No Barriers:  A Publication of Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

April / May 2020

In This Issue...

  1. Making Meaning During Uncertain Times
  2. Messages from Founder & Exec Director
  3. #SportsAbilitySampler -  June 5-6
  4. Paralympics

Making Meaning During Uncertain Times

One trick that I have found extremely helpful during this period of uncertainty is consciously choosing to make meaning. Making meaning can come in many different forms and is very specific to the individual. 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:
Fodder from the Founder

David Jones

The FDOA is thirty years old this year!  We share our Anniversary with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA has changed the world of civil rights for millions of people in the United States and in fact around the globe. It provides everybody the "opportunity to participate“ in all sectors of life, including recreation and leisure. Here's a look back at the last 30 years & more.


photo of Laurie GussakExecutive Director's Message:
30th Anniversary Goes Virtual

Laurie LoRe-Gussak, MBA, CAE, IOM
We are so excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of SportsAbility!!! We celebrated in a much different way than we had expected, but that is leading to all kinds of new opportunities. The virtual event #MySportsAbility was launched. It was a huge success with a reach of almost 13,000 over the three days!!! More

Miracle Sports in Tallahassee

Updates to the upcoming tennis season will be posted online. More

Alexei TalaiParalympian Swimmer Highlight - Alexei Talai

This motivational story comes all the way from the Republic of Belarus, where a good friend of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is using his disability as a platform to spread positivity. Indeed, international Paralympic swimmer Alexei Talai strives to motivate and inspire through his life stories. Father of four children and world record holder in his sport, Alexei created a charitable foundation in Belarus, where he hopes to impact many people’s lives. “The foundation is still building”, he says, “my goal is to provide information to children or parents who don’t understand their situations, or have trouble seeing a viable future.” More

Tennis at HomeSave the date for


at the #FamilyCafeVirtual
June 5-6, 2020!

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