Birdability and American Bird Conservancy (ABC) are excited to co-host a series of webinars featuring birders with disabilities or other health concerns.
Our first episode will feature Virginia Rose, founder of Birdability.
Virginia fell off a horse at the age of 14, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. A manual wheelchair user ever since, she began birding 17 years ago and discovered her best self in nature. As a retired high school English teacher, she is passionate about bringing the same joy, empowerment, and community she found in birding and nature to others who have mobility or other accessibility challenges.
Guests of the Birdability Birders series discuss:
- their experience with birding,
- what everyday life is like living with their disability or other health concern, and
- what they need from the birding community and birding locations for them to feel welcome, included.
Interviews are conducted by Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist Freya McGregor, OTR/L, CIG. Birding since childhood, her 'dodgy' knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a clinical background in blindness and low-vision services, she is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.
Closed captions and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. The webinar will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The series is free to attend, but registration is required.