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Telluride to Host No Barriers USA Summit, August 8-11, 2013
Telluride to Host No Barriers USA Summit, August 8 – 11, 2013
Inspiring event will redefine what’s possible in adaptive adventure
Telluride, Colo., May 23, 2012 - No Barriers USA, a biennial gathering of modern day assistive technology pioneers, has selected the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, to host its summer 2013 summit, which will take place August 8 – 11, 2013. The four-day outdoor event embraces the philosophy that the human spirit is powerful enough to surpass all barriers and boundaries.
Scientists, inventors, academics, practitioners and people hindered by physical limitations will join forces to challenge what is possible and collaborate on solutions to allow those who are challenged to achieve their wildest dreams. The 2013 No Barriers Summit is geared toward discovery and exploration and will combine hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, leadership exercises and symposia.
“We are proud to bring the No Barriers Summit to Telluride in 2013,” said Erik Weihenmayer, No Barriers USA board member. “There are few mountain towns that can better represent everything the summit stands for: a sense of adventure, a commitment to innovation and a mutual belief in the power of community.”
Past summits have allowed paraplegics to scale mountains and blind men to captain ship expeditions. Leading scientists and technologists have presented their latest developments in the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and participants have learned more about accessible tourism and the latest in assistive devices such as neuroprostheses and artificial limbs.
“Telluride Adaptive Sports Program is thrilled to assist in hosting the 2013 No Barriers Conference. We are excited to provide all of the recreational activities for the attendees, thus continuing to make the beautiful San Juan Mountains accessible to all. It’s the first time the Telluride community has taken on an event of this magnitude for so many individuals living with disabilities,” said Courtney Stuecheli, executive director, Telluride Adaptive Sports. “Our board of directors, staff and volunteers are all very much looking forward to showing the participants all the amazing opportunities that we have to offer.”
No Barriers USA's local non-profit partner, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP), will assist in hosting the summit. TASP is committed to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing therapeutic recreational opportunities that develop life skills and encourage personal growth.
"Empowering individuals to better understand human potential is certainly an inspirational mission,” said Michael Martelon, president and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board. “We welcome No Barriers USA and their inspiration to Telluride, and look to provide the kind of setting that adds to that tenor.”
The confidence to conquer a mountain will start at The 2013 No Barriers Summit. For more information please visit http://nobarriersusa.org/summit/.
About Telluride Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, which provides the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation, visitwww.visittelluride.com or call 888-605-2578.
About No Barriers USANo Barriers USA's mission is to unleash the power of the human spirit. The nonprofit organization provides transformative experiences that empower people to embrace a “no barriers” mindset and discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, No Barriers engages people of all ages from diverse backgrounds and abilities through outdoor adventure, travel and more. To learn more about No Barriers, please visit www.nobarriersusa.org.
About Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP)The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities by providing year-round recreational opportunities that develop life skills, encourage personal growth, and promote independence. TASP annually serves more than 400 individuals in more than 2,200 activity days. Visit the TASP website at www.tellurideadaptivesports.org.
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