on-site staff to assist users, provide support and maintain cleanliness.

Funds for Momentum Refresh were provided to the Belmont, Harrison, and Noble County Boards through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and administered by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

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