No Barriers:  A Publication of Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

February 2019

In This Issue...

  1. Wake Sitting for People of ALL Abilities
  2. Messages from Founder & Exec Director
  3. Tech & Toys Demo Day
  4. Big Kahuna
  5. Able United / SportsAbility

Wake Sitting for People of ALL Abilities

The newly emerged concept of wake-sitting has taken the world of adaptive sports by storm. Originating quite recently in central France, the idea of adaptive wakeboarding has begun to gain popularity internationally. Making it possible for people off all abilities to participate in the thrilling water sport, companies have been making attachable seats that fit to virtually any standard wakeboard. The popularity of wake sitting is growing immensely and can even be found locally in Orlando, FL.  More

Information for People with a Spinal Cord Injury:
English / Spanish

Information for People with a Brain Injury:
English / Spanish

photo of David C. JonesFounder's Message: Happy New Year!

David Jones

This is our first newsletter of the year and I want to start off with a very sincere Thank You to each and every person who reads this.  Some of you may know that this year has not been a happy start for me personally.  I’m having a difficult time writing or saying that I lost my daughter, Christi, as this New year began.  I appreciate all the kindness that my family and friends have shown to me. More


Laurie LoRe-GussakExecutive Director's Message: Virtual Reality -
Accessible Recreation on the Horizon

Laurie LoRe-Gussak, MBA, CAE, IOM

I confess that I’m not a big gamer. The last time I really played a video game it was probably Ms. Pac-Man. That being said, the virtual reality world is something completely different. We are undertaking a partnership with Covalent Reality to be able to simulate outdoor recreation activities. The way it will work is through goggles that put you into an alternate scenario. The first time I tried this, I didn’t realize how far we had come in the virtual reality world and I was blown away. More

Live a Day Live Your Life: Tech & Toys Demo Day - Feb. 9th

FDOA and FAAST, thanks to a generous grant from the Reeve Foundation, are hosting the third Live a Day event at Lake Silver in Winter Haven on February 9th.  The first two Live a Day events were held in late 2018 and were a great success, serving nearly two hundred people.  Thanks to the diverse activities, multiple types of recreation equipment and great food and fun at the first two events, the third event will be the biggest and best yet.  There will be additional vendors, new activities and more opportunities for individuals with paralysis and mobility-related disabilities to learn about and try out different types of equipment and sports that can make a lasting impact on their health, independence and well-being. More

Mark your calendar for:  February 9, 2019 - Lake Silver, Lake Silver, 250 S Lake Silver Drive, Winterhaven, FL 33881
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3rd Annual Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge!

Enter your organization in Tallahassee’s Voyager Canoe Race to support Florida Disabled Outdoors Association & SportsAbility! Get your friends together for a teams of 10-14 Paddlers in Giant Voyageur Canoe. Teams have two opportunities to race 400 yards against the clock. The 2 fastest will compete head to head to be BIG KAHUNA! We can even find a team to paddle for you! No experience necessary and it will be FUN!! More

Able United

ABLE United will be onsite at this year’s SportsAbility Resource Expo on Friday, April 12! Stop by their booth during exhibit hours to get your questions answered on how you can start saving money tax-free without risking the loss of government benefits.

ABLE United recently introduced new account enhancements that offer increased flexibility and peace of mind. More


Save the date for SportsAbility Tallahassee - April 11-13, 2019!

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