Newsline Volume 33, Number 4

Waypoint Adventure

3Waypoint Adventure is a non-profit organization that provides life transforming outdoor adventure programs for people with all abilities. Our mission is to help youth and adults with disabilities discover their purpose, talents, and strengths through the transforming power of adventure. Our hope is that all people, regardless of ability, will have opportunities for adventure and through them realize their personal value, strengths and abilities. These experiences will help people become stronger individuals and community members.

Recently we had the opportunity to do some indoor rock climbing with students from Perkins School for the Blind. The next day, one of our volunteers sent us an email with a story about one of the participants, a young man named Steve. She wrote:

At the end Steve asked me if I worked at the gym, I said "No, I was with Waypoint - this was a gym open to the public." He clarified again, "Is this a gym for blind people?" I said "No, there are people with vision here too. They're climbing all around us." Then he asked if he was climbing on a special wall. I smiled because I finally knew what he was asking. I said "No, you were climbing on the same walls as everybody else!" He TOTALLY lit up and had a huge grin on his face. He couldn't believe it!

I know he was feeling very accomplished before, but he felt SO good when he found out that he was climbing just like everyone else.

This summer we will be running the following open enrollment programs: Teen Adventure Camp (ages 14+): Day Hike - July 16; Rock Climbing - July 17, Kayaking - July 18. DCR Universal Access Kayaking: July 9, 11, 23, 25.

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For more information about these programs or about other program offerings please visit Waypoint's website at www.waypointadventure.org or email Adam Combs at acombs@waypointadvenbture.org.
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