July 17, 2013
The No Barriers Summit is just weeks away and I'm getting excited! The line up of speakers, scientists, and entertainers is incredible. This is an event for the whole family, with lots of adventurous activities in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. As a bonus, you'll save $25 per person if you register before August 1st. You really need to be here August 8th through the 11th!
Here are some of the highlights:
At the Opening Ceremony:
Keynote speaker Bob Woodruff will share about his personal experience of being affected by war as a combat journalist in Iraq. His convoy was hit by a roadside bomb resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury for Woodruff, who has now become an outspoken supporter of veterans returning from war with all types of injuries and challenges.
Mandy Harvey is a deaf jazz singer based in Denver, CO. As a college student Mandy lost her hearing while working on a degree in music education. Undaunted by this she soon realized that though she couldn't hear it, she still had perfect pitch.
Comedian, actor and writer Erik Stolhanske has seen mainstream success in cult classic movies such asSuper Troopers, The Sweetest Thing and The Dukes of Hazard. Stolhanske's success and outlook on life have been influenced by his experience of being born without a fibula and wearing a prosthetic leg his entire life.
At No Barriers University:
As one of the leading minds in creating advanced prosthetics, Hugh Herr’s passion for his work is born out of more than scientific intrigue. His work has been shaped by his own loss of both legs at the knee in a climbing accident. Herr will present some of the latest and greatest advances in prosthetics.
Jen French and Ron Triolo will share how neural prosthesis are re-shaping the landscape of paralysis due to spinal cord injury. French is an everyday user of the technology and Triolo will showcase the scientific impact behind the system.
Amanda Boxtel and Mitch Brogan are first-generation users of exoskeletons, the revolutionary robotic technology enabling people with lower limb paralysis to walk again. Learn about the military origins of exoskeletons and this incredible shift in opportunities for those living in paralysis.
At the Closing Ceremony:
Born as a congenital quadruple amputee, it would have been easy for Kyle Maynard to live life from the sidelines, but his thirst for adventure and "No Excuses" attitude has taken him to heights unimaginable, including the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
And the Clinics!
Adventure Race, Via Ferrata, Tyrolean Traverse, Adaptive Climbing Wall, Photography workshop, Sensational BlackBoard, Painting workshop, Handcycle Road Ride, Downhill 4-Cross Biking, Off-Road Handcycling, Adaptive Road Biking, Bouldering, Spin cast fishing, Fly fishing on the Uncompahgre River, Fly fishing on the San Miguel River, Frisbee golf, Geocaching, Adaptive Golf, Accessible GPS Tour/Treasure Hunt, Hiking, Horseback riding, Introduction to Paddlesports (Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard), Intermediate Paddlesports (Kayak, Canoe), Rock climbing (ambulatory or wheelchair accessible), Trail Run, Adaptive Sailing, Adaptive SCUBA diving, Adaptive Skateboarding, Adaptive Yoga, Adaptive Tennis.
I'm just sayin'...be here!