Spotlight: Access Trax
One of the most challenging aspects of accessibility and inclusion in the outdoors is uneven, unsteady terrain. Sand, gravel, grass, rocks, and more can create environmental barriers that put a hampering limitation on occupational participation for those with varying mobility abilities. Individuals considering these mobility challenges and accessibility may find themselves asking, “How can the outdoors become more accessible without drastically altering the natural environment?”
Enter: Access Trax. Access Trax is a lightweight, foldable, durable pathway designed to increase wheelchair access over these uneven terrains. Inspired by the San Diego adaptive surfing community, occupational therapists Kelly Twichel and Erick Packard co-founded Access Trax in 2018 to address the needs of these adaptive surfers getting from the parking lots, across the sand, to the ocean in a dignified and independent way. Their product continues to make waves throughout adaptive and accessible communities and has practical uses in public parks, sports organizations, outdoor rehabilitation programs, ADA compliant outdoor events, beach resorts, temporary home modifications and more.
Since 2018, Access Trax has developed their vision and is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the accessibility world- bringing communities together to help all individuals gain access to any outdoor activities. Kelly is frequently featured in the news throughout San Diego for her advocacy, innovation, and entrepreneurship all focused on improving the lives of others. In May 2020, Access Trax was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 FedEx Small Business Grant Context, further propelling the company as a leader in outdoor accessibility facilitation. While Access Trax the product is helping individuals overcome mobility challenges, Access Trax the company is dedicated to advocacy and education in a continual pursuit to break down environmental and attitudinal barriers in society.
Working together with leading accessibility advocates like Access Trax further strengthens the efforts to better our communities. It’s my pleasure to spotlight the achievements of Access Trax and similar companies that lead the way for accessible solutions. Together we can continue to make an impact within these communities, and society as a whole.
Interested in collaborating with Access Outdoors Occupational Therapy? Feel free to email d.lewisOTD@gmail.com with your ideas, suggestions, or feedback. I look forward to hearing from you!