It brightens our day when we brighten the day of someone by removing their barriers to great experiences.
Our success is measured in the number of people we can help with the quality of programs and services we provide. Providing freedom and solutions for people with disabilities to know life beyond limitations takes place in many ways. Our programs are fueled by our dedicated staff, caring volunteers and generous donors like you.
Removing The Barrier's programs, services, information and resources help transform disabilities into opportunities.
It brightens our day when we brighten the day of someone by removing their barriers to great experiences. With support from donors, churches, businesses and foundations, we are able to move from site to site, event to event, with our specialized equipment in order to make programs inclusive of all abilities.
We have supported:
Camps - - Community Events - - Festivals - - Retreats - - Expos - - Gatherings - - Beach Excursions - - Picnics - - and much, much more. Ask us how we can support your event.
The out of doors is a very invigorating, healthful and beautiful place for great experiences. Breathe the fresh air, sit beneath a tree or toss in a fishing line at the lake. All great experiences EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT GET THERE.
WIN is our program that allows us to transport a person with disabilities, along with their family, so they can access more remote areas not easily accessible for those with mobility issues. We make the beauty of nature accessible for all with custom made shuttles we can move from site to site.
Shuttle #1 has worn out. Shuttle #2 is working hard. Shuttle #3 is just a dream that we hope will become a reality.
WIN can also use more traditional golf cars. They are great to furnish to a family at a wilderness retreat to be able to enjoy the experience together. We are happy to accept donations to remove barriers to a great experience for a family living with disabilities.
To ensure your next event is accessible to people of all abilities, contact us and we would be happy to assist. Simply click W.I.N. above.
Kamp Friendship is a special camp for people with special needs. It introduces them to the out of doors and new experiences.
The original Kamp Friendship was created by Wild Creek Adventures and the Circle of Friends and held in 2008 in Polk County at Lake Aurora Christian Camp. It continues today under the direction of Lake Aurora Christian Camp.
Current plans are to begin the Emerald Coast Camp Friendship near DeFuniak Springs, Florida in 2018. It is being created by Removing The Barriers Initiative in cooperation with Tri-State Christian Camp and the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association.
PAL events have been organized on the Kissimmee River waterway, the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, the St. Johns River, and into the Okefenokee Swamp. Our most recent expedition was on the Choctawhatchee River, June 8 - 10, 2018. With one in the planning for the Ohio River. Some events are exclusively with Voyageur style 29 foot canoes and some include paddle craft of every description.
We have three Voyageur canoes based in Lake Wales, FL, and two based in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Our canoes may weigh 400 lbs., but we have them on trailers and have transported them as far as the Wabash River in Indiana.
To organize your paddle event, click on P.A.L. and we would be happy to assist in creating a great experience for people of all abilities.