Meet Amanda, a first term Wild Keeper who is based in Salt Lake City, Utah! Amanda has loved the outdoors from a young age, being introduced to nature by her family, but within the last year she has enjoyed sharing about her Cerebral Palsy and the outdoors being for ALL ABILI. Amanda says her favorite way to get outside is "any adventure outdoors with my daughter and husband - hiking, sunrises, sunsets, camping and most of all visiting national and state parks!"
We asked Amanda to share more with us about her experience getting outdoors with Cerebral Palsy. She shared that she has "felt many times forgotten because we all have different abilities. I think it would be cool to start a part of this community talking about all abilities in the outdoors and travel." Amanda confided that "some barriers I feel there are in the disability or having different abilities in the outdoors are the resources- often trails are not well maintained and even wheelchair accessible trails. So it's another barrier to get outdoors when people want or have access to adaptive sports like mountain biking , skiing , etc. Equipment for this is usually a lot more expensive than regular "abled" equipment. Its sometimes hard living in a world that seems to be more accessible to other bodies."