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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TECH TUESDAY -- Sentey Curve Headphones

Sentey Curve Headphones

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Sentey LS-4124 Curve Black Computer Headphone 3.5 mm Connector
Headphones with Microphone Curve with 3.5 Mm Audio Cable That Includes In-line Microphone and Controls
Full tilt ear cups
soft leatherette foam ear pillows ensure supreme comfort
Lightweight and comfortable concept, featuring 40mm drive units
Lightweight Portable Stereo Works As Gaming Headset
Best Super Portable Top Rated Sound- Indoor - Outdoor - For Car Mobile Sound

In-line Microphone
In-line omnidirectional microphone that picks up your voice without having to talk directly into it
Gold Plated 3.5mm Stereo & Microphone (TRRS) connector
The Echo headset features in-line control to allow you to answer calls by pressing the button when being used on a mobile phone
play/pause a song when used in a device that supports inline control with music
New Iphone 6 and Iphone 6 Plus Compatible

Protective Package
The Curve comes packaged with care and sturdy so the product reaches you in pristine condition
The CURVE's design fits into your lively, urban style and pace
Compatible with Apple Ipad Ipod or Iphone or Any Mp3 Mp3 Dvd Player Great Bass and Good for Workout.

Gold Plated 3.5mm Plug
3.5mm stereo plug is plated with gold to provide the highest quality connection for a pure and true audio sound reproduction.
Braided Cable design in the Echo headset gives it a strong yet flexible connection.
Works with Any Wired Music Streaming - for Kids Men or Woman
After the issues I had with the FLOW headphone, I was skeptical to try these headphones.


^^stock photo of the side view and features^^

But these have a MUCH better feel to them. They hurt my ears less and the headband is padded for a more comfortable fit. The foam around the earpieces is thick and softer than the foam pieces on the FLOW headphones. They also have quite a lot of give to them.

These produce a nice sound to them. Everything was clear and crisp. Nothing sounded muffled or dull.

The ear cups are still designed more for a child's ears, but I don't feel the ache as quick with these. I'm able to watch more videos before the pain starts.


^^stock photo of the plug, braided cord and in-line microphone^^

I can't comment on the in-line mic, because I don't use it for calls or gaming. I use these strictly for watching videos.

Again, The hardest thing disabled people will have with these is the packaging. Disabled people should have NO issue actually using these headphones.


^^outer packaging -- made from clear plastic and cardboard^^

This is available from Amazon for $12.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great set of headphones, but still mainly for a child.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes/No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Monday, June 29, 2015

MOBILITY MONDAYS -- Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches

Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
"THE KING’S CRUTCH"

Introducing Ergobaum®, the first ergonomically designed, non-rigid, pain free crutch. CE, USA Medicare & Medicaid Approved! Ergobaum® is a lightweight crutch/cane that effectively reduces shoulder & arm pain, underarm discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendon subluxation.

Ergobaum Crutches are equipped with loaded spring shock absorbers that reduce the impact of the injury and the ground during walk. These crutches are also equipped with safety light reflectors, retractable knee-rest platforms, LED lights, panic buttons, and are fully adjustable. Ergobaum crutches are designed for users between 5’ and 6’6’’ in height. Maximum weight limit 340 lbs.

Only Ergobaum® has been designed by specialists to provide:

• Unmatched manageability through its two shock absorber technology and adjustable armband.
• Superb ergonomics achieved through its easily adjustable, non-slip, rubber grip.
• Remarkable comfort thanks to its built-in, retractable knee rest.
• Unique safety features: reflective bands, LED lamp and pushbutton alarm or panic button.
• Exceptional stability thanks to its new no-slip shoe design. The Ergocap® Universal Crutch Tip designed by Ergoactives provides High Performance balance virtually at any angle thanks to its four legged support.

A Royal Pedigree

The product has been used and approved for its immediate positive impact on the recovery process of the user. It has been tested by thousands of patients, Including King of Spain Juan Carlos I who recovered with the help of these crutches for over three years after multiple hip and knee surgeries.
Growing up, I had good mobility. A large part of that was due to the rigorous and proactive approach to physical therapy my parents and medical doctors took. I took some sort of physical therapy until I was 21.

But then, I moved to a different city and I wasn’t as proactive about it. I figured I’m getting older; Changes in my mobility is just a part of living with CP. So I let my therapy lapse and became more sedentary… which was a mistake.

By time I hit 30, I was using a quad cane or ‘creeping’ like a toddler would to get around. 32 came and I was crawling down the stairs of our house. 33 hit and I was now sitting down and sliding or scooting down the stairs.

This wasn’t me. This wasn’t how I was raised. I wanted my mobility back. I knew if I didn’t do something QUICKLY, I’d be crawling around the house or looking for wheelchair-friendly housing.

So, I bought a walker and the wheels for it. While it did improve my mobility a lot, I still was not happy with it. I really couldn’t find a ‘happy medium’ for the height. I either had to have it too low and I’m slumped over, causing entire backaches or have it set too high and be in more of an upright position, but have searing hot pain ripping through my right hip, thigh and knee.

I wanted to get back to a more upright position when walking.

So, I was ecstatic when Ergoactives agreed to send me a set of their Ergobaum® By Ergoactives forearm crutches for review.


^^stock photo of the crutches^^

These are the European style of forearm crutches, which offer the support like typical crutches, except they don’t cause the pressure and soreness under the arms and in the wrists, like typical crutches.

The day I received the Ergobaum® crutches just happened to be Payday/Errand Day for me, so Mama Melissa and our cousin by marriage, Marty, quickly assembled the crutches and away I went to do my errands.


^^Me using the crutches^^


^^stock photo of walking with the crutches^^

For someone who had never been on crutches before in her life, I found the Ergobaum® to have a small learning curve. I haphazardly watched a few videos from a youtube channel featuring the Ergoactives® crutches, and personally, I found the method they showed for ‘normal’ walking was a bit cumbersome for me. I found I walked better using the method one uses with typical underarm crutches. I’m sure that re-watching the videos will help me grasp the positions and methods better.


^^animated gif of the Flexi-Tip^^

These are equipped with what I like to call a Flexi-tip. The tip moves with the pressure of the cane, allowing a more fluid movement while walking. I think it also adds to the support of the crutch.


^^stock photo of the front of the crutches^^

I like that everything on these crutches is fully adjustable. The height is adjustable for users from 5’ to 6’6” tall. These are adjusted with the typical ‘push button’ mechanisms. The handles adjust to 3 different positions via a large knobbed tension screw. The band that goes around the arm (below the elbow) is fully adjustable. The forearm cups adjust in height with a push of a button on the back of the crutch, but since the cup is made of hard plastic, it cannot be adjusted to fit the forearm tighter. This is where the band comes in, securing the cup to the forearm.


^^stock photo of the crutch handles^^

The handles on these are also covered in what feels like textured foam rubber. It is rubber, but it has a squishy feel to it. It’s similar to the rubber grips found on bicycle handles. I actually like this, because my hands sweat less and the rubber ‘forms’ to my hands. I feel like I have a better grip on the handles because of the textured rubber.


^^stock photo of the kneerest on the crutch^^

These also have knee rest cushions, for times when the user is waiting somewhere and their knee begins to hurt. I personally never used these, but I like the fact that they are available.

My absolute favorite features on these crutches are all the safety features they have. On the back of the forearm cups is a bright neon yellow stripe. The handles have orange reflective ovals for outdoor nighttime walking. There are also LED lights under the handles for dark, unlit areas. These are easily activated by a simple flip of a switch.

But the safety feature I like the best is the ‘panic buttons.’ If the user either falls or gets in some other sort of trouble, the user can press a small button on the handle and a loud, high-pitched squeal is emitted. This squeal will alert people that the user needs help. I really like that feature, because if a user falls in a busy area, they can yell ‘Help!’ all they want; they won’t be heard. However, the high-pitched squeal will have a better chance of being heard.

The only downfalls I see disabled people having are the assembly process and the adjustment methods. The tubes of the crutch connects, as well as the height of the crutch adjusts via push-and-slide buttons and can be a bit tricky to get to work. The arm bands also take a good amount of effort to adjust to fit. The easiest part of adjustment are the handles; just unscrew the tension knobs and adjust, then retighten the knobs.

This may just be my tips are not broken in enough yet, but the crutch tips seem to shift slightly on grounds/floors when wet. My family and I went out for dinner on a rainy night and even in the dry restaurant, the crutches felt like they were going to shift out from under me. The plus to this, however, is the crutches do shift their ‘center of gravity’ to keep you standing.

These are available from Amazon or Ergoactives.com for $160.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really like the Ergobaum® by Ergoactives® crutches. They give me the mobility I want without the cumbersome need for a walker everywhere I go.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SELF-PURCHASE SATURDAY -- Folding Walking Sticks

Another new feature on the blog... SELF-PURCHASE SATURDAY. Saturdays are when I'll be showing love to something I DIDN'T get for review; rather, something I actually bought with my own money. This week, I look at the walking sticks I tried to use as crutches.

Folding Walking Sticks

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
This top of the range Foldable Walking Stick snaps open in seconds ready to use, providing a strong reliable support and comfortable grip. It has been designed with convenience in mind, easily folded into four sections making it small enough to slip into your bag, carry or store away when not in use. It’s so lightweight you won’t know it’s in your bag! The Foldable Walking Stick features a moulded handle shaped for extra comfort, designed to fit perfectly into the palm of your hand. If you suffer with arthritic pain in your hands you will find the handle easy to grip without suffering. painful pressure points. The handle will give you a comfortable secure grip, so comfortable you can use it for long periods at a time.

The Foldable Walking Stick is suitable for both men and women, and suitable for different heights, just use the push button mechanism to adjust it to suit your height. It features a non-slip rubber foot enabling a firm grip on any surface, so there is no need to worry about slipping. Comes with FREE wrist strap for extra safety.

Foldable Walking Stick
Perfect size for taking on your travels
Comfortable Grip
Non Slip Rubber Ferrule
Wrist Strap
Folds into 4 sections

Specifications:
Grip (Handle) Material: Plastic
Stick Material: Aluminum
Grip (Handle) length: About 4.7" (12 cm)
Adjustable height (Handle to Floor): About 81-91cm (31.9-35.8")
Color: black, blue, coffee, gold, red, silver
Folded size: About 28 x 14cm (11 x 5.5"))
Product Weight: 290g
While I am now to the point I have accepted I need a walker with wheels, I wanted to get back to walking around on my own... or at least more upright.

But the quad cane I'd been using for the past 8-10 years has seen better days. The foam hand grip became disgustingly filthy and nasty. It also started to experience dry rot. I wrapped it in shipping tape, but even this became worn.

While the walker made it easier to get around in public, it was a pain to take places. I wasn't allowed to keep it inside the vehicle of my transportation; it had to be put in the trunk. Going to places that aren't ADA-compliant yet was more difficult and the ones helping me seemed to be annoyed having to keep getting my walker out of the trunk.

I didn't want to buy a set of traditional crutches, and I figured I'd look 'ducky' using two quad canes, so I bought myself two folding walking sticks.

The two positives to these walking sticks are the portability and the weight. These sticks fold down to less than a foot long and 6 inches high, perfectly small enough to shove into a purse or bag. These sticks are also VERY lightweight. Each stick weighs 10.22 oz. They are VERY easy to carry around.

However, the downfalls outweigh the good. I didn't feel very secure on these. I felt much more wobbly and 'weak' using these, even around the house. Even though the description says the tips are non-slip rubber, they aren't. The original tips were HARD plastic, made a LOT of noise on hard surfaces and became VERY slippery when wet. I used these when my family went to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving 2014 and the tips were sliding repetitively on their hardwood kitchen floor. I also used these going to Applebee's right before Christmas 2014, and I completely wiped out in their entryway. Granted, only thing that got hurt was my pride and I was quite embarrassed, but since I was using these to prevent a fall, I wasn't impressed. I actually ended up replacing the hard plastic tips with genuine rubber cane tips by Carex.

The handles claim to be molded to fit the palm of the hand and will be comfortable to grip. FALSE. These were also made of hard plastic, very uncomfortable to hold and my palms became extremely sweaty while using, even during winter. I tried to use gloves to combat the sweat, and that made the handles even more difficult to grip. They are an odd shape, so finding a cover for the handle would be hard to do.

I'm not 100% sure if it was the manufacturer's fault, or I'm just very rough on things, but within weeks of getting these, the elastic on one of the wrist loop had ripped out, and the wrist loop completely came off. This is a bad policy if you rely on the wrist loops to keep the sticks from falling to the floor when reaching for something on a shelf or above you.

These sticks come fully assembled, but folded up for ease of shipping. Disabled people should have no problems unfolding these; a simple flick of the wrist will set them up. However, disabled people may have issues actually folding them up. Inside the tubing of the stick is a thick, heavy elastic 'rope.' Pulling the sections apart takes some force. Another problem disabled people may have is the height adjustment. These have the push-and-slide buttons, like many mobility devices do. Disabled people may need help to adjust these to their desired height.

These sticks are available from numerous sellers on eBay, most for under $10.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Good in a pinch or for light support, but I personally wouldn't rely on them for daily use.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Only if you need light support.

Friday, June 26, 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS -- Sh*t People Say

FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS

This week, I was on my own to find a video. I chose this one, since I've heard a LOT of these.


I have to admit, I cracked up at the final one. I find it quite funny, to be honest.

But I have heard these plenty of times. It can be annoying.

If you're disabled, what is the worst thing said to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BEAUTY WEDNESDAY -- Nair Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit

Nair Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Long-Lasting, Visibly Smooth Skin

This unique, two-step kit offers easy and precise hair removal, plus a gentle moisturizer to soothe and rebalance skin after treatment. Infused with restorative, 100% natural Moroccan Argan Oil for beautifully smooth, touchable skin.
At a Glance

• Contoured, precision-tip applicator
• Thorough results
• Pain-free
• #1 hair removal brand
This should have been posted LAST week, but real life got in the way of that. Boo.

Anyway, I have some pesky chin hairs going on. I try to keep them plucked out with tweezers, but with spazzy hands and fingers, I keep giving myself 'tweezer bites' on the chin and neck areas or I don't even grab the hair and I end up 'plucking' the air. Neither is a fun thing to deal with.

I was very excited to get the Nair Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for review. I was hoping I would get rid of the hairs for a while.


^^Stock Photo^^


^^the actual kit^^

The Kit includes two different tubes to work with; the Precise Hair Removal Cream, which is step 1, and the Rebalancing Moisturizer, which is step 2. The hair removal cream has an angled applicator tip with a hole in it, to aid in applying the cream. To use, squeeze the tube until the cream pushes through the hole and apply to skin WITHOUT RUBBING IN. The rebalancing moisturizer is designed to soothe and refurnish the moisture in the skin that may have been lost due to the ingredients in the hair removal cream.

As I said, I have been dealing with pesky chin hairs.


^^the before shot -- red circle indicates hairs^^
Photo taken on a Asus Chromebook webcam

Not the best photo, but the red circle indicates the patch of hairs I removed.


^^Hair Removal cream applied^^
Photo taken on a Motorola Photon Q 'selfie' cam

This is the Hair Removal Cream applied. I liked that it did not have the typical Nair 'chemical' smell to it. It was very light and citrusy. Mama Melissa came into the room in the middle of my wait time and did not have any breathing issues because of the scent.


NOTE: I do have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why my hands movements are the way they are and the camera may shake. You have been warned.


^^the after shot -- red circle indicates hairs removed^^
Photo taken on a Motorola Photon Q 'selfie' cam

And the after result. I had no allergic reactions to the cream, like I did as a teenager. Truth be told, it could have been WHERE I applied the Nair cream back then; the back of my thighs, where I develop a severe rash no matter what method I use.

The two major downfalls I had with this cream is the angled applicator made it difficult for me to apply in a thick fashion, as the directions state. I constantly felt like I was rubbing the cream in, which is not how you use it. I also didn't like the length of time I stayed hair-free. With other Nair creams and lotions, I saw 2-3 weeks of smooth skin. I did this the very day I had originally planned to write this review, and a week later, the hairs are about 1/8" long. Hair growth was noticeable by Saturday, 06.20.15, so I will need to do this again fairly soon.

The upswing is that what hairs HAVE grown back in are not as stiff and there seems to be less of a quantity. There are only 5 majorly visible hairs, whereas before the treatment, there was at least 10-15 hairs.

I foresee disable people having trouble with the angled applicator. As I said, I felt like I was rubbing the cream in trying to get the thick coverage the directions call for when using the applicator. I think it will be easier for disabled people to squeeze the cream onto a finger and apply it that way. They will also need patience to wash it off after the wait time is up, as the cream is very thick and heavy when applied correctly.

This is available from Walmart, Target, Harmons Discount Health & Beauty or Amazon for $5.00+.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Much better than the Nair products from the 1990's. As long as the directions are followed correctly, the results will be wonderful.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TECH TUESDAY -- Sentey Nebulus Gaming mouse

TECH TUESDAYS

Another new feature... I'm hoping the feature posts will help me keep focused on writing. Tuesdays are all about technology. Anything considered technology will be featured on Tuesdays... this could be hardware, software or mobile apps. As long as it's considered to be Tech, I'm featuring it Tuesdays!

This week, I take a look at my mouse, The Sentey Nebulus Gaming Mouse

Sentey Nebulus Gaming Mouse

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
ou're now part of an elite brotherhood of gamers whose sole purpose is to effortlessly dominate the competition! Along side your elite gaming brethren, wielding only your cunning wits, heightened senses, and your Nebulus gaming mouse from Sentey, you're about to embark on a journey to conquer every corner of the gaming universe!!

Fear is not an option with Nebulus! Rest assured that it is more than properly equipped with all the features you could ever need to seize control of the gaming galaxy! Including: 4 software configurable DPI levels (up to 3200dpi each), up to 3600FPS, 3D two-way scrolling, 9 adjustable weights, low fricton PTFE feet for quick movement on just about any surface, and fast acceleration and polling rates, all built on the Pixart chipset.

FEATURES
• Hard Case Multiuse
• Led Lights on - Off
• Multi DPI Button Selector and Software Configuration
• 5 Buttons
• 500hz Polling Rate
• Acceleration Speed 30g
• Heavy Duty All Braided 1.8 Meter Cable with USB 2.0 Gold Plated Connector
• Low Friction Ptfe Feet for Better Gaming Experience
• 3d 2 Way Scrolling
I am HARD on mice. Before I started writing reviews and keeping myself busy with that, I was a amateur Graphic Designer. I designed icons and blinkies for a website called LiveJournal (LJ for short). I even tried to make a go at a home-based graphic design business.

But, 'too many cooks spoil the broth' in LJ land, and I really couldn't get a good following. I had my loyal requesters, but my downfall was I gave things away for too long. When I did decide, 'Hey, maybe I can do this for a living... or at least playing/spending cash,' I was met with disdain and pretty much told to 'get a job' and 'quit begging.' It upset me quite a bit, because I saw competing makers offer worse deals than I did, and people never told those makers to 'get a job' and 'quit begging.' Once my Windows installation died in a fiery crash 8 days after XPocalypse, I pretty much gave up on designing.

But when I was designing steadily, I would go through typical mice like crazy. Too many clicking and dragging, wheel-scrolling and highlighting would take it's toll on the mouse buttons. It would start double... triple... and in some cases, quadruple-clicking. Not a good thing when you're just trying to surf around the web.

So, when I was offered the chance to review this gaming mouse, I jumped at it.

I really like the feel of this mouse in the hand. I have all 9 weights installed and it doesn't have too much weight to it. It's heavy enough to be felt in the hand, but not so heavy that it can't be controlled.


^^Stock photo of the mouse^^


^^Outer box of the mouse^^


^^mouse connected to system^^

I like the lights on this mouse, because the lights let me know my computer is recognizing the mouse. If the blue lights are 'breathing,' the mouse is communicating with the system and will follow your commands.


^^"Breathing cycle" of the mouse^^
NOTE: I do have Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder. This is why my hands movements are the way they are and the camera may shake. You have been warned.

I can personally attest this works on a Linux/Ubuntu 14.04 desktop, an HP Chromebook 11 and an ASUS Chromebook 13.3 system. This mouse does come with a mini CD-ROM, which contains the drivers and software for the gaming controls. However, since I don't have access to a Windows system, I cannot tell you how the control software works. Honestly, even if I did have access to a Windows system, I would not have installed the drivers or control software. I'm not a hardcore gamer, so I would not have needed the gaming controls. Otherwise, this is a plug-and-play mouse.

The mouse also has 4 levels of DPI (dots per inch) on this mouse. The level is symbolized by the light color below the scroll wheel:
• 400 dpi - Light is off
• 800 dpi - Red Light. This is the default setting.
• 1600 dpi - Yellow Light. Truth be told, it looks more like 'Citrus Soda' or Neon Yellow.
• 3200 dpi - Green light. Highest dpi setting.

I found either the 800 dpi setting or the 1600 dpi setting to be the best for me. The 400 dpi setting made me have to give extra effort in moving the mouse cursor around my screen. It also felt laggy and delayed. The 3200 dpi setting was WAY too sensitive for me. It was manageable with concentration, but for casual surfing around the web, 3200 dpi would just be impractical for me. 800 dpi seemed to be the 'sweet spot.' Not slow and unresponsive, but not to the point were a slight nudge sends the cursor flying off screen.

The only real problem I have with this mouse, I'm not sure if it's the mouse or the systems. As I said, I've used this on a Linux/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop, a HP Chromebook 11 and an ASUS Chromebook 13.3. The Ubuntu desktop recognized the mouse every time it was booted. The two Chromebooks didn't recognize the mouse 4 out of 10 boots. I had to unplug the USB connector and replug it in, sometimes MULTIPLE times to get the Chromebook to recognize it and the blue lights to 'breath.' Hitting the dpi selection button when connected to the HP Chromebook seemed to work, especially after the laptop was sleeping, but I have not tried this method on the ASUS model yet. I'm inclined to think this is a mouse issue and not a system issue, since Mama Melissa has a Zelotes gaming mouse and the same ASUS Chromebook (just in blue) and her system ALWAYS recognizes her mouse when she boots up.

As far as disabled people using this mouse, I don't see a problem. It connects easily. I personally would leave all 9 weights in the mouse, as it will provide more weight to it and will allow more control in the hand.

This is available from Amazon for $18.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great mouse, but can be temperamental with some OSes.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Monday, June 22, 2015

MOBILITY MONDAY -- Subway Restaurants

MOBILITY MONDAY

I had a review prepped for today, but the company hasn't gotten back to me with answers to some questions I had about their item. So, I will have to move it to next week and hopefully, I'll be able to post the review.

However, My family and I went out to dinner tonight to Subway, and I wanted to write about some things I noticed there, and how their policies endear me to them even more.

Subway Restaurant -- Grant Ave, Auburn, NY

The Subway restaurant I'm writing about is located at 217 Grant Ave, Suite 3A, in the Auburn Plaza, Auburn, NY.

Upon entering the restaurant, you immediately notice a disability-accessible table to the right of the door. There are only 3 chairs at this table, leaving one side open for a wheelchair. This is so awesome, because I find while most restaurants are walking-aid friendly, not too many restaurants are wheelchair friendly. My other favorite restaurant in Auburn, Applebee's, may have the ramps outside and they do have one inside to go to the restroom, but the tables in Applebee's are too close together for a wheelchair.

And speaking of the restroom in Applebee's... forget it. They have two stalls, neither one very disability-friendly. As a matter of fact, the stall designated for disabled women doesn't allow for a walker or wheelchair to get entirely IN the stall. A person using a wheelchair or a walker in Applebee's would need to leave their device in the middle of the restroom's walkway or let the whole world see their business because the stall door cannot shut. Not very ideal for the disabled person OR other patrons.

Now, the restroom at Subway... COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF APPLEBEE'S. Very large and ample room, enough for even a motorized wheelchair to go entirely inside and shut the door. There are plenty of grab rails and the sink is at the right level for wheelchair users.

The ordering area is also large and open. The ingredients, while behind a sneeze guard, are right at eye level for wheelchair users, along with the cash register platform is the perfect height for someone in a wheelchair.

The thing that really made me want to write about this particular restaurant is their 'Hours' sign by the door (which I really wish I had thought to take a photo of). Right on this sign, it says if you have Special Needs, just ask! We'll help!

I had Mama Melissa with me, so I didn't need to take the restaurant up on this, but I like the fact that if I was alone in the restaurant, the 'Sandwich Artists' would happily carry my sandwich/meal to a table and get my drink for me.

Another thing that made me want to write about this restaurant is what else was written on the 'Hours' sign... 'Service Animals Welcome.' With a LOT of public places breaking ADA laws and shunning Service Animals in their establishments, it's nice to know that IF I had a Service Dog, it would be welcome in Subway and I would not be asked to leave because of my 'filthy animal.'

To find the nearest Subway restaurant to you, please go to http://www.subway.com/storelocator/default.aspx

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really like the fact that Subway restaurants looks out for the disabled members of the community by offering all these amenities for them. I can see Subway quickly becoming one of our 'Go-To' restaurants when we go out to eat.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes