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Welcome to Michael's Nightmare: My bout with MS


The No Barriers web site offers a survey that describes the accessibility of public buildings, stores, restaurants, and other sites. While our first efforts concern locations on Long Island, New York, the survey is usable by anyone, anywhere. Indeed, if we get surveys from beyond Long Island, we'll simply set up a feature that sorts information by locale.

Our goal

Our first goal is educational. We seek to provide information that assists physically challenged individuals as they make decisions about travel, shopping, visiting offices, and more. To gather this information, No Barriers strives to include schools, scouting troops, and other educational organizations. In this way we extend our goal to educate people about accessibility issues.

Our survey

The easy to fill out survey form is ready for our volunteers to use when they visit a place. The results of the survey will be published at this web site.

The first step is to download a copy of the survey itself, or drop us an e-mail requesting a printed copy. The downloaded survey consists of six pages, including directions. The printed copy, available from us, uses a single sheet of paper. Both versions are otherwise identical.

You can download this survey in PDF format and open it with the Adobe Acrobat™ reader. Download a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat™ Reader if you do not have this program on your computer already..

To download a survey form, right click on the following link and then use the "Save Target As..." option. To view the survey form and print it, left click on the following link as usual.

View/Download a survey form.

Send e-mail to request a printed survey form.

When you've finished a survey, register as a new volunteer, or log in as a registered user to enter your survey data.

We're working on an illustrated help file to assist our volunteers with completing the survey. It'll offer tips and suggestions on how to go about filling in the form and taking the measurements needed to ensure a more descriptive response.

For more on the Champions of Courage project and a biography of Michael, go to the Champions of Courage site.

Completing a No Barriers survey can be child's play. (Photo of 2 children.)

Filling out a No Barriers Site Survey can be child's play. Two of Mike's nieces measure the width of an access ramp and record it on a No Barriers Survey form.

Don't forget to check out these sites, too:

Lewin Medical Supply of Riverhead, NY, providing home health care, professional services and the sale of lift chairs, electric scooters, power wheelchairs and medical supplies with a philosophy of commitment, service, caring, sensitivity and dignity for the people we service. Now offering Secure Payment on Selected Medical Supplies.

for Wheelchair/Van Conversions

Tony Doctor Wheelchair
Tony Doctor Wheelchair, Inc.

Ride for Life graphic and link to
Check out Chris Pendergast's site at

Support The MS Society.
Call the MS Society for more information at 1-800-FIGHT MS.

The Long Island Chapter of The MS Society

Graphic, link to Muscular Dystrophy site

New York State Education Department
Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

This project is helped, in part, by a grant from the Betaseron Multiple Sclerosis Champions of Courage program of Berlex Laboratories, Inc.
Last updated: 8/22/11

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