Inspiration is Found in Those Who Have Come Before Us
Amazing. Incredible. Empowering. Inspiring. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe past No Barriers Summits. Yet none of them seem quite big enough to capture the power of this event. From tongue-guided wheelchairs to paraplegics scaling mountains, past Summits have inspired participants to live as pioneers who imagine, create and enact solutions to the barriers standing between them and their wildest dreams.
Summit 2011: Winter Park, CO
From the ascent of a mountain by Kyle Maynard, born without fully-formed arms or legs, to world-class music, comedy and film, Summit 2011 was more exciting than ever. Click here for a complete 2011 Summit Program, detailing the speakers, clinics, sponsors and more that made the Winter Park Summit the amazing event that it was.
Summit 2009: Miami, FL
Highlights of Shake-A-Leg Miami included a sailing expedition led by a blind man using a talking GPS, cycling opportunities for people who never thought they could ride, and an amputee pony with a prosthetic leg relaxing on a pontoon.
Summit 2007: Squaw Valley, CA
600 individuals with diverse personal and professional backgrounds converged near Lake Tahoe to share the cutting-edge techniques and technologies that enable people with challenges to live actively and break through their own personal barriers.
Summit 2005: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Leading scientists and technologists presented their latest initiatives and developments in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation – from neuroprostheses to artificial limbs. Participants learned about accessible tourism in the region. Disabled attendees acquired new skills through hands-on excursions and clinics. Finally, hockey teams vied for positions in the 2006 Torino Paralympics.
Our Video Library features a collection of stories of people living their lives with a No Barriers mindset. Many of these stories include segments from past No Barriers Summits. Featured this month is an interview with Kyle Maynard, a 2011 No Barriers Summit attendee who learned to kayak at our Summit.
Kyle Maynard was born with a condition known as congenital amputation with arms ending above the elbows and legs ending near the knees. Facing the challenges he was dealt at birth, Kyle became internationally recognized as a wrestler, mixed martial artist, motivational speaker, and bestselling author of the autobiography, No Excuses. He recently climbed unassisted to the 19,341-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and was featured on ESPN.