TELLURIDE - The No Barriers Summit, an outdoor adventure and arts festival working to overcome barriers for people facing significant life challenges, including people with physical and cognitive disabilities and their families, takes place Thursday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Aug. 11, in Telluride. Keynote speakers for opening ceremonies – which will stream live online for those who can’t attend – include award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, a major voice for recovering victims of war injuries, and Kyle Maynard, the first quadruple amputee to summit 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro.
The four-day event features outdoor activities, including a block party in downtown Telluride, an outdoor movie screening, a wall mural project, and No Barriers University, where leading scientists and inventors share the latest innovations in adaptive technology, including the first ever live demonstration of three different robotic exoskeletons models on Friday, Aug. 9.
“It’s where science fiction meets reality,” says No Barriers Executive Director Dave Shurna of the remarkable adaptive technologies that will be part of the summit’s transformational clinics.
Outdoor sports opportunities range from a Telluride ridgeline hike with blind adventurer and No Barriers Summit co-founder Erik Weihenmayer to an adaptive skateboard clinic. New-this-year arts clinics include a chance to create art tiles for the National Disability Mural Project.
No Barriers USA was co-founded by Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to summit Mt. Everest, to create a community of like-minded people who believe in harnessing their challenges for personal growth rather than being limited by them. The first installment of the biennial No Barriers Summit was held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 2005. For additional information on the No Barriers Summit or registration, visit www.nobarriersusa.org/summit.