AUSTIN, Texas ¬– Striving to grow the outdoors experience for everyone to enjoy, the American Deer & Wildlife Alliance (ADWA) has partnered with Outdoors Without Limits to increase awareness of their national efforts.Nearly 250,000 people each year stop pursuing outdoor passions due to illnesses or accidents. Many thousands more, born with disabilities, have never had the opportunity to experience the woods and water.
Outdoors Without Limits was founded to get people together to do something they love: from photography, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing to just spending a day in the park.“Kirk Thomas, the co-founder of Outdoors Without Limits, had ADWA inspired from the minute he spoke,” says Annie Jones, director of operations for ADWA. “His experiences with his own disability – and his passion for inspiring others to pursue their passion for the outdoors ¬– put into perspective what many people easily take for granted.”
“When I can engage people in the activities we provide, and have them experience their abilities, not only do their spirits change, but it makes what I do everyday that much more meaningful,” says Kirk Thomas. “Striving to challenge stereotypes about disability and promote awareness of ‘ability’ in a positive environment is my mission.”
ADWA member Outdoors Without Limits leads a nationwide effort to pull together communities committed to help reduce the barriers that prevent disabled people from enjoying the great outdoors. By becoming a member, people can build relationships that change spirits and lives. Members have access to a wide network for resources, products, speakers and more. To join Outdoors Without Limits, please visit www.outdoorswithoutlimits.net .