ACCESS Outdoor Program
Our Military Family deserves to live full, rewarding lives when they return home from combat, yet life-altering injuries sustained in battle often prevent them doing so. According to the demographic of the nearly 200,000 Veterans served by the R4 Alliance, injury details reveal that 20% (approximately 40,000!) live with major spinal cord injury. Adaptive sports give individuals with conditions like SCI and paralysis the experiences they need to build confidence and maintain an active lifestyle in their therapeutic journey.
R4 is partnered with Outrider USA, a manufacturer of adaptive, all-terrain bikes that allow individuals within the disability community (with a focus on progressive and non-progressive disabilities and diseases that limit mobility, like SCI) to participate in recreational activities and improve their quality of life. Over three years of considerable R&D at Outrider was initiated by Chris Wenner, partial quadriplegic adventurer that simply wanted to get out and ride a bike again. Outrider vehicles have a wide array adaptive features that make the Outrider such a versatile platform for riders with spinal cord injuries. Whether the adventure is on the dirt, or on the pavement, Outrider has a machine to fit the bill.
The goal of ACCESS it to provide 6 Electric Adventure Vehicles (EAV’s, like the ATV Horizon) to 6 programs of excellence within the Alliance, serving individuals with disability throughout the United States, eliminating waiting lists and barriers to care for Veterans with SCI. R4 is placing a priority on giving adventure vehicles to Adaptive Sports Members of our Alliance that have considerable capacity, reach and service numbers. This will maximize programmatic impact and reach the largest number of individuals. Within the Veterans Population, we will serve 2,500 individuals with spinal cord injury, or related degenerative disease. R4 will use all participating Members in ACCESS as different data points, collecting information on the program’s effectiveness in improving QOL.