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If you operate a business in the outdoor industry and you want to be inclusive of all abilities, this is an episode that you won’t want to miss.

We are continuing our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) panel discussion series in this episode of WhitewaterTV.

During the covid-19 pandemic lockdown, many Americans started or renewed their connection to nature through outdoor recreation. But some of our most vulnerable were unable to participate. One such group is people with hidden and visible disabilities.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of four adults in America—61 million people have one or more disabilities.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

1 - How to create a supportive adaptive program

2 - Developing an abilities inclusive leadership and culture within the adaptive adventure sports community

3 - Effective communication with the adaptive sports community

4 - Three steps to make your adventure sports business more abilities inclusive

5 - Mitigating risk in accessible adventures

6 - Adaptive adventures risk mitigation 101


Erik Weihenmayer—Co-founder No Barriers and the first blind person to summit Everest

Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. In September 2014, Erik and blinded U.S. Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world.

David Shurna—Executive Director and co-founder No Barriers USA

Chantelle Shoaee—The Hypoxic Hiker and the Founder and Executive Director of Always Choose Adventures.

Mark Vermeal—Senior Safety and Risk Management Executive for Fred C. Church, Inc.

WhitewaterTV is a proud sponsor of free outdoor recreation programs at Vibe Tribe Adventures and Diversify Whitewater.


One percent of all subscription fees are donated to Diversify Whitewater in support of its mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in whitewater paddlesports.

An additional one percent of all subscription fees are donated to Vibe Tribe Adventures in support of its free “National American Adventure Sports Club” and its mission to help all Americans—centering on the most vulnerable to connect, reconnect, or deepen their connection to nature through outdoor recreation and adventure sports. Archery 🏹 Swimming 🏊🏽‍♀️ Hiking 🥾 Fishing 🎣 Paddle sports 🚣

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🖌 Executive Producer Antoinette Lee Toscano, MBA

📍Filmed on the ancestral lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, and Ochethi Sakowin peoples.


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