Save the Date: MLTN 2022 Accessibility Workshop
Wed., Oct. 5, at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, at Adaptive Outdoor Education Center
Please mark your calendar and save the date for a full-day in-person (fingers crossed!) workshop to consider and explore how land trusts can help those with different levels of ability access our lands, experience the soothing power of nature, and enjoy healthy activities to enrich their lives.
Using the Land Trust Alliance publication “Open for All: A disability inclusion guide for land trusts” as a framework, co-authors Chrissy Beardsley Allen of Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Peter Doehring, a researcher and consultant on developing programs for people with Autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities, will help us learn more about how we can help folks with disabilities enjoy the same simple joys of being outside that fully abled people do.
We are also thrilled that we’ll be joined again by Enock Glidden. Enock, who was born with Spina Bifida, is an athlete, adventurer, motivational speaker, and an advocate for others with disabilities. He and Zach Stegeman of the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, who will also join us for the day, delivered an inspiring keynote address at this year’s Maine Land Conservation Conference. They are both looking forward to digging much deeper than the 90-minute virtual format allowed and collaborating with us to help land trusts create recreational opportunities that are accessible to many more people.
Check back in early September for more details and registration information.