"OUTDOORS Access 4 All!"
Access Ability Wisconsin, Inc., (AAW) is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
AAW’s mission is to provide the means to access outdoor recreational opportunities for people with temporary or permanent mobility challenges (such as injuries resulting in paralysis) promoting access, inclusion, equity, & healthy living. We provide for free (with a small refundable deposit), an outdoor wheelchair (OWC) & enclosed trailer that individuals can use to explore the great outdoors. AAW’s fleet includes event trailers that hold multiple OWCs.
We work closely with organizations like veterans groups, senior community centers, & parks/friends groups to train them on AAW equipment & processes. We collaborate on how to integrate “Outdoors Access 4 All!” within their programs to enhance services for the community we mutually serve. Working together & combining efforts, maximizes resources & reduces overhead. By doing so, we increase dignity & freedom for individuals with mobility issues, build closer connections among family members, & increase access & participation in the community.
In Wisconsin over 5.7 million acres is publicly owned and used for parks, forests, trails, and natural resource protection. Over 600,000 people in Wisconsin have some sort of disability that limits their access to that public land.
With all of the proven benefits of outdoor recreation, everyone should be able to enjoy the outdoors!
To learn more about AAW and the benefits of using the outdoor chair, click the video below.
Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) is working to place at least one all-terrain outdoor wheelchair (OWC) with an enclosed trailer in each of the 72 Wisconsin counties to increase "Outdoors Access 4 All!" for underserved populations to use in their communities. Our long-term goal is to work with organizations throughout the USA starting with the Midwest.
AAW's objective is to provide recreational opportunities for people with temporary and permanent physical challenges, including wheelchair users, who want to enjoy the great outdoors.
AAW works with
individuals on their outdoor adventures. (Reserve a chair and trailer today!)
organizations to make their outdoor events and activities accessible. (Reserve a single trailer or an event trailer with multiple chairs!)
organizations who want to bring AAW's equipment to their community to increase outdoors access. This is done by partnering and the organization becomes a "Host". (See the Hosting page for more information.)
AAW does collaborate with states all across the country.
This equipment is available to veterans and their families whether the person has a temporary or permanent mobility issue.
Thank you for your service to our country!
Click on "AAW Network In Action" to read about what's happening with AAW hosts, volunteers, and more...
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Donate Time & Dollars
The mission of AAW is supported extensively by donations of both money and time.
If the mission of AAW resonates with you, and you wish to make a donation of money, please see the different ways you can Give:
gifts in memory of a loved one,
underserved scholarship gifts, and
veteran scholarship gifts, and more. ->>
To support “Outdoors Access 4 All!” as a volunteer, giving your time, please Get Involved!