Why Access Adventure

Access Adventure is an all volunteer non-profit that promotes life-changing experiences to people with disabilities by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education & therapy through a working partnership with horses.

In 2014, Michael Muir and his team traveled from California to Florida by horsedrawn carriage joining the 2500 mile transcontinental horsedrawn journey called the Caravan.

 

Wheelchair Accessible Carriages at Access Adventure

  •     Each year Access Adventure serves hundreds of individuals with special needs.
  •     Brain injured participants speak their first words after their injury as, “walk on”.
  •     Quadriplegic participants compete at higher levels and win against all competitors.
  •     Special needs students learn teamwork, job training and life skills.
  •     WWII Veterans enjoy a morning drive in a wheelchair accessible wagon.
  •     People in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction rebuild shattered lives.
  •     Wounded soldiers enhance ties with their families on the carriage.
  •     Young volunteers understand the value of enriching the lives of others.

Carriages allow those living with limitations to experience nature, enjoy horses and have fun.

Access Adventure does not charge for these amazing experiences. We raise the majority of our operating budget through donations. Many people will experience the freedom only horses and unbridled access to the outdoors can bring.

Our board has decided that it is time to aggressively share the Access Adventure model. We have created a standard to share with others to launch similar programs. We will do 2 things:

1.    Access Adventure ‘Welcome Home’ program for veterans & therapeutic carriage driving

2.    Mentor new therapeutic driving programs

Perhaps Michael Muir’s great grandfather John Muir (the Father of our National Parks and the founder of the Sierra Club) said it best, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to stay in and places to pray, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

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“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature can heal body and soul.” ~ John Muir