Syren grew up with multiple invisible disabilities and encountered numerous barriers to outdoor recreation. Despite these barriers, Syren has always found connection with nature to be a source of comfort. As a long-time disabled activist and community builder, Syren is committed to an outdoors culture transformed by fair representation, accessibility, and justice for people who are often marginalized in the outdoors. They are the author of The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon: Outdoor Adventures Accessible by Car, Wheelchair, and Foot, to be published by FalconGuides. This session will include a review of disability language and culture, information on what people of different abilities need for accessibility in the outdoors, and ways to support the disability community.
Check out https://disabledhikers.com to learn more about Syren and their work in making the outdoors accessible!