2013 - A group of individuals from Dane County discussed the idea of outdoors access and how to help individuals with mobility issues.
2014 - Dane County Pheasants Forever (DCPF) welcomed Access Ability Wisconsin under its nonprofit status as an initiative.
2015 - AAW had its first outdoor wheelchair. Partners included DCPF, Oregon Sportsman's Club, and a matching grant with the WI Dept. of Natural Resources.
2017 - AAW became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in May.
2022 - AAW purchased 23 outdoor wheelchairs (OWC) with enclosed outfitted trailers.
AAW's objective is to provide recreational opportunities for physically challenged people, including wheelchair users, who want to enjoy the great outdoors.
Outdoor wheelchairs with a trailer (either a single or event) are available for all ages and those with temporary or permanent mobility issues. Our clients have been daily wheelchair users, those with walking difficulties, kids, and adults from 21 to 101.
S0 that anyone with a physical disability may have access an outdoor wheelchair (OWC) as needed, we work with -
Individuals and organizations to use our all-terrain (OWC) for their outdoor adventures; and
Community organizations to host the outdoor wheelchairs with a trailer. (See AAW's Hosting - Partnering page.)
Initial: We have achieved our initial goal of acquiring "one" chair for Dane County in 2014.
Long Term: Our goal is to have at least one all-terrain outdoor wheelchair in each of the 72 Wisconsin counties.
Thanks to fundraising, grants awarded (see our "Thank You" page), and community support, availability of the equipment expands across the state. (See Map for equipment locations.)