Thursday, January 07, 2010

Colorado couple inspire with quest to access sports, travel

If you're into travel by people with disabilities...
If you're into advocacy ...
If your're into inspiring stories...

Then you need to read this article on Craig and Andrea Kennedy. The couple run Access Anything,  dedicated to getting people with disabilities to travel and experience recreational sports.
Here's a great quote from Craig Kennedy regarding motivating venues to embrace accessibility.
“It was learn as you go. When I started, I was telling people, ‘It’s the law, and it’s the right thing to do. People looked at me and said, ‘You want me to spend money and not make money? I’m not going to do it.’ There was some resentment, some resistance ..."
Andrea Kennedy continues:
“We got a bunch of statistics about travelers with disabilities, and the big stat we share with everyone is that there are 55 million Americans with disabilities, and they spend $13.6 billion dollars on travel. Once Steamboat realized that and started marketing to that, they increased.”