Tuesday, May 10, 2011

No Barriers USA - Time is ticking down for signup!

We've been waiting two years for the return of NoBarriers since Miami in 2009, and we're so extremely excited to have this event coming to our neighbors in Winter Park.  The dilemma of whether to volunteer or just sign up as a participant is our biggest task now, we volunteered for the prior two and had an absolute blast, helping participants register, taking tons of photos, and adapting the sports we know and love!  Many of our community buddies will be at this event; of course the NSCD will be hosting many sports as the local adaptive program, our long time partners Adaptive Adventures will be hosting some of the cycling, No Limits Tahoe and Paradox Sports will be hosting the rock climbing wall and free climb (one of Craig's favorite activities at NB!), and our longtime friend Kevin Carr at Chosen Valley Creating Ability will be hosting the canoeing with his awesome inventions (it's hard to keep up with Kevins' inventions)!

If you're not on their list, go to No Barriers website now to sign up and get the news first hand. Here's their latest email: (since it doesn't fit in our template, view the page here)

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Summit 2011 Innovation Village Brings Amazing Inventions to the Forefront!
No Barriers USA 
May 9 2011

Innovation meets Adventure: Inventions that rock at Innovation Village!

As some of you know, No Barriers Summit 2011 in Winter Park, Colorado is approaching quickly June 30-July 3. The Summit will bring together some of the hottest technologies, equipment and ideas that are helping people to shatter barriers. Whether you participate in one of the many Adventure Clinics, listen to one of our fabulous University speakers, or meander through Innovation Village, you'll come away with new tools to transform your life.    

This year Innovation Village will host a group of inventors that have stepped out of the box in order to make the great outdoors more accessible for all. On Friday afternoon, Summit attendees will enjoy getting to know some of the adaptive equipment being used in many of the adventure clinics. Several presenters will be showcasing their equipment that is allowing people with disabilities to be more adventurous. From new adaptive kayak seats to unique hiking crutches to cool all terrain handcycles, there is something for everyone.

Here are just a few of the people and technologies that will be at Innovation Village: 

Brad Z Climbing

Brad Zdanivsky has been a rock climber all his life, and breaking his neck didn't change that. After becoming a quadriplegic, he spent ten challenging years developing a device that would allow him to get back on the rock after his accident. After watching No Barriers co-founder Mark Wellman scale El Capitan in Yosemite, Brad reached a personal goal in 2005 when he summitted The Stawamus, a 2,297-foot face in British Columbia. 

 "The Beast"

In 2009 during our last Summit, world-class athlete Carlos Moleda lead our open-water swimming clinic with fantastic results for participants. This year Carlos will be bringing the Explorer II handcycle, known as "the beast", an innovative off-road handcycle from a Polish company Sport-On.

 SideStix Crutches 

SideStix is taking mountains by storm with their new "sport crutch." Sarah Doherty from SideStix Ventures will be talking about the different uses and models of this new adaptive technology that is perfect for activities during all seasons. SideStix is revolutionizing the ability to get outdoors for people with mobility and balance restraints.

One-Arm Freedom Paddle

First-time inventor Cindy Dillenschneider, a Professor at Northland College, will be presenting the One-Arm Freedom Paddle, a new technology for amputees who want to be more active in boating.

  Universal Seat Design for Kayaks

Kevin Carr, co-founder of Chosen Valley Creating Ability, will showcase his company's adaptive kayaking innovations; including the Universal Paddling Seat and a variety of paddle grips. Kevin has created this extraordinary yet simple technology to open the sport of kayaking to everyone.

Go to our Summit 2011 Innovation Village page to learn more.

Registration for Summit 2011 is Open

The Summit has SOLD OUT early in years past - so make your reservations now! (Rates go up after May 30th)

Remember to also book your lodging directly with Winter Park Resorts through our website to get the special lodging rates.

Summit 2011 Sponsors
Current as of May 9, 2011

Lumber Liquidators     Winter Park Resorts   Alteryx
 Evergreen Research         Bayer
     Intrado       Fisher


Board of Directors                                                       Staff
Erik Weihenmayer, Chair                                               Nicole Deters Spader 
Mike Savicki                                                                   Executive Director
Hugh Herr, Ph.D.
Mark Wellman
Bill Barkeley
Alexander Rabchevsky, Ph.D.
Jim Goldsmith, Director Emeritus

No Barriers USA is a powerful community of modern day pioneers who use the experience of nature to promote innovation, education and assistive technologies that create transformative life experiences and inspire people with challenges to live full and active lives.
Learn more at www.NoBarriersUSA.org

No Barriers USA is a not-for-profit funded by donations and sponsorships.

Please make you contributions payable to: No Barriers USA

No Barriers USA
PO Box 27
Mound, MN 55364
Ph: 952.472.2400

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