It is well known that getting close to nature can be very therapeutic, inspirational, and motivational. Leisure activities provide social interaction and give us a welcome break from our jobs and the routine of our lives. In addition, the accomplishment of overcoming the many challenges of sports/activities builds confidence, self-esteem and promotes a mental and physical wellness.
People with disabilities face even greater obstacles than most. Many find that participating in recreation and leisure after encountering a disabling injury or disease to be frustrating and difficult at best. Also, many with disabilities have had little chance to enjoy the outdoors, but would benefit greatly if given the opportunity. The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is working to ensure people with disabilities have those opportunities. Since it’s inception in 1990, the FDOA has promoted accessible recreation to persons with disabilities as well as the general public through special events, newsletters and community education. FDOA has also assisted in compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and worked closely with many state, local and private organizations to develop, enhance and/or support recreation opportunities for the disabled across Florida and other states.