Google+ Hangout with AbilityPath

Physical Fitness & People with Disabilities: Fun for Everyone
Google+ Hangout with AbilityPath
May 21st 12:30pm Pacific Time

We welcome you to join us for a candid conversation about physical fitness and disabilities. Hosted by AbilityPath, we will have two key experts in this area join the panel: Stephen Wampler famous for climbing El Capitan overcoming the physical challenges of having Cerebral Palsy and Surfers Healing an organization that enriches the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. We will touch upon the obstacles and challenges of staying physically fit and the incredible moments of triumph and joy. Additionally, we discuss play and how it can contribute to physical fitness. While disabilities can range in severity from mild to profound, everyone has some capacity to engage in play. Google+ Hangout with AbilityPath »

Steve WamplerStephen Wampler made the commitment that he would find a away to enable children with disabilities to not only take advantage of the great outdoors, but to embrace it.

With the tremendous and on-going support of the people of Coronado, Steve and Elizabeth really felt the need to grow, and to expand nationally, even internationally. He wanted to raise a lot more money to get more kids with physical disabilities into the wilderness. He really wanted to put the Wampler Foundation on the map…so he decided to climb the biggest rock face in the world, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He wanted to show kids with physical challenges, that while it didn’t have to be El Cap., that the kids should find and work toward accomplishing challenges that they placed upon themselves, and enjoy all that came from that process.

Surfers HealingSurfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz.Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload– simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.

A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea–with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

Hangout Agenda:

Introduction from AbilityPath
Hope/Goal of Hangout
Introduction of Panelists
Discussion with Panelists
Q&A from audience
Close & Thank You