Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Equal Rights Center launches new campaign

The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is getting ready to launch an exciting new multi-faceted campaign – “What’s Wrong with this Picture?” – which will educate people across the nation on what civil rights mean for people with disabilities, and barriers to look for in accessibility. 

The focus of our campaign will be a ‘game,’ in which users are shown a picture and are asked to identify the inaccessible feature.  In this way, people with and without disabilities will have a fun and stimulating forum through which to learn more about what federal law mandates.  Users will also find additional resources on accessibility, an easy to use complaint form, and real testimonials from people with disabilities encountering accessibility barriers in their daily lives.

ERC is asking your help in gathering real testimonies.  The project will be made stronger through the voices of real people, with various disabilities, who can share their experiences.  The testimonies need only be one to two paragraphs, can include a picture or not, and can be submitted with a real name or anonymously.  They would also love to share any videos which you think would be appropriate – of personal testimony, or of civil rights issues in general for persons with disabilities.

Please pass this along to your list, staff, advocates, and community members to submit testimonies of barriers to accessibility, or stories of reasonable accommodations or modifications, by January 31, 2011.  The focus of the campaign is housing, but we welcome public accommodations and employment stories.

Please email or send your testimonials to:

Robyn M. Powell, Disability Rights Program Manager
Equal Rights Center 
11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 450Washington, D.C. 20036 
(202) 370-3210

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

70 adaptive skiers and instructors swarm Steamboat

Despite the chilling under-zero temp under frosty skies, the 6th Annual All Mountain Ski Camp with STARS and Adaptive Adventures kicked off with success yesterday.  Over 70 adaptive skiers, riders, volunteers and instructors got a late start due to the unusually cold weather, but had a great warm up day overall, dialing in equipment for the varying conditions- and there was certainly powder to be had today!!

After a sweet filling breakfast for the troops from the Egg and I,  we spent the morning with the advanced monoskiers, finding the stashes as usual, leftover from Sunday's two feet of fresh.

After lunch, in the incoming snow and even colder temps, I took a few laps with the three trackers, gliding down the Daze with big GS turns.

Tomorrow's weather poses an even colder threat, but warming up by Thursday for a glorious day in the backcountry with Powdercats.

With STARS hosting the camp in full swing this year, and with a plethora of newly trained volunteers along with the highly experienced team they've had for a few years, the support for the 6th annual installment of the adult ski camp has been incredible.

This year's camp hosts over a dozen wounded warriors and their families, more than any other year in Steamboat.  Thanks to our troops!

And three more days on Steamboat's slopes!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Website Release for the New Year!!

Happy New Year!!  We're celebrating with a totally new website!

AccessAnything.net's new look is based on the Word Press design platform with the help from SEO expert Aaron Bailey with eLink Web Solutions, and frees us up to make changes regularly to keep our readers as up to date as possible!  We're excited, after 7 long years, to finally have this long overdue face-lift for our online home.

We hope you find the site is easier to navigate to access to our tools, media, and references.  Above all, Access Anything strives to be a valuable resource for travelers with disabilities through our experience, network of friends in the industry and our library of guides, articles, links, and blog posts on the web.  

So if you haven't, please sign up for our quarterly publication The Traveler there. We never share our email list, and always send 12+ packed pages of exciting travel information such as newly accessible destinations, rising PWD-catering companies, adventure sports highlights, and much much  more. 

New design

Buh-bye old design- thanks to TripstreamTV and JDB Technology for 7 great years on the web!