When Erik Weihenmayer stood at the summit of Mount Everest, when Mark Wellman scaled Yosemite's El Capitan, their accomplishments rendered irrelevant one more distinction: the difference between 'normal' and disabled. Weihenmayer, who is blind, and Wellman, who is paraplegic, are founding members of No Barriers USA, whose June No Barriers Summit 2011 is an international festival that gives people living with disabilities access to adaptive outdoor clinics, education and demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies, and arts and entertainment.
Weihenmayer, the only blind person to summit Mount Everest, and Wellman, the first paraplegic to climb El Capitan, are founding members of No Barriers USA, whose No Barriers Summit 2011 this June is an international festival that gives people living with disabilities access to adaptive outdoor clinics, education and demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies, and arts and entertainment. No Barriers 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. The Summit combines hands-on clinics with heroic figures from adaptive sports, as well as demonstrations of emerging new biotechnology with medical and research personnel.
"It is incredibly important for people with disabilities to learn about all of the things they can do instead of focusing on what they can’t do, and that’s exactly what No Barriers is all about," says Josh Blue of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Blue, who has cerebral palsy, will be at the Summit.
The No Barriers Summit 2011 runs from June 30 - July 3, 2011 at The National Sports Center for the Disabled, Winter Park, Colorado. Full Four-Day Event Registration is $75. For more information, or to register online, go to www.NoBarriersUSA.org or call 952.472.2400.