Shared Adventures offers opportunities for social and recreational interaction for people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to encourage personal growth, development, leadership skills, outdoor skills, and an overall improved quality of life.
It is a big year for Inclusive Awareness. DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) is a popular concept — it is time for the disabled population to be recognized as an underserved community, and included in all activities in society. The overall community is also enriched by inclusion of this population. Our 100+ activities per year help more than 1,000 disabled individuals and their families achieve stable and healthy conditions, and integrate in jobs and schools, leading to less institutionalization, crime and drug use, and family fragmentation.
Shared Adventures will create expanded opportunities for participation and work with recreation venues and agencies to provide experiences that many individuals have not been able to take advantage of, such as beach access, sailing, horseback riding, dances and cultural events.
I still get tears of joy remembering the first time SA took me out in a kayak, seeing the cutest sea otters up close. When people said, "There's a sea otter," I had never been able to see them. Thank you for eye-opening and heart-opening possibilities I did not dream possible, the hard work and incredible organizing.
Willow, Santa Cruz