But that smile fades as she looks down at the barrier before her – 45 steps tumbling down a 23-foot bank to the kayak launching area below – and then at her wheelchair. “When I pick up a paddle,” Tabaka says, “I am no more disabled than anyone else. The only real difficulty is all those stairs.”
For the one in five Americans, like Tracy, who live with mobility challenges daily, “all those stairs” can spell the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a lifetime of being left behind. You can help change that by supporting our Access for All campaign this Giving Tuesday.
Friends of the Apostle Islands is asking your support in the biggest capital campaign in our organization’s history aimed at supporting the ongoing efforts of the National Park Service to remove barriers to the park.
Removing barriers ranges from replacing those 45 steps at the Meyers Beach launching site with an all-accessible ramp, to continuing the boardwalk project on Sand Island, to building an accessible amphitheater. on Sand island and ensuring the latest technology on interpretive signs and our website.
Removing barriers for people of all abilities to explore the Apostle Islands is a core mission of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We need your help. Give the gift of access this Giving Tuesday, November 29th by supporting the Access for All campaign.